10 National Parks to Elope at in the Rocky Mountains

February 22, 2024
10 National Parks to Elope at in the Rocky Mountains

Feature image: Kylie Morgan Photography

No matter the season, national parks can provide the ultimate (and accessible) backdrop for a timeless elopement.  Whether its snowcapped mountains in the winter, or turquoise lakes in the summer, our list of 10 National Parks within our Rocky Mountains is made up of the most picturesque & perfect places for you & your partner to pair up in matrimony (without the whole big party). Scroll through to see these scenic standouts, and find some resources here for help planning an outdoor elopement in a protected park!

1. Banff
Alberta, Canada

Banff National Park is Canada’s oldest national park, and *clearly* worth traveling near and far for.  The park is one of five national parks in Canada’s Rocky Mountains, but is possibly the most famous for its almost unearthly-blue hued lakes.  Elope on the shores, or say your vows via canoe while adventuring through Banff’s beauty!  For a dinner or special over night stay, check out the world-famous Fairmont Banff Springs –  deemed Canada’s “Castle in the Rockies”.

For more Banff National Park inspiration, check out Vilette and Justin’s wedding: Intimate Nuptials in Banff National Park

Liv Hettinga Photography ; The DeLauras 

2. Zion

Say your vows amongst Utah’s iconic red-rock landscape by eloping in Zion National Park.  Spend the weekend exploring the Narrows, hiking Angel’s Landing, or enjoying the scenic canyon drive with your newlywed!  Plus, after the elopement, you can stay at an adorable airstream amongst the natural beauty at AutoCamp Zion.

Inspire your Zion National Park elopement by flipping through the Utah Fall/Winter 2023 issue.

Kayla Bertagnolli Photography

3. Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park is near and dear to our hearts (obviously) here at Rocky Mountain Bride, and when we see elopements like the ones below, we are reminded just why we love it so much!  This national park is a convenient drive from downtown Denver (roughly 1.5 hours), full of hiking trails of all levels (with a high chance at seeing some wildlife!), and neighboring the magical town of Estes Park.  Say “I Do” against serene Sprague Lake and then sip some celebratory cocktails at the Stanley Hotel bar!

Catchfly Photography J Murphy Photos 

4. Grand Teton

Grand Teton has “grand” in the name for good reason.  The soaring peaks that would make for your ceremony backdrop speak for themselves, but we will also take the time to say just how stunning this park would be for an elopement!  This park is especially perfect for the couple that wants to lean into the “western feel” – perhaps even with horses for portraits.  Grand Teton National Park is located close to famous Jackson Hole – known for its ranches, skiing, fine dining, and natural beauty of course.

For more Grand Teton National Park elopement inspiration, check out this Chic Micro Wedding captured by Erin Wheat!

Intimate Adventures Media ; Erin Wheat Co.

5. Canyonlands

Canyonlands National Park is known for its stunning views, deep canyons, and unique geological formations – which can be seen for miles in the background of your ceremony snapshots if you choose to elope here!  Located close to Moab, this national park makes for the ultimate Utah wedding weekend getaway.  The beauty of the different shades and shapes of red-hued rocks will help you and your new spouse create a memory that will last as far as the sky reaches behind this canyon!

Kylie Morgan Photography

6. Jasper National Park
Alberta, Canada

Jasper is the largest national park in Canada’s Rocky Mountains, and happens to be home to the second largest dark sky-preserve (perfect for an overnight elopement – stargazing with your new spouse!).  The park is also known for its abundance of wildlife, so keep a lookout for moose during your matrimony.   The park makes for a stunning summertime elopement against shimmering lakes, or a winter wonderland wedding in the snow!

Daria x Ben Creative Co. ; Carissa Marie Photography 

7. White Sands
New Mexico

While we love our mountain views and pine trees in the Rockies, White Sands National Park in New Mexico is so uniquely beautiful that we think an elopement here might feel like you’re getting married in a whole other world! Not only does the soft sand provide a beautiful backdrop for a white wedding day, but the park is home to the world’s largest gypsum dunefield and largest collected of Ice-Age fossilized footprints, making this a history/geology lovers dream wedding destination.

Ailin Rachael Hyde Photo

8. Arches

Arches National Park brings travelers in from all over with its incredible shapes and colors, which truly feel like art within the earth.  These larger-than-life landforms make for a stunning spot to say “I do” inside – as pictured below in multiple Rocky Mountain elopements.  The famous park is also close to Moab, convenient for dining and stay options.

Jocilyn Bennett Photography ; Zoe Steindl Photography

9. Glacier National Park

Montana has a reputation for being just jaw-droppingly beautiful, and Glacier National Park is proof that the rumors are true!  The park is made up of 700 miles worth of trails that follow melting glaciers, alpine meadows, carved valleys, and spectacular lakes.  So basically, you can elope in a national park with views of all of the best that nature has to offer!

Kylie Farmer Photography

10. Great Sand Dunes

We’re ending our list with another unique National Park that stands out amongst the rest.  The Great Sand Dunes is – in our humble opinion – an underrated national park, and therefore one of the best kept secrets of colorful Colorado.  The stretching sand dunes create an illusion that puts us on another planet, and as seen below, can be the most stunning backdrop for an intimate ceremony in the sunshine.

We love national parks as elopement destinations for many reasons, but mainly because the overwhelming natural beauty just can’t be beat by any decor we could come up with ourselves.  Just remember: if you plan to have an intimate ceremony outdoors in one of the Rockies’ beloved protected parks, treat your special ceremony spot with respect and “leave no trace”.  For help choosing your park and planning your wedding weekend, check out our guide below on eloping in a national park!

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