The Montana Elopement Guide

Everything you need to know about eloping in Montana

There is nowhere more beautiful than Montana (yeah, I said it, and I’ll say it again). We have so many incredible places to elope in, from the mountains and lakes of Glacier National Park to the badlands of Makoshika State Park.

I’ve explored all over Montana and know this state like the back of my hand. I help you find the perfect spot, using our beautiful mountains, rivers, and big skies as a part of your story. And as an experienced elopement photographer, I help you handle it all, from permit acquisition to day-of timeline planning.

Montana Elopement Locations

Glacier National Park

When you think of Montana, you think of big skies, mountains and glaciers, and alpine lakes, and Glacier has all those things for days. Whatever your hiking level, Glacier’s got you covered. There’s no shortage of awe-inspiring locations to explore in every season (but late summer is still my favourite).

Location Website
West Glacier, Montana

Flathead Lake

The largest freshwater lake this side of the Mississipp’, Flathead Lake is dwarfed by three mountain ranges and stretches from Polson to just south of Kalispell. From Big Arm to Big Fork, there’s no shortage of spots to elope. Want to know my favourite spot that’s secluded, includes lodging, and a sauna built by my father-in-law? Shoot me an email!

Location Website
Flathead Valley, Montana

Bozeman, Livingston, and Big Sky

Bozeman was home for me for close to a decade and holds a very special place in my heart. It was also the place I really learned to explore the outdoors, and I can’t wait to show you all the incredible options the Gallatin Valley has to offer. From historic downtown Livingston, to Hyalite Reservoir and Lava Lake outside Bozeman, to the banks of the Madison River, and Lone Peak in Big Sky, there’s no shortage of beauty to be found here.

Location Website
Gallatin Valley, Montana

Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness and Custer-Gallatin National Forest

Want to get away from it all? Lace up your hiking boots and don your bear bells to head out with me to the Beartooths. This area in southwestern Montana offers everything from a forest elopement to the vast wilds of the Crazies to a strenuous hike with mountain views and alpine lakes at the end.

Location Website
Southwestern Montana

Makoshika State Park

Located between Miles City and the North Dakota border, Makoshika State Park is the perfect spot to elope if you love desert landscapes, badlands, and skies that go on forever. Want to elope under starry skies? Makoshika is a dark sky park!

Location Website
Glendive, Montana

Missoula Elopement Locations

Lolo National Forest

The Lolo has so many options for eloping, no matter your skill or mobility level. Want easy access to the Clark Fork? Maclay Flats is there for you. An easy hike up a mountain for amazing views of Missoula? Blue Mountain’s got you covered. Need an easy hike for kids or elders? There’s beautiful Seeley Lake. There’s no shortage of amazing spots within an hour of Missoula.

Location Website
Missoula Valley, Montana

Greenough Park

Just over the river from downtown MIssoula, Greenough Park makes you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere. From old-growth trees to babbling brooks and creeks, Greenough Park has everything you need for a dreamy forest elopement without even needing to leave town.

Location Website
600 Cregg Lane, Missoula, MT 59801

Rattlesnake National Recreation Area

20 minutes outside Missoula is the vast Rattlesnake National Recreation Area. The Rattlesnake offers no shortage of trails for any hiking ability or age (my kids love hiking out here!) with wide open spaces or gorgeous vistas of Stuart Peak.

Location Website
Missoula, Montana

Historic Downtown Missoula

Dwarfed by the Bitterroots and with the Clark Fork river running through it, historic downtown Missoula offers the best of a mix of urban and nature backdrops. And if you elope on a Wednesday in summer, you can stop in at Out To Lunch afterward (or at Out to Dinner on Thursday night!) in Caras Park.

Location Website
Missoula, Montana

Bitterroot Valley

Just south of Missoula, stretching from Florence to Darby, the Bitterroot Valley is nestled between the Bitterroot and Sapphire mountain ranges. Green rolling hills, towering peaks, beautiful rivers — the Bitterroot is as picturesque as it gets. It’s also where they film “Yellowstone,” if ranch murder of the week television is your thing.

Location Website
Bitterroot Valley, Montana

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