Colorado Wedding and Reception Venues
For many people who love the outdoors, an outdoor wedding venue is the only option. Luckily, there are plenty of outdoor wedding locations in Colorado. The climate of Colorado is usually described as being cool and dry. The down side to that the weather can change very quickly. High winds and rapid temperature changes can put a damper on an outdoor wedding. If you are planning a outdoor wedding in Colorado, you must have a backup plan in case the weather may cancel the event. Many wedding venues in Colorado have both indoor and outdoor areas integrated together, so when the weather turns on a dime folks can head inside or out.
Many of the Colorado ski resorts offer ski-in, ski-out wedding venues including Arapahoe Basin, Aspen, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge Copper Mountain, Eldora, Keystone, Ski Loveland, SolVista, Steamboat Springs, Sunlight Mountain, Telluride, Vail, and Winter Park. If you chose to tie the knot at a resort, you can have your wedding, reception and other gatherings all in one convenient location. These resorts also offer lots of other entertainment including five-star dining, spas, live music, and sledding. Here, you don’t need to rent a limousine, just leave the wedding in a horse draw sled. Another option for an outside wedding is a national forest or wildlife area. National Forest include Arapaho, Grand Mesa, Gunnison, Pike, Rio Grande Roosevelt, Routt, San Isabel, San Juan, Uncompahgre and White River. Wilderness area that may allow weddings include Collegiate Peaks, Flat Tops, Great Sand Dunes National Monument, Hunter-Fryingpan, La Garita, Lizard Head, Lost Creek, Maroon Bells Snowmass, Mount Sneffels, Mount Zirkel, Rawah, Sangre de Cristo, Uncompahgre, Weminuche, West Elk. These outdoor venues make an amazing backdrop for wedding photos and video. If you want to limit how many people come to your wedding, you can have it on top of a 14er.
Another alternative to large resorts are dude and guest ranches, which often provide top-notch catering and hospitable lodging for the entire wedding party. Dude ranches offer great family activities like hiking; fly fishing, horseback riding, and many fun programs for kids. These little pockets of paradise are tucked in all corners of Colorado, and accessibility can range from five minutes to the nearest stoplight, to nine miles of dirt road leading to the ranch. Capacities can be up to 115 for lodging, but facilities can often accommodate more for one event. An outdoor wedding would provide a stunning photographic backdrop settled in the middle of the Continental Divide or set out in front of the rustic main lodge… or both! For a complete list of Colorado dude ranches look on coloradoranch.com.