Hey friends! It's Hannah and Adam, your adventurous elopement photographer and videographer team! We are based in Washington, but believe us when we say: WE LOVE TRAVELING! We take trips together all the time. Our second year of dating, we went to Yellowstone. The following year we went to Glacier National Park and Banff National Park. This past year, we explored all of Colorado, southern Utah, and southern California. In between our larger trips, we camp all the time in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon. We love being outdoors, hiking, and adventuring in new places. Out of all the places we’ve been, though, Zion National Park is definitely one of our favorites. The epic canyon views, overlooks, slot canyons, and waterfalls are just unbelievable. And it makes us so happy that our job allows us to adventure there! We love meeting new couples and capturing their authentic love stories (especially in beautiful places like Utah).
Under Canvas is a desert glamping destination! There are three different locations in Utah, and they're all epic. Under Canvas has many different styles of canvas safari tents. Plus, they often have events like live music.
Starting at $219/night
Locations: Moab, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park
This is a beautiful 5-star luxury hotel in southern Utah (almost on the Arizona border). It has views of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and 600 acres of property, making it both beautiful and serene.
Starting at around $3,700/night
Location: Big Water (southern most central part of Utah)
The Captiol Reef Resort is a 58 acre resort in Torrey, Utah, just outside of Capitol Reef National Park. You can stay in some of their cabins (with tons of different sized rooms), Teepees, or Conestoga Wagons. It's the perfect glamping experience on your Utah adventure!
This beautiful A-frame cabin on Airbnb is located near Zion National Park. It can host 2 guests with 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom. But it also has a large deck space for you to be able to enjoy the expansive views.
Starting at $350/night on Airbnb
Location: Hildale (southernmost part of Utah on the UT/AZ border and south of Zion National Park)
Again, here is another perfect glamping experience! The Domes are located on some of the closest private land near Canyonlands National Park. So, there's tons of hiking and exploring to do in the area! The Domes themselves are very cutely decorated and they have a full bath!
Starting at $199/night on Airbnb
Location: Monticello (southeast from Canyonlands)
If you're looking for a nice resort to stay at in Utah, this is it! This is especially awesome in the wintertime because the resort is a ski and snowboarding resort, too!
Prices vary, but Teepees & Wagons start at approx. $400/night
Location: Torrey, Utah
Starting at approx. $408/night
Location: Provo, UT
Fiery Furnace: This is a strenuous and very physically demanding hike. There is a lot of climbing and navigating through slot canyons. In order to do this hike, you must participate in a ranger led program or obtain a permit in order to do it on your own. The hike is approximately 2 miles roundtrip.
Devil's Garden: This is one of the coolest areas in Arches NP. There are 7 different arches and the trails are accumulatively 7.9 miles (including a few spurs to see some of the arches).
Delicate Arch: When you think of Arches NP, this is probably... no, it's 100% the arch you're imagining. It's the most iconic arch in the park, which also makes it the most popular trail. It's only 0.5 miles to the arch viewpoint, but it can be up to 5 miles roundtrip if you hike a bit more around the arch.
Balanced Rock: The Balanced Rock is a teetering rock tower that stands at 128 feet tall. The trail is only 0.3 miles roundtrip, so it's a very easily accessible view. Please just remember to not climb on any of the rock formations or the arches in the park.
Park Avenue: This trail is 2 miles roundtrip and shows off some of Arches' great rock formations. It follows at the bottom of a canyon, and while you don't see any arches, you can see a lot of monoliths.
Angel's Landing: This is probably the most popular hike in Zion! It's not for the faint of heart, though, because there are steep drop-offs on either side of the trail. And you definitely need to go early since it's so well-known!
The Narrows: This is one of the other more popular hikes in Zion because the views are STUNNING. It's important to know that this hike is through a wet canyon. It's recommended that you rent waterproof gear to hike this trail so that you don't get hypothermia. This is a really epic hike if you want to see one of the coolest canyons in Zion NP!
Emerald Pools: There are three separate pools on this hike. The Lower Pool is easy to reach with only a 70 foot elevation gain and around 1.2 a mile long. But you'll need to go back in order to reach the Middle Pool and the Upper Pool. The last two pools are a bit more of a trek, but it's 100% worth it for the green water!
Cardiff Pass Trail: This is a beautiful out and back Utah trail with meadows full of wildflowers. It's roughly 3 miles roundtrip with around 1,500 feet of elevation gain. Cardiff Pass is definitely not an easy hike, but it's stunning if you're willing to brave the steep incline!
Catherine Pass Trail: Another epic pass hiking trail is Catherine Pass! It has epic overlook views, and it's rated about the same as Cardiff Pass. It's ~3 miles roundtrip and a little over 1,000 feet of elevation gain.
Red Pine Lake Trail: If you have a half or whole day to do a hike, DO THIS ONE! We have yet to do it, but from all of the photos online, it looks incredible! It's about 7 miles roundtrip with 2,000 feet of elevation gain. This hike seems to really be THE HIKE in Little Cottonwood Canyon for epic lake and mountain views!
Tribal Park Loop: This is the main drive in the park, and it's the only one you can do without a tour. The full drive is 17 miles long, with 13 miles of it being a one-way loop. This is where you'll see the most iconic Monument Valley views!
Wildcat Trail: This ~4 mile loop is the only self-guided hike that you can do in Monument Valley. It's beautiful and it's best used from April to October.
And of course, there are a lot of guided tours in and around the park. Some include: Lower Monument Valley, Teardrop Arch, and Hunt's Mesa. Since we haven't done any of these tours, we can't personally recommend any tour companies, but check out the links and read reviews on the different tour companies nearby! Compare prices, overall tour times, and ratings!
One of the best things to do in and around monument valley is a guided 4x4 tour! They have so many different options. Check out Tripadvisor for lots of fun guided tour options!
Mesa Arch: This is a really short and popular hike in Canyonlands! It's approximately 0.5 miles roundtrip, and it ends with a big, beautiful arch!
Grand View Point Overlook & Hike: This is probably one of the best views of the canyon at Island in the Sky! It's a short hike that's less than 2 miles roundtrip. From this viewpoint, you can see The Needles, the White Rim Road, and lots of other stunning views!
District 1: Island in the Sky
District 2: The Needles
Slickrock Foot Trail: This is a 2.5 mile trail that stays high above the canyon bottoms, giving you incredible views of the southeastern corner of Canyonlands National Park. We did this hike and it's amazing!
Druid Arch: This arch is freaking epic looking! This is a hard hike, but if you love rock formations, it's worth it! It's almost 11 miles, so it's definitely a full day adventure.
District 3: The Maze
The Maze is a very primitive area of Canyonlands National Park. There aren't many hiking trails, but there are a lot of 4x4 roads! Check out NPS for a list of roads and campsites from Hans Flats.
Rim Trail: If you want epic overlook views of the Hoodoos, this is one of the best trails in the park! This trail is between the Sunrise and Sunset Points, and there are several trails that lead off of it.
Queen's/Navajo Combination Loop: This is the #1 recommended hike in the park! It's around 3 miles in length, and it's rated as moderate. We recommend doing this hike early (at sunrise) if you want to avoid the crowds!
There is a great website that has hikes by land and from the water at both the north side of the lake and the south side. There's no better place to check it out than the website itself because it's very thorough! We haven't hiked around Lake Powell yet, but we'll keep you updated on our favorites places!
Hickman Bridge: This is a great hike to do in Capitol Reef! It's a short 1.7 mile hike that takes you to an awesome natural bridge.
Capitol Gorge Trail: This is another short hike in the park. It's only about a mile total. But it takes you through a gorge where you'll see pioneer inscriptions and "the tanks." The Tanks are undulating waterpockets that are home to many invertebrates and crustaceans.
Chimney Rock Loop Trail: This trail is a little over 3 miles and it's rated as moderate. This is a great hike if you want to see epic views of Chimney Rock and the canyon.