Colorado is absolutely jam-packed with natural beauty and it’s no secret that there are a multitude of jaw-dropping wedding venues all over the state. Moira and I often joke that anywhere you can pull your car off on the side of the road is probably fit to be a new venue site. Colorado is just that pretty.
So with the multitude of picturesque Colorado wedding venues throughout the state, how do you go about choosing one for your wedding? Where do you even start your search? That’s the question I had to ask myself before sitting down to create this list. With so many amazing options, it’s no easy task to narrow it down to ten, let alone just one.
That said, if you choose one of these ten amazing venues for your wedding, you absolutely will not regret it.
Without further ado, here is our list of the top 10 best Colorado wedding venues (in no particular order).
Purgatory is a ski resort situated just north of Durango in the San Juan Mountain Range. It’s a long drive from Denver, but it’s well worth the journey if you’re in the market for a Durango wedding. In fact, its remoteness is what makes it so magical. There’s a feeling of isolation that provides a really cool vibe for the weddings here. Also, it’s so far from any sort of light pollution that’s it’s the perfect location to capture photos of the stars, like we did at Jamie and Eric’s Purgatory Resort wedding.
2) Camp Hale
Located just outside of Vail, between Redcliff and Leadville, Camp Hale was developed during World War II as a training facility for the 10th Mountain Division, a specialized infantry trained for fighting in mountainous and arctic conditions. And now you can have your Vail wedding there. How. Cool. Is. That? Check out Kelly and Chris’s epic Camp Hale wedding to get just a taste of the views from this epic Colorado venue.
We couldn’t make a list of the best Colorado wedding venues without including the iconic Stanley Hotel. This beautiful 110-year-old hotel which sits atop the foothills overlooking Estes Park is known for being Stephen King’s inspiration for the 1977 novel, The Shining. In recent years, an array of newer buildings has been constructed around the original hotel, including a concert hall and a state-of-the-art pavilion, which acts as a separate, indoor wedding venue for larger groups and/or rainy days. Add to that the fact that it’s a 10-minute drive from the gates of Rocky Mountain National Park and it’s a photographer’s dream to shoot an Estes Park wedding at this venue. I could probably shoot 50 Stanley Hotel weddings and not take the same picture twice.
Situated at the base of Peak 10, a little less than halfway up the mountain at Breckenridge Ski Resort, a TenMile Station wedding affords majestic views of the surrounding snowcapped peaks. And with this Breckenridge wedding venue situated at just over 10,000 feet above sea level, you never know which season you’re going to get, which keeps things fresh for your photographer. The last wedding we photographed at TenMile was on June 21st (the summer solstice) of this year… and it snowed.
For those looking for sweeping vistas of the Rocky Mountains without the hassle of driving into the mountains, look no further than a Pinnacle Club wedding on the 38th floor of the Grand Hyatt Denver. This is a great option if you have guests coming to Colorado from sea level and are concerned about how they’ll fare at the higher altitudes. Plus, this might be the best Denver wedding venue to view an iconic Colorado sunset.
The Pine Creek Cookhouse is a log cabin-style restaurant located about 10 miles south of Aspen, just past an old ghost town called Ashcroft. The best thing about this Aspen wedding venue is the natural beauty surrounding the restaurant. A hiking path winds its way through the valley along Pine Creek and affords breathtaking views of Star Peak and Taylor Peak to the south. If you’re going to have a Pine Creek Cookhouse wedding, be prepared for the urge to frolic through the wildflowers singing at the top of your lungs, “The hills are alive with the sound of music!”
For those looking for a rustic vibe, but who still require all of the amenities, a Devil’s Thumb Ranch wedding is perfect. A working horse ranch located just north of Winter Park, the venue’s slogan says it all: “Welcome to a tucked-away haven of pure, untamed wonder – a place where yesterday’s views and values intersect with today’s adventures and comforts.” Couldn’t have said it better myself.
Planet Bluegrass is extremely unique in that it is first and foremost, a music festival venue. We’ve photographed several Planet Bluegrass weddings and it’s always a blast. The reception pavilion has a built-in stage, so most couples opt to have a live band, which really brings the dance party to life. Plus, the North Saint Vrain Creek runs through the property, which provides ample opportunity for cool photos.
*Note: If you’re unable to book a Planet Bluegrass wedding for whatever reason, I’d recommend checking out River Bend directly across the street. It has a very similar look and vibe – the only difference is they impose a noise ban due to the proximity to residential areas, so you have to have either an acoustic band or a silent disco for your Lyons wedding reception.
Looking for more of an urban setting? Located just south of Broncos Stadium, Mile High Station occupies an old steel and ironworks building, dating back to the late 19th century. This Denver wedding venue has a sort of chic, yet somehow rustic feel that provides a cool and unique alternative to the more traditional Colorado mountain venues our state is so well known for. It’s also walking distance from a perfect view of the Denver skyline.
*Note: A partner venue called Ironworks opened this year next door to Mile High Station, so you have two really cool venues to choose from!
The Beaver Creek Lodge is just a stone’s throw from the Centennial Express Lift (literally; I threw a stone to test it out), which takes you to the midway point of Beaver Creek Mountain. So not only do you get the cool, riverside Beaver Creek Lodge wedding, you can also jump on the lift and go up the mountain for your couple’s portraits.*
*You’ll need a ski pass (or a day pass) to ride the lift.