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  • Writer's pictureKayla Bertagnolli

Zion National Park Elopement Guide

Updated: Nov 28, 2023

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How to Elope in Zion National Park, Utah

It's no secret that Zion National Park is one of the most popular destinations in Utah (and that's with 5 National Parks!) - It still remains the most popular National Park in Utah and for good reason. A lot of people come to Zion to complete a bucket list Hike, gaze up at the massive sandstone cliffs, take a scenic drive and enjoy the unique land where the pioneers once walked. If you've landed here theres a good chance you want to get married in Zion and there's no doubt that Zion would make a very special location for your wedding day - let's take a deeper dive into the logistics below:

**Don't forget: Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is closed to vehicles March through November. Access to this area is by shuttle bus only.**

Zion National Park Elopement Locations

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  • Temple of Sinawava (Maximum of 35 people)

  • Menu Falls (Maximum of 10 people)

  • Zion Lodge Lawn (Maximum of 75 people)

  • Nature Center North Lawn (Maximum of 50 people) Available November-early April only

Interested in holding your ceremony on nearby BLM Land? Contact me for more details

When to Elope in Zion National Park

Zion National Park Elopement Locations

Time of year:

Zion National Park is the most visited national park in Utah with over 3 Million Visitors per year (crazy right?!) That means the summer time gets very busy with tourists. If you want a chance to enjoy the park with less people around Spring, Late Fall and Winter are the best times for you. If you decide to Elope at a more popular time of year you can consider eloping at Sunrise instead.

Sunrise vs Sunset:

Like mentioned above Sunrise is a great time to chose for more privacy on your Elopement day. However, sunset is a great time to come into the park for portraits. That's where I come in - I'll help plan your whole day from start to finish!

What about Permits?

Zion National Park Elopement Permit

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A Special Use Permit is required for all weddings, regardless of group size.

Application fee: $100.00

Applications must be submitted three weeks in advance to receive consideration

Zion National Park Vendor Recommendations

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Zion National Park Elopement

Zion National Park Elopement day Adventure Ideas:

Florist: By Bloomers

Planning / Coordination: SunRae Planning

BONUS - Places to stay:

Zion National Park Adventure Ideas

Zion National Park Elopement Locations

  • Explore a slot canyon

  • Check out Coral Pink Sand Dunes state park and go sand-boarding

  • Go for a scenic drive through East Zion

  • Horseback riding

  • Take a Helicopter tour

Don't forget to check out these nearby State Parks:

  1. Snow Canyon State Park

  2. Kolob Canyon State Park

  3. Coral Pink Sand Dune State Park

  4. Sand Hollow State Park

Zion National Park Elopement Photography packages

Zion National Park Elopement Locations

Planning a wedding can be stressful - picking your photographer shouldn't be! And guess what?! I'm here to relieve some of that stress by helping you plan your big day from start to finish!

As your photographer, I'm also here to help with planning questions like:

  • Finding local (and amazing) vendors

  • When and where to get your Marriage License

  • Securing permits for your wedding ceremony

  • Creating a timeline of events for your big day

  • You name it and I'll be here every step of the way to answer those questions!

I can't wait to meet you!


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