Crested Butte Elopement Locations
After five trips to Crested Butte this year for work, I have built up a huge map of Crested Butte elopement locations. This whole area is one of my absolute favorites in Colorado, because of the abundance of gorgeous locations with mountain views that would be perfect for an adventurous elopement or intimate wedding. Heck, they’re even great if you’re just going hiking in CB!
Holly and Matt used some of my favorite Crested Butte elopement locations for their intimate wedding at the start of the summer. But as many of the locations in CB start up high mountain passes, there were a lot of places that were still blocked off due to snow-covered roads in early June. When I came back in September, first for Brittany and Nick’s elopement, then again for Diane and Justin’s elopement a week later, and finally Angela and Scott’s elopement the first weekend of October, I finally had some free time to explore and photograph some of these mountain passes.
Driving dirt roads in my Subie on a sunny day in fall to scope out Crested Butte elopement locations is pretty much my idea of a dream day at work. Where in June I got turned around at the base of Schofield Pass and towards the top of Washington Gulch, I was now able to drive both passes, and I have to say this was in the top three most beautiful drives I’ve ever done! I kept stopping every few minutes of driving to take pictures. And I really had to check myself from staring off at the views, as some of those roads are really sketchy and require full concentration to avoid driving off the side of a mountain!
Because there are SO many different Crested Butte elopement locations to choose from, I have built a detailed Colorado elopement location guide that I give to all of my couples who are undecided on where to elope. It’s got over fifty different locations to choose from at the moment, and it just keeps growing every time I come across a beautiful new location that I’d love to share with a couple! There’s so much more to Colorado than just Rocky Mountain National Park, and I love helping my couples find unique locations.
P.S. The fall and winter photos were taken 8 days apart; the fall ones on September 27, and the winter ones on October 6. That’s how fast the weather can change up here! If you want a good variety of locations to choose from for an elopement in Crested Butte, I highly recommend choosing a date between early July and late September. That’s when all the roads and trails are free of snow!
The location in the above photos is one of my favorite accessible spots in Crested Butte. Located right off a dirt road that’s drivable even by the smallest of rental cars, you still have amazing views in every direction. It’s closer to the road, so I only recommend eloping here on weekdays, but it’s well worth it if you have guests at your elopement who can’t hike far and need a flat and easy spot.
This lake is even more beautiful in person! The road up here is only accessible from July through early October, and you do need a Subaru or similar car with 4WD and high clearance. I can’t decide if I like it better in July when the wildflowers are blooming, or in September (when these photos were taken) when everything is rusty fall colored!
Want more privacy for your Crested Butte elopement, without having to hike far? This is one of my favorite places for that! There’s very little traffic up here, since you need a Subaru/Jeep or similar 4WD and high clearance car to get up here, and on weekdays it’s practically deserted. There are tons of beautiful spots to stop along the way for photos, and you have everything from alpine meadows to creeks to forest to mountains as your backdrop!
Photos really don’t do this drive justice! The first time I drove over this mountain pass, I was in tears from how beautiful everything was, and I’m still in awe every time I drive here. And the ridge line you see at the back of the photo above this leads to the most beautiful reflective alpine lake I’ve ever seen!
Yeah. This place is for real. I still haven’t been up here for sunrise, but I have a feeling I’ll cry when I see it. Want to elope here at sunrise? I might just waive my CB travel fees for you.
Layers upon layers of mountains. I know they look a bit flat in this light, but I’ll be updating this post with photos from sunset in wildflower season this summer, and I CAN’T WAIT to show you all how freaking gorgeous it is up here. Oh yeah – and if you come up here early enough in the morning, you’ll see deer everywhere.