Thinking about eloping in Utah? You needdd to consider Bryce Canyon National Park for your desert wedding or Utah elopement/Utah wedding! Here’s what I’m going to go through in this post about how to elope in Bryce Canyon:

 

couple walking in Bryce Canyon on their wedding day

 

  • Distances from airports/nearby destinations

  • How to get to Bryce Canyon
  • The basics to know + logistics
  • Why choose Bryce Canyon vs. other UT national parks for a desert wedding?
  • The fun elopement idea I’ve got for you
  • Bryce Canyon desert wedding inspiration
  • Utah wedding vendors

 

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Bryce Canyon: the location

 

First, let’s go through some FAQ’s about the national park and the logistics of the location itself.

 

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How far is Bryce Canyon National Park from Zion National Park?

Bryce Canyon is about 1.5 hours from Zion.

 

bride and groom at Bryce canyon

 

How far is Bryce Canyon from the St. George Regional Airport?

Bryce Canyon is approximately 2.5 hours away from the St. George Regional Airport.

 

bride and groom at Bryce canyon

How far is Bryce Canyon from Salt Lake City?

Bryce Canyon is about 4.5 hours from SLC.

 

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What is the best time of year to visit Bryce Canyon National Park for your desert wedding?

According to this article by US News

The best time to visit Bryce National Park is May through September. Not only does this period offer the warmest weather of the year, but it also yields plenty of ranger activities. October through April offers its own charms, too. There are fewer people, cooler temperatures, and the fall foliage and wildflowers can be stunning. 

In the winter, the park is transformed by snow and visitors can go cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. But remember: Because of its high elevation, the weather at Bryce Canyon in the fall, winter, and spring can be quite variable.

Bryce National Park is open 24 hours a day, year-round, but from October through May, some roads, campgrounds, and other visitor facilities are closed or operate on reduced hours. It’s a good idea to check the current conditions on the National Weather Service website before your visit.”

 

bride and groom at Bryce canyon

bride and groom at Bryce canyon

bride and groom at Bryce canyon

How to get to Bryce Canyon

Address:

Bryce Canyon National Park
UT-63
Bryce, Utah 84764

 

If you’re flying in to get to Bryce Canyon, the closest large airports are in Las Vegas and Salt Lake City. 

 

couple walking in Bryce Canyon on their wedding day

bride and groom at Bryce canyon

 

If you’re driving, here are the directions that the national park’s website gives:

 

From the North:

Take I-15 south to UT-20 (exit 95). Travel east on UT-20 to US-89. Follow US-89 south to UT-12. Travel east on UT-12 to UT-63. Take UT-63 south to Bryce Canyon National Park. The visitor center sits 1 mile inside the park boundary.

 

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From the South through Zion National Park:Take I-15 north to UT-9 (exit 16). Follow UT-9 east through Zion National Park to US-89. Travel north on US-89 to UT-12. Go east on UT-12 to UT-63. Take UT-63 south to Bryce Canyon National Park. The visitor center sits 1 mile inside the park boundary.

Take I-15 north to exit 59. Go east on 200 north, then south on Main Street to Center Street/UT-14. Travel east on UT-14 to US-89. Go north on US-89 to UT-12. Follow UT-12 east to UT-63. Take UT-63 south to Bryce Canyon National Park. The visitor center sits 1 mile inside the park boundary. This is a very scenic route during the summer months and early fall.

 

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From the South through Bear (Dog) Valley:
Take I-15 north to UT-20 (exit 95). Go east on UT-20 to US-89. Follow US-89 south to UT-12. Travel east on UT-12 to UT-63. Take UT-63 south to Bryce Canyon National Park. The visitor center sits 1 mile inside the park boundary.

 

couple walking in Bryce Canyon on their wedding day

 

Public Transportation:
Public transportation to the park is not available.”

 

a plant at Bryce Canyon

What to know about Bryce Canyon National Park

COVID-19

Bryce Canyon National Park is currently open to all visitors with precautions in place, including a mask mandate. The park’s shuttle is still running for visitors to use, just with limited capacity.

 

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Weather

The weather at Bryce Canyon can be pretty variable because of its high elevation, and it obviously depends on what time of year you visit. 

 

couple walking in Bryce Canyon on their wedding day

 

The national park’s website has plenty of information about weather, and you can always check out the National Weather Service’s forecast. Be sure to take a look at the forecast and plan ahead accordingly – but also be prepared for any kind of weather and for the unexpected. 

 

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Getting married at Bryce Canyon National Park

 

Here are the requirements of getting married at Bryce Canyon, according to the park’s website for your desert wedding:

 

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“To be married in Bryce Canyon National Park you must:

  • Obtain a Utah state marriage license. The fee is $40 with no waiting period; both parties must be present to obtain the license. Contact a courthouse in Utah for further information on marriage licenses and who can perform ceremonies. Garfield County Courthouse – (435) 676-1100
  • Obtain a special use permit from the National Park Service (see below). Requests must be made in advance and take two to four weeks to process.
  • Arrange for someone to perform the ceremony — a Justice of the Peace, Municipal Judge, Mayors, or an ordained pastor, priest, or bishop. (See the list below for some possible options)”

 

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You need to make sure you obtain the correct permits and passes correctly when you plan your wedding at Bryce Canyon. We don’t want you to be trespassing or destroying land that’s well taken care of.

 

bride and groom at Bryce canyon

 

Here’s what you need to know about the Special Use Permit you’ll need to get:

  • There are two ceremony sites you’ll be able to choose from
  • Max guest count = 30
  • No music, chairs, decorations, or other props are allowed
  • Receptions are not permitted
  • The permit costs $100

 

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Head to the park’s website to get the specific + to apply for your special use permit.

 

bride and groom at Bryce canyon

 

Why Bryce Canyon vs. other Utah national parks for your Desert Wedding?

 

bride and groom at Bryce canyon

 

  • Unique rock formations

Bryce Canyon’s rock formations are truly unique to every other national park in Utah. You drive to the overview spots, and then hike into the canyon to see these amazing land formations, a perfect location for a desert wedding!

 

bride and groom at Bryce canyon

 

  • Stunning shades of orange

Bryce Canyon National Park also has such a different & unique color of rocks compared to all the other parks in Utah or Arizona. It’s more of a light, orangescicle color than a burnt orange.

 

bride and groom at Bryce canyon

 

 

bride and groom at Bryce canyon

A fun Bryce Canyon elopement idea: hiking

 

bride and groom at Bryce canyon

 

Note to self: always wear hiking shoes when adventuring to these destinations for your desert wedding! We didn’t think our hike down was going to be as long, but to find these epic locations… we had to hike in further than we thought 🤣

 

couple walking in Bryce Canyon on their wedding day

 

Here’s a guide to the best hikes in Bryce Canyon for you to go on during your trip to the national park!

couple walking in Bryce Canyon on their wedding day

Bryce Canyon wedding inspiration

 

bride and groom at Bryce canyon

 

Now that I’ve gone through all the basic info, enjoy this beautiful gallery full of Bryce Canyon desert wedding inspiration! The boho fringe dress, the unique bouquet, and the beige/neutral color palette = a dreammmm at Bryce Canyon.

 

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Utah desert wedding vendors

 

couple walking in Bryce Canyon on their wedding day

 

Host: The Shootout Society

Planning & Design: Britt Warnick Designs

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Florals: @mka___design

HMUA: @lexiharkerbeauty

Rentals: Alpine Event Co.

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