Planning Your Zion National Park Proposal

Are you planning on having a Zion National Park proposal and want the moment captured forever? I am happy to help you out 🙂 I’ve photographed quite a few proposals in Zion and they’ve all turned out great! I love getting to live in Utah by all of the amazing national parks here. Zion is unreal and in my opinion, the perfect place to propose to your partner!

Zion National Park Proposal at Canyon Overlook
Canyon Overlook Proposal in Zion National Park

Where to Propose?

There are lots of great locations to propose in Zion. It depends on how much or how little hiking you would want to do, if you’re wanting to wear hiking or nicer clothes, and what view you want to pop the question. Here are a few of my favorite places:

Canyon Overlook Trail – This is my favorite location because it is a short, easy/moderate hike (1 mile roundtrip) and you can reach the trailhead in your car and don’t need to take the park shuttle.

Pa’Rus Trail – The Pa’Rus Trail is quite long and right at the entrance of the park. This would be a great option for you if you’re wanting to propose to your partner and not work up a sweat. There are sweeping views of the canyon from below and I think it’s a great spot for sunrise or sunset.

Check out this sunrise Zion National Park engagement session I did to get an idea of what the Canyon Overlook and Pa’Rus trails look like.

Angels Landing – Angels Landing is a tough (and a little sketchy) hike that takes a few hours to reach the top, however, it is beautiful! Beginning in 2022, you do need a permit that can be obtained a few months in advance to hike to the top. So keep that in mind when planning your Zion National Park proposal.

Temple of Sinawava – The Temple of Sinawava is the very last stop on the park shuttle. This spot has huge red cliffs surrounding you with the Virgin River right there. This is where the Narrows hike begins!

How to Propose in Zion National Park?

If you’re wanting to propose in the park, you do not need a permit besides your entrance fee to the park. Just plan on staying on the trails at all times while you’re in the park to not disturb any plants, dirt, or wildlife. No permits are required for photographers either. At this time, you only need a permit in the park when you are having a wedding ceremony.

If you’re wanting to plan your elopement in Zion, check out this post detailing where in the park you can get married, what seasons are best, and how to have a Utah elopement.

Temple of Sinawava wedding
The Temple of Sinawava

When to Propose?

  • Spring (late March – mid/late May)- this is my personal favorite time in Zion. The flowers and trees around the Virgin River are beginning to bloom, the days are warm, and the mornings and evening are cool.
  • Summer (mid/late May – early September)- Zion is in the desert so it does get very hot in the summer months so keep that in mind when planning your Zion National Park proposal. Temperatures can reach up to 105 degrees so drink plenty of water, bring an umbrella for shade, and plan to get sweaty.  I’ve done lots of shoots and weddings in the summer and it’s hot, but manageable.
  • Fall (mid-September – late November) – Another amazing time to visit the park in my opinion. The trees by the river turn a bright yellow color and the temperatures are moderate.
  • Winter (late November – March) – believe it or not it snows in the desert! The weather in the winter can be unpredictable and cold with surprise warm days mixed in. I love cold weather so I think this can definitely work if you’re prepared for the cold. The biggest plus is that it’s not crowded. 

Do you have any other questions? Please reach out! I am very familiar with the park and am so happy to help you plan out your proposal 🙂

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