As one of the top 5 most visited parks in the United States, Zion National Park really has it all. The towering red cliffs, deep slot canyons, exciting hikes, and rare wildlife draws people in from around the world. It is a site to behold, a wonder to experience... and the perfect place for your elopement. That's right, I said it!
Zion National Park is the perfect place for your destination elopement. It offers stunning vistas, is extremely accessible, offers year round opportunities, and is tons of fun! Take it from me—a former canyoneering and hiking guide in Zion National Park.
From the deep slot canyons in the Narrows to the towering cliffs of Zion National Park. There are many ways and places you Elopement can take place.
The park gets a lot of visitors so these rules are here to help adhere to basic Leave No Trace principals. This means your ceremony will need to be small and simple. To find all of the guidelines for having a wedding in the Park click here.
If you want to say your vows within park boundaries, there are a few steps the Park Service asks you to follow. First off, you’ll need to attain a special use permit and submit it, along with the $100 application fee, at least three weeks in advance. Here are a few keep notes to keep in mind as you navigate this:
▸ Wedding permits do not give exclusive access to the area. The area will remain open to
the general public who will be allowed to view the wedding activities.
▸ Any and all decorations will need prior approval.
▸ Throwing anything like rice or confetti and releasing wildlife like birds or butterflies
is definitely not allowed.
▸ No broadcasting systems will be allowed, noise shouldn’t exceed normal speaking levels.
David & Roshena
Jaymie did such an incredible job taking engagement photos for us! She exuded confidence and positivity throughout the shoot and made my partner and me feel super comfortable, despite not having done something like this before. The whole process was a blast and I'm so psyched on the end result! She has a great eye and we ended up with photos I'm in love with. 12/10 recommend working with Jaymie!
"12/10 recommend working with Jaymie!"
You have six ceremony locations within Zion National Park to choose from.
▸ The Temple of Sinewava
▸ Menu Falls
▸ The Historic Zion Lodge
▸ The Nature Center
▸ South Campground Amphitheater
▸ Timber Creek Overlook
I specify 'within' because there are many alternative locations that are just as beautiful outside park boundaries. We can work together to find you the perfect location!
We know crafting your perfect photo experience can feel a bit overwhelming—when you have the freedom to make that time look however you'd like, how do you start? Our Zion Photographer blog is a great place to gain inspiration!
We also share facts about the Southern Utah area to help you plan your trip to our home.
We fully encourage binge reading:
Head over to the Blog to find out more on what each season in Zion National Park is like. I love every single season (yes, even the hot one!) and just know you'll find the perfect time to come and visit.
Do you want to beat the crowds?
Do you like the heat?
Do you want to go when the cactus are blooming?
Do you want to drive into the park or take the shuttle?
If the Park Service guidelines feel limiting, know that we have all the options when it comes to your post wedding or elopement photos! If we can't have your ceremony at your favorite vista, know that this Zion Photographer will have us head there afterward for some stunning photography.
You might think I’m just here to take photos of your big day, but there’s so much more to it! Consider me your guide/teammate throughout this process—I’m here to help give you ideas and advice on creating a meaningful, fun, authentic day. Do you want something a little more adventurous? Having worked as a trained wilderness guide in Zion National Park, I will come prepared to help you have the best time out on the trail or recommend guide services to get you where you want to go. I have a unique perspective to offer when it comes to safety and planning. Don't feeling like putting a on harness or getting extreme? No worries! I am here to help you find the perfect spot for your ceremony, recommend the best vendors to work with, help carry your things up a mountain, build you a timeline for your day so we can include everything you want, and SO MUCH more.