The Best Zion National Park Elopement Locations
Of all the places in the desert southwest to elope, none are as spectacular as the Zion National Park elopement locations I know.
There are six locations where you can have your elopement in Zion National Park. Then take off to explore the amazing canyon together for more epic photos. I LOVE this place and would love to share that with you as your Zion elopement photographer! The opportunities for hiking and adventures are endless for adventurous couples. Especially if you love to be surrounded by nature, color, and take-your-breath-away views.
Ceremony permits are accepted between 3 weeks and 1 year before the event date. There’s no getting around it – Zion is a very busy National Park. The best times to plan your elopement in Zion are on weekdays and early mornings for the best access. Consider a winter elopement for a touch more adventure!
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Temple of Sinawava Elopement Location
The Temple of Sinawava is the last bus stop on Zion Canyon drive. Still, it should be on the top of your list of places to elope! The ceremony site is on the shore of the Virgin River. It’s on a flat sandy beach shaded by the towering canyon walls, and it is absolutely stunning. In the spring and summer, the green trees on the valley floor contrast with the dark red rocks surrounding you. In late October, you can expect gorgeous fall colors.
As soon as you step off the bus, you’ll know just how special this place is. The Narrows river walk is an unforgettable way to adventure together after your intimate wedding ceremony. Walk up the river with water rushing around your ankles. Explore deep into the canyon’s heart with your best friend beside you.
Zion’s Waterfall Location
Menu Falls is a quiet, unknown spot in the upper Zion canyon. It doesn’t have its own bus stop. It isn’t on the National Park maps. So, you have to know where it is to get to it! A short trail leads to a petite, two-tiered deck. It’s just big enough for the two of you to exchange private vows in front of the delicate waterfall. The water is minimal in the summer, but the cool shade makes this a tranquil option. It feels very magical and spiritual as the water from the falls runs under the deck. Spring has the best water flow for the ten-foot drop and May is an excellent month to visit Zion.
The Zion Lodge Lawn is perhaps the most well-known location for weddings inside Zion National Park. The flat, open area is great for those who are planning to invite up to 75 guests. Since the Lodge and Red Rocks Grill are so close, the location of this site makes it easy to include a reception. Alternatively, keep it just the two of you with an intimate sunrise ceremony under the huge cottonwood. Spend the day creating your own adventure on the many trails. It’s YOUR day, and you can make it reflect your passion for the outdoors. You can’t NOT have a giant smile on your face when traveling through this canyon! I can help you obtain the right permits and choose locations based on your ideas and desires.
How to Elope in Zion – Elopement Rules
Use the National Park’s website to apply for your ceremony permit. Bouquets are allowed for your wedding – so long as they contain NO seeds, dried or alive. All leave no trace principles are enforced, and in keeping with the natural environment, additional wedding rules apply such as no amplified sound, no confetti, and no exclusive use of locations. Basically, if you wouldn’t do it while hiking, you shouldn’t do it at your elopement in Zion. The canyon’s formations are over 150 MILLION years old. This is a sacred, jaw-dropping place that must be experienced with respect and courtesy so we can all enjoy it for centuries to come.
Zion National Park is perched on the corners of three great regions – The Great Basin, the Mojave Desert, and the Colorado plateau. It is a photographer’s paradise in any season. The colors of the canyon come from Navajo sandstone that dominates much of the upper walls, but in all, there are nine layers of sediment that make up the steep sides and huge mountains of stone. Angel’s landing may be the most well-known hike in the park, but there are over 50 miles of trails with incredible scenery to explore. The Canyon overlook trail parking area fills up fast, but the payoffs for this short hike are stunning and it is a must for any post-ceremony photos! Sunset is a great time to visit this epic lookout.
The Emerald pools area is confusing. The trails all seem to criss-cross, but that’s what makes it an adventure, right? The first half of the trail has no shade, and the second half takes you among pools of clear water, and streams seem to be everywhere, even spouting from above your head. Shower, anyone?
South Zion & Visitors Center Elopement Locations
At the south end of the park, two elopement ceremony sites are easier to access without using the mandatory shuttle system that runs from April – November. The Amphitheater has rows of built-in seating and can accommodate up to 100 guests, or just a few, with views of the red sandstone canyon walls, the watchman, and a picnic area nearby that is first-come, first-serve. When you think of how to elope in Zion, you’re probably not thinking of hosting anywhere near 100 guests, so let’s move on.
How to Elope at Zion Nature Center
The natural look on the green lawn at the nearby Nature Center is preferable. Sunset rays will light up the nearby peak named The Watchman, and no matter where you are in the park, the cooler temps near dawn and sunset are heavenly. Early morning is definitely the best time to elope in Zion because most tourists are sleeping in, and you and your beloved can enjoy spectacular sights without another soul around. Imagine being surrounded by ancient stone walls as sunlight comes into the canyon, lighting up your partner’s face as they speak their heart and choose you. It will be unforgettable!
Kolob Canyons Ceremony Location
There are so many areas to explore in this park! The Kolob Canyons area where the 5th ceremony site is located is also the least visited. The 5-mile road contains just 3 hiking trails, but the views are just as epic. The ceremony site is a paved, fenced area directly off the main parking lot. I also loved exploring the Kolob terrace area, which has everything! Giant beehive formations, forests, overlooks, wildflowers, and even a huge reservoir. The Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway is a must-drive if you get the chance. Long tunnels connect you to one of the most scenic drives in the country. Really, the entire park is a national treasure. I would love to be your Zion National Park elopement location guide and photographer, to help you have the adventure elopement of your dreams. The first step is to inquire and start the conversation! Let’s have an adventure!
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. Zion is one of my favorite places on the continent – it is like nowhere else. Maybe I’ll see you there!
I offer full-day, 1.5 day and 2 day elopement photography in National Parks and the wildlands 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. 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 Zion National Park. It even includes additional locations outside the park 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!
Here is my free Zion Elopement location map!
Plug in your info and I’ll email it to you!
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