I’ve gathered all the information you’ll need for your search in finding the PERFECT National Park to elope at.
Set your adventurous soul free and explore a few of these magical locations with your honey!
Each National Park links to its respective NPS website which includes links to other national monuments, preserves, historical areas, etc.
Not a National Park but useful info
Big Sur Special Event Permit Information Packet
Redwood National and State Parks (northern California coast) have 12 pre-approved locations that are expedited in the approval process for ceremonies. Each location has a maximum number of guests allowed. Pre-approved locations are $200, others you need to select when and where and have those approved.
Pre-approved locations have a rough turnaround time of 2 weeks, other locations require a minimum of 4 weeks.
There are 4 locations that do not allow wedding ceremonies at all: Stout Grove, Ladybird Johnson Grove, Fern Canyon, or the James Irvine Trail.
More info and pre-approved locations: https://www.nps.gov/redw/planyourvisit/supweddings.htm
Rocky Mountain National Park has a very strict permit policy and now only allows weddings (even 2-person vow-readings) at a few locations (they recently banned any hiking elopements that aren’t in these specific spots).
Allowed Wedding Locations: https://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/wedding_locations.htm
To photograph a wedding at the park, the couple needs a $200 wedding permit for a specific time at one of those locations.
$150 application fee. 10 business day turnaround for simple weddings and ceremonies. Anything requiring chairs, etc. requires a 4 week turnaround. No permits are approved for a group any larger than 25 people. Certain wilderness areas are not permitted as selected locations. No amplified sound.
There is also now a reservation fee required if viewing sunrise at Haleakala. You can reserve your morning up to 60 days in advance.
$50 for a wedding application and then if granted, it’s another $50. They do not allow amplified sound. They also, like many other parks, do not allow blocking off/reserving areas, so the location you choose needs to still be accessible for regular park guests. Allow at least 8 weeks for processing the wedding application.
- Point of contact is Sue Sherman-Biery at 360-854-2660
o Talk with her directly about what you’re planning (she’s very nice and accommodating) and she will advise you on what to do specifically but in general you’ll need a special use permit for over 75 people. You’ll also need a commercial use license for photography which ranges from 100-300 depending on how many people are present.