Celebrate Love In Nature’s Embrace: Chief Hosa Lodge

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If you’re dreaming of a rustic Colorado wedding with breathtaking views and a touch of history, look no further than the Chief Hosa Lodge. Nestled against the hillsides in Golden and designed by the renowned architect Jules Jacques Benois Benedict, this National Historic Site is more than just a venue; it’s a piece of Colorado’s heritage.

A Link to the Past

Constructed of timber and stone from the immediate area, the architect took great care to design the lodge so that it blended beautifully into the hillside and its surroundings. Chief Hosa Lodge first opened its doors in 1918. The lodge was named in honor of a Southern Arapaho tribal leader, bestowed with the honorary title ‘Hosa’ by the Ute tribe, signifying ‘peaceful and beautiful.’

A man and woman kiss during their wedding at the Chief Hosa Lodge.

Awe-Inspiring Panoramas

Imagine exchanging vows with the majestic Continental Divide as your backdrop. The Chief Hosa Lodge offers sweeping views that will leave you and your guests awe-inspired. The stone and log construction adds a touch of authenticity, creating an ideal setting for a rustic Colorado wedding. With only one event permitted per day, you’ll have the space to yourselves, making your day truly special.

Venue Facilities

The Chief Hosa Lodge comes equipped with a number of must-have basics to make your day seamless. A large patio, perfect for soaking in the views, sets the stage for a ceremony to remember. The appointed on-site Event Facilitator ensures attention and care to every detail, allowing you to focus on the most important thing – each other.

With a capacity for up to 100 guests, the lodge offers facilities such as staging, a cold prep kitchen, and a changing room. Gas fireplaces add a cozy touch, creating an inviting atmosphere for your celebration.


Be sure to consult with the on-site Wedding Advisor throughout the day of your wedding. As a photographer, I appreciated their help in finding the perfect spot to show off the wedding dress without using adhesives.

Timeless Availability

Whether you’re planning a summer soiree or a winter wonderland wedding, Chief Hosa Lodge is available for service year-round. The lodge is available for AM hours from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm and PM hours from 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm. The minimum rental period is 4 hours, with a maximum of 9 hours to dance the night away.

Reservation requests can be made up to 365 days in advance, ensuring you secure your dream date. Just remember, no reservations are taken less than 30 days before your big day.

A wide angle view of the interior of Chief Hosa Lodge set up for a wedding.

Rules & Regulations

While celebrating love, Chief Hosa Lodge does have a few rules to ensure everyone’s safety and enjoyment.

Permitted Items

  • Alcohol (A certified bartender (not a guest) must handle the service. Ask venue for policy sheet.)
  • Chafing dishes with warmers
  • Votive or tea light candles enclosed in glass containers (indoors)

Prohibited Items

  • Balloons
  • Fireworks
  • FAKE flower petals
  • Birdseed
  • Rice
  • Glitter
  • Confetti
  • Open flames, portable heaters
  • Glass
  • Adhesives, tape, nails, staples, tacks
  • Amplified Music (must not exceed 55 decibels from nearest residential property line to event facility)
  • Smoking (inside)

The venue also asks that 21 days prior to your event that all fees are paid in full and that your proof of insurance coverage is submitted. You also must complete an in-person walkthrough with an Event Facilitator. Booking a walkthrough is easy with the online calendar on their website.

Refer to the venue regulation brochure for current and complete details.

A wedding couple walks down the aisle as the guests blow bubbles.

Set the Stage, Leave No Trace

As you plan your perfect day, keep in mind that you’re responsible for the event set-up and clean-up. The permitted time must include these tasks, and music and alcohol service must end one hour before your event concludes. Drop-off and pick-up of equipment, décor, and food should also be within the starting and ending permit times.

Insurance is a must for all events, and the Chief Hosa Lodge team will provide you with all the necessary information during the booking process.


Saying ‘I do’ at Chief Hosa Lodge is not just a wedding; it’s a magical journey through time and nature. With its historic charm, panoramic views, and thoughtful facilities, your dream wedding awaits at this Colorado gem.

A bridal couple looks back at the camera as the sun sets in the background.

Chief Hosa Lodge Details


27661 Genesee Lane, Golden, Denver 80401


720-913-0700 (press 6 to leave a message)




  • 100 People
  • 3,340 square feet

Rental Times

  • 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM daily
  • 4 hour rental minimum
  • 9 hour rental maximum
  • All rental times must include set up, clean up and any rehearsal

Rental Fees

Peak Season (May 1 – September 30)

Mon-Thurs | 7:00 a.m. – 3:59 p.m.: $160/hour
Mon-Thurs | 4:00-11:00 p.m.: $260/hour
Fri-Sun & Holidays: $420/hour

Off-Peak Season (October – April)

Mon-Thurs | 7:00 a.m. – 3:59 p.m.: $115/hour
Mon-Thurs | 4:00-11:00 p.m.: $230/hour
Fri-Sun & Holidays: $230/hour

A nonrefundable fee of $210 due at time of booking. Rescheduling may be done within the same calendar year for no additional payment. Prices subject to change. Confirm with venue.

A bride looks at her reflection in a mirror in the getting ready room at Chief Hosa Lodge.


  • Staging kitchen (refrigerator, sink, and counter space)
  • Large patio
  • Changing room
  • Gas fireplaces
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking (40 vehicles)
  • ADA accessible vehicle spaces (4)
  • Tables and chairs (Check website for availability)
  • On-site event facilitator

Nearby Attractions

Genesee Park

Just a short drive away, Genesee Park offers outdoor enthusiasts a haven with hiking trails, picnicking areas, and wildlife viewing. It’s a great spot for some pre-wedding relaxation or post-celebration unwinding.

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre

If you’re a fan of live music or simply want to explore a stunning natural amphitheater, Red Rocks Park is a must-visit. Take in the breathtaking views and maybe catch a concert if the timing is right.

Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave

Dive into the Wild West history by visiting the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave. Learn about the legendary Buffalo Bill Cody and explore exhibits that showcase the region’s frontier days.

Golden, Colorado

The charming town of Golden is nearby, offering a historic downtown, art galleries, breweries, and the famous Coors Brewery for beer enthusiasts.


The Golden Hotel

Located in the heart of Golden, this upscale hotel offers comfortable accommodations, a creek setting, and easy access to dining and shopping in the area.

Origin Red Rocks, a Wyndham Hotel

If you’re looking for a modern and stylish option, Origin Red Rocks provides a chic stay with scenic views only a short drive from Chief Hosa Lodge.

The Dove Inn

Situated in Golden, The Dove Inn is a historic bed and breakfast known for its cozy atmosphere and personalized service. It’s a great choice for a romantic getaway.

Table Mountain Inn

This charming adobe style inn in Golden combines Southwestern hospitality with modern amenities. Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and explore the nearby attractions in Golden.

Airbnb Options

Consider exploring Airbnb for a variety of accommodation options, from cozy cabins to spacious homes. It’s a great way to find a place that suits your style and preferences.

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