Sprague Lake Wedding and Elopement Guide
Unveiling the Beauty of Sprague Lake: Your Comprehensive Guide to Unforgettable Weddings & Elopements in Rocky Mountain National Park
Ready for your Sprague Lake wedding adventure? Nestled amidst the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains lies a serene and enchanting gem known as Sprague Lake. Its mirror-like waters reflect the surrounding peaks, creating a picturesque backdrop that dreams are made of. If you’ve ever envisioned saying “I do” in a place that seamlessly marries the rugged wilderness with timeless romance, then you’ve stumbled upon the perfect guide.
Welcome to “Sprague Lake Weddings & Elopements | The Ultimate Guide.” In this free guide, we embark on a journey through the heart of Rocky Mountain National Park, unraveling the secrets to crafting the wedding or elopement of your dreams. Here, we leave no stone unturned, offering a comprehensive roadmap for your unforgettable celebration.
So, what can you expect to discover within the pages of this guide? We’ve got you covered on all fronts. From deciphering the permitting laws and processes that navigate the way to your Sprague Lake adventure, to uncovering alternate locations within the park for those seeking a touch of uniqueness, we’ve got it all. And that’s just the beginning.
We’ll take you through the ever-changing seasons, so you’ll know what to expect whether you’re planning a summer extravaganza amidst wildflowers or a cozy winter elopement in a snow-kissed wonderland. And for those wondering about the guest list, we’ve got the lowdown on how many loved ones you can invite to share in your special day.
This guide is your key to unlocking the magic of a Sprague Lake elopement, ensuring your wedding or elopement becomes a cherished tale told for generations to come. So, let’s dive in and uncover the extraordinary possibilities that await in this pristine corner of nature’s beauty. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, an adventurous soul, or a hopeless romantic, Sprague Lake has something enchanting in store for you.
Are you ready to make your dream wedding or elopement a reality? Let’s embark on this unforgettable journey together, where love meets the wilderness in the most remarkable way. From step-by-step instructions for getting your permit, all the way to our insider tips, you’ll be completely set and prepared for your Sprague Lake wedding or elopement!
Sprague Lake Wedding Photographer
Hi, I’m Kelly!
Hi! I’m Kelly, and I proudly call the breathtaking state of Colorado my home. With its majestic mountains, serene lakes, and boundless natural beauty, this place has not only captured my heart but also become the canvas for my passion. As a devoted photographer, I find boundless inspiration in the landscapes that surround me, and I’m thrilled at the prospect of capturing the essence of your special day. Whether you’re planning a Sprague Lake elopement or an adventurous mountain wedding, I’m here to turn your moments into timeless memories. Join me as we embark on a photographic journey, celebrating love and adventure against the backdrop of Colorado’s stunning landscapes. Your story deserves to be told, and I can’t wait to be the one behind the lens to tell it.
Can you have a wedding ceremony at Sprague Lake?
Yes! Sprague Lake is one of the 12 designated ceremony sites within Rocky Mountain National Park where you can hold a wedding ceremony.
How do I get married at Sprague Lake?
The only thing you absolutely need in order to get married at Sprague Lake is your partner, a marriage license, and a special use permit. Keep reading to find out how to obtain the special use permit, and for the closest Clerk and Recorders office to get your marriage license.
What’s a good alternative location to Sprague Lake?
If Sprague Lake doesn’t have availability for the date you’re wanting, we recommend considering either Bear Lake or Lily Lake. Both of these ceremony sites offer mountain views, and a lake, just like Sprague Lake. There is also a location on the Grand Mesa just outside of Grand Junction (where I live) that looks exactly like Bear Lake in the winter. Snow covered, untouched, but with way less people, and no permit fee. Let us know if you’d like to get married at our secret location on Grand Mesa that’s right in our backyard 😊
If you love the idea of getting married outside, but Sprague Lake just isn’t speaking to you, consider one of the locations off of The Best Places to Elope in Colorado List. You’ll be sure to find something on this list if you’re not feeling Sprague Lake for your big day!
Do I need a permit to get married at Sprague Lake?
Yes. You will need a special use permit from Rocky Mountain National Park to hold a wedding ceremony at Sprague Lake.
Wedding License Info
Wedding licenses vary by state, but Colorado is one of the easiest states to obtain a marriage license.
Where should I get my marriage license?
Whatever county you get your marriage license in, you do not have to get married in that county. But you do have to return the marriage license back to that county. So depending on your plans, you have options for where to get your marriage license for your Sprague Lake wedding.
Locations to obtain your marriage license for your Sprague Lake Wedding
The City and County of Denver Clerk and Recorders Office
The City and County of Denver Clerk and Recorders office is located at 201 W Colfax Ave, Denver 80202. Currently, due to COVID, you have to schedule an appointment to go in and get a marriage license.
Adams County Clerk and Recorders Office
Boulder County Clerk and Recorders Office
Boulder County Clerk and Recorders offices have implemented a virtual process to obtain marriage licenses.
*Always check with the clerk and recorder’s office first, due to COVID, there have been many changes to the marriage license process. When we wrote this blog, we used the most current info, but it’s always subject to change.
Permit Info for a Sprague Lake Wedding or Elopement
How to get a permit for a Sprague Lake Wedding or Elopement
Step 1: Check the availability
Check the availability of Sprague Lake by contacting the park. You can either email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Concession Management Office at 970-586-1209 to check permit availability for Sprague Lake weddings and elopements. We have the direct contact information for the person in charge of permits, so if you’d like, we could reach out for you! Just reach out to us by filling out our inquiry form on our contact page to get the process started! We usually hear back from our contact at RMNP within 1-2 business days.
Step 2: Submit an application
Step 3: Pay for your permit and return the permit with your signature back to the park
After you submit your application, wait patiently to hear back from RMNP. If the date and time submitted on your application are available, they’ll email you back with the next steps to securing that date and time which include paying for your special use permit and returning the permit with your signature back to the park. If your date and time are not available, they’ll work with you to pick out a new date and time.
Step 4: Watch out for the email containing your official signed permit, and print it out
The park will email you the official permit, signed and dated by a National Park Service official. Print a few copies of this permit out and keep it with you at all times during your Sprague Lake wedding or elopement. You may be required to present the permit at the entrance.
How far in advance can I submit an application for my Sprague Lake wedding or elopement?
You can submit an application for your Sprague Lake wedding or elopement up to one year in advance for the month of your ceremony. For example, on March 1, 2022, RMNP will start accepting applications for all dates in March 2023, and on April 1, 2022, they will start accepting applications for all dates in April 2023.
How much does a special use permit cost for a Sprague Lake wedding or elopement?
Is the permit for Sprague Lake more expensive than the other sites?
No. All 12 designated wedding ceremony sites are the same price of $300.
Does my photographer or officiant need a separate permit?
No. The special use permit covers your photographer and the officiant.
Other permit info for your Sprague Lake Wedding
The park has restrictions on ceremony size and vehicle limit from the Friday before Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day, which is 10. Also, your event cannot occupy the picnic sites at Sprague Lake.
Will other people be present during my Sprague Lake wedding?
Sprague Lake is a busy area during any time of year. The park does not close it off to the public either during your set time. You can expect visitors to be near during your Sprague Lake wedding or elopement, but no other weddings will be taking place during your time slot. There is only one wedding that should be happening at a time, and they are usually reserved in two-hour time slots, with a half-hour in between.
Best time of year to get married at Sprague Lake
This really depends on what vibe you’re going for! Winter wonderland? Fall foliage? Summer greenery? One thing to keep in mind is that the seasons here in RMNP might not be what you’re expecting. March-is a skiers paradise, dropping the most snow fall of the year. So if you’re wanting no snow, your better off waiting til July or August. One thing to consider is there are guest count limitations and number of vehicle restrictions during busier months of the year, so if you’re set on a certain number of guests, you might have to work your date around those restrictions. Learn more about the restrictions of Sprague Lake here.
What to expect at Sprague Lake during the winter
Sprague Lake is usually frozen and safe to walk on from the end of November through May, which makes for some awesome photos!
Possibly Harsh Weather Conditions
Winter weddings in Rocky Mountain National Park can be a little harsh, with high winds, and well below freezing temps, so bundle up and prepare for the worst.
Snow & Ice
It’s pretty much a guarantee that you’ll encounter snow and ice during winter months here at Sprague Lake. Pay close attention to the weather forecast. If a winter storm rolls in the day or two before your Sprague Lake winter wedding, there’s a chance you might need snowshoes. This depends on how much it snowed, and whether or not other visitors have packed down the snow on the trails. Yak tracks might be needed. When the temperature rises, and then drops and snow on the trail melts and re-freezes, it causes the trail to get super icy. The trail has a bit of an incline, so having yak tracks will make your trek a lot more enjoyable if there are icy conditions.
How many guests can I have at my Sprague Lake elopement?
The max number of people that can be present during your Sprague Lake wedding or elopement is 15 in the summer, and 30 in the winter.
How far away is the parking lot from the lake?
The parking lot is very close to the lake, and just a short walk to the ceremony location. It’s less than a 5-minute walk, and there is very little hiking involved.
Are there bathrooms located near Sprague Lake?
Yes. There are vault toilettes located at the parking lot near the start of the trail.
Is Sprague Lake wheelchair accessible?
Yes, Sprague Lake and the trail around the lake is wheelchair accessible.
Can I bring in an arch?
No. Arches are not allowed during your Sprague Lake wedding or elopement.
Can I have real flowers at my Sprague Lake Wedding?
Yes. However, you should be careful that you don’t leave behind any flowers, pedals, or stems. All flowers, pedals, or stems need to be picked up if they fall off of the bouquet or any other floral arrangements.
How much does it cost to get married at Sprague Lake?
Rocky Mountain National Park charges $300 per special use permit.
Is Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park?
Yes. Sprague Lake is located within Rocky Mountain National Park.