Welcome to Colorado’s Best Barn Wedding Venue

Searching for Colorado barn wedding venues? You’ve found the right spot!

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Embark on a journey to Colorado’s most enchanting barn property wedding venues, where the perfect marriage of rustic charm and breathtaking natural beauty awaits. Among the venue gems is the delightful Howard Creek Farm, a haven that steals the hearts of couples that are dreaming of a whimsical setting for their big day.

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Plan Your Colorado Barn Wedding at Howard Creek Farm

We’ve created this helpful map so you can visualize your wedding experience at our Colorado wedding venue. Plan a hiking excursion, try a new restaurant, visit our local secret spots, and make your wedding an unforgettable experience.

Nestled against the awe-inspiring Sangre De Cristo Mountain Range in The Rocky Mountains, Howard Creek Farm’s ranch is a magical space where the rustic allure of a barn venue dances in harmony with the majestic beauty of the surrounding mountains. Our barn spaces are not just structures; they’re a fusion of rustic charisma and contemporary elegance, providing versatile settings for weddings, receptions, and all your special moments. Get ready to say “I do” surrounded by the charm of Howard Creek Farm, where every detail is as picturesque as the Colorado landscape itself.

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Amazing Views at Howard Creek Farm

From the winding river ranch to the vintage allure of our historic barn to the awe-inspiring natural beauty that envelops us, we present a holistic wedding experience founded on trust and excellence. Join us on a quick tour of the inclusions that guarantee a seamless and unforgettable journey on your wedding day. Your love story deserves nothing short of the enchantment offered by Howard Creek Farms, with its winding river ranch.

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Barn Wedding Reception Space

  • Celebrate in our 4,000-square-foot historic barn, perfect for up to 150 guests.
  • Enhanced with Edison bulb string lighting for a magical ambiance.
  • Features two built-in bars, one inside and one outside.
  • Enjoy stunning views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Arkansas River.
  • The option for a unique river entrance or exit adds a special touch.
  • Seating for up to 150 guests, complemented by a beautiful arch.
  • Handmade farm tables and a mix of vintage and antique chairs for rustic elegance.

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Private Spaces for Preparations

  • The bridal party indulges in an elegant 800 sq ft barn loft.
  • Bathed in natural light with stunning features.
  • The perfect space for the bride and bridesmaids to prepare and share special moments.
  • Groom and groomsmen have exclusive access to a unique 25ft Grain Silo.
  • Provides a memorable setting for pre-wedding moments.

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Enchanting Outdoor Courtyard

  • Outdoor courtyard adorned with string lights.
  • Creates a relaxing and cozy atmosphere.
  • Firepit invites guests to unwind and create memories under the night sky.

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Capturing Timeless Moments

  • Scenic backdrops include the Twin Sisters Mountain Range, Thunderbolt vintage farm truck, Arkansas River, and an ancient elm tree.
  • Endless possibilities for breathtaking and unique photos.
  • It is a perfect setting to capture the essence of your love.

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Expert Wedding Planning Assistance

  • An on-site wedding planner brings over 15 years of experience.
  • Options range from day-of coordination at $1,500 to full-planning packages at $3,000. The wedding venue prices vary based on factors such as location, amenities, and the chosen package, allowing couples to find a venue that aligns with their budget and vision for their special day.
  • Dining at the barn offers a rustic and charming experience, where guests can savor delicious cuisine amidst the warm ambiance and vintage allure of the venue.

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Our Spectacular Barn Wedding Venues in the Mountains

Enter our timeless 4,000-square-foot barn, an iconic reception area for an unforgettable reception hosting up to 150 guests. Illuminated by the inviting radiance of Edison bulb string lights, the ambiance is crafted for a magical evening. Enhancing the charm are meticulously crafted farm tables and vintage chairs, adding an elegant and rustic touch to the celebration.

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Rave Reviews

Reviewed on 11/05/2022 by Lucy B.

Our September wedding at the Barn at Howard Creek Farm was everything we hoped for and more. First, the Barn is absolutely gorgeous, and the mountain views are unbelievable. Second, Salida (which is only about 15 minutes from the venue) is such a cute mountain town for the bridal party, family, and guests to explore in the days before and after the wedding. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, Aly and Orlin (the owners of the venue) are so wonderful. They have thought of just about everything to make weddings at the Barn run smoothly and to make your wedding day great–picturesque ceremony site, amazing farm tables, cute string lighting, two bars, a lovely bridal suite, and nice bathrooms are all included at this venue. Aly and Orlin were communicative, flexible, accommodating, and also just fun people to be around. Also, we are a gay couple, and we can confidently say that this venue and the owners are LGBT friendly–inviting and welcoming to all types of couples. We could not have found a better venue, and we are so happy we got married at the Barn at Howard Creek Farm!

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Reviewed on 10/07/2022 by Kate D.

Aly’s mountain ranch wedding venue is truly amazing! We were looking for something in the mountains that had a very personal vibe to it and this is the place! Even with being a little remote, Aly has people in place who have worked with her before to make things run smoothly. If you aren’t sure whether or not you need a coordinator for at least a day, let me tell you that Aly is your gal! We had a few snags on our day off and she made sure things were smoothed out and went well without needing to get us involved. She has truly created a wonderful mountain ranch wedding venue and experience for your big day!

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FAQs for Your Rustic Colorado Barn Wedding

Why Should I Have the Sange de Cristos As My Backdrop?

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Okay, well we think the photos speak for themselves! But here are some facts.

  • Location: Situated in the southern part of the Rocky Mountains, the Sangre De Cristo Range extends from southern Colorado into northern New Mexico.
  • Elevation: The Sangre De Cristos Mountains are known for their impressive elevations, with numerous peaks exceeding 14,000 feet, including Crestone Peak and Crestone Needle.
  • Spanish Influence: The name “Sangre De Cristo” translates to “Blood of Christ” in Spanish, reflecting the striking hues of the mountains, particularly during sunrise and sunset.
  • Recreational Opportunities: Renowned for outdoor activities, the Sangre De Cristo Mountains offer hiking, climbing, and skiing opportunities, attracting outdoor enthusiasts throughout the year.

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Dreaming of a mountainous barn wedding in Colorado but not sure where to anchor your celebration? Explore our FAQ for valuable insights! First off, uncover the allure of cities and towns near Howard, CO, and the distances that make them the perfect backdrop for your magical day. Where will your mountain wedding adventure unfold?

Distances from Howard, CO (Howard Creek Farm)

  1. Salida – Approximately 14 miles
  2. Buena Vista – Approximately 20 miles
  3. Westcliffe – Approximately 24 miles
  4. Canon City – Approximately 52 miles
  5. Leadville – Approximately 56 miles
  6. Pueblo – Approximately 84 miles
  7. Colorado Springs – Approximately 114 miles
  8. Denver – Approximately 130 miles
  9. Aspen – Approximately 140 miles
  10. Durango – Approximately 252 miles
  11. Grand Junction – Approximately 170 miles
  12. Fort Collins – Approximately 186 miles
  13. Boulder – Approximately 142 miles
  14. Telluride – Approximately 275 miles
  15. Breckenridge – Approximately 104 miles
  16. Estes Park – Approximately 149 miles
  17. Steamboat Springs – Approximately 175 miles
  18. Crested Butte – Approximately 220 miles
  19. Vail – Approximately 126 miles
  20. Manitou Springs – Approximately 123 miles
  21. Golden – Approximately 141 miles
  22. Loveland – Approximately 159 miles
  23. Evergreen – Approximately 140 miles
  24. Castle Rock – Approximately 102 miles
  25. Glenwood Springs – Approximately 175 miles
  26. Greeley – Approximately 199 miles
  27. Montrose – Approximately 275 miles
  28. Trinidad – Approximately 126 miles
  29. La Junta – Approximately 110 miles
  30. Lamar – Approximately 178 miles
  31. Alamosa – Approximately 96 miles
  32. Pagosa Springs – Approximately 200 miles
  33. Gunnison – Approximately 190 miles
  34. Silverton – Approximately 290 miles
  35. Georgetown – Approximately 145 miles
  36. Idaho Springs – Approximately 144 miles
  37. Leadville – Approximately 56 miles
  38. Lamar – Approximately 178 miles
  39. Alamosa – Approximately 96 miles
  40. Pagosa Springs – Approximately 200 miles
  41. Gunnison – Approximately 190 miles
  42. Silverton – Approximately 290 miles
  43. Georgetown – Approximately 145 miles
  44. Idaho Springs – Approximately 144 miles
  45. Littleton – 150 miles
  46. Trinidad – Approximately 126 miles
  47. La Junta – Approximately 110 miles
  48. Lamar – Approximately 178 miles
  49. Alamosa – Approximately 96 miles
  50. Pagosa Springs – Approximately 200 miles
  51. Gunnison – Approximately 190 miles

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Why Should I Choose a Rustic Wedding Venue in Colorado?

With snow-capped mountains, sprawling pine forests, and lush green meadows, there’s no place more stunning than Colorado, making it a dream destination to tie the knot for many couples. One of the most iconic and breathtaking sights in Colorado is Pikes Peak, which adds an extra touch of beauty and grandeur to any wedding celebration.

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Scenic Backdrops

Embrace the breathtaking beauty of Colorado Springs’ natural landscapes, with rustic venues offering stunning backdrops of mountains, forests, and meadows.

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Authentic Charm

Our rustic Colorado ranch venues exude genuine charm, providing a cozy and intimate atmosphere that complements the warm and welcoming ambiance of a Colorado wedding.

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Connect with Nature

Immerse yourself in the splendor of nature, as rustic venues often integrate evergreen outdoor elements, allowing you to celebrate amidst the natural beauty of Colorado.

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Photogenic Settings

Capture timeless wedding moments through photography against picturesque barns, scenic fields, and expansive skies, creating visually stunning and memorable wedding photos. Venues like the Barn at Sunset Ranch, Hearth House, Creekside Events, Crooked Willow Farms, Grant Ranch, Flying Horse Ranch, Spruce Mountain Ranch, Everett Ranch Weddings, Evergreen Red Barn, Headwaters Ranch, The Carriage House, Rist Canyon Inn, Dove House, The Barn at Raccoon Creek, Evergreen Memorial Park, The White Barn, The Lyons Farmette, Chatfield Farms, Younger Ranch, Shupe Homestead, and other countryside wedding venues offer amazing views…unlike downtown Denver or golf course wedding venues lol.

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Versatile Themes

Rustic wedding venues provide a versatile canvas for various wedding themes, from vintage and bohemian to country and elegant, allowing couples to personalize their celebration.

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Relaxed Atmosphere

Enjoy a laid-back and relaxed atmosphere, conducive to creating cherished memories with family and friends. Rustic venues with barn exteriors often offer a less formal and more comfortable setting.



Rustic venues with a loft area and outdoor spaces offer adaptability for both small, intimate gatherings and larger celebrations, accommodating diverse wedding sizes and styles.

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What Factors Should I Consider When Planning a Destination Wedding in the Mountains?

Planning a destination wedding location, especially in the mountains, can be a dream come true, but it also involves some specific considerations. Here’s what you need to be aware of while planning your dream mountainous wedding:

  • Acclimatization: Allow time for acclimatization to the higher altitude to ensure the comfort of the couple and guests. We’re at over 6k feet here (take a deep breath!)
  • Breathability: Be mindful of decreased oxygen levels, especially for those not accustomed to higher altitudes.
  • Unpredictability: Mountainous regions are known for sudden weather changes, requiring flexible plans.
  • Seasonal Considerations: Different seasons bring varied conditions, influencing attire choices and event planning.

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How Do I Choose the Right Barn Wedding Venue in Colorado?

Choosing the perfect barn wedding venue from the available barn wedding options can be an important decision in your wedding planning journey. Here are some pointers to guide your decision:

  1. Consider your theme: Think about your desired wedding theme. If you’re going for a rustic, vintage, or country-inspired style, a barn wedding venue would be perfect.
  2. Location: Venue location is crucial! Consider its proximity to lodging facilities, the airport, and nearby attractions for your guests.
  3. Services and Amenities: Review the services and amenities provided by the venue. This could range from on-site catering, bar services, accessibility for elderly or differently-abled guests, and flexibility with decorations (interior and exterior).
  4. Guest capacity: The barn should comfortably accommodate your guest list size.
  5. Budget: Last but not least, your preferred barn venue should match your budget. Keep in mind that you might want to save some funds for decoration and additional services.

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What Services Are Included in Our Packages?

At Howard Creek Farm, we offer a broad range of wedding pricing services in our packages equipped to take care of all your wedding needs. Here’s what’s included:

  1. Bride and Groom Suites: We offer private day spaces for the bride and groom to get ready and relax before the ceremony.
  2. Event Rental: We have a range of rustic and modern event rentals like tables, chairs, and ceremony log benches.
  3. On-site Amenities: Our site comes with parking, restrooms, fire pits with wood provided, and heating facilities at each venue.
  4. Planning Services: For an effortless planning journey, we also provide wedding planning services with an experienced on-site event planner.

Additional wedding retreat options are also available on demand, as we aim to customize the perfect wedding experience tailored to you.

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Can I Bring My Own Vendors?

Yes, at Howard Creek Farm, we give you the freedom to bring in outside vendors. So if you have a specific chef, decorator, DJ, or photographer in mind, you’re welcome to bring them on board for your wedding. We also provide an excellent list of preferred vendors if you need recommendations. Providing you with the flexibility you need to create your dream wedding is our utmost priority.

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Are There Any Online Resources to Help Me?

Excited about planning your dream destination wedding in Colorado but unsure where to start? We’ve got you covered! Check out these top websites to streamline and enhance your Colorado wedding planning experience.

The Knot

Q: Why The Knot? A: The Knot is a one-stop shop for wedding planning, offering a dedicated section for Colorado weddings. Find local vendors, get inspiration, and create your wedding website.


Q: What does WeddingWire offer for Colorado weddings? A: WeddingWire provides a platform to discover local vendors, read reviews, and plan every detail of your Colorado destination wedding. From venues to photographers, it’s a comprehensive resource.

Colorado Wedding Magazine

Q: How can Colorado Wedding Magazine assist with my planning? A: This site is a treasure trove of inspiration, featuring real Colorado weddings, vendor spotlights, and planning tips to make your celebration uniquely yours.

Rocky Mountain Bride

Q: Why consider Rocky Mountain Bride? A: Rocky Mountain Bride focuses on weddings in the mountainous regions, offering a curated selection of vendors, real wedding features, and helpful planning articles for your Colorado mountain wedding.

MyWedding – Colorado

Q: How does MyWedding cater to Colorado couples? A: MyWedding has a dedicated Colorado section, helping you find local vendors and offering planning tools to create a personalized and stress-free wedding experience.

Visit Colorado – Weddings

Q: Why Visit Colorado for wedding planning? A: Explore Visit Colorado’s wedding section for a comprehensive guide to venues, activities, and local resources. It’s a great starting point for planning your Colorado destination wedding.

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When Is the Best Time to Plan a Wedding at Howard Creek Farm?


Best Time for a Wedding

Average Temperature (°F)


Late May to early June

50°F – 70°F


June to August

70°F – 90°F


September to October

50°F – 70°F

Winter (CLOSED)

December to February

20°F – 40°F

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Plan Your Dream Wedding Today!

Easy Steps to Book Your Barn Wedding in Colorado

Booking your barn ceremonies at Howard Creek Farm is a straightforward process encompassing easy steps. Here’s how you go about it:

Step 1: Reach out – Send us an inquiry detailing your desired wedding date, approximate guest count, and any specific requests or questions you may have. Use the “Contact Us” form on our website or call us directly.

Step 2: Visit Our Venue – Schedule a tour to visit our property and experience firsthand the venue access. We love showing couples around our beloved farm, highlighting all of the unique features that could make your big day extraordinary.

Step 3: Secure Your Date – Upon deciding that our venue is the perfect match for your barn wedding, make a booking deposit to secure your date.

Step 4: Begin the Planning Process – Our talented and seasoned on-site wedding planner will be at your disposal to help curate your dream day down to the finest detail.

We’ll hold your hand throughout this experience and be your point of contact for all wedding-related queries and services.