1. These are breathtaking! I love the mix of mountains and forest. Any suggestions on areas within Hidden Valley to take photos or say vows? Hoping to marry there next year!

    1. Hi Madison! Hidden Valley is not a huge area, so you’ll have no problems finding beautiful places for your own elopement! Just avoid walking onto wildflowers and minimize impact on nature if you go off trail anywhere by sticking with durable surfaces.

  2. Since you have seen the area, would it be easy for those in a wheelchair or elderly to participate in the elopement?

    1. While the trail at Hidden Valley is wide and well maintained, it’s a bit uphill, so it might not be the easiest for someone in a wheelchair. Sprague Lake and Lily Lake are the two easiest accessible ceremony sites in Rocky Mountain National Park, since both are flat, wide trails. Lily Lake is the shortest walk from the parking lot, while Sprague Lake is a bit longer. You can read more about accessible trails in the park here.

  3. I keep drooling over these pictures! Is the picnic table in Hidden Valley or was that somewhere nearby? My fiancé and I are eloping here next month! Do you have any suggestions for short nearby hikes?

  4. Thanks for posting this information. It is really helpful for us because we are planning on having our ceremony there in June 2022. I took a visit to the park this past weekend and loved the location. The only downside is that the trail is uphill and could be hard for some. BUT there are decent spots near the visitor center where you can have a lovely ceremony, as well. The smell in the air and the sound of the water flowing nearby is the perfect aesthetic for us nature-loving couple. Plus, Hidden Valley is a stop on trail ridge road and you take that to see the big mountains shown above. It’s perfect for pictures! 🙂

  5. These pictures and the area are beautiful! Where did they say their cows in Hidden Valley? My fiancé and I are getting married there in August; but we’re from Arizona so we are not the most familiar with this area. We’re just searching for beautiful great locations to have the ceremony in Hidden Valley! 🙂

  6. That dress!! Any info on it?
    Also do you have to get a permit to elope at hidden valley.. any additional info would be great.

    1. The dress is called Rowen by All Who Wander! And yes, you do need a permit to elope at Hidden Valley (or anywhere else in RMNP)—the RMNP wedding guide I have linked at the top of this post will give you all the info you need.

  7. These photos are stunning! They inspired us to elope here this year. ☺️ What time of day did they have the ceremony? Trying to figure out the best lighting for that area! ☀️

    1. Hey! This was in the early afternoon, around 2pm if I remember correctly—but it was overcast when they exchanged their vows, so the light would look quite different on a sunny day. Ask your photographer for help with your timeline so you can plan it based on what else you’re doing, too! 😊

  8. We want to get eloped in hidden valley….is it a hike to get to where you eloped or is it close to a road?
    If a hike, how long until you get to where you guys where?

  9. Nina, these are absolutely gorgeous!

    I am looking at eloping in RMNP next year, where are the 2nd and 3rd locations you have pictures of? They are so so beautiful and the mountains behind them are just magnificent!

  10. These photos are beautiful!! After you were accepted for a permit for hidden valley did you need to get an additional permit to take photos on trail ridge road? Thank you!

    1. I have an annual Commercial Use Authorization with Rocky Mountain National Park, so I apply for the permits on behalf of my couples. But if you’re applying for your own wedding permit, and your photographer does not have a permit, you just need to put down any portrait locations on the permit application (something like “we want to take photos at this trail name after our ceremony” and that covers you.

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