IMAGINE.... the days leading up to your big wedding day with all your favorite people in one private, rustic yet updated historical ranch property in the mountains, backed by the Pikes Peak National Forest.
Together, you're sharing quality time, the outdoors, local activities, and cooking meals, then celebrating your wedding in our outdoor ceremony site or at a nature spot close-by, and a gorgeous barn for your reception.
The ranch accommodates up to 16 people for lodging and up to 100 for the use of the wedding reception in the barn and outside.
We are one of the most unique and thoughtful small wedding venues in Colorado.
"Stagecoach Stop", a small 1860s historic cabin with wifi, 1 king bed, kitchenette, living room with smart TV, bathroom with clawfoot tub, deck with forest view, fire pit, and hammock). 2 parking spots.
"Ranch House", a 3 bedroom cabin with wifi, full kitchen, washer and dryer, 1 full bathroom with bath/shower, 1 master bedroom with king bed, 2 bedrooms with full beds, living room, smart TV, porch, deck with mountain/sunset view, fire pit, grill). 4 parking spots.
Barn, 10 tables & 50 seats, with small dance floor/stage, bar, cake table, buffet table. Additional supplies, chairs, decor and more are available to rent (ask for price list during your phone consultation).
Ceremony Site with Forest Backdrop and Arch, 7 Fire Pits, 4 hammocks, outdoor sitting areas. Gorgeous photo opportunities throughout estate including the aspen grove. Small parking lot for 50 additional cars.
1 port-a-potty and 1860s outhouse available for use.
3 glamping wall tents & 1 tee pee (each with a comfy queen bed) bedding, tables, deck, hammock, and 1 shared port-a-potty, community outdoor private shower, historic amenities cabin with kitchenette). 2 parking spot per unit.
Enjoy relaxing, floating or fishing at the Eleven Mile Canyon or Platte River, Garden of the Gods or Cripple Creek casinos, the towns of Divide, Florissant, Manitou Springs, or Woodland Park's shopping and dining. There is a gas station, markets, bars and restaurants close by.
"When planning my wedding, I wanted a rustic theme. Idlewild really brought that to life. The reception was held in front of a grove of beautiful aspens that were full in time for our June wedding. It was perfect. The owner was very helpful and hospitable. If you are looking for an indoor/outdoor rustic wedding venue for small wedding, look no further!"
“This is the place where our dream wedding came true. Absolutely gorgeous place to be married and a perfect setting to say “I Do”. It’s surrounded by nature, has rustic gorgeous cabins, a beautifully decorated barn, glamping tents where our out of town family stayed to spend more time with us and exploring the area and a great history!"
We are booking now for 2024! Wedding season is from mid-May through mid-October. We may have last minute openings for 2023 on a weekend, or during the week so please inquire.
Denver International Airport is 2 to 2.5 hours to Idlewild, depending on traffic.
Colorado Springs Airport is 1 hour to Idlewild, depending on traffic. This airport is small and has limited flight options.
285 Highway is a scenic route to try!
We are conveniently located off of Highway 24 but are backed by the Pike National Forest! Towns with markets, convenient stores, restaurants are within a few miles. Woodland Park is 20 minutes away, Colorado Springs about 45 minutes away.
Yes, we provide a lower rate for weekday weddings: Monday-Thursdays only. Please book early as we rent our lodging for Airbnb during the week.
No, we do not provide food, alcohol, or vendors. You are welcome to bring your own alcohol and food.
It is a requirement for our clients to obtain and show evidence of liability insurance to fully cover the event. Also, we strongly encourage using certified bartenders and licensed caterers to ensure safety and legal compliance for hosts and their guests.
We do have tables, some food/beverage serving supplies as extra rental, bar area, cake table for your use to help accommodate your event, however your vendors may provide what is needed.
As late as you'd like! However we do recommend outdoor amplified music off by 11 pm.
We keep our price lower so that you can fully customize your special day for you and your guests!
All wedding vendors and vendor fees are NOT included. Vendors include photographer, bartender, caterer, florist, planner, videographer, music, sound system etc. You must have separate agreements with your vendors.
We do not provide outdoor event tents.
If you book with us, we have a list of vetted recommended vendors in the area as a part of your wedding packet.
Of course! Also, the ranch is close enough to towns that offer options for small gatherings or parties. We can recommend some great places and will be in the wedding packet.
We recommend looking at Airbnb or VRBO for lodging close by. Woodland Park has hotels and is 40 minutes away. Only 50 parking spaces in the parking lot at the ranch, so please consider carpooling.
Yes, we charge $25 total per pet if they are staying overnight.
Yes, you can use your own decorations for the ceremony site, the barn, and outdoors.
We ask that all the decor that belong with the lodging accommodations remains the same.
We offer a few different themed decor packages for ceremony and barn for an extra fee.
At the bottom of this website page, you'll find a form to fill out! We will respond within 24 hours and will set up a time to talk on the phone for a free consult.
When you fill out the form below, we will reply back to schedule a phone consultation with you. On that call, we will book your tour.
For booked events, included is 1 tour with venue so please coordinate vendors accordingly. Extra tours will be an additional fee.
Examples of add-ons are:
Yes. 5 tents can be put up within property lines. The fee is $10 per person, per night. Campers use the port-a-potty, outhouse or indoor bathroom, and do not leave any food or trash out inside or outside of the tent.
A detailed site map will be available in the package you will receive upon booking and there will be a sign for parking.
Of course! We are 100% inclusive and welcoming to love in all its expressions.
Of course! Let's talk to see if it's a fit! Please fill out the form below to set up a phone consultation. The rules, regulations and pricing will most likely be the same.
For 16 years, Stephanie Scoville has owned, nurtured, and expanded Idlewild Ridge Ranch. She has created many special memories with family, friends, brides & grooms, the local community, and local organizations at the ranch, with the support of her strong network.
In addition, Stephanie has been providing trusted, reliable, and well-renowned professional services in residential real estate, estate sales, retail management and sales, events, creative services, and AirBnb throughout Colorado and previously in Kansas for 40+ years.
For the last six years, she has been a verified Airbnb 5- Star Superhost for six listings.
She now launches Idlewild as an official wedding venue in 2023, co-founding alongside her loved ones who all together offer extensive experience in event-planning, real estate development, tourism, construction and remodeling, marketing, client services, and entrepreneurship.
Her vision for the Idlewild wedding venue is that it creates special memories and intimate gatherings for loved ones, allowing the families to be creative with the event, and immersing themselves in the area's unique history and abundant nature.