UTAH

A Guide on where to elope in utah

Meet your utah adventure elopement photographer + videographer team

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).

Utah's Seasons

SPRING

Spring is one of the more popular seasons, but can have unpredictable weather such as snow and rain.
 
March-June

SUMMER

It can get extremely hot in the summer (like over 100 degrees), but it’s also prime water time!

June-September

FALL

Fall is beautiful in Utah because the colors are rich, especially in places like Cottonwood Canyon!

September-December

WINTER

Northern Utah gets a ton of snow in the mountains during the winter, but southern Utah is a bit more moderate.

December-March 


Average weather in Utah locations

all the
legal stuff

Marriage license






You have to apply for a license through a local county clerk’s office. As soon as you get your license, you can get married, there is no waiting period. 

An in-person application with both applicants present at the time of application is required. You will need to provide your full names, address(es) and dates/places of birth. Both of your social security numbers are also required. You will need the names and birthplaces of your parents, including your mother's maiden name. A valid picture ID such as a passport, birth certificate, driver license, or state ID card is needed, and the application can cost anywhere from about $30-$50.

Officiant + witnesses







You have to have your wedding solemnized in Utah, meaning that you'll need someone who is ordained to officiate your legal marriage. You are also required to have 2 people over the age of 18 sign as witnesses (hey, that can be us!)

fun utah adventures 

Canyoneering 
Backpacking 
Boating
kayaking
SUPing
rafting 
Off roading 
Discovering waterfalls
Skiing
snowboarding
snowshoeing 
Mountain biking 

The Best places to stay in utah

Under Canvas

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

Amangiri

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)

Capitol Reef Resort

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!

Zion A-Frame EcoCabin

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)

The Domes at Canyonlands

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)

Sundance Mountain Resort

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

Arches National
park Elopement 

Park Entry Information - In order to enter Arches NP, there is a $30 fee per vehicle. In 2022, there will be a timed ticket entry system from April to October. Tickets are $2 and they are required from 6am to 5pm. 

Best Hikes To Do - Below is a list of some of the best hikes to do in Arches NP! Please make sure to practice Leave No Trace and take care of this amazing park.

Permits - You most likely will need a Wedding Permit in order to have a legal wedding ceremony within the park. Still photography and videography for your small wedding/elopement should be covered under that permit, but we always want to check with the park beforehand just to make sure!

What To Do - Below are some awesome activities that you could include on your Arches National Park adventure!

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. 

Zion National park
Elopement

Park Entry Information - In order to enter Zion NP, there is a $35 fee per vehicle. This pass is good for 7 days, which is awesome. The park is open to vehicles year-round, 24 hours per day. In order to access Zion Canyon (and most of the hikes in the park), you are required to ride a shuttle that the park provides. The shuttle is free and runs almost all year. It's typically running March through November, weekends in February, and the last week in December. 

Best Hikes To Do - Below is a list of some of the best hikes to do in Zion NP! Please make sure to practice Leave No Trace and take care of this amazing park.

Permits - You most likely will need a Wedding Permit in order to have a legal wedding ceremony within the park. Still photography and videography for your small wedding/elopement should be covered under that permit, but we always want to check with the park beforehand just to make sure!

What To Do - Below are some awesome activities that you could include on your Zion National Park adventure!

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!

Little Cottonwood canyon Elopement

Canyon Entry Information - There are no entry fees for this canyon! It's simply a 7 mile scenic byway. But it's worth the drive!

Best Hikes To Do - Below is a list of some of the best hikes to do near the Cottonwood Canyon area! Please make sure to practice Leave No Trace and take care of this amazing area in Utah.

Permits - Since Little Cottonwood Canyon is part of a state park, you will need a Wedding Permit in order for the park service to help serve you. It also makes sure that we're taking care of the park and not trampling it or having too many guests. This often happens with weddings outside when there are too many people. 

What To Do - Below are some awesome activities that you could include on your Utah adventure in and near Little Cottonwood Canyon!

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!

Monument valley Elopement

Monument Valley Entry Information - Monument Valley is a Navajo Tribal Park, so there is a $20 entry fee up to the overlook. The fee is per car and it covers up to 4 people in the vehicle. 

Best hikes & Roads To Do - Below is a list of some of the best hikes and drivable roads to do in and around Monument Valley! Please make sure to practice Leave No Trace and take care of this amazing area.

Permits - If you're planning on eloping with only 4 people present and the ceremony is performed on the main road, then no permit is required in Monument Valley. Unfortunately, we wouldn't be able to do this without a permit, since us + you + an officiant would be 5 people. So, a group of 5 or more will need to obtain a special use permit directly from the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. They require a “Processing Fee” of $100 to get a Special Use Permit. If you don't get one before you have your wedding, you'll need to pay $200 after the fact. 

What To Do - Below are some awesome activities that you could include on your adventure near Monument Valley!

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!

Canyonlands National Park Elopement

Park Entry Information - Since Canyonlands is a National Park, there is a $30/vehicle park entry fee.

Best Hikes To Do - Below is a list of some of the best hikes to do in the 3 different districts of Canyonlands National Park. Please make sure to practice Leave No Trace and take care of this amazing park.

Permits - Just like all of the other National Parks, there is a Wedding Permit required in order to get married at Canyonlands. There are specific sites that are allowed in Island in the Sky including: Grand View Point, Green River Overlook, Mesa Arch, and Shafer Canyon Overlook. In The Needles, the permitted spots include: Pothole Point and Needles Group Campsites. If you want any other location, you need to get it approved when you submit your permit.

What To Do - Below are some awesome activities that you could include on your Canyonlands NP adventure!

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. 

Bryce Canyon National
Park Elopement

Park Entry Information - There is a $35 park entry fee for each vehicle. 

Best Hikes To Do - Below is a list of some of the best hikes to do in Bryce Canyon National Park! Please make sure to practice Leave No Trace and take care of this amazing landscape.

Permits - In order to get married in Bryce Canyon National Park, you will need to obtain a Special Use Permit.

What To Do - Below are some awesome activities that you could include while you explore Bryce Canyon!

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!

Bonneville salt
flats Elopement

Entry Information - There are no fees to go to the salt flats!

There are no hikes to do at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Once you reach the end of the road, you are free to roam. However, it's super important to be aware of the Leave No Trace principles while you're there. You are not allowed to drive on the salt flats when they are wet or flooded. You can easily damage the salt crust and/or become stuck in the underlying mud. There is also no overnight camping!

Permits - If you are planning on actually getting married at the salt flats, a permit is required. But if you are just taking photos there, then you do not need to obtain a permit. 

Lake Powell Elopement

Entry Information - There are no entry fees for Lake Powell, but there are some day passes required for certain parking lots and day use areas.

Best Hikes To Do - Below is a list of some of the best hikes to do around the various areas of Lake Powell! Please make sure to practice Leave No Trace and take care of this amazing landscape.

Permits - Permits are reviewed and required on a case by case basis at Lake Powell. So, it's important that we reach out to the person in charge of permits to inquire about your specific wedding!

What To Do - Below are some awesome activities that you could include while you explore and relax near Lake Powell!

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!

Capitol Reef National Park Elopement

Park Entry Information - There are actually no park entrance fees in order to enter Capitol Reef National Park. Howeverm if you want to do the Scenic Drive beyond the Fruita Campground, then you need to pay $20/vehicle (this pass is good for 7 days). 

Best Hikes To Do - Below is a list of some of the best hikes to do in Capitol Reef NP! Please make sure to practice Leave No Trace and take care of this amazing landscape.

Permits - A Special Use Permit is required in order to get married in the park!

What To Do - Below are some awesome activities that you could include while you adventure in Capitol Reef NP!

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. 

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