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Adventurous Elopement in Zion National Park, Utah

Updated: Nov 26, 2023


a bride and groom standing on a red rock cliff looking over the canyon

Zion National Park Elopement


The decision to elope is an incredibly personal one, and choosing the right location can make all the difference. For couples seeking a breathtaking backdrop with a little bit of adventure, Zion National Park hit's the top of the list. In this blog, we'll explore what it's like for a couple to elope in Zion National Park, especially if they've never set foot there before.


Zion National Park, nestled in the southwestern corner of Utah, is a haven for adventure seekers and nature lovers alike. Choosing the perfect spot can seem difficult at first, but with my help I will be there every step of the way and guide you with my knowledge of the area.


When Amanda and Justin found me on Google, they saw some of my previous work in Zion and we connected right off the bat. Like all of my Eloping couples, after they booked me I sent them a perzonalized Location Guide with photos and information about the different locations both in Zion National Park, and close by so they could choose the location / locations that fit best for them. In this blog you will see one very popular location "Canyon Overlook" - although you can't officaly tie the knot here, it's a great spot for photos and a little bit of a adventure. If you're eger to learn more you can read my blog post here: Zion National Park Elopement Guide


With Zion National Park's diverse landscapes ensure that your elopement will be a one-of-a-kind experience.


This blog wouldn't be complete without sharing this kind review from Amanda + Justin:

"I would give Kayla 10 stars if I could! We planned a last minute elopement in/around Zion National Park, just the 2 of us. Because of Kayla, we have the most beautiful memories captured from that day. She helped us plan timelines and offered amazing private and scenic location suggestions and scoped everything out ahead of time, sourced flowers, cake, and all of the little things to make our day a complete stress free dream. We had never worked with a professional photographer and Kayla made us feel very comfortable. When I was looking for an elopement photographer, I did not have it on my radar to be looking for someone who shoots digital and film photography - but our film photos are some of our favourites! Kayla is a talented photographer, responsive, easy and fun to work with, and clearly passionate about her work and ensuring her clients have the best experience possible and I would recommend her without hesitation."


a white wedding dress hanging on a outdoor light fixture

a women in a white wedding dress walking toward a man in a suit


a groom reacting to seeing his bride for the first time in a golden field

a bride and groom standing in a golden field with red rocks in the background

a bride and groom walking away in a golden field

For first-timers, the grandness of Zion can be overwhelming. As you exchange vows against the backdrop of towering sandstone cliffs and the Virgin River meandering through the canyon, you'll feel a profound connection to nature and each other. The play of light and shadow on the rocks creates a magical atmosphere, making every moment unforgettable.


One of the advantages of elopement adventures in Zion is the opportunity for stunning photographs. The park's unique geological formations and ever-changing light conditions provide a photographer's dream canvas. Whether you choose a sunrise ceremony or a sunset celebration, your photos will be a testament to the beauty of your love and the surroundings.


Don't forget Post-Elopement Adventures:

Zion isn't just a ceremony venue; it's a playground for adventure. After saying "I do," take advantage of the countless hiking trails, scenic drives, and other outdoor activities the park has to offer. Whether it's exploring The Narrows hand-in-hand or enjoying a picnic with a view, Zion provides the perfect setting for post-elopement bliss.


a bride and groom facing each other standing on a sandstone cliff

a bride and groom standing on a red rock cliff

Adventurous Elopement in Zion

a bride in a white lace dress looking at a groom in a blue suit with a red tie

bride and groom hugging while standing on a cliff

bride and groom standing on a sandstone rock kissing each other

bride wearing white dress with veil leaning on groom looking off into the distance

Adventurous Elopement in Zion

Adventurous Elopement in Zion

Visiting Zion in the Fall


Zion National Park in October is a spectacular time to visit. The weather is generally pleasant, the fall foliage is at its peak, and the crowds from the busy summer season have started to thin out. Here's what you can expect when visiting Zion in October:

  1. Weather:

  • Temperature: October sees cooler temperatures compared to the scorching heat of the summer months. Daytime temperatures typically range from the high 60s to low 80s Fahrenheit (around 15-30 degrees Celsius), making it comfortable for outdoor activities.

  • Nights: Be prepared for cooler nights, with temperatures potentially dropping into the 40s and 50s Fahrenheit (4-15 degrees Celsius).

  1. Fall Foliage:

  • October is prime time for fall foliage in Zion National Park. The cottonwood, maple, and oak trees within the canyon display vibrant hues of red, orange, and yellow, adding an extra layer of beauty to the already stunning landscape.

  1. Crowds:

  • While October is still considered a popular time to visit, especially during weekends and holidays, the crowds are significantly smaller than in the peak summer months. This allows for a more tranquil and enjoyable experience as you explore the park.

smiling couple walking down path in slot canyon

a bride and groom standing on a red rock Adventurous Elopement in Zion

a bride and groom standing on a red rock Adventurous Elopement in Zion

a bride and groom standing on a red rock Adventurous Elopement in Zion

a bride and groom standing on a red rock Adventurous Elopement in Zion

a bride and groom standing on a red rock Adventurous Elopement in Zion

Adventurous Elopement in Zion

a bride and groom standing on a red rock Adventurous Elopement in Zion

a bride and groom standing on a red rock Adventurous Elopement in Zion

a bride and groom on a red rock Adventurous Elopement in Zion

a bride and groom standing on a red rock Adventurous Elopement in Zion

If you love these Instant Film photos (above, and below) you can see my full <<< Polaroid Gallery Here >>>


a bride and groom standing on a red rock Adventurous Elopement in Zion

Wedding photography Zion National Park Elopement

Wedding photography Zion National Park Elopement

Wedding photography Zion National Park Elopement

Wedding photography Zion National Park Elopement

Wedding photography Zion National Park Elopement

Wedding photography Zion National Park Elopement

Don't forget about the permit!


Permits and Logistics:

Before the big day, it's crucial to obtain the necessary permits for your ceremony. Zion National Park has specific guidelines for elopements, ensuring that the natural beauty is preserved while you celebrate your love. Familiarize yourselves with the rules and regulations, but know, if you hire me I will be here to assist with logistics, permits, and any other details.


Wedding photography Zion National Park Elopement

Wedding photography Zion National Park Elopement

Wedding photography Zion National Park Elopement

Wedding photography Zion National Park Elopement

Wedding photography Zion National Park Elopement

Wedding photography Zion National Park Elopement

Wedding photography Zion National Park Elopement

Wedding photography Zion National Park Elopement

Wedding photography Zion National Park Elopement

Wedding photography Zion National Park Elopement

Wedding photography Zion National Park Elopement

Wedding photography Zion National Park Elopement

Wedding photography Zion National Park Elopement

Wedding photography Zion National Park Elopement

Wedding photography Zion National Park Elopement

Wedding photography Zion National Park Elopement

Wedding photography Zion National Park Elopement

Wedding photography Zion National Park Elopement

Wedding photography Zion National Park Elopement

Wedding photography Zion National Park Elopement

Zion National Park Elopement

Zion National Park Elopement

Zion National Park Elopement

Zion National Park Elopement

Zion National Park Elopement

If you're interested in getting married in Zion I'd love to connect and see if we're a good fit!


I can't wait to meet you!

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