Website: Lily Lake Weddings Website
Lily Lake is one of the most popular locations to get married at Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park. In recent years, RMNP has changed their policy to only allow wedding ceremonies to take place at specific locations within the park and this small, pretty lake on the south side of Estes Park is one of them. There is a nice, wheelchair friendly, easy trail that’s less than a mile in length that goes all the way around the lake with multiple scenic photo ops. Between Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day you’ll be limited to 10 vehicles at Lily Lake but RMNP is a little more flexible outside of those prime dates. Please head over to this article all about Rocky Mountain National Park weddings If you want to learn more about other RMNP ceremony spots that are available. Please note that Rocky Mountain National Park books up to a year in advance and requires at least 7 days notice to secure your permit paperwork. This popular national park books extremely quickly and all of the available 2021 wedding permits have already been issued so the sooner you inquire for 2022, the better. Although it’s getting trickier to reserve, Lily Lake is still one of the best places to Elope in Rocky Mountain National Park.
It costs $300 to secure a permit for a Lily Lake wedding ceremony but does not cover the cost of the vehicle fees which are $25 per vehicle for a day pass and $35 for a week’s pass. You can also buy a yearly America the Beautiful national parks pass for $80.
Lily Lake is an official designated wedding location at Rocky Mountain National Park although it is located outside of the main entrances on highway 7 just south of Estes Park. At Lily Lake, you have a few different choices for where you can host your wedding ceremony which I’ve outlined below.
The most popular location to get married at Lily Lake is the Lily Lake Dock which is super close to the parking lot area. You can fit up to 10 people at the dock and you’re allowed to bring your own foldable chairs for guests who need them. From the Lily Lake Dock there are nice views of the mountains off in the distance as well as the Edge of Time rock formations to the northwest. I love that you are right there next to the water when you use the Lily Lake Dock for your wedding ceremony.
You can also choose to get married along the Lily Lake Trail. As mentioned above, there is a nice, short, wheelchair accessible trail that goes around the perimeter of the lake and there is also a more rugged trail with steeper inclines that takes you above the lake for nicer mountain views too. You’ll be able to host up to 20 people at your Lily Lake Trail wedding ceremony. Please note that as with all Rocky Mountain National Park locations you cannot impede the flow of hiking traffic along the trail for your wedding ceremony.
About a quarter of a mile away from the parking lot is a little wooded area with 6 rustic picnic tables that you can rent for your wedding. You can host up to 30 people at the Lily Lake picnic area and it’s located in a more secluded area than the Lily Lake Dock.
Sadly, as of January 2021, all 250 of the elopement and wedding permits that Rocky Mountain National Park set aside for 2021 have already been reserved. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t still get photos created at Lily Lake in Estes Park. If you are an engaged couple, you might consider this beautiful mountain lake for your engagement photography session. We can still reserve a regular portrait or engagement photography session at Lily Lake.
I would love to be your Lily Lake wedding photographer. I’ve been photographing at Rocky Mountain National Park and in the Estes Park area for many years and grew up not too far from this beautiful wedding location in Colorado. Please take a look at the WEDDINGS page of my site and get in touch to tell me more about you and your wedding plans!
Address: 4910 S St Vrain Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517
Phone: (970) 586-1206