Getting Married in Zion National Park
Zion is absolutely amazing. It is one of the most stunning locations in the United States, and is located right in Southern Utah. It is about a 45 minute drive from Saint George, UT and less than 3 hours away from Las Vegas! The park features amazing red cliffs that are way bigger and better than any camera can even capture. The energy of the place is unmatched and if you haven’t ever been – be prepared to have your jaw drop. Whether you grew up in the area snd visited the park frequently or not, the place is absolutely magical and a fantastic place to hold an elopement or intimate wedding. Below I have listed location to look into based on them being inside the national park itself, or locations that are in the surrounding area. Both are honestly great regardless – and from my experience, I suggest doing a little bit of both. (Please note, these locations being pre-approved are subject to change! It is pretty easy to obtain a marriage permit in Zion. To do so, just google search ‘Zion National Park Marriage Permit’ and contact them! It usually us just a form and a fee. Don’t let this initiated you! It is usually doable.) Many of these locations listed below are not limited to elopements and can hold more sizable weddings as well.
Locations inside Zion National Park:
- 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.
- South Campground Amphitheater: Maximum of 100 people.
Other shooting locations (usually not permitted to hold a ceremony here, but I highly recommend them for bridal portraits.)
- Canyon overlook hike – this short hike is pretty accessibly to most beginner hikers. The views are magnificent. Please see the picture above for reference!
Locations outside and around Zion National Park:
- Hotels and Airbnbs around Springdale
- Airbnb’s up Kolob Terrace Rd. (Check out The Villas Zion!)
- George Barker River Park in Springdale
- Under Canvas Zion
Sarah and Mike rented an epic Airbnb on Kolob Terrace Rd and held a ceremony within 5-10 minute walking distance from the house next to a cliff with epic red rock views. They chose to get married outside the national park and shoot around the area. It did not disappoint and is a great, more flexible option! I’ve also worked with couples who did a similar thing, but then did a sunset or sunrise shoot in the park at one of the listed locations above. Here is their wedding film: