How to Plan a Zion Elopement

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This is how to plan an amazing Zion Elopement. Thanks to COVID, eloping and small weddings have become very popular! If you’re planning an adventure elopement, Zion National Park is one of the best places to do it. The red rocks, mountain scenery, and hikes at Zion National Park are incredible!

How to get to Zion National Park

If you are traveling from out of state to Utah for your Zion elopement or wedding, there are a few airports that you can fly into. The closest major airports to Southern Utah is Salt Lake City International Airport in Salt Lake City and McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. A few smaller airports to consider if possible are Provo Airport in Northern Utah and St. George Regional Airport in Southern Utah. If you decide to fly to Northern Utah, expect a 4-5 hour drive to Springdale. If you are flying into Las Vegas, it will be about 2.5 hours of driving.

Where to stay if you are eloping at Zion

There are several lodging options to consider if you are getting married in Southern Utah! There are a plethora of hotels, short term rentals, Airbnbs, and VRBO within driving distance from Zion National Park. If you don’t mind a farther drive, consider accomodations near Hurricane or La Verkin.

If camping, glamping, or a cabin sounds fun, check out a few of these options:

Under Canvas Zion

Under Canvas Zion is 20 miles from Zion National Park and provides the ultimate glamping experience. They are open from March through November, so keep that in mind when planning your wedding! This would also be a great location to hold your wedding ceremony if you have a group of people celebrating with you!

Wildflower Zion Resort

Wildflower Zion Resort is located in Virgin, Utah and is about 15 minutes away from the park! This resort offers canvas tents, covered wagons, or private bungalows. They also have an open area if you want to host your wedding or elopement on property!

Zion Mountain Ranch

Another great lodging option is Zion Mountain Ranch. ZMR is located on the east side of Zion National Park. They have several cabin options, animals around the property, and an amazing restaurant!

The Best Time To Get Married at Zion National Park

Zion National Park is open year round, but Spring into late summer are popular. Southern Utah can get really hot in the summers and cold in the winters, so make sure you come prepared with clothes that will keep you comfortable during the season that you are getting married! The park also sees more rain in the early months of the year. Be aware of any holidays and school breaks if you want to avoid a crowd. Sunrise and early morning is an awesome time to be at the park because of less crowds.

Be Aware of Park Fees!

The cost to get into Zion National Park is $30 per car for 7 days. You can also get an annual National Park pass if you are a frequent adventurer! If you plan on having your ceremony in the park, a permit is required and there are only a few permitted locations. However, there are spots not on park grounds that are just as beautiful. It’s possible to do your ceremony off park grounds and then go to the park for your photos. Be sure to check with your vendors or contact the park for more permit/licensing requirements!

Utah Wedding and Elopement Vendors

We always recommend supporting local wedding vendors if you are doing an adventure elopement or destination wedding. Here are a few local Utah wedding vendors to consider if you are getting married at Zion National Park:

Utah Wedding Officiants:

Weddings by Jenn Brook

Utah Hair and Makeup Artists:

Yesi Beauti

Glowup Glamorous

Utah Wedding Photographers and Videographers:

Mather Photo and Film

Julia Mather Photography

Sosa Media

Galovich Photography

DJ & Entertainment


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