Colorado Roadtrip on 35mm & Digital

After featuring Liza & Ben’s Colorado Springs Wedding, I was inspired to revisit this older post from a roadtrip I did with my mom and my dog in 2020. Wanted to use this post to show off some of my travel and 35mm film from Colorado. The locations on this trip are excellent inspiration for couples eloping to Colorado or the Great Plains. I rediscovered and discovered amazing locations and am happy to share them.

garden of the gods on 35mm film

Since the first part of my 2020 wedding season came standstill with the pandemic, I had a fun opportunity help drive to my mom from Texas to her summer home in Minnesota. We took the long way and saw some wonderful places throughout Colorado and the American West, stopping at ghost towns and a few must-see locations that had piled up over the years.

We passed through the corner of New Mexico, explored the less traveled back roads of Colorado, into the best of Wyoming and the Black Hills of South Dakota before arriving home. I got to bring my favorite dog ever, Indiana, along and he’s in many of these. Since this trip was peak pandemic, we focused on outdoor activities and enjoyed the empty national and state parks.

For Couples looking to elope in Colorado

There are so many options and ideas when it comes to eloping in Colorado. Wanted to map out a few notable ones:

St Elmo Ghosttown – sleepy spot in the Antero Mountain Range. So many neat building facades very well intact. Westward vibes and worth the trek. A handful of people still live here so it’s good to be respectful and keep that in mind. Neat forest spots within the town

Independence Ghosttown and the Continental divide – Independence ghost town was probably the furthest we traveled in for a ghost town but it was also my favorite one. So many remaining structures right in the middle of the mountains. No town or modern facilitaties, it feels remote and really isolated in a beautiful way. Ashcroft ghosttown was a little too far for our travels but I have it saved in my maps for another visit

Rocky Mountain National Park We only spent a late afternoon here while visiting Estes Park. I so badly would love to return to do more exploring. Loads of options for hiking and adventure elopers

Paint Mines Interpretive Center – About a half hour outside of Colorado Springs, a wonderful and quiet spots for engagement or elopement photos. Possibly paired with Garden of the Gods like this session

Manitou Springs– Historic mining town known for mineral springs and mountain landscapes. Features a track all the way up to Pike’s Peak

Favorite food spots in Colorado Springs: Skirted Heifer // Denver Biscuit Company // Santana’s Vegan Grill // Mother Muff’s

Some helpful links from the places featured in this post: Stanley Hotel in Estes Park // Devil’s Tower // Custer State Park // Crazy Horse Monument and Badlands National Park

Check out some other Elopement Inspiration from previous posts:

Top 20 Best Places to Elope in the US

Yosemite Hotel Wedding

Highlights from Monument Valley

This post is most 35mm photography with a few digital images, thanks for taking the time to check these out. Feel free to reach out if you like more information on planning elopement photography with me.