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Taking Post Ceremony Zion National Park Wedding Photos at Canyon Overlook Trail

Looking for bridal and couples photos that are as unique and adventuresome as you are? Zion National Park in Southern Utah is home to a multitude of background locations with stunning views like these from Brian and Danielle’s post-ceremony photoshoot at the Canyon Overlook Trail. As an experienced wedding planner who loves Southern Utah and Zion National Park weddings, I can help you discover the perfect spot to take your treasured photos. Visit here for more information about Zion National Park wedding and photography packages.


Couples can hike 1.5 miles to take photos amidst these incredible views of the sandstone and canyons of Zion National Park. The wedding ceremony itself cannot take place here as it is not on the National Park Service wedding location list for Zion, but it is a lovely spot for wedding photography afterward. You can view the approved location for the Temple of Sinawava that Brian and Danielle chose here. The ceremony location has multiple beautiful photo opportunities as you can see from Brian and Danielle’s wedding ceremony photos.


Want to know more tips about getting beautiful Zion National Park wedding and post-ceremony photos? I’ll share more about this specific location, the Canyon Overlook Trail, and why so many couples love it for their photos on their special day.


What do I need to know about taking photos on the Canyon Overlook Trail at Zion National Park?


The Canyon Overlook Trail is a must-do for anyone visiting Zion National Park. It can be a lovely addition to your wedding day. Imagine spending part of your first day as husband and wife with these views! It is the shortest hike in the park to get you to a viewpoint overlooking Zion Canyon. The view is absolutely breathtaking, especially at sunrise and sunset.

The hike takes approximately 1-hour round trip, but you will naturally want to plan time for photos, too. Good news – no permit is needed to take pictures on this trail so it is an ideal location for post-ceremony photos. Rated as a moderate hike, there is an elevation gain of 163 feet on the trail. Parts are steep, but it is doable. This trail is open for hiking year-round but may be muddy due to rain or icy in the winter. It is important to note that pets are not allowed.

As you can see from Brian and Danielle’s photos, the trail provides multiple photo-worthy backdrops for your post-ceremony pictures. From the canyon overlook to the shaded alcoves, this location is worth the walk.


How do I get to the Canyon Overlook Trail at Zion National Park?


There is not a shuttle stop for the trail, but the Zion National Park website provides the following directions for getting to the trailhead. From the Springdale & Zion Canyon Visitor Center, continue 1.4 miles on SR-9 to the south entrance of Zion National Park. Once inside the park, continue on SR-9 for another 5.9 miles. You will drive up a group of switchbacks on the mountain and eventually go through the Zion Mount Carmel tunnel. As soon as you exit the tunnel there is a small parking lot on your right-hand side. The trail starts right across the street.

Insider tip! If the parking lot is full, keep driving down the road. There are several more overflow parking lots or shoulders to park in/on. You can still easily walk to the trailhead. Bring walking-friendly shoes to hike in and your wedding shoes to change into at the top. As you can see from the photos, the trail is doable in your wedding attire. The terrain is mainly rocks and some sand.


Where else can I take photos at Zion National Park?


While wedding ceremonies/elopements can only take place at six designated spots within Zion National Park, couples can take photos throughout the park wherever the general public is allowed access. Permits are required for wedding ceremonies, but

Try to envision your favorite scenic spot at Zion National Park. Is it by the Virgin River or do you prefer scenic waterfalls? Would you like to gaze out over panoramic vistas together or pose in front of incredible rock formations? Zion National Park offers it all! Have a favorite trail or overlook? Let’s go there to create unique outdoor wedding photos. Take a look at the other photo galleries for inspiration and let’s talk about how we can create a photoshoot as unique and special as you are.

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