Say "I Do" with a View
For the adventurous brides and grooms brave enough to face Colorado’s unpredictable weather, there are several outdoor winter wedding venues to choose from that will take your breath away. With pristine peaks blanketed in white, fiery sunsets, and too many bluebird days to count, there’s no questioning that the Colorado outdoors make a perfect backdrop for a magical winter wedding. From hot springs to ski resorts, scenic overlooks to everything in between, we chose our top picks for Colorado wedding venues with a view.
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1. Dunton Hot Springs Resort
This remote, luxurious wedding location is tucked amid the striking San Juan Mountains just an hour outside of Telluride. With an outdoor chapel, alpine valley, a 40-foot waterfall, snow-covered evergreens and aspens on their property, Dunton’s winter scenery is wedding perfect. The resort offers the option to rent out the town and provides several outdoor activities for guests in addition to soaking in their hot springs.
2. Sapphire Point Overlook
With stunning panoramic views of Dillon Reservoir, the town of Frisco, and the Gore and Tenmile mountain ranges, it’s no surprise that Sapphire Point Overlook is one of the most popular spots in Summit County for a wedding with a view. This small, 35-person site can be reserved for up to 2 hours. Other visitors and hikers can still access the area during the event, but most are very respectful and avoid the area during a ceremony.
3. Wild Basin Lodge
Wild Basin Lodge is a romantic and scenic mountain wedding venue located at the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park. On a clear day, you can catch sights of Mount Meeker or Mount Copeland in the distance. With only one wedding hosted a day, if unexpected Colorado weather rolls in, Wild Basin can easily move your outdoor wedding into their elegant lodge.
4. Spruce Mountain Ranch
The beautiful and rustic 450-acre Spruce Mountain Ranch is divided into an upper and lower ranch with ponds, a lake and cattle pastures on site. They have many different outdoor ceremony spaces to choose from including landscaped courtyards, lakeside terraces and a mountainside site that sits on the hillside of Spruce Mountain and offers incredible outlooks over the ranch and meadow below.
5. Bella Vista Estate
Steamboat Springs, CO
There’s no shortage of gorgeous views at this majestic winter wedding venue. Bella Vista is a private estate located only 10 minutes from downtown Steamboat and Steamboat Ski Resort. Couples are able to exchange vows in a quiet, secluded setting while overlooking the Flat Tops National Forest and breathtaking Yampa River Valley.
6. Garden of the Gods Club and Resort
Colorado Springs, CO
The views from the Garden of the God Club and Resort can only be described as magical. From the outdoor Reflection Pool and South Patio Lawn, the snow capped Pike’s Peak and ruby red rock formations at Garden of the Gods paint the perfect backdrop for a winter wedding. The club also offers an array of amenities including guest rooms, a 27-hole golf course, tennis courts, a spa and salon, fitness and aquatic centers.
7. C Lazy U Ranch
With over 8,500 acres of snow-covered landscapes, C Lazy U Ranch is a winter wonderland perfect for an outdoor wedding. Several outdoor wedding sites are available on site including the highly sought after Woodsie Overlook, which sits high on the ranch property and offers panoramic views of the Continental Divide and Willow Creek Reservoir. Guests who stay at the ranch have a long list of fun winter activities to choose from such as downhill tubing, horseback riding, and ice skating.
8. Winter Park Resort
Winter Park, CO
Winter Park, less than 70 miles from North Denver, is a stunning Colorado wedding destination right off the ski slopes of one of Colorado’s most popular ski resorts. Couples and guests are in for an adventure, as they will arrive at the 10,700 foot mountain top ceremony by gondola or chairlift. Incredible views of Fraser Valley and the Continental Divide surround the ceremony site.
9. Golden Gate Canyon State Park- Panorama Point
With a name like Panorama Point, you know the views are going to be good. You won’t be sacrificing great views for the low price to rent this winter wedding destination. The wooden observation deck is famous for its expansive, and utterly breathtaking views of the Continental Divide.
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Alyssa is an intern at OutThere Colorado. She is a full-time snacker, and when she isn't running for the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, you can find her outside hiking, SUPing, skiing, biking and climbing.