Today I’m talking about eloping Zion National Park; where you should go, what time you should do it, tips, tricks, recommendations, etc.
The first thing you should know about Zion National Park is that it’s the oldest national park in Utah. Because of its beauty and stunning landscapes, around 4 million tourists come to this national park a year.
So, how do you plan an intimate wedding in this jam-packed national park? Here are some of my recommendations:
If you’re looking for something adventurous, with an epic view, you can’t beat Angel’s Landing. That’s the most well-known location for its epic mountains, vast landscape, and overall scenery.
Obviously, you have to go there! However, Angel’s landing gets about two thousand hikers a day. So, how do you avoid all that?
Your best bet is probably elope during sunrise or sunset. Either of those will be fine because during sunrise, people don’t want to wake up early and hike up Angel’s Landing, and sunset, no one wants to stay up there when the sun sets and hike down in the dark. So, those are your two options.
If you choose to elope during sunrise, my recommendation is to book a lodge in Zion National Park itself. If you didn’t know already, you can’t drive into Zion National Park and park your personal vehicle in front of a trailhead and hike up. Zion National Park is super packed and very structured. There are shuttles that run from Springdale, but the earliest shuttle around 7 am, so you will not be able to get up on top of Angel’s Landing before the sun rises.
I would recommend that you stay at Zion Lodge, which is right in the middle of Zion National Park. You can actually drive to it with your personal vehicle and park there. The lodge is not too far from Angel’s Landing trailhead, so you can actually beat the shuttle by staying in this lodge and walk to Angel’s Landing trailhead to hike up. So this way, when you actually have your ceremony up top there will literally be no one up there.
During sunset, you can usually stay up there for the sun to set. Usually, people will leave before the actual sun sets because they’re usually not there for photography, so they don’t care about the perfect lighting condition. People usually just go up there to see the views and then leave. But there is still no guarantee that you will be alone.
The sunset at Angel’s Landing offers some beautiful colors, especially over the red rock mountains. When the sun sets and the sky turns orange, that orange light reflects between the red rocks, and is so beautiful.
Another location you might be thinking about is the Canyon Overlook trail. It’s a very popular trail in Zion National Park because it’s really short, like a half a mile there and half a mile back. You can actually drive to the trailhead, park there, and then hike up and down. Because of this, you can expect a consistent amount of people to show up during sunrise and sunset. When I was there for sunset there were still like twenty or thirty people on top of the viewpoint. However, it’s a pretty big viewpoint so you may be able to get your own space. You can also expect other photographers and couples that are doing their elopement or weddings there as well.
If you are looking for a more intimate experience; an experience just about you two, then you probably won’t get that at that at Canyon Overlook trail. However, it’s a good location for styled photos. Like if you just hiked Angel’s Landing and you want to go to this trail for some more photos, it’s really awesome.
I hope this blog was informative and helpful. If you have any more questions you can always contact me through instagram @fearlesselopement, or you can contact me here