Sequoia National Park Elopement Locations – 2024 Update


Sequoia National Park Elopement Locations – 2024 Update

These adjacent National Parks are part of a huge network of national park & national forest lands in central California, and are best seen together on a road trip. There are views over the Sierra mountains of south-central California, These Kings Canyon & Sequoia national park elopement locations will blow you away! This time I’m taking you to see the largest trees on earth. King’s Canyon is a baby grand to Yosemite’s grand piano of a valley. I’m excited to bring these sights to your eyeballs, and maybe bring you there to elope!

Sequoia National Park Elopement Locations

Sequoia and Kings Canyon requires you to choose from one of their 8 designated wedding sites. You may not request any other locations, and you can’t get married right at the base of any of the largest trees, but you can get married between them in some of the designated wedding sites. Or venture into nearby national forest!

How to Elope in Sequoia National Park

To get married in the park the permit will cost you just $175. You can note other locations in the park where you’d like to stop for photos. Best to talk with your photographer before you apply! Use Leave No Trace principles here. While you can bring a few chairs if needed, most other decorations are not permitted (or needed!). Here’s my guide to the elopement locations in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

Lost Grove Elopement Location in Sequoia National Park

Lost grove is a stop off along the General’s Highway. You can marry each other between the towering trees in this forested location right off the road.

The Meadows in Sequoia National Park

Crescent Meadow, Halstead Meadow, and Wolverton/Long Meadow are the elopement sites with meadows in Sequoia. Elopement ceremonies can take place on trail anywhere on the edges of these sweeping green meadows. This gives you the chance to pick a spot that feels just right for you. My favorite of the three is Crescent meadow, for its proximity to Moro Rock, the Tunnel Tree, and nearby Eagle view. It’s also the furthest away from any road noise.

Giant Forest Area Elopement Locations

The Giant Forest Museum Patio is the least private elopement location I’ve ever seen in a national park. It is just adjacent to a paved plaza that serves as a trailhead and shuttle nexus for many of the park’s most popular areas. Not to mention the Giant Forest museum is right there. For a couple that doesn’t mind an early morning wakeup call, this location would be wonderful at sunrise as it is right at the base of a large cedar. Bathrooms are close by and it is ADA accessible.

Beetle Rock Elopement Locations in Sequoia National Park

Beetle rock is an expansive, gently sloping rock location. It’s just a stone’s throw from the Giant Forest Museum parking lot. On a clear day, the views over the mountain ranges are impressive and some of the best “big views” in the park. Because Beetle Rock is so large, it’d be easy to find a spot away from crowds here. Sunset would be an especially beautiful time to elope at Beetle Rock in Sequoia National Park.

Elope in Kings Canyon National Park at Panoramic Point

Of all the places to elope in Sequoia National Park, PICK THIS ONE!! A one lane road not for the faint of heart winds up the mountain through wildflower meadows bursting with lupines. A short but steep hike that is moderately wheelchair accessible (if the person pushing is a bodybuilder). The view here is out of this world though, and once at the top I didn’t want to leave. It’s the kind of peaceful forest seclusion, with a grand view of the Sierras that could keep you wrapped up for hours just to soak in all its glory.

Where to Elope in King’s Canyon National Park

You’ve probably never even heard of this national park, which is a national shame – it’s incredible! Muir Rock is a great location to elope in Kings Canyon. It overlooks the rushing waters of the crystal clear river nearby. As of 2024, Zumwaldt Meadow is no longer an approved ceremony site. Grizzly Creek Falls and Roaring River Falls are not to be missed along your route.

Muir Rock Elopement Location

Muir Rock is located near the very end of the road into Kings Canyon, giving you that Yosemite feeling but without the traffic! Not only is the drive to this site packed with scenery and viewpoints, the meadow itself is peaceful. And It’s full of bears. I hope you like bears! This riverside spot is designated as a very large, flat rock.

Sequoia’s Best Spots for Photos

Moro Rock

This incredible hike weaves up a bare rock face with sheer drop offs down to the valley below. The 360 degree view from the top is well worth the climb. While you can’t say your vows here, it’s one of the best photo locations in all of the Sierras. Sunrise here would be magical AF and if you elope in Sequoia, I will insist we come on this adventurous hike together. So don’t even ask if we can skip it. We can’t. Nearby hanging rock is also spectacular. California Condors were recently spotted here as they return to the wild after coming back from near extinction.

Big Trees Trail

This flat loop walk circles a round green meadow sprinkled with giant sequoias.. This is one of my favorite short walks in the park! There’s a tunnel tree you can walk through, and fallen trees which add a lot of interest to this forested walk. The nearby Hazelwood Nature trail is a more adventurous place among the giant trees, with a narrower and steeper trail.

About your Sequoia Elopement Photographer

I’m a colorful Sequoia 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. Sequoia National Park and its sibling Kings Canyon are often overlooked and I can’t figure out why. Maybe I’ll see you there!

Nearby National Forest Elopement Locations

If you want to get married at the base of a sequoia, best go outside of the national parks. I’ve got locations for that! Mineral King and Sequoia National Forests hold tons of areas just outside the national park boundaries. These would make incredible mountain elopement locations without all the restrictions of the official National Park. This also means far fewer crowds and more freedom to pick the spot you want. If you are interested in eloping in Sequoia national forest, I’d love to show you my favorite areas and swimming holes!

Here is my Sequoia & Kings Canyon Elopement Locations Map:

This map is like a virtual tour of Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park elopement locations 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! This is one of my biggest and most comprehensive elopement maps.

Why Elope at Sequoia National Park?

Most come here to see the trees because the giant sequoias are the largest trees in the world by volume. They are truly awe-inspiring. It’s hard to describe the feeling of standing at the base of these ancient giants. The only word my husband and I seemed to agree on to describe the size was “stupid” as in “this tree is stupidly big.” and “It’s stupid how big this one is.” Maybe that doesn’t make sense until you’ve seen the trees yourself. 😉

How to plan your Sequoia National Park Elopement

The parks ask you to apply at least 60 to 90 days in advance to ensure enough time for processing. Some general notes about these two national parks: One, the roads are extremely windy. If you’re the kind who gets a little sick on windy roads, I would suggest packing some dramamine. I hope you enjoyed reading my guide to eloping in Sequoia & King’s Canyon National parks.

Sequoia National Park Sample Elopement Timeline

6:00AM Sunrise hike to Moro Rock & First Look at the top!
7:00AM Hike down, head to meadow picnic area
8:00AM Cook banana pancakes together on a camp stove
9:00AM Set up hammocks on the edge of a meadow & nap
11:00AM Drive into King’s Canyon, stop at waterfalls for picnic lunch
2:00 Explore Zumwaldt Meadow & swing bridge together
4:00 Closest friends gather at Panoramic Point
4:30 Afternoon Ceremony at Panoramic Point vista
5:00 Everyone contributes to creating a time capsule for the couple
5:15 Champagne Toasts
5:45 Everyone gathers back at campground for a cookout & campfire

2024 Sequoia Elopement Packages

I offer both all inclusive Sequoia elopement packages, or photography & planning only. There are no travel fees, download fees, watermarks or other hidden fees. These prices are for 2024.

2 Day elopements in Sequoia & Kings Canyon – $9900

1.5 Days of elopement photography – $7900

1 Full day adventure elopement in Sequoia & Kings Canyon – $6900

Up to 4 hours elopement in Sequoia & Kings Canyon – $5500 **Only available on select dates**

Get in touch to have me plan your Sequoia or Kings Canyon elopement for you!

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