There’s a Colorado honeymoon for every couple. All four corners of the state ooze romance and each of the four seasons offers exhilarating adventures for a party of two whether that’s skiing, spa moments, saddling upon horses, or smooth sailing on hyaline lakes. With fourteen commercial airports, it’s a breeze to get to and there are a record-breaking 58 fourteeners (mountains at or above 14,000 feet) to discover together.
To help you plan your perfect honeymoon in the Centennial State, we turned to lifelong Colorado resident and Colorado Dude & Guest Ranch Association Executive Director Courtney Frazier. Ahead, Frazier explains the best seasons to visit, average prices, and the magic of honeymooning here.
Meet the Expert
Courtney Frazier is the executive director for the Colorado Dude & Guest Ranch Association (CDGRA), an association comprised of approximately 25 guest ranches. She also sits on the Colorado Tourism Board of Directors. She has spent her life in Colorado and cannot imagine calling anywhere else home.
Colorado Honeymoon Cost
“Colorado truly has something for every budget and experience,” says Frazier. “You can book a night at one of our 13,000 campsites for $14 per night but also find nightly stays costing over $800 at one of our 5-star hotels—and everything in between." For example, an all-inclusive stay at one of the 25 Colorado Dude Ranches costs $400 per person per night during peak season.
Best Seasons to Visit Colorado
According to Frazier, you can't go wrong with any season in Colorado but fall is particularly great for honeymoon travel. “The weather is still warm, sunny, and temperate, the leaves are changing, and you avoid the busy periods in summer and winter.”
Off-the-beaten-path wineries and you-pick berry farms are magical places to go in fall.
Spring is off-peak season and Frazier says this is when you can get wonderful personalized service and also “roll the dice” weather. There might be temperate 60-degree days with flowers blooming and streams filling with mountain runoff, or two feet of snow that creates a fun winter-like experience. “There is something about skiing in just a light jacket or (gasp) even just a tee-shirt on those warm spring days that is SO Colorado,” she notes.
Colorado’s mountains and plains are popular in summer as many travelers flock there to beat the heat with warm weather that isn’t stifling or too humid and winter speaks for itself. “Colorado is ski country but there are many other fun winter adventures to be had like dog sledding, cross country skiing, museums, and casinos just to name a few.” Frazier’s happy place is the Tall Grass spa just outside of Evergreen. “They are open all year but sitting in their great room with the fire roaring in winter is truly wonderful,” she adds.
Now, here are 18 enticing honeymoon hotels and resorts for post-nuptial bliss.
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Perched in the Rocky Mountains, Viceroy Snowmass offers newlyweds the kind of views screensavers are made of. Long-harbored honeymoon fantasies can come to life here with sunrise hot air balloon rides, private safaris with musical serenades, gondola rides, and hot springs dips—all under the watchful gaze of the breathtaking Colorado mountains.
There are countless corners for romance to flourish at The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, an award-winning hotel in Vail Valley. This includes a whopping three infinity hot tubs, a 25-yard swimming pool, oversized guest rooms, and of course, the 27,000 square-foot Anjali spa. Here you may relish in treatments centered on three healing mountain traditions—the Rockies, Alps, and the Himalayas—or open up your heart with a chakra blessing.
Start married life being spoiled with 24-hour butler service at the St. Regis Aspen Resort, which certainly isn’t short of scenic overlooks. Enjoy the historic town in the privacy of your own complimentary BMW X7, celebrate your matrimony during the daily champagne sabering and write love notes to one another on desks that Ralph Lauren lent his much-coveted design expertise to.
Nothing says “ich liebe dich” like making reservations at the Sonnenalp Hotel. Founded by the Bavarian Faessler family in 1979, Sonnenalp means “sun on the mountains” in German and a stay here is truly akin to a European escape. Dine privately at the alpine-inspired Allgäu restaurant or have a meeting of the minds at the Treff Café, a European street bar with German fare. Sonnenalp is palatial and perfect for a fun-filled getaway for two. Hike and paint, explore beautiful trails, play golf or tennis, and if you work up an appetite, a boast-worthy four-course dinner in a yurt awaits.
For honeymooners lusting after seclusion and symphonic scenery, Dunton Hot Springs comes to mind. Dunton is located in the heart of the San Juan Mountains in a former ghost town. This set of 12 luxurious log cabins (and one luxury tent) is known for its namesake hot springs, restored 19th-century bathhouse, rustic opulence, and exceptional wellness offerings. This includes an outdoor yoga meadow where you can find inspiration and rejuvenation from the majesty of the Rockies.
Make the most of Colorado’s year-round beauty at The Ritz Carlton, Bachelor Gulch in Beaver Creek where you’ll be embraced by nature from all sides. During a sun-drenched summer or when gliding on glittery snow, romance can always blossom at this treasured mountainside destination. Take your partner by the hand and discover underground grottos, couples massages, expertly crafted fireplace cocktails, and pristine Vail Valley sunsets.
W Aspen strikes the perfect balance between luxurious relaxation and active escapades. The head-turning hotel is mere minutes from white water rafting, rock climbing, paragliding, and paddle boarding activities in beautiful Aspen. After enjoying the many outdoor pursuits, celebrate happily ever after at the ever-stylish rooftop bar.
Halcyon wants you to have the best experience in Denver. That’s why its famed Gear Garage will grant you complimentary access to Piaggio Motor Scooters, telescopes, snow sleds, and cruiser bikes for you to take on the world together. Better still, Osprey backpacks laden with binoculars and GoPro cameras will help you focus and immortalize your romantic adventures. This urban oasis in one of Denver’s chicest neighborhoods is anything but your average hotel.
Aspen’s Hotel Jerome opened in 1889 at the peak of the town’s silver boom and subsequently became a playground for Aspen’s elite. Its storied past includes visits from screen legend John Wayne and the eccentric writer Hunter S. Thompson. Let your love story unfold here while camped out in lavish bedrooms that deliver views in spades before choosing from Hotel Jerome’s seemingly endless menu of excursions.
You can curate your perfect just-the-two-of-us voyage with the expert adventure guides at Madeline Hotel & Residences in Telluride. Between them, they have over 60 years of combined Telluride residency and can assemble memorable experiences both indoors and out. Rooms have private balconies and mountain or village views and deep soaking tubs for a relaxing in-room rendezvous.
Kiss the sky and take your love to new heights at The Broadmoor’s Cloud Camp, a mountaintop retreat sitting 9,200 feet above sea level on the summit of Cheyenne Mountain. This secluded and dreamily peaceful destination might be in the wilderness, but this is not glamping. Discerning travelers will approve of the gourmet meals and Hollywood-worthy cabins. Plus, the main lodge boasts soaring ceilings and a spectacular banquet hall—and the actual buckskins worn by Kevin Costner in Dances with Wolves!
The C Lazy U Ranch in Granby has offered guests the rich traditions of the American West for over a century. At this luxury dude ranch, your honeymoon can be as leisurely or high-octane as you wish for it to be. Enjoy days spent mountain biking, horseback riding, snow tubing, skating, swimming, and then garnished with nightly entertainment. The award-winning wine program led by an on-site sommelier makes this the perfect pairing for wine lovers, too.
Boulder’s St Julien Hotel & Spa promises a soothing ambience and four-diamond service. Located in downtown Boulder (just 45 minutes from Denver!), the pedestrian-only Pearl St. Mall is at its doorstep as are beautiful biking and hiking trails to get lost in together. Feed yourselves with chocolate-covered strawberries and Champagne that are part of the hotel’s romance package that was designed for lovers just like you.
Make room for love in one of Hotel Colorado’s 130 guest rooms. Open since 1893, President Theodore Roosevelt once walked these walls! It's an elegant gateway to coupled up adventures in the nearby Glenwood Hot Springs, Iron Mountain Hot Springs, and the much-lauded hot springs vapor caves at Yampah Spa.
Take your lover to sleep under the stars at Collective Retreats, which designs seasonal, artful retreats in unique locations where traditional hotels cannot be built. Sprawled across 1,000 acres of land in Wolcott, Colorado, Collective Vail has 10 luxury outdoor tents that offer cinematic and unobstructed views. Think plush king beds, 1,500 count threads, tranquilizing in-tent massages, and elk horn chandeliers. It doesn’t get any closer to nature than this.
You’ll find artworks galore at Aspen Meadows Resort, which was designed by Herbert Bayer, the celebrated and influential Bauhaus artist. 98 suites with floor-to-ceiling windows offer a sweet sanctuary at night and daytime activities include perusing the two on-site art galleries, games at the five tennis courts, or a private picnic for two with fantastic locally sourced cuisine.
A stay at the iconic Broadmoor in Colorado Springs is a multisensory experience with an unrivaled selection of activities and accommodations. Along with its Cloud Camp outpost that’s a 30-minute winding mountain road away and The Ranch at Emerald Valley, Broadmoor is known for its legendary hospitality that has resulted in both AAA Five-Diamond and Forbes Five-Star awards.
Saddle up for an all-inclusive, all-out adrenaline rush at the Colorado Dude Ranches, of which there are 25 to choose from. Spread the love over a few blissful days at Sundance Trail Ranch, Rainbow Trout Ranch, Elk Mountain Ranch, Latigo Ranch, or Vista Verde Ranch, which all have adult-only weeks. Here newlyweds can ride horses, kayak, hike, go rock climbing or hot air ballooning and start your new chapter taking on the great outdoors together, hand in hand.