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August 30, 2021


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If you have ever visited Colorado, you know that this gorgeous state of ours is massive.  Today we are sharing our top 7 Favorite Colorado Ranching Wedding Venues to help ease the stress of your search for your dream mountain wedding. From the tallest peaks collectively in the continental US to the green rolling hills of the front range, I am often overwhelmed by the breathtaking views and sheer mass of this space I call home.  

As a bride your search for the venue of your dreams starts here.  I love sharing our favorite venues, but this specific list is an exciting place to begin.  We just know you will find the venue of your dreams!

We have traveled this state far and wide, and we photograph weddings in truly some of the most stunning places.  I am eager to share with you how getting married at one of these venues will bring your wedding vision to reality.  We highly recommend booking your wedding venue the moment you have selected your date, so that you are able to have first choice.  After you book your date it is important to begin searching for a full service wedding planner who can truly walk you through the process of creating a beautiful day at one of these venues.  

Colorado Ranch Wedding Venues

Many of these venues are expansive in size and options, so having someone to guide you through the planning process is a vital step in creating a low stress and enjoyable wedding planning experience.  Planning your wedding is truly a journey, and we are so honored to be a part of this journey with you.  Make sure to inquire with us today to ensure we are available for your date.  Selecting a venue in Colorado is truly a unique way to celebrate the beginning of your love story, so we hope you find your dream venue from one of our favorites.  I know these spots will take your breath away.  

As you begin this new season, make sure to check out our guide to creating intention in your wedding day timeline.  One of the reasons we love mountain weddings is they have the ability to carry you away from reality.  Several of these venues have lodging onsite, and we love that you can begin your celebrations days in advance on the property with your guests.  The offerings these ranches have for their guests are amazing and designed to create a luxurious experience for you and your loved ones.  One of these Colorado ranch wedding venues is most definitely for you!  

  1. Devil’s Thumb Ranch 

 One of Colorado’s most stunning ranches with their premier resort, spa, and cabins, Devil’s Thumb Ranch is an iconic and luxurious ranch that is perfect for your Colorado ranch wedding.  Often booked a season ahead of time, this venue is everything that a bride could dream of.  Among the most beautiful Colorado ranch wedding venues with a wide array of options for you and your guests to enjoy a taste of Colorado.  This ranch boasts 6,500 acres of pristine and quiet beauty at the base of a stunning mountain range.  The ranch also offers lodging for your guests, and even an option to buy out the ranch so you can celebrate your wedding in complete privacy.  The views from the ceremony site at Devil’s Thumb Ranch is stunning and you and your wedding party can easily move into one of the onsite elegant lodges to dine and dance the night away.  We love that there are so many beautiful spaces for your welcome dinner, rehearsal dinner, ceremony site, and reception.  

Top Reasons for This Venue:

  1. Full service experience within the resort and spa
  2. World class dining experience
  3. Gorgeous vistas and quiet acreage 
  4. Onsite Lodging 
  5. Indoor and Outdoor Ceremony sites of 160-250 guest capacity 

Getting There From Denver:

Tabernash, Colorado

Flying into Denver and renting a car is a must to reach this Colorado Ranch Wedding venue, but with just an hour and 40 minute drive it is quickly accessible from Denver International Airport.  

Your Guests can book lodging at the resort, or they can book lodging in the neighboring town of Tabernash.

Colorado Ranch Wedding Venues
  1. Piney River Ranch 

Along the lakeshore of Piney Lake and set at the base of Gore Ranch, Piney River Ranch is one of the most stunning Colorado ranch wedding venues.  The views from the ceremony site are beyond heavenly.  This venue is often booked seasons in advanced with its limited opening between June and September for mountain weddings.  Yet we know you will be blow away by the beauty of this pristine wedding venue.  Tucked among Aspen trees with gentle mountain slopes on either side, Piney River Ranch creates a setting unlike any other in all of Colorado.  In the early summer months, the hillsides are painted with wildflowers and the mountain lake casts a vision of ethereal beauty that is the perfect backdrop for your vows.  Our couples can easily access the lake by canoe for portraits during their wedding day. Piney River Ranch is also a favorite for engagement sessions with these iconic views.   Located about 11 miles north of Vail Village in the White River National Forest, this is one of the best kept secrets among our selection of Colorado Ranch Wedding Venues.  

The venue allows only one event at a time which creates a much more private affair for you and your fiancé.  We cannot recommend this gorgeous venue enough.  Once you have your wedding date, we highly recommend contacting this venue right away to ensure you are able to lock in your date.  

Top Reasons for This Venue:

  1. Onsite lodging in glamping tents and cabins
  2. In-house catering service with a locally sourced menu
  3. Private and quiet 40 acres 
  4. Sweeping views at the edge of the lake
  5. On-site reception space

Getting There from Denver

Driving up to Piney River Ranch can be quite the trek.  We recommend a high clearance 4 wheel or all wheel drive vehicle to make it up the winding roads.  

The drive from Denver International Airport is about 2 ½ hours.  Your guests can stay onsite in a cabin or tent at Piney or book lodging in nearby Vail, Colorado.  

Colorado Ranch Wedding Venues
  1. Camp Hale

This stunning Rocky Mountain Wedding Venue near Vail, Colorado offers gorgeous sweeping views of the green mountainside.  Camp Hale is one of our favorite Colorado Ranch Wedding Venues because it offers a blank canvas that can truly be enhanced by every couple’s vision.  They offer everything from transportation to cabins and unique experiences for your guests.  A tent can easily be placed in the wide open spaces on the ranch to create a stunning reception space. The ranch is completely private so you and your guests can celebrate in an intimate space created just for your wedding day. These views just beg for stunning floral creations, and we love that the space is so versatile.  

Top Reasons for This Venue:

  1. Blank canvas 
  2. Private space just for your wedding day
  3. Sweeping views
  4. Ceremony site island (truly a must see!)
  5. Onsite beverage services 

Getting There from Denver: 

Driving to Camp Hale from DIA will take about 2 ½ hours, and we encourage renting a high clearance vehicle for the drive up.  Your guests can easily book lodging in nearby Vail to share the weekend’s celebrations with you and your fiancé.

Colorado Ranch Wedding Venues
  1. Granby Ranch

Sitting on top of the Continental Divide, Granby Ranch is a truly unique experience with sweeping views of mountain vistas and surrounding valleys.  Accessible by chair lift in the summer season, this is one of the most unique Colorado ranch wedding venues we have seen before.  They offer a wide variety of activities for your guests to enjoy year round including fishing, hiking, biking, and skiing in the winter months.  The Aspen leaves in the fall are absolutely stunning, and we highly recommend a fall wedding just to enjoy their views. Very close to the gates of Rocky Mountain National Park, Granby allows your guests the quiet of a hidden gem.  

Top Reasons for This Venue:

  1. Fall Colors
  2. Mountain wedding deck
  3. Chair lift
  4. Hidden Gem
  5. Mountain vistas from the top of the ski slope

Getting There From Denver 

A little over a 2 hour drive from DIA will make this a quickly accessible wedding venue for you and your guests.  We recommend booking lodging in Granby, Colorado.  

Colorado Ranch Wedding Venues
  1. C Lazy U Ranch 

This beautiful and romantic Colorado ranch wedding venue is truly one of our favorite locations.  They are an all-inclusive luxury wedding venue that has 4 indoor and outdoor ceremony sites, 3 indoor or outdoor receptions sites, and gorgeous mountain views in Granby, Colorado.  They offer overnight accommodations for guests and a private honeymoon cabin for the newlyweds.  With views of the mountains from their soft meadows or lakes, their ceremony site offerings are one-of-a-kind.  One aspect we love the most is the option to buy out the ranch for a fully private and luxurious experience.  The ranch is nestled in the privacy of 8,500 acres of gorgeous landscape, so your wedding will truly be stunning.  

Top Reasons for This Venue:

  1. Space to enjoy your guests
  2. Mountain vistas
  3. Quickly accessible from Denver 
  4. Variety of options for ceremony site
  5. Overnight stay options

Getting There from Denver

A quick 2 hour drive into the mountains from DIA makes this venue quickly accessible for out of town guests.  Lodging can be booked onsite or in the nearby town of Granby.  


6. Spruce Mountain Ranch

Just outside of Colorado Springs city limits lies the stunning Spruce Mountain Ranch wedding venue that boasts 450 acres of stunning mountainside space.  This is a stunning option for your Colorado Ranch Wedding, and we love that it has multiple options for ceremony sites and reception spaces.  The views of the Front Range from this ranch are unmatched, and it is truly a perfect location.  The ranch offers year-round spaces for a wedding in any season.  They have a wonderful selection of local vendors to serve you and your guests for your beautiful day.  

Top Reasons for This Venue:

  1. Year-round venue
  2. Nearby location airport in Colorado Springs 
  3. Rustic atmosphere for an iconic Colorado wedding
  4. Sweeping views of the Front Range
  5. Multiple ceremony and reception sites

Getting There from Denver

At just over an hour’s drive from DIA and about 30 minutes from Colorado Springs’s airport, we love how easily accessible this wedding venue is for our couples.  Lodging can be easily booked in Colorado Springs or Castle Rock for your guests.


7. Guyton Ranch 

Our final venue for our top 7 Colorado Ranch Wedding Venues is Guyton Ranch.  This classic Colorado ranch has stunning views from their ceremony site, and several options for guests to enjoy on the property.  Absolutely stunning in the summer and fall, we know you will be blown away by the views.  Located near Kenosha Pass which is stunning for couple’s portraits, the ranch offers a barn style reception space with options to stay onsite.  

Top Reasons for This Venue:

  1. Summer and Fall ceremony with stunning views
  2. Rustic atmosphere with activities for guests to enjoy
  3. Kenosha Pass for portraits
  4. Near Breckenridge and quick drive from Denver
  5. Gorgeous getting ready spaces 

Getting There From Denver

 Just a little less than 2 hours from Denver International Airport and quickly accessible from Breckenridge. Lodging onsite for 15 guests while guests can also stay in nearby Breckenridge.  

Colorado’s Ranch Wedding Venues have so many amazing options for our couples, and we are certain you will find your dream venue here.  As your wedding photographers, we are always searching for the best venues and vendors to recommend to our couples. If you haven’t viewed our 2021 Vendor List yet, then be sure to start there for our top recommendations.  We are here to answer all of your questions, and we are excited to begin the journey with you.  To inquire with us about your date, then email us here today!  

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