How To Elope In Yosemite National Park

Tired of traditional weddings? Elope in Yosemite National Park instead. Committing to your partner will feel uber memorable here.

Here’s how to elope in Yosemite.

Why Elope in Yosemite National Park?

Many couples elope to avoid the stress and financial strain of planning a traditional wedding. I totally get it. There’s a lot that’s involved in a wedding, and it can be just too much sometimes. If you elope in Yosemite National Park, you’ll gain the experience of a lifetime that is incomparable to a chapel wedding.

Yosemite is one of Earth’s natural wonders.

It is a pure sight to behold. Just hearing the name Yosemite strikes a stunning visual image, right? Imagine saying “I do” in one of the most magical natural landscapes in too. the USA. Needless to say, you’ll have a prime opportunity for stunning elopement photos

Permits Required to Elope in Yosemite

Yes, you must get a permit to have a wedding or commitment ceremony at Yosemite. Even if you only plan to take photos (no ceremony on park grounds), you still need a permit.

The nonrefundable fee is $150, and you can download the application here. Follow that link for every nitty-gritty technical detail too.

Locations in Yosemite to Elope

Yosemite National Park is HUGE. That means you have many different locations to choose from. They are all so wonderful it can be hard to pick. However, these locations are a few of my favorites. You’ll be surrounded by jaw-dropping views that will make your commitment so special.

Yosemite Falls:

El Capitan Meadow:

Tunnel View:

Taft Point:

Glacier Point:

Best Season to Elope

If you’re dreaming of a winter ceremony in Yosemite, it is doable but not recommended. Many of the roads get closed, and trekking around the park is difficult when paired with snow and ice. The months of June, July, and August are also doable, but expect an abundance of tourists right there with you.

For the best elopement in Yosemite, opt for the spring or fall. The end of September through October is an incredible time of year: minimal tourists + comfortable weather.

Best Time of Day to Elope

I recommend eloping at sunset or sunrise to experience Yosemite in all its glory. Either time of day is gorgeous, but they both give off a unique feel.


First tip: if you are not a morning person, sunset might be better for you. You’ll have to wake up REALLY early to do makeup, hair, prep, and then hike/drive to any prime location in Yosemite. However, this is perfect for early risers. Start at Glacier Point and head down into the valley for maximum sunrise time.


The best part about eloping at sunset is that you’ll have all day to get ready and travel to your location. Start in the valley and move up to a lookout to experience the sunset from all angles.

Yosemite Elopement Photography

Your ceremony won’t be complete without capturing photos that last forever. A Yosemite elopement photographer has the skill and know-how to snap those pics while guiding you (safely) around the landscape.

  1. Ryan says:

    I absolutely love Yosemite, and your elopement guide is amazing! I especially appreciate how you go over permitting because it gets rather confusing especially with intimate photo shoots. Bravo! Love your blog.

  2. Kelly Shoul says:

    what a great free resource for couples who are looking to elope in Yosemite!

  3. Damn, these images are EPIC. So jealous that you get to work in my favorite place in the WORLD all the time! Super great and informative tips! Thanks for the advice!

  4. Jacqueline G says:

    Ahh i am just dreaming of going to Yosemite one day! What a great resource to get couple started on their journey to eloping there!! Also fantastic landscape photos of the area!!

  5. Kat says:

    You should sell some of these landscapes as prints! Gorgeous!!

  6. Justyna says:

    Such a valuable information for those adventurous souls and I do have to agree Fall is a dream in Yosemite! And Taft point is my favorite hike!

  7. Heather says:

    Great info and beautifully captured images to go along with it! Thanks for putting this together <3

  8. Taylor says:

    I’m dying to go to Yosemite, and your photos made me want to go that much more!! It is such a special place for a wedding, amazing work!

  9. Tex Hooper says:

    That is true that elopement generally evades the stress of wedding planning. My sister wants to elope to a national park. I’ll have to consider getting a wedding planner to help out with the planning.

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Jaymie is a Mammoth Lakes & Zion Photographer. She specializes in documenting small weddings & elopements.