When to Elope in Colorado
Colorado is beautiful year-round! So deciding when to have your elopement can be hard. This seasonal and month-to-month guide will help you decide the best month for an outdoor wedding in Colorado. No matter when you elope in Colorado, you’re bound to have an amazing time! Each season offers something unique and special. To make the most out of your elopement, make sure to research the time of year you want to elope. For up-to-date information click here!
Winter Colorado Elopement
November / December
These are some of our busiest winter months. Because of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and winter break, the mountain resorts and towns can be packed with visitors. If you want to elope during these months but still want privacy, I would encourage you to look into a weekday and sunrise elopement. The landscape during these months can also be a bit bleak. The snow is just starting to fall, and it doesn’t stick in lower elevated areas. This makes some of the landscape brown and a bit dull. But because the snow isn’t too high, it’s great for snowshoeing!
January / February
These are our traditional winter months in the mountains. However, the weather in the metro area is much more erratic. You could be walking around in shorts or bracing for a blizzard. January and February are our least busy winter months. So, if you’re wanting more privacy these months might be a better option for your winter elopement.
March / April
Think snow, snow, some more snow, and then a little more snow, and then a lot more snow. We get most of our snow during March and April. This is great if you really want a winter wonderland elopement but keep in mind, we also have a lot of avalanches during these months as well. These avalanches can close locations and road access.
Spring Colorado Elopement
There is still lots of snow in the mountains in May. In lower elevation, we’ll start to get some greenery from the snowmelt. Most of the high alpine roads are still closed during this time. Many open after Memorial Day, weather permitting.
There is still snow in the higher altitudes even in June. However, during the day, it begins to warm up but not so much that it’s uncomfortable. This warmth brings more snowmelt. Because of this, the rivers and lakes start to fill up more.
Summer Colorado Elopement
July / August
The end of July and early August is typically when we have most of our wildflowers. So, if you imagine eloping in a meadow full of flowers, July is your month. While it might be warm in lower elevations, you can escape the heat by eloping in the high country.
Fall Colorado Elopement
September is our busier fall month. That’s because the mountain roads are still open and it’s also when the colors began to change. The leaves begin to change color in higher elevation in late September. We even have an unofficial holiday called “Color Sunday” in honor of this change. It happens on the last Sunday in September.
October isn’t quite as busy as September but that’s also because our roads start shutting down. It’s possible to get snow during October but it usually never sticks. The leaves begin to change color in lower elevation in early-mid October. So, if you missed seeing them in September you still have time.