Breckenridge Elopement Locations
The last time I spent the night in the mountains after a wedding, I decided to explore some Breckenridge elopement locations the next day. I’ve been shooting in Breckenridge a lot this summer, and it’s one of my very favorite mountain towns. For more Breckenridge wedding photography inspiration, check out these posts: Main Street Station wedding and Breckenridge Nordic Center wedding.
I love finding new and unique places for my couples, and I can’t wait to use one of these Breckenridge elopement locations soon. Location scouting is really just a great excuse to go hiking on the clock 😉 These particular locations are on the outskirts of town, and accessible via a somewhat crappy dirt road. From the road, you can hike off in pretty much any direction to find pretty spots. My favorite was the ten minute hike leading to a beautiful waterfall!
While it’s really easy to find gorgeous places for Colorado hiking elopements, it’s harder to find similar views that are more easily accessible. Many of my couples want their parents or other friends and family to be a part of their adventure wedding. And I think it’s important to remember that couples who may not be able to hike a mountain still deserve epic views for their elopement photos! That’s where these Breckenridge elopement locations are so perfect – most of them require little to no hiking.
The only downside with easily accessible locations is the crowds. I visited these spots around noon on a Sunday, and the two parking lots were packed. If I was using any of these Breckenridge elopement locations for photos, I would highly recommend going at sunrise or sunset to avoid the casual hiker family crowds. Sunrise would be extra gorgeous up here, with the way the sun would hit the mountains in the basin.
If you’re looking for a Colorado mountain wedding photographer who can help you with Breckenridge elopement locations, hit me up! I love location scouting for my couples, and would love to share my favorite spots with you.
The above location is actually right at the edge of a trailhead parking lot, so it’s perfect for when you have guests who can’t hike for your ceremony. The light here is at its best at sunrise, and you’re also more likely to have the place to yourselves early in the morning.
The elopement location above here is only a short hike from the trailhead, but it goes over uneven rocks, so I wouldn’t recommend it for bringing guests/family up there unless everyone’s in good shape and can handle rocky trails. But the views are beautiful, the trail goes right down by the water, and unlike the first location this one is perfect at sunset.
This lake is a short and easy hike/walk from the trailhead, and best photographed in the afternoons / closer to sunset. It’s a very popular place for picnics and hikes on weekends, so I’d recommend sticking with weekday elopements here if you don’t want an audience!
This waterfall is about a 15 minute hike from the lake I shared before this, and well worth the extra hike!
This is taken from the waterfall area, looking back over the lake in the opposite direction. This side of the lake would be perfect for early morning elopements, since it faces east.