About Wild Basin Lodge

Dedicated Mountain Wedding Venue

Wild Basin Lodge & Event Center offers couples a secluded, luxurious mountain wedding venue situated on the banks of a rushing river amongst pine and aspen groves, with stunning views of the Rocky Mountains.

Our mission is to provide a simple, personalized, intimate, transparent experience from tour to wedding day to support couples in the planning and execution of their wedding.

With only one wedding a day, and by providing the tools, staff and services necessary, Wild Basin couples host the wedding of their dreams with less stress, creating joyful memories that last a lifetime.

About the Owners – Engineers in Love

In 2001 two engineers fell in love and decided to get married. As engineers in love are prone to do, they evaluated their professions, choice of home, dreams and goals, and concluded that building a new life together provided the perfect opportunity to change everything.

So they quit their jobs determined to open a business together. Simultaneously, they started planning their wedding.

The effort was frustrating. Most everything was inflexible, and pricing was confusing at best. Upset by this and fearful of forgetting important details, they hosted it themselves. While they knew nothing of wedding planning, motivated self-interest made for fantastic inspiration. It all worked out beautifully.

Now married, the couple doubled down on their quest to open a business. Recalling their wedding experience, inspiration struck again and they settled on opening a dedicated wedding venue with the goal of replacing corporate, abstract policies with direct interaction and flexibility. They designed a system that allowed others to do what they weren’t allowed to do, one that allowed flexibility, and simplified pricing and wedding planning for couples.

Thousands of events later, the Wild Basin Lodge is still run with the underlying philosophy that no two weddings are alike. The dream of a small family-run firm removed from the abstract, and grounded in personal relationships, lives on to this day.


Honoring a Legacy

Constructed in the early 1900’s, the Wild Basin Lodge has a rich and storied history. Among the first luxury establishments in the mountains, the lodge has played many roles, including community center, restaurant, retreat facility and event center. Originally built as the Copeland Lake Lodge, the facility functioned as an exclusive retreat when the state’s capitol was in Longmont. Later additions found the lodge renamed to “Wild Basin Lodge”, and it became known as a premier luxury destination.

After the original structure burned in 1980, the lodge was rebuilt at its current location and has undergone routine renovation since then. The current owners purchased the lodge in 2001. Shortly afterward they added “& Event Center” to its name which reflected a renewed emphasis on weddings. Honoring its tradition of innovation, the Wild Basin Lodge & Event Center continues to be an industry leader in the wedding and event industry by providing customers with understated elegance, exquisite cuisine and unparalleled customer service.



Proud Member of the Estes Park Wedding Association

Estes Park Wedding Association


Stewardship Goes Green

From energy efficient appliances to using reclaimed building materials, Wild Basin Lodge & Event Center takes every measure to continue reducing environmental footprint because the owners believe green business is good business. Located high in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, the pristine St. Vrain River flows through the grounds of the 13+ acre property, serving as a constant reminder of why they are committed to environmental stewardship. They lead the industry by utilizing the following environmental practices:

Energy and Water

  • Regular Energy Audits
  • LED and CFL lighting
  • Enhanced Building Insulation
  • Intelligent Switches for Boilers
  • State of the Art, Low Flow Water Appliances


  • A vast majority of all waste produced at events is diverted from the landfill by:
    • Zero-waste wedding and event packages
    • Recycling all paper, plastics and glassware
  • Non-toxic Cleansers and Soaps
  • Recycled Office Paper
  • Recycled Ink and Toner Cartridges
  • Hormone and Color-free Meats and Seafoods
  • Organic, pesticide-free vegetables and grains
  • Fresh, line-caught, wild seafood


  • Eco-Cycle Partnership
  • Food Waste to Animal Sanctuaries
  • Promoting Environmental Responsibility to Staff and Vendors

Employment Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in becoming part of our team at The Wild Basin Lodge and Event Center. We are located in Allenspark, Colorado, across from the Wild Basin entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park.

The Wild Basin Lodge and Event Center  hosts over 200 events each year, the vast majority being weddings and wedding related activities. The lodge’s facilities include outdoor sites for wedding ceremonies or events and two indoor banquet facilities that accomodate small to large groups.

Our endeavor is to create a unique, relaxing and memorable guest experience. In order to ensure our guests the level and quality of service they deserve, we screen our applicants very carefully and hire only those with the qualities we feel will contribute to the very best that Wild Basin Lodge can offer.

Most employees at the Wild Basin Lodge & Event Center have been employed for years, and turnover remains very low. For that reason, only a limited number of positions become available each year. For consideration, please contact us via our Contact page. We begin our hiring process in March and look forward to talking with you!

Media Info

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