Estes Park Wedding Venues: The Planning Guide
A guide to Estes Park Wedding Venues and the benefits of getting married in this beautiful mountain town.
On my first visit to Colorado, my roommate and I drove from Boulder to Estes Park. The minute we came around the last curve and saw the mountain town spreading out below us, I fell in love. At that moment, I knew that I would one day call Colorado home.
Fast forward a few years and I now live only an hour from Estes Park. Which means that I get the beautiful mountain town and Rocky Mountain National Park as my photography playground. It also means that I’m just 30 minutes from Lyons, another of my favorite mountain towns. But I’ll save Lyons for another post!
If you’re drawn to Estes Park as well, you should definitely check out some of the beautiful venues in the town.
Here’s a rundown of Estes Park wedding venues and a little bit about each. Know of one that I didn’t mention? Let me know and I’ll add it to the list!
This iconic historic hotel has been used for multiple movie sets and was the inspiration for Stephen King’s The Shining. You can go spooky and classy for photos inside the hotel, but it’s hard to beat the views from the garden ceremony spot. All in all an iconic Estes Park wedding venue.
The Stanley Pavilion
A new spot on the Stanley Hotel property, the Pavilion is more upscale and modern than the historic hotel. And features a very cool ceremony theater with floor to ceiling windows for a large guest count.
Taharaa Mountain Lodge
This lodge is both woodsy and warm and features an outdoor ceremony pergola, an oversized covered porch, a patio with string lights, and a large room for dining and dancing with incredible views of the Estes Park mountains. It’s also only a few minutes drive to Lily Lake, an awesome option for a first look or portrait. Taharaa is also home to Twin Owls Steakhouse, some of the best food in Estes Parl.
Black Canyon Inn
With views of both Long’s Peak and The Bumpy Ridge (depending on which side of the property you’re on), this venue has the mountain charm you want from an Estes Park Wedding Venue.
Della Terra Mountain Chateau
A stone European Style Chateau in the heart of the Estes Park mountains, this property is super close to the entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park. A plus for diverse photo opportunities!
(photo from Della Terra website)
Wild Basin Lodge (Allenspark)
While not technically an Estes Park wedding venue, Wild Basin Lodge is nearby in Allenspark and I think it’s worth mentioning here. The lodge features a gorgeous ceremony site with mountain views, stone amphitheater, and river access. All in all, a beautiful riverside mountain spot to say “I do”.
Rocky Mountain National Park
There are 13 available ceremony sites in Rocky Mountain National Park. Each is beautiful in its own way and can accommodate a variety of guest counts. Even if you choose not to hold your ceremony in RMNP, you should definitely consider visiting the park for photos.
The Boulders at Black Canyon Inn
Estes Park’s newest wedding venue, the Boulders occupies the same property at Black Canyon Inn. The outdoor wedding deck allows you to be outdoors in nature while your guests stay covered under the pavilion. The outdoor patio features fire pits and the perfect patio for outdoor cocktail hour. The main reception space is quite large and essentially a blank canvas so you can decorate it any way you like.
O’Connor Pavilion is located five miles west of downtown Estes Park, and backs up to the Rocky Mountain National Park. The facilities offer a wooded, streamside setting with an open meadow with a mountain panorama backdrop. The seasonal, outdoor site is perfect for couples on a budget who still want the beauty of an Estes Park wedding venue.
Seven miles outside of Estes Park and right next to RMNP, Dao House is a mountain retreat center that serves as an Estes Park Wedding Venue.
Fall River Village
Are roof-top ceremonies and open air receptions your jam? Then check out this stunning newer Estes park wedding venue.
The Ridgeline Hotel
A beautiful spot for your guests to stay during your wedding weekend with easy access to Rocky Mountain National Park. You can choose to host your ceremony on site or in RMNP.
Estes Park Resort
Get married lake-side with a view of the stunning Estes Park mountains in the background.
Why Choose an Estes Park Wedding Venue?
You’re right at the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park and the ceremony sites + photo options that come along with that are spectacular.
Close to Denver
Less than an hour drive from Denver, Estes Park wedding venues provide easy accessibility for out of town and in town guests.
The views in Estes Park are rocky and beautiful and different then elsewhere in the Rocky Mountains.
Downtown Estes Park is full of restaurants, shops, and summertime entertainment that brings the mountain fun to all your guests.
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