Darby and Karson’s beautiful red rock Snow Canyon bridals taken in the spring in southern Utah were absolutely stunning. They decided to take their pre-wedding day photos in St. George to escape the cold and wintery conditions in the Salt Lake City area despite it being late March..(if you live in northern Utah, you know hahaha). I’ve known Darby for a few years now as she is one of my best friend’s little sister so it was extra special getting to photograph their Snow Canyon bridals.
Snow Canyon State Park is located in St. George, Utah, which is around 2 hours from Las Vegas and 4 hours from Salt Lake City. The park boasts red rocks, lava tubes, caves, sand dunes, and even a small slot canyon. It costs $10 (Utah residents) or $15 (non-Utahns) to enter the park. The park also has camping and tons of hiking routes!
If you are wanting to get have a small wedding or elopement in Snow Canyon State Park, you will need to get a permit, which is $150 (a lot cheaper than a “traditional” wedding ceremony location, right?) The park offers 4 amazing locations to have your wedding ceremony: Snow Canyon Scenic Overlook, Petrified Dunes, Lower Galoot, and Sand Dunes. The park has certain restrictions on dates, number of guests, and hours so be sure to reach out to them first thing.
You won’t need a permit, but your photographer will need one. There are different tiers that photographers are able to purchase that allow them to have a certain number of photoshoots per year (and you must schedule all of your photoshoots in advance because they only allow 3 photoshoots per day). It’s super simple to obtain the permit and it’s very important for photographers to get one. It allows for us to continue taking photos in this unique and beautiful park and let it not be overrun with photographers like other popular destinations have become.