canyonlands national park elopements
planning a wedding in canyonlands national park can be daunting, especially if you’ve never visited the park before and you’re doing most of your research online. for starters, the park is massive. it’s split into three separate districts: the maze, the needles, and the island in the sky. so what’s the difference?
canyonlands national park districts
this district can be described in one word: remote. it’s hard to get to, hard to travel within, but the rewards are beyond great. the drive to the entrance of the maze district is 2-3 hours from moab, down roads that require a 4x4 vehicle, extra gas, and lots and lots of water.
this is one of my favorite areas in the moab area. the district is south of moab and takes about 1.5 hours. here you’ll find wild, dr. seuss-like formations (the needles), arches, towers, and dozens of miles of trail. this would be the perfect place for an intimate backpacking elopement! permits are required for backpacking within the park, so plan ahead. you can get all the details here: canyonlands national park backcountry permits. i have spent a lot of time exploring, hiking, and backpacking through the needles, and there’s no denying the magic.
island in the sky
by far the most popular district, mostly because of its proximity to moab, this section of the park offers incredible views from the top of a mesa (hence the name). most of the iconic vistas and hikes are here, the ones you’ve likely seen photos of before. there are lots of locations within the island in the sky that are perfect for engagements and small weddings. here are some of my favorites:
the grandview point
green river overlook
the 3 best things about a canyonlands wedding
views! like the grand canyon, but better.
less people. canyonlands sees less visitors than it’s neighboring national park, arches national park. not only that, it’s just bigger, so there’s more room to roam and get away from the crowds.
sunrise and sunset. wide open views mean killer sunrises and sunsets, any time of year.