Thinking About Eloping in Utah?
As an elopement photographer, I know that choosing the perfect location for your ceremony is one of the most important decisions you'll make when planning your special day. And what better backdrop for your wedding photos than the stunning natural beauty of Zion National Park?
However, before you start packing your bags and heading to the park, it's important to be aware of the rules and regulations that must be followed to ensure a safe and legal elopement.
Zion National Park does allow weddings and elopements, but couples are required to obtain a Special Use Permit for their ceremony. This permit ensures that the park is aware of your plans and can make any necessary arrangements to ensure that your ceremony is safe and legal. Depending on the details of your ceremony, fees may also apply. For more information, and to see the form click here.
It's important to note that certain areas of the park may be closed or have restrictions due to weather, maintenance, or other reasons. This means that it's a good idea to check with the park beforehand to ensure that the location you have in mind is available and accessible. This information is posted at the top of their website here.
Zion National Park offers a variety of breathtaking locations for couples looking to elope in a beautiful, natural setting. Here are some of the best spots to consider:
- The Narrows: The Narrows is a narrow slot canyon with towering walls that make for a dramatic and intimate elopement location. You can wade through the Virgin River for an immersive experience or take photos from the banks.
- Canyon Overlook Trail: This moderate hiking trail leads to an overlook with stunning views of the canyon below. It's a great location for a small ceremony or photos.
- Temple of Sinawava: This tranquil spot offers views of the river and towering cliffs. It's a great location for a ceremony or photos, and the nearby riverside makes for a picturesque picnic spot.
- Weeping Rock: This is a peaceful and secluded spot with a natural spring that creates a small waterfall. It's perfect for a private ceremony or photos.
- Checkerboard Mesa: This location offers a unique landscape of intricate patterns and textures on the mountain surface. It's a great spot for couples who are looking for a more unconventional and dramatic elopement location.
Once you've obtained your permit and chosen a location for your ceremony, it's important to be respectful of the park and its natural resources. This means not disturbing plants, wildlife, or other natural features, and not leaving any litter or other trash behind. It's important to follow the Leave No Trace principles, which are a set of guidelines designed to help people minimize their impact on the environment while enjoying outdoor activities.
Some of the key Leave No Trace principles include packing out all trash and litter, minimizing campfire impact, respecting wildlife and their habitats, staying on designated trails, and being considerate of other visitors. By following these principles, you can help to protect the natural beauty of Zion National Park for future generations to enjoy. For an in-depth article from the National Park Service regarding Leave No Trace click here.
As an elopement photographer, I always make sure to follow these principles when working with my clients in national parks and other outdoor settings. Also, all of my couples receive a Leave No Trace guide when booking with me so we can all be on the same page :) By being respectful of the environment and leaving no trace, we can help to ensure that these beautiful places remain unspoiled for years to come.
I believe that Zion National Park provides an incredible setting for your special day, with its stunning landscapes and breathtaking views. It's important to obtain any necessary permits and follow the park's rules and regulations to ensure a safe and legal ceremony. With a little planning and respect for the park, you can create beautiful memories that will last a lifetime. Let's start planning your elopement!