When a state’s backdrops serves as the inspiration for America, The Beautiful, it comes as no surprise that many want to host their event amongst those famous purple mountain majesties. Enviable Colorado features loads of venues to host it all from your wedding to corporate retreat. From dude ranches to historic hotels, museums to even a railroad, Colorado comprises of a wealth of event venues. If you dream of mountaintop vows and wildflower-lined aisles, colorful Colorado won’t disappoint. We have rounded up some of the state’s most unique event venues that will have you swooning for Colorado.
1. Dunton Hot Springs
Set up in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, Dunton Hot Springs offers a rare opportunity for hosting your wedding or other events. Once a bustling mining community and just across the mountain from Telluride, the small exclusive resort has been restored so that you can rent out the entire town for your event. With its Old West ambiance, Dunton Hot Springs comprises of 12 private cabins, originally built with hand-sawed logs. Each boasts its own décor, name and personality.
Activities abound at Dunton, whether you are here for a wedding or just a quiet weekend. The property affords 9 miles of private streams for fly-fishing, an alpine valley to explore on horseback, bike or foot and indoor and outdoor hot spring pools for utmost relaxation. Winter brings opportunities to cross country ski, go on a dog sled, snowmobile, back country alpine ski and take a sleigh ride.
The romantic ghost town makes for an ideal venue spot for weddings and events. You can rent out the town and have exclusive use of the original Dancehall and Saloon, 19th century Bathhouse, Yoga Studio and open-air chapel. Ceremony sites are plentiful including the chapel, a waterfall area and nearby meadows. For corporate retreats, Dunton dazzles with its wealth of activities offered and venue spaces from the Dance Hall to the Butch Cassidy Saloon to the Pony Express Boardroom and Library. In addition to weddings, retreats and other events, Dunton Hot Springs also lends honeymoon packages for newlywed escapes.
2. Denver Union Station
Home to the city’s top restaurants and bars, Denver’s Union Station recently underwent a complete restoration. The 1914 Beaux-Arts train station harks back to the train travel glory days of the 1920s. While still functioning as a transport hub, the station now also features 10 chef owned restaurants and bars, shops and the boutique Crawford Hotel. As a timeless historic landmark right in downtown Denver, it comes as no surprise that Union Station can now host a variety of events and celebrations.
Several locations across the building can be rented out for private and semi-private events. The Gallery Level is just one of those space, located on the lower level of the former train station. With its beautiful exposed, original stone, you can host meetings and events with a rustic 1920s era feel. Custom artwork adorns the walls. The Gallery Level can accommodate up to 100 guests seated or cocktail parties up to 150 guests. Union Station also offers the Great Hall for weddings and events. The award winning setting sets up for semi private parties. Other event areas within the station include the Terminal Bar Patio, available for up to 150 people and the Shuffleboard Platform with its two handcrafted shuffleboards.
3. Devil’s Thumb Ranch
Settled 65 miles west of Denver, Devil’s Thumb Ranch perches just outside of Winter Park. The original ranch homestead hails from 1937, lending a truly authentic ranch space for your wedding or event. Devil’s Thumb Ranch features a High Lonesome Lodge, with 52 rooms for overnight stays. Harking back to the grand National Park lodges, the space also lends meeting and event space for up to 350 people.
Most weddings at Devil’s Thumb Ranch select the High Lonesome Barn venue for their big day. Painstakingly reconstructed from a Civil War era Ohio barn, the space can host up to 350 guests. The barn also boasts views of the Continental Divide and Ranch Creek Valley. Devil’s Thumb Ranch also features the Broad Axe Barn, a 2,900 square foot indoor reception space. With its vaulted ceilings and massive windows, you can have your wedding up to 160 in this space. One of the perks of hosting your family reunion, private event or wedding at the ranch is that guests can stay in the on site lodging and take advantage of activities like fly fishing, hiking, cross country skiing and snow shoeing.
4. The Manor House
Located in a suburb of Denver, the Manor House occupies a special spot in the town of Littleton. Just 25 minutes from the capital, the Manor House gleams in white. The mansion was originally built in 1914 for John Shaffer. Its rich history has seen presidential visits from Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft. The grand property proudly identities as one of Colorado’s finest examples of an American Georgian Southern style mansion.
Luckily for those planning a wedding or event, you can host your celebration amidst all that grandeur and history. The Manor House welcomes celebrations as small as a corporate event with 30 guests to full blown weddings. For your wedding, the Colorado venue lends 6 acres to use exclusively. You can choose from numerous indoor and outdoor settings, from an outdoor ceremony with Dry Creek Canyon in the background to a large gathering within the mansion. The entire mansion and grounds can be booked for your party.
5. Home Ranch
Just beyond Steamboat Springs in the town of Clark, Home Ranch lords over the Elk River Valley. The classic ranch comprises of a Western-themed main lodge with six unique rooms and 8 cabins for more privacy. All accommodation options outfit with that classic ranch décor to make you feel like you are apart of a typical Colorado dude ranch.
Activities at Home Ranch cover a wide range of tastes. In the summer, you can horseback ride, fly fish, mountain bike, go rafting and rock climbing. In the winter, guests enjoy skiing, sleigh rides, horseback rides and tubing. After working up an appetite, you can even feast on gourmet dishes in the communal dining room. Many of the ingredients used are grown in the on site farm.
Home Ranch presents a Colorado event venue as well as overnight accommodations for your destination wedding, family reunion, corporate retreat or special celebration. With the ability to host 45 to 50 guests overnight, Home Ranch frequently holds group gathering in the main lodge and dining room. A separate meeting room sits adjacent to the lodge. You can also reserve the entire ranch for your event, a popular choice for weddings.
6. Mile High Station
For a more industrial-style venue in Colorado, you can look to Mile High Station. Right in Downtown Denver, adjacent to Invesco Field at Mile High, Mile High Station occupies the former Midwest Steel and Ironworks building. Dating back to 1897, the building saw the construction of many ship sections for the U.S. Navy during World War II. The structure has since been carefully renovated, all while preserving much of its many original architectural features.
Available for corporate events, private celebrations and weddings, Mile High Station can hold it all from a small gathering to large celebrations up to 1,200 people. The main floor lends the largest event space, with formal seating for 350 and additional seating in the Mezzanine for 200. Mile High Station also includes a West Patio space where you and up to 150 guests can enjoy those beautiful Denver nights. Mile High Station offers up a hip event space with its steel beams and exposed brick details in a yet a decidedly historic building.
7. Brush Canyon Ranch
Set up in southern Colorado in the foothills of the Greenhorn Mountains, Brush Canyon Ranch surrounds in beautiful green meadows of aspen and pine trees. With views of the Wet Mountain Ranch, Brush Canyon Ranch tends to be a favorite for weddings. Specializing in outdoor weddings, you can only marry from mid May to the end of September.
Ceremonies occur in the gazebo space at the edge of a hay meadow. Couples appreciate a backdrop of a babbling brook, vibrant forest and mountains as they say, “I do.” Wedding receptions move into the 40’ by 60’ pavilion. Constructed from trees on the ranch, the pavilion lends a 1800s feel for wedding receptions. Owned and operated by the same family for five generations, your wedding will feel the concept of space as the ranch spans 2,000 acres.
8. Mount Princeton Hot Springs
Mount Princeton Hot Springs finds a home in between Buena Vista and Salida. Surrounded by the San Isabel National Forest, the resort has become a favorite Colorado venue for company meetings, relaxing yoga retreats, family reunions and weddings. On site, you can find a variety of accommodations from hotel style rooms to one to two bedroom log cabins. Mount Princeton Hot Springs is of course known for its namesake, its natural, odorless geothermic hot springs at the base of Mount Princeton.
Both indoor and outdoor venues are offered for wedding celebrations. Couples and their guests can enjoy views of the nearby Chalk Cliffs and bubbling Chalk Creek running right through the property. You can choose from two reception venues, the newly built Pavilion with its floor to ceiling glass doors or the smaller conference center with views out to the Chalk Cliffs. Most ceremonies take place outdoors amidst the shadow of towering Mount Princeton.
9. Georgetown Loop Railroad
If you have always dreamt of hosting an event on an old locomotive, Colorado makes that possible with its Georgetown Loop Railroad. Just 45 miles from Denver, nestled high in the Rocky Mountains, the historic rail line was completed in 1884. It was considered an engineering marvel for its time with its three-foot narrow gauge. One of Colorado’s first visitor attractions, the loop can still be covered today, taking just over an hour to complete.
Luckily for railroad fans, you can host your wedding, rehearsal dinner, family reunions, birthday bashes and corporate functions on site. Group rates are offered for 20 guests or more on either enclosed parlor cars or open-air cars. You can also host your outdoor ceremonies at the Georgetown Loop Railroad Park, which includes 1,000 acres, 12 buildings and four railway bridges including the dramatic Devil’s Gate High Bridge.
10. Deer Creek Valley Ranch
Deer Creek Valley Ranch finds a home in rural Bailey, Colorado. While still in a mountain setting, the ranch sits just 30 minutes from Denver, making it easy for you and your guests to reach. The stylish yet rustic event space is available for weddings, corporate events, reunions and special parties.
The property consists of a main indoor event space, a devotedly restored barn from 1865. With much of the original personality retained, many couples select to have their wedding reception in the space. With its hand-hewn wood floors, antique bar from 1890 complete with repurposed horse saddle seating, the barn completes rustic wedding themes with wagon wheel chandeliers and an upstairs hayloft lounge area. Up to 200 guests can be accommodated in the barn area.
Deer Creek Valley Ranch also features two outdoor spaces with views of alpine surroundings and a lake on the property. The Lakeside Gazebo overlooks a quiet pond, making for a serene location to host your wedding. The Covered Bridge site sets up in a beautiful meadow. Both outdoor settings can seat up to 180 guests.
11. Spruce Mountain Ranch
In between the Denver Tech Center and Colorado Springs, Spruce Mountain Ranch positions for with a collection of wedding ceremony and reception locations. All in keeping with a Colorado style, the ranch is also a working Black Angus cattle ranch. Featuring 400 acres of landscaped property, Spruce Mountain Ranch is available not just for weddings but also for corporate events and film locations.
With a number of indoor and outdoor venues to choose from, the ranch begins to dazzle with its Albert’s Lodge. With space for 250 guests, the rustic yet elegant lodge adorns with a fireplace and hand crafted flooring. Spruce Mountain Ranch also includes an outdoor space called the Courtyard. Surrounded by rock walls, the setting is often used as a dance floor for weddings or reception space for up to 200 guests. For couples seeking an outdoor ceremony, Spruce Mountain Ranch delivers with Grace’s Chapel, an immaculate garden setting under the limbs of an old Cottonwood tree. Couples can also exchange vows in the open meadow setting, called Mountainside.
12. The Little Nell
Wedged in between the town of Aspen and Aspen Mountain, the Little Nell identifies as one of Colorado’s most exclusive luxury hotels. With 52 guestrooms, loaded with contemporary art, unique floor plans and most with private balconies, the Little Nell has become a favorite luxury mountain getaway. Named after the mining claim located just uphill from the property, Little Nell lends unique hotel amenities such as a ski concierge and complimentary snow bikes to get around town.
The luxury hotel isn’t just popular for overnight stays. The property can host weddings, private functions and corporate retreats ranging in size from 20 to 500 people. For weddings, you can exchange your vows at the foot or top of Aspen Mountain. The Little Nell offers the Wedding Deck with sweeping views of the Elk Mountains and the Sundeck with its vistas of the great Continental Divide. The luxury hotel also features several other venues include the Aspen Mountain Club and the Terrace Room.
13. TenMile Station
Located on Peak 9 at the top of the QuickSilver SuperChair in Breckenridge, TenMile Station has garnered a reputation as a premier wedding venue in Colorado. With its stunning and dramatic views of Breckenridge, many couples have selected to get married in the unique on mountain setting. Tucked into the National Forest, TenMile Station can accommodate up to 200 guests. It is only available for weddings from May to September.
Wedding ceremonies generally take place in the mountaintop outdoor area. Receptions can move into the mining-themed building which features a heated deck. Capturing the romance of the Old West, TenMile Station lends chef created dining experiences from buffets to sit-down dinners. During the winter months, you can also head up here not for a wedding, but to hop on one of its sleigh rides along moonlit trails.
14. Gorrono Ranch
Gorrono Ranch settles within the Telluride Ski Resort under the main lift, Village Express. The ranch venue differs from others in that it appreciates a positioning on the side of the San Juan Mountain range. The mid-mountain ski lodge and dining venue has become a popular choice for destination weddings and corporate dinners.
You can choose from several outdoor decks to host either your ceremony or reception. Both appreciate views of the Wilson Mountain Ranch. Gorrono Ranch also offers two historic cabins to function as bride and groom dressing rooms, gaming rooms, scotch/whiskey tastings or private lunch spaces during the ski season. The main lodge at Gorrono Ranch can also be used for events with its two large dining rooms and stone fireplaces. You can host events up to 200 guests at the ranch.
15. The Clock Tower
For a truly unique event location, Colorado delivers with the Clock Tower. Located in the historic Daniels and Fisher Tower, the Clock Tower sits in a central location right in downtown Denver. Built in 1911, at the time, it was the tallest structure west of the Mississippi. Boasting an Italian Renaissance style, the structure has even landed on the National Register of Historic Places.
You can celebrate your event on top of the landmark, specifically its top five floors. The recently renovated historic clock tower boasts panoramic views of the skyline and mountains. You also get the rare chance to explore behind the clock faces as well. Hosting engagements, corporate events, fundraisers and weddings, the space carries a chic and modern décor. Two of the floors lend wrap around balconies. Ceremonies generally take place on the 18th floor with the clock face in the background. For smaller events, you can have a progressive style gathering where guests dine floor by floor.
16. Strawberry Creek Ranch
Located just below the Continental Divide in Granby, Strawberry Creek Ranch sprawls across 300 acres. The Colorado event venue functions as a family owned and operated working cattle and horse ranch. In addition to a full functioning Equestrian Center, the ranch also serves as a wedding venue.
Weddings take place on beautiful Colorado mountain ranchland. Couples and their guests enjoy unobstructed mountain views. Most weddings occur in the century old barn, called the Rustic Barn. Perched right next to a mountain stream, the barn tends to host the reception portion of weddings. Other venue spaces include the Ceremony Deck and the Reception Tent. Strawberry Creek Ranch also assists with catering, lodging, flowers and décor for your special day.
17. T Lazy 7 Ranch
Engulfed by the National Forest, T Lazy 7 Ranch sits just three miles from Aspen, amidst some of North America’s most famous peaks, the Maroon Bells. Still a working ranch with all natural beef, honey and hay, the ranch houses three event venues for your weddings, celebrations or corporate retreats. What makes the event venue unique is that a variety of activities are offered in addition from snowmobile tours to horseback riding. T Lazy 7 Ranch also bears a sense of family and tradition as it has been in the same family for over 75 years.
For receptions and dancing, you can find the T-Lazy-7 Lodge up to the task. With its grand vaulted ceilings and stone fireplaces, it lends that classic Colorado ranch vibe. The Outdoor Meadow event space tends to function best for ceremonies and receptions with its rolling pasture landscape with Aspen trees. If you prefer a more rustic feel, T Lazy 7 Ranch also has its Chuckwagon Grounds, set among cathedral pine trees.
18. Denver Art Museum
Right in downtown Denver and close to the Capitol, the Denver Art Museum is not just one of the city’s top museums. While the museum presents a variety of international art with traveling exhibits and Western and regional art in its permanent collection, the Denver Art Museum is also one of the city top event venues. Featuring both indoor and outdoor event spaces, the museum appeals to those who want to host loads of guests. The museum can host up to 1,000 guests.
The list of event space seems endless at the museum beginning with Ponti Hall. The largest event space in the museum boasts 25-foot ceilings and large windows. The El Pomar Grand Atrium also appeals to those seeking an event space with its sloping walls, black granite floors and grand staircase. For an outdoor space, you can even select from the museum’s Outdoor Sculpture Garden, a grassy and secluded garden with views of downtown Denver.
19. Della Terra Mountain Chateau
Located in Estes Park, roughly five miles west of town, Della Terra Mountain Chateau lends an enviable wedding and event location. Bordered by Rocky Mountain National Park, the chateau combines both natural beauty and romantic design for celebrations. Opened in 2009, in addition to weddings, the venue also offers meeting and event facilities along with 14 luxury suites. Each suite comes equipped with its own fireplaces and private balcony with hot tub.
Della Terra Mountain Chateau offers two event locations, the Celebration Place and the Devotion Place. The Celebration Place is an indoor site with arched windows and lofty ceilings. It can hold up to 200 guests. The Devotion Place perches outdoors in the pines on the property’s mountainside. A raised alcove to highlight the bride and groom makes this space a favorite for wedding ceremonies.
20. Crooked Willow Farms
Around 30 minutes south of Denver, Crooked Willow Farms occupies an exclusive spot in Plum Creek Valley. The 90-acre property lends multiple hand crafted event spaces with that rustic yet elegant feel. You can host it all here from fundraising galas to social celebrations to weddings.
The event spaces include Lola’s Loft, the Carriage House Ballroom, the Events Lawn, the Wine Room and the Courtyard. Lola’s Loft lends original red oak floors and cathedral windows for your 225 seated affair. The Carriage House Ballroom on the other hand can seat up to 260 and boasts handcrafted double doors and red brick accents. For outdoor ceremonies, most couples choose the Events Lawn. With seating for 2,000, the manicured open space provides fine views of the Rocky Mountains. And for smaller gatherings, the courtyard can seat up to 100 along its wildflower-draped pathway.
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