Halfway House is a micro-wedding venue in Boulder, located halfway up Flagstaff Mountain and looking back down on Chautauqua and the Flatirons. Managed by Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks (OSMP), it’s one of the most affordable venues in Boulder, and one of my favorite places to photograph small ceremonies.
Where is Halfway House?
Halfway House is located at 1138 Flagstaff Road in Boulder, about a mile up from Chautauqua, and right across the road from Flagstaff House—one of the best restaurants in town, and a popular reception venue.
There is a small parking lot with ten spots right next to Halfway House, and from there it is a short walk on an easy, even gravel path down to the venue. Because the venue sits so close to the road, there can be some road noise from traffic, especially on weekends. But the speed limit is 25mph, so it’s not loud enough to be a disturbance for weddings.
Why get married at Halfway House?
Halfway House is a simple stone shelter, with a large patio directly outside. The patio offers some of the best ceremony views in Boulder, and can fit weddings and elopements for up to 49 people. (I personally think it’s best suited for groups around 25-30 people as there’s not much room for chairs if you have more guests than that.)
The inside of the venue has covered seating for approximately 40 people, as well as four tables inside and three tables outside (east of the shelter, not on the patio). If you’re looking for a simple, rustic picnic-style reception, you can absolutely host that at Halfway House, but most of my couples only book it for their ceremony, then choose a different venue or restaurant for their celebrations.
Halfway House booking info
Halfway House can easily be reserved from Boulder OSMP online.
- Go to the Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks website
- Select Halfway House from Shelter Rentals.
- Pick your date and time
- Select the approximate number of guests. It’s okay if this changes later!
- Fill out the form, pay the rental fee, and you’re all set!
The three hour rental fee is $275 for non-residents and $175 for residents of Boulder, CO. The one hour rental fee is $100 for non-residents and $50 for residents of Boulder.
If you have any questions about the rental process, I recommend that you talk directly with the Boulder OSMP staff. They’ll always have the most specific and up-to-date information!
Max group size: 49
ADA-accessible: The patio is wheelchair accessible, but the inside of the structure and latrines are not.
Restrooms: There are latrines 150 yards south of the shelter along the trails
Halfway House is a great venue for couples who want a beautiful outdoor ceremony in Boulder at an affordable price. It can easily be combined with portraits at nearby Chautauqua, Lost Gulch, or any number of hiking trails, and one of the many, many reception venues and restaurants in the area.