Amazing Horseshoe Bend Elopement Locations
One of my favorite places in the desert southwest is Page, Arizona. Sharing my favorite Horseshoe Bend elopement locations with you is a dream, and I’ll tell you why. In this area that overlaps the southern Utah border, you can find buttes, (haha, butts.) slot canyons, rivers, natural arches, beaches, pools, grottos, islands, washes, cliffs and rocky red deserts. Centered around the man-made Lake Powell, hundreds of miles of water fill the intricate canyons, providing many side-canyons to explore. Of all the places I’ve been in the desert southwest, it’s Page that I can’t wait to go back to. The entire area is spectacular. I’d love to know what spots get you excited to elope there!
Horseshoe Bend Elopement Location Details
The most famous place near Page is certainly Horseshoe Bend. This epic u-turn in the Colorado River is just a few miles south of Page. The 1.5 mile flat hike is well worth the baking sun to reach the 1,000ft drop off vista to the river below. High visitation means this spot is very busy, with the rim getting packed especially on weekends and midday. Sunset is also popular as the sun sets just over the horizon behind this spot. As your Horseshoe Bend elopement photographer and guide, I’m here to help as much as I can. Imagine just the two of you standing at this vista to say your vows – can you picture a more majestic backdrop for your desert elopement?
Horseshoe Bend is within the Glen Canyon Recreation area, and a special use permit is required for all elopements. Make sure to apply more than 45 days in advance – Apply and find more information here. The application costs upwards of $100. Remember that these fees support the staff and support our National Parks and sites. Although the bend is within the parks system, the parking lot is not, and therefore the city of Page requires a parking fee. Your National Parks pass won’t work here, but it’s a small price to pay for this iconic view. It’s important to know all the details for where you plan to elope when you apply for your permit, so get in touch with me first!
This area is huge – and amazing
The first thing you need to know about Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon Rec Area is that IT IS HUGE. Though well visited, the expansive nature of this region, and the fact that much of it can only be accessed by boat, means that it isn’t as crowded as the Grand Canyon or Moab. It would take years to explore all there is here. Which is exactly why you should hire one of the many local boat captains! Accessing the lake and many remote hiking areas from the Wahweap Marina would be an unforgettable adventure.
Page AZ Elopement Locations
For milder temperatures rather than the baking summer heat, consider a shoulder season. April, May, September and October are the best times to elope in Page. While the slot canyons provide some shade in the morning and late afternoon, there aren’t many trees so most hikes are exposed. If you’ve been dreaming of a richly textured rocky landscape for your desert elopement, I can definitely help you find it here. A winter elopement in Page would also be incredible. A light dusting of snow on the desert landscape would look like a frosted dream! You could follow up by cozying up in a lodge together. Camping out with a campfire is more possible in the warmer months. The remoteness of this area lends itself to stargazing in every season.
Exploring the Area
By boat, you can access an Anasazi dwelling from 1250 AD, Reflection Canyon, Diagenetic Arch, and Pool Canyon. The hundreds of bays, inlets and watery canyons mean there are endless possibilities for eloping at Lake Powell. Or you could get married on the boat itself! How amazing would that be? On land, many areas are within Navajo Nation’s federal reservation, and permits are required for access, like the Rainbow Bridge, Waterholes Canyon, and both of the stunning Antelope Canyons. These areas are especially sacred and special. Like all of our natural resources, these lands need to be treated with respect and all Leave No Trace principles. However, there are some arches, vistas and hikes that don’t require access permits. Early morning is a great time to elope in Page, as the temperatures will be cooler and the light less harsh, with plenty of color in the skies.
I just love Horseshoe Bend, Page, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Lake Powell and the rest of Arizona. For more locations in Arizona, check out my Saguaro National Park Elopement guide and Grand Canyon elopement guide.
I’m a nomadic and colorful elopement photographer with an obsession for mountains, hiking, and my cats. My photography style emphasizes the epic landscape of your dreams and the authentic moments that make you two.. well, you two! I love my job and my nature-loving clients. Horseshoe bend is epic, but there are so many other great spots all over Arizona. Maybe I’ll see you there!
I offer full day, 1.5 day and 2 day elopement photography in National Parks and the wild lands outside of them. See my pricing and package details here. I would love to chat with you and help see if an elopement with me is what you’ve been dreaming of. No matter which of the horseshoe bend elopement locations speak to you, don’t hesitate to get in touch below!
Here’s a preview of my interactive location map for my booked clients:
This map is like a virtual tour of Horseshoe Bend and Page, AZ with color photos I’ve taken of each place. So you can see all the great spots without leaving your living room. If you’re planning from afar, this is a visual key to picking out the elopement spot that works for you. Details like what seasons and time of day are best for each location are included. It will help you plan your activities, accommodations, and your day’s itinerary. Lastly, it’s easy to have a great backup location picked out with this map in front of you. Having that Plan B in your back pocket will keep your planning stress-free!
Ready to start panning your Horseshoe Bend elopement? Contact me!
Check out my other Desert Elopement Guides:
– Zion Elopement Guide
– Grand Canyon Elopement Guide
– Bryce Canyon Elopement Guide
– Snow Canyon State Park Elopement Park
– Moab Elopement Guide
– Valley of Fire Elopement Guide
– Saguaro National Park Elopement Guide
– New Mexico Elopement Guide
– Death Valley National Park Elopement Guide
– Joshua Tree National Park Elopement Gu