It’s no secret that Colorado is home to some of the most gorgeous outdoor spaces. With picturesque mountain backdrops, lakefront views, and plenty of lush greenery abound, there’s no doubt that the nature-driven atmosphere makes for the perfect outdoor wedding venues.
We’ve rounded up some of the best outdoor wedding venues near Denver that make for memorable ceremony settings (not to mention ideal photo opportunities).
Spruce Mountain Ranch
Spruce Mountain Ranch gives you plenty of options to choose from for an unforgettable outdoor ceremony or reception. They include a charming courtyard, a lush garden (picture yourself exchanging vows under the branches of an old willow tree!), or a meadow with a sweeping view of the whole ranch.
The Pines at Genesee
The ideal combination of romance and nature, The Pines at Genesee is just outside of Denver in Golden, Colorado. Choose between two outdoor ceremony spaces, the Aspen Terrace and Evergreen Terrace, each one tucked away in a wooded area making for a no-frills, nature-filled wedding ceremony.
Country Club at Castle Pines
You can’t beat Rocky Mountain views from 7,000 ft. up, and that’s exactly what you’ll get at the Country Club at Castle Pines. Take in a breathtaking view during your ceremony and then head indoors to the elegant and spacious country club for the reception. The balance of stunning outdoor space and equally beautiful indoor space gives guests the best of both worlds.
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Botanic Gardens is one of the most iconic outdoor wedding venues in the city. Scents are intertwined with memories, so even a hint of fragrant florals is likely to bring you back to your wedding day over and over again. Choose between distinct gardens, pavilions, and water features for your celebration.
The Barn at Raccoon Creek
Escape the city for a taste of country life, just a short drive away in Littleton. With wide-open fields of green and a polished yet charming barn on the property, The Barn at Raccoon Creek is perfect for those looking for a combination of elegance and rustic vibes. This modern venue comes complete with classic bride and groom cottages, a ceremony site, and a grand courtyard.
Flying Horse Ranch
With 1,400 acres of rolling meadows and awe-inspiring views, Flying Horse Ranch is a wonderful example of all the beauty Colorado has to offer. Guests are rewarded with views of Pikes Peak, and there is plenty of room to dance the night away in spacious, starry solitude.
Evergreen Lake House
Waterfront views and a charming log cabin? Sounds like a dreamy outdoor wedding venue! At Evergreen Lake House, guests can enjoy a ceremony overlooking the lake and surrounded by mountain pine trees. This venue is a true hidden gem and a short getaway from the hustle and bustle of the Mile High City.
Ken Caryl Vista by Wedgewood Weddings
Want a wedding venue near Denver that will have your friends and family complimenting your wedding for months after the event? Check out Ken Caryl Vista. A romantic spot nestled in the foothills of the Rockies, it has charming stone accents and lots of space outside to get you closer to nature on your big day.
Greenbriar Inn is surrounded by foothills and mountain ranges and offers three lovely outdoor spaces to say “I do”, each with its own unique style: the South Lawn, the Fountain Patio, and the Cabin Lawn. If you get married in the fall, you can experience the vibrant foliage on display at Cabin Lawn!
Get the Italian-inspired wedding you’ve always dreamed of at this Tuscan-meets-Mediterranean-style venue. The countless architectural arches and bright florals and greenery throughout the space provide the perfect backdrop for memorable photo-ops and create a romantic atmosphere that’s perfect for celebrating love.
Mountain View Ranch by Wedgewood Weddings
At the foot of the Rocky Mountains, Mountain View Ranch has everything you could possibly ask for in a mountain wedding setting. Scenic creeks, beautiful pine trees, and a shimmering lake give you the perfect magical backdrop. With all of the natural beauty, including the rustic-chic wood accents, you likely won’t have to do a lot of decorating!
The Oaks in Castle Rock
The Oaks is one of those wedding venues that looks spectacular from every angle. You can see Castle Rock in the distance, a butte named for its unique shape. Get ready to be surrounded by lush green trees and views that will leave you speechless.
Arrowhead Golf Course
Located just 40 minutes from downtown Denver, Arrowhead Golf Course gives you dramatic Colorado views — no hiking required. The perfectly manicured golf course contrasts with the striking red sandstone rocks to create an unbeatable setting for your ceremony. There’s no better way to celebrate tying the knot!
Great wine and grapevine-filled gardens, pergolas and string lights. Balistreri Vineyards is a Denver hidden gem that makes a dreamy wedding destination. While Denver may not be the first place you think of when it comes to vineyards, Balistreri’s selection is here to change your mind. A wedding here is sure to be a hit for you and all of your guests.
Deer Creek Valley Ranch
Deer Creek Valley Ranch is a venue straight from a fairytale. A short, scenic walk down a cobblestone path will take you to one of their outdoor event spaces complete with twinkling lights and an outdoor fireplace to stay cozy on colder evenings. The property is dotted with wonderfully eclectic buildings, and you’ll probably run into horses and other wildlife.
Crooked Willow Farms
Fountains, mountains, or courtyards full of wildflowers? The Venue at Crooked Willow Farms has it all! In addition to these great ceremony and reception spaces, the Reflection Pond at Crooked Willow Farms is the best spot to spend time just the two of you before or after your wedding festivities. We highly encourage taking a moment sometime during the day to connect one on one, and where better to do that than by the water’s edge?
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