Estes Park Wedding Venues

A complete guide to every wedding venue in Estes Park, and epic locations for your wedding photos in Rocky Mountain National Park
The first time I drove up the windy roads of 36, and saw the Estes Park valley open up in front of me, I fell in love. And if you’re getting married in Estes Park, I bet you have, too.

The Estes Park wedding venues have a little something for every couple. From the historic Stanley Hotel to the modern SkyView at Fall River, there’s more to this mountain town than just wood lodges and cabins.

If you’re traveling in for an Estes Park destination wedding, it’s the perfect place to give your guests a taste of Colorado. Rocky Mountain National Park draws over four million visitors a year, and for good reason!

The mountains here are just better.

So browse through the photos of these Estes Park wedding venues, and start dreaming about your big day in the mountains.

Once you have a vision, look through the different venue websites to see what fits your style, then schedule tours or calls with all your favorites. There’s nothing like seeing a venue in person to help make up your mind!

Estes Park wedding venues on the map

About the Estes Park wedding venues

This list was last updated 11/22/19

The Stanley Hotel


The Stanley Hotel is arguably the most famous of all the Estes Park wedding venues. This historic hotel was the inspiration for Stephen King’s “The Shining”! 


Pavilion at Stanley


The Pavilion is a new addition to the historic Stanley Hotel. Built in the same style as the original, the Pavilion has an auditorium-style ceremony room that opens up to a pond, an outdoor cocktail hour area, and a large ballroom with balconies that look out over the mountains.


Della Terra Mountain Chateau


Della Terra Mountain Chateau is a luxury wedding venue and inn, located right by the Fall River side of Rocky Mountain National Park. With indoor and outdoor ceremony sites, reception area, and high end accommodations all in one, it’s the perfect Estes Park wedding venue for out-of-state couples, or locals wanting to spend their wedding day in the mountains. This is also the easiest venue to combine with traveling into RMNP for portraits!

Black Canyon Inn


Black Canyon Inn sits on the outskirts of Estes Park near the Lumpy Ridge part of Rocky Mountain National Park. Their covered outdoor ceremony site means you won’t have to stress about rain on your wedding day, and they offer on site lodging for you and your guests. Black Canyon Inn is also opening a new reception hall in spring of 2020. 

Twin Owls Steakhouse at Taharaa Mountain Lodge


Taharaa Mountain Lodge has everything you need from an Estes Park wedding venue, with outdoor and covered deck ceremony sites, a reception room that can seat up to 120 guests, lodging for your guests, and in house catering from Twin Owls Steakhouse. 

Bristlecone Inn


Bristlecone Inn is one of the smallest Estes Park wedding venues, which makes it perfect for intimate weddings, and for reception dinners after elopements in Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s also one of the most affordable options in the Estes area. And fun fact – it’s a cannabis friendly wedding venue! 

YMCA of the Rockies


YMCA of the Rockies has multiple different ceremony sites (both indoor and outdoor chapels) and reception venues, along with on site lodging. Their ceremony sites have some of the best views in Estes Park, and no wonder – they’re surrounded by RMNP on three sides! 

O’Connor Pavilion


Dreaming of an elopement in the mountains, but want your friends and family along for a party? Then the O’Connor Pavilion might be the perfect Estes Park wedding venue for you! The covered picnic shelter sits up to 140 guests, and the beautiful meadow is perfect for ceremonies both large and small. This is another very affordable venue. You can also easily go into RMNP for portraits from here. Check out photos from an O’Connor Pavilion wedding here.

Dao House


Dao House is located about half an hour south of Estes Park in nearby Allenspark. But don’t worry about the distance – they have everything you need for a full wedding weekend in the mountain right on site. The ceremony site sits nestled into aspen trees with views of Longs Peak, making it perfect for catching the fall colors!

The View


The View Restaurant at Historic Crags Lodge is another Estes Park wedding venue with accommodations, restaurant, and wedding reception space all in one! They can also host smaller ceremonies on site. 

SkyView at Fall River


SkyView at Fall River is Estes Park newest wedding venue, but it’s already built a great reputation since it’s opening in 2018. It has one of my favorite ceremony sites in the Estes valley, on a rooftop deck with mountain views – and an open air canopy to keep your guests safe from whatever crazy weather Colorado throws your way!

The Estes Park Resort


The Estes Park Resort has an outdoor ceremony gazebo right on the shores of Lake Estes, and for your reception you can choose from the Lakeside Pavilion and Grand Ballroom. 

The Landing at Estes Park


The Ridgeline Hotel


If you want more information about any of these Estes Park wedding venues, start by checking out each venue’s website for detailed info. Then schedule a tour of the venues you’re most interested in, because nothing beats seeing a place in person. Many venues also offer virtual tours, if you are planning your wedding from out of state.

Do you know of (or work for) a wedding venue in Estes Park that’s not on this list? Please contact me; I’d love to add it to this guide!

Boulder Wedding Venues

Want to see what your options are outside of Estes Park? I also have a full guide of every venue in Boulder County, which includes nearby Lyons and Longmont. 

Want to elope in Rocky Mountain National Park?

Many of my couples choose to elope in Rocky Mountain National Park, before celebrating with friends and family at an Estes Park wedding venue. Or you can plan for extra time on your wedding day to head into the park for a hike and photos with the best views in Colorado!

About the author

I’m Nina Larsen Reed, a wedding photographer based in Boulder, Colorado. I moved here from Norway in 2010, and fell in love as soon as I drove over the hill on 36 and saw the mountains in front of me. I’ve been photographing the Rocky Mountains – and the people in them – ever since. 

Contact your Estes Park wedding photographer

If you’re ready to plan your own wedding in Estes Park, I would love to photograph the big day. Get in touch to schedule a no-obligation call to make sure we’re a good fit!