Top 3 National Park Elopement Locations

National Parks are the best idea America has had, they preserve some of the most breathtaking views in the country, so why not take advantage of those views for your wedding ceremony location!

Here is a list of my favorite three national parks for a small, intimate wedding in a national park…

Grand Teton National Park has a wide variety of sites for weddings and they all have amazing views of the Tetons.  This is why it tops my list for the best national park to elope to.  From Schwabacher Landing to two church options, this park has it all.  They are all great locations for an intimate elopement, but in my opinion, nothing beats the view of this rustic barn on the flats with The Grand sticking up behind it.  Moulton’s barn on Mormon Row, it just doesn’t get any better than this…

Rocky Mountain National Park is a great park to elope to if you are an adventurous couple, because you can get a permit at places like this location, at Sprague Lake, any time of year!  If you like the off season and privacy, Rocky Mountain is the park for your wedding.


Joshua Tree National Park is a great park to elope to if you are looking for somewhere unique where you don’t have to worry about snow, like in the other two national parks I suggested for weddings.  The park surprisingly has multiple environments, from desert or oasis, so if you want some greenery you can find it there too.

Yosemite National Park & Glacier National Park would also make great locations for nature centered weddings.


Don’t forget most all parks require a permit to get married in the park.

Additionally, a professional National Park Adventure Wedding Photographer will likely be familiar with the rules and regulations in the park, as well as the option for sites and best seasons and times of the days for each location.

Grand Teton Church Weddings

National parks are among my favorite adventure wedding locations!  In my favorite park, Grand Teton National Park, there are two options for rustic church weddings, both built in the early 1900s.  Each church is perfect for intimate wedding or elopement (holding either 65 people or 115 people), depending on your denomination.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church is located at north end of the park near Mt. Moran, near Signal Mountain Lodge.  It is open from June through September and is a part of Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church parish based in Jackson, Wyoming.

The Chapel of Transfiguration is located at the south end of the park below The Grand and is operated by St. John’s Episcopal Church in Jackson.

Here are photos from both wedding venues…