The Ultimate Mountain Elopement Guide: Best Locations and Top Tips

If you’ve been dreaming of escaping to the mountains to exchange your vows, you’re in luck! I’ve been photographing weddings for 5 years and have captured some of the most drool-worthy mountain ceremonies. In this guide, I’m going to give you the inside scoop on everything you need to know about having the best mountain elopement ever.

Mountain Elopement Couple
Girdwood, Among the Pines Photography

I’ve got something for everyone, from popular spots to lesser-known destinations. Below, I’ll share elopement locations in Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Alaska, and Washington.

Mountain Elopement Checklist

Before diving into amazing elopement locations in the mountains, let’s take a look at this quick elopement checklist to help you get started.

  • Choose a location. Close your eyes and envision what you want your day to look like. Now keep reading for some of my favorite places in the mountains!
  • Book your elopement photographer. Make sure you capture your big day so you can remember how amazing it was and share it with your loved one. Best of all, many elopement photographers double as a planner. Learn more about investing in an elopement photographer here.
  • Pick a date. Mountain weddings can be amazing any time of the year. Consider your ideal weather to help you pick a date.
  • Apply for permits. Various elopement locations require different permits, especially national and state parks. Once you pick your location, you can get the details for this to ensure you have proper licenses. Prices vary from about $50 to a few hundred bucks.
  • Book your trip. Once you pick your date, it’s time to book your trip!
  • Get your marriage license. To make things easy, your planner can help you out with this. 
  • Enjoy your wedding day! Most importantly, have fun and enjoy your special day.

If you want help with all aspects of planning your elopement, Among the Pines (that’s me!) is an adventure elopement photographer that can help you do it all. I help with finding the perfect ceremony spot, figuring out the legal stuff, carrying the train of your dress, and taking gorgeous photos.

The Best Mountain Elopement Locations

Let’s get to it and check out these fabulous locations!

Rocky Mountain National Park, Among the Pines Photography

Montana

Montana, also known as the Big Sky Country, is a slice of natural paradise. Whether you’re planning a relaxed or an adventure elopement, there’s something for all kinds of couples!

Glacier National Park

a national park with glacier-carved peaks and valleys

Glacier National Park boasts endless mountain ranges, 25 active glaciers, hundreds of sparkling lakes, and cascading waterfalls. Talk about an epic elopement location! 

Spanning over 1 million acres, there are endless places to have your ceremony. Lake Mcdonald, Logan Mountain Pass, and East Glacier are just a few unforgettable options.

Bozeman

an underrated adventurous city in the mountains

I love Bozeman for a mountain elopement off the beaten path. While it’s such a unique and captivating mountain town, you don’t often hear about it. It’s perfect for couples who want a low-key wedding!

From the picture-perfect mountain valley, Hyalite Reservoir to colorful mountainside cabins, there are countless beautiful sites in Bozeman. It’s also the perfect destination to stick around and enjoy an adventurous honeymoon.

The Bozeman elopement photos are some of my favorites –

Bozeman Mountain Elopement
Bozeman Elopement
Bozeman, Among the Pines Photography

Colorado

One of my favorite places to photograph an elopement is Colorado! Not only is it one of the only states where you don’t have to have witnesses or an officiant to legally marry, but it’s absolutely gorgeous.

You might also be interested in reading: Colorado Elopement: When & Where to Elope

Rocky Mountains

North America’s most extensive mountain system

The Rocky Mountains, or the Rockies, is the largest mountain system in North America. It stretches for 3,000 miles, so you can only imagine how many spots there are to choose from for your elopement.

With 9 national parks showcasing glistening lakes, cascading waterfalls, and massive mountain peaks, there are tons of places to say “I do” like this stunning spot –

Rocky Mountain National Park elopement
Rocky Mountain National Park elopement
Rocky Mountain National Park, Among the Pines Photography

Boulder

an urban area surrounded by mountains

If you enjoy city life and nature, Boulder might be the best place for you to elope! This fun city is nestled between the Rocky Mountains and the Flatirons, offering unmatched scenery. 

Check out these breathtaking Boulder elopement photos –

Boulder elopement
Boulder elopement
Boulder, Among the Pines Photography

Idaho

Idaho is an untouched area for elopements and is a dream destination for couples hoping to do something different yet amazing.

Sandpoint

a charming, laid-back city situated between 3 mountain ranges

Nestled between 3 mountain ranges, Sandpoint’s views are unbelievable. You can’t go wrong with breathtaking locations like Lake Pend Oreille and Schweitzer Mountain Resort.

Couples enjoy extending their Sandpoint trip to meet friendly locals, experience recreation adventures, and attend local events.

Sawtooth Mountains, Stanley

a mountain range of the rocky mountains

If you and your love enjoy hiking and rock climbing, the Sawtooth Mountains might be the mountain elopement location of your dreams! Located in central Idaho, Stanley boasts 1,000 miles of untouched wilderness.

The Sawtooth Mountain range makes for a magical wedding backdrop. After your vows, make new memories while exploring Stanley’s natural beauty.

Grand Targhee, Driggs

a mountain resort on the other side of the Tetons

We know about the iconic Grand Tetons in Wyoming, but did you know the other side is in Idaho? Grand Targhee is a mountain resort with flawless scenery of the Tetons.

Tie the knot in Grand Targhee, Driggs for an unforgettable experience – especially if you want to have a winter wonderland elopement.  

Wyoming

While Wyoming is a popular mountain elopement destination, there are also secluded locations for couples who want a peaceful, intimate ceremony.

Grand Teton National Park

a stunning national park with mountains, lakes, and wildlife

If you prefer to say your vows on the Wyoming side of the Tetons, Grand Teton National Park is one of the most iconic elopement locations. You’ve got endless landscapes, including mountains, lakes, valleys, and rivers.

Have a stunning sunrise elopement at Schwabacher’s Landing or exchange your vows at sunset at the historic Mormon Row. There are also waterfall spots and hiking areas for an intimate ceremony. 

The Grand Tetons made for a storybook backdrop at these mountain elopements –

Grand Tetons Elopement
Grand Tetons Elopement
Grand Tetons, Among the Pines Photography

Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest

a nature enthusiast’s paradise with various elopement locations

This national forest spans into both Wyoming and Colorado and is a great area for nature lovers. Medicine Bow-Routt is off the beaten path but offers many captivating places for a romantic elopement in the mountains.

Lake Marie is one of my favorite spots during summer with wildflowers galore, while St. Alban’s Chapel is a quiet, remote location that sits at about a 10,000-foot elevation.

Alaska

As the largest state in the US, Alaska offers endless elopement locations. Many of these places are in the mountains with backdrops that look like a storybook!

You might also be interested in reading: How to Elope in Alaska: A Complete Guide for an Epic Elopement

Skagway

a historic city with a picture-perfect panorama

Skagway is a popular Alaskan city, and for great reason! It’s filled with endless things to see and do, from an unmatched panorama and epic train rides through the mountains to a charming downtown area and water activities.

So, what about a mountain elopement in Alaska? There are so many incredible locations, including the gorgeous Haines State Forest. This is one of the best places to marry the love of your life if you’re looking for a secluded spot next to rugged mountains.

Girdwood

a quaint mountain town surrounded by the peaks of the Chugach Mountain Range

Just south of Anchorage is a fantastic mountain town known as Girdwood, which sits in the Chugach Mountains. It’s surrounded by rainforest and glaciers, offering endless views for a jaw-dropping elopement.

This beautiful newlywed couple I recently photographed in Girdwood loved exploring this exciting mountain town. Check out some of their photos –

Girdwood Elopement
Girdwood Elopement
Girdwood, Among the Pines Photography

Washington

Washington State is one of the most fun, unique, and gorgeous places to run off and get married. There are many options for popular destinations, hidden gems, laid-back towns, or vibrant cities. Let’s check out a couple of my favorites.

Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest

a somewhat secluded national forest with mountains, lakes, and forests

National forests are ideal elopement locations for outdoorsy couples. If you’re interested in a more remote national forest wedding, Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest is the place for it!

Tie the knot next to a lake with a mountain backdrop or nestled in the forest. Best of all, there is a lot of public land here, so getting married here can be relatively easy as permits aren’t necessarily required.

Leavenworth

a unique Bavarian-style city in the Cascade Mountains

Interested in doing something a little different? Head to Leavenworth for your elopement. This Bavarian-style town is tucked in the Cascade Mountains and offers an experience unlike any other –think fun breweries, gorgeous lakes, and vast mountain peaks.

Mountain Elopement Packages

I eloped to the mountains myself, so helping adventurous couples like you do the same is a dream!

With my mountain elopement packages, I can help you plan the special day you’ve always hoped for. Among the Pines offers inclusive elopement packages and helps with the entire planning process, and I even have a 100-page elopement guide to share with you.

Let’s get to it and plan your epic elopement in the mountains!

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