Love is in the air at Zion National Park: Top proposal and wedding areas in Zion
Zion National Park has become one of the top visited National Park in the world hitting over 4 million visitors per year. It’s popularity has grown more and more after visitors describe the majestic beauty and love they’ve developed for this stunning park. Yes, there are beautiful photographs of this park but when you see it in person and feel the spirit of Zion that is when you begin to fully comprehend this incredible place. With the gorgeous surroundings it’s not too surprising Zion has become a popular place for proposals and weddings. If you’re in love and thinking of the perfect proposal this is an amazing place or if you’re engaged and thinking of a destination wedding you can’t go wrong with a wedding in/near Zion. There are some great wedding venues near Zion like the private luxury resort Zion Red Rock Oasis, Cable Mountain Lodge, Switchback Grill, or Zion Ponderosa. ZionBrides is also a great resource for proposal or wedding ideas. If you and your significant other plan on tying the knot anytime soon here is a list of top areas to create the perfect proposal as well as top places to have your ceremony in Zion.
Top Proposal Places in Zion
For one of the shortest trails in the park, Weeping Rock is just the place. Because it is so easy, it is also one of the most popular and therefore crowded. The end of the trail leads you to a large overhang of rock that is dripping with water.
Distance: 0.4 miles/0.6 km Length of Time: 0.5 hours Difficulty: Easy Zion Shuttle Stop: Weeping Rock, stop #7
For the stunning vantage of Observation Point without the hike, The Canyon Overlook Trail is a gem of a hike in Zion National Park. While it isn't as high, the view is very similar. It is short and can easily be walked by all your guests.
Distance: 1 mile Length of Time: 1 hour Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Trailhead: Highway 9, just east of the Mount Carmel Tunnel
Be Advised: Parking can be limited and isn't currently served by shuttle
This flat, paved trail follows the Virgin River and ends where the Narrows begins. This is perfect for an easy stroll if you don't want to sweat it out for your big day.
Distance: 2.2 miles Length of Time: 1.5 hours Difficulty: Easy Zion Shuttle Stop: Temple of Sinawava, stop #9
Hidden Canyon is just that--a hidden canyon. This lesser known hike doesn't see as many visitors, and because it is easier than the popular Angel's Landing hike but offers some similar views, it is an excellent option for your intimate ceremony.
Distance: 3 miles Length of Time: 2 to 3 hours Difficulty: Moderate Zion Shuttle Stop: Weeping Rock, stop #7
Angel's Landing is the most popular hike in Zion National Park. The final climb of the hike involves scaling a narrow ridge high above the valley floor. With chain-assisted rock scrambling sections, stunning views, and vertigo-inducing heights, this really is a thrilling hike.
This hike is only for the truly adventurous bride, but you are sure to have one of a kind photos to share with your family and friends.
Distance: 5.4 miles Length of Time: 3 to 5 hours Difficulty: Strenuous Zion Shuttle Stop: The Grotto, stop #6
For jaw-dropping views over Zion National Park, it’s hard to beat Observation Point. At 8 miles long and with 2300 feet of climbing, it is a steady climb to that final viewpoint. We highly advise you dress and apply makeup at the top, but if you are up for an adventure, this is the best view of Zion. This is a classic Zion trail and well worth your time and effort, especially if you want views out over Angels Landing and the rest of Zion National Park.
Distance: 8 miles Length of time: 4 to 6 hours Difficulty: Strenuous Zion Shuttle Stop: Weeping Rock, stop #7
For a quieter, out of the way location, East Zion is an amazing elopement location. It is difficult to find a bad spot, and gorgeous vistas can be found just yards from your parking place.
Distance: Varies (0.1-0.5)
Length of Time: Varies (10-20 minutes)
Trailhead: Highway 9, just east of the Mount Carmel Tunnel just past the Canyon Overlook Trail
*Trail closures are common due to weather conditions and seasonality, To ensure your destination is available, please find current Zion National Park trail conditions here.
Top Places for a Ceremony in Zion
All these locations allow seating and are easily accessible for those needing assistance. Each location accommodates a different size group, and those have been noted. For your wedding to take place in Zion, you must apply for a permit at least 21 days in advance and pay the $100 fee. You can find the application here. Weddings with large groups may incur additional fees.
· Menu Falls [10 people]
·Temple of Sinawava [35 people
· Nature Center North Lawn [50 people]
· September-early May only Zion Lodge Lawn [75 people]
· South Campground Amphitheater [100 people]
· South Campground Amphitheater [100 people]
Top Proposal and Ceremony ideas originally featured on @zionbrides.com
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