A Quick Guide To Eloping At Loveland Pass
Loveland Pass is a high alpine road that sits at roughly 11,990ft above sea level. It has 360 mountain views and it is a popular elopement spot! The pass is accessible year round and you don’t have to walk very far to access the scenic views. If you are looking for a locations that has high alpine views without the hike, Loveland Pass is the perfect location for you.
Why Should I Elope At This Location?
- Accessibility: Loveland Pass is one of the few accessible roads that is open year round in Colorado.
- Views: With 360 degree mountain views, you can’t go wrong choosing this location for your elopement. It also features lakes.
- It’s close to Denver: You can stay in the city because it’s only a short 1 hour drive away.
- You can adventure: Loveland Pass is a hub for other hikes, you can even climb a 13er right by the parking lot. Its actually pretty short and it can get you more privacy and even more epic views. It is also a great place for snowshoeing and the snow sports in the winter time.
What are the Cons of eloping here?
We had to add some Cons on eloping here, because that may help your decision on whether to not this location is good for you. Here are a few things to think about as well when choosing Loveland Pass:
- Accessibility will always mean very busy locations
- The weather is unpredictable
- Parking is very limited
- You can’t reserve a specific spot to elope in
- The roads have a lot of uphill curves and not recommended for certain drivers
How to Elope at Loveland Pass
Loveland Pass is such an amazing location to host your adventure elopement, however there are a few things to consider when you are eloping at almost 12,000 ft of elevation and on National Forest Lands:
- Follow any rules and regulations in the area: Make sure you apply for a special use permit if needed. Call the Clear Creek Ranger Office for more info, since they manage the area. Always be clear about what you will be doing, how many people will be present, how long it will take and if you are bringing “props” like chairs etc.
- Check the weather: High alpine areas have the most bipolar weather you will see. It can be sunny, windy, thunder-storming and snowing all within a short timeframe depending on the time of day and the time of year. Making sure you are aware of high alpine weather patterns can make or break your day.
- Consider how many people will be present with you: Parking is very limited and the amount of people allowed can also be restricted. This location is best for elopements under 10 people.
- Pick up your marriage license: The nearest clerk and recorder will be the Clear Creek County Clerk And Recorder.
How to prepare for a high alpine elopement.
Just because it is summertime and 80+ degrees in Denver it does not mean that the weather will be the same at higher elevations. Make sure you are prepared for all the seasons when planning an elopement at locations like Loveland Pass. High alpine locations tend to have amazing morning weather and afternoon storms. The best time to get married here is at sunrise for more seclusion and stable weather. Sunset elopements are amazing when the weather cooperates but it can get very cold once that sun goes away! Here’s a few tips to prepare you for your high alpine elopement:
- Bring extra layers and wind resistant jackets
- Bring snacks or warm food and drinks
- Check the weather the day before
- Drink a lot of water
- Make sure you check in on avalanche conditions if you are eloping in the wintertime
What town should you stay in?
The nearest towns will be Georgetown, Silverthorne, Keystone and Breckenridge. Breckenridge is a very scenic town and there are a lot of food and activity options which is important.
How to Leave No Trace At This Location.
Keep in mind that Loveland Pass is a high alpine location which means it has a sensitive ecosystem. Leaving no trace is a small price to pay for a practically free and scenic venue. Here are a few ways you can leave this location better than you found it:
- Make sure you are staying on designated trails and packing out your trash.
- Respect other visitors
- Don’t step on the wild flowers or pick them
- Respect the wildlife
- Don’t Start a fire
- Leave What You Find
Read more rules and regulations here.
Want To Elope At Loveland Pass?
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