From hot springs to vineyards, upscale ski resorts to wooded wonderlands, Colorado has a surprisingly wide variety of wedding venues! I’ve done the legwork and compiled a list of the very best Colorado mountain wedding venues, so you’re sure to find the perfect place to suit your taste and budget:
Photo: Gillespie Photography, courtesy of Arapahoe Basin
If incredible views are on your “must have” list, the Black Mountain Lodge may be the place for you. Guests ride a chairlift up to the venue (which is located at 11,550 feet above sea level) and are met with the stunning beauty of the rugged and breathtaking Continental Divide. Black Mountain Lodge is one of the closest ski area venues to Denver, and was ranked one of the top “out-of-the-ordinary” wedding venues by the Huffington Post!
Photo: Dani Cowan Photography, courtesy of Nova Guides
Camp Hale is a secluded, 90-acre ranch surrounded by forest and alpine peaks. Located about halfway between the upscale resort of Vail and the small Victorian town of Leadville, guests can book onsite cabins (and more are being built to accommodate larger numbers). Camp Hale is owned by Nova Guides and offers a variety of outdoor adventures like jeep tours, ATV rentals, fishing trips, and more.
Fun Fact: During World War II, Camp Hale was the location for the 10th Mountain Army Division’s winter training and is now listed on the national historic register.
Photo: Heidi Chowen Photography, courtesy of Dunton Hot Springs
One of the most unique mountain wedding venues Colorado has to offer, Dunton Hot Springs is a restored ghost town that boasts both indoor and outdoor natural soaking pools. Tucked away in the extraordinary San Juan mountains, the resort offers 13 luxury cabins, some of which date back to the 1800s. This venue is off the beaten path (no cell service), so you’ll have the opportunity to unplug and be fully present with your guests. With on-site amenities like farm-to-table dining, a yoga studio, a spa, and endless outdoor activities, your wedding weekend will be one your guests will never forget!
Photo: Nate Paradiso Photography, courtesy of The Pines at Genesee
Located in the foothills close to Denver (and closer to the airport than most mountain destinations) is The Pines at Genesee. This rustic, yet elegant venue boasts two outdoor ceremony sites as well as an indoor reception space. You’ll love the woodland setting with meadow and mountain views — perfect for idyllic photos.
Photo: Mark & Michele DeVries of IN Photography, courtesy of Breckenridge Ski Resort
Breckenridge is an old mining town located 90 miles west of Denver. It’s now one of the top ski areas in the country, and it only takes one look at the stunning panoramic views to see why! Ten Mile Station functions as an on-mountain ski lodge and restaurant in the winter, but weddings are available from May – September and can accommodate up to 200 guests. A wide variety of lodging options are available within the ski resort and town itself.
Photo: Marc Hoberman Photography, courtesy of Wine Country Inn
Surrounded by vineyards, orchards, and views of Mt. Garfield is the lovely Wine Country Inn. This venue is located on the Western slope and nestled in Colorado’s wine country. In fact, Palisade is the very heart of the agricultural scene and local farm-to-table movement, near the city of Grand Junction. You’ll have your choice of the open outdoor pavilion, the beautifully landscaped courtyard, or the indoor ballroom for your ceremony, reception, and photos.
Photo courtesy of Christy Blase
Wild Basin Lodge is a private, secluded venue that boasts fabulous views of Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s located near the quaint tourist town of Estes Park, where lots of lodging options and activities can be found. Perhaps the best feature of Wild Basin Lodge is the flexible weather policy — You can change the ceremony time to work around inclement weather or choose to move the ceremony inside. This is perfect for Colorado’s summer “monsoon” season mid-July to August.
Photo: Forged in the North Photography, courtesy of Telluride Ski Resort
Telluride Ski Resort is located in the San Juan mountains, some of the most dramatic mountains in Colorado. The historic town of Telluride offers top-tier hotels and restaurants, as well as several amazing venues to choose from. My favorite ceremony site is the San Sophia Overlook, located on top of the mountain and accessed via the gondola.
Note: Telluride is also famous for its renowned festivals (Bluegrass, Film, Blues & Brews), so make sure to pick a weekend outside of these dates to avoid the crowds — unless getting married to a banjo tune is your thing!
Photo: Katie Corinne Photography, courtesy of Garden of the Gods Collection
The Garden of the Gods Collection is a full-service resort with onsite lodging, golf course, spa, gourmet dining and luxurious amenities. They can organize group activities and adventures for your guests, which takes a bit of pressure off of you. Located in Colorado Springs, it may not technically be a true “mountain” venue, but this incredible spot has spectacular views of the famous Pikes Peak and a backdrop of stunning red rocks.
As you can see, Colorado is truly the ultimate destination for your mountain wedding. Whether your wedding is intimate or large, casual or formal, one of these venues is sure to create a mini-vacation that your guests will remember for years to come!