Grand Teton National Park is located on the border of Wyoming and Idaho and is known for being one of the most beautiful national parks in the United States. Over 3 million people visit the park each year in awe of the dramatic peaks and natural landscape. Luckily enough, I lived two hours away from this park for four years and have had the opportunity to explore the park more than the average person. You’ll be amazed at the hiking trails, wildlife, and ecosystems the park has to offer, as well as all the hidden gem locations I have up my sleeve.
To help you plan your elopement, I created this guide filled with everything you possibly need to know about how to elope in Grand Teton National Park, including new permit rules, locations, weather, elopement packages and more.
Grand Teton Elopement Checklist
- Book your travel to Grand Teton
- Choose your elopement location
- Choose your season to elope
- Obtain your permits
- Get your marriage license
- Book your lodging
- Book your activities
- Grand Teton elopement packages
How to Get to Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park, while fairly remote, is close a few different airports you can fly into. Below are the closest airports, as well as some additional information about each one.
- Jackson Hole Airport: 5 minutes. This airport is located just 5 minutes away from the park. You can fly directly into Jackson Hole from most big airports on the West Coast, though it tends to be a bit pricer, as the airport sees just a few flights a day.
- Idaho Falls Regional Airport: 2 hours. Located just two hours away from the park, Idaho Falls is a great airport option. Similarly to Jackson Hole, the flights into Idaho Falls tend to be a bit pricer due to its size. They have been expanding though, so more flights should be offered soon.
- Salt Lake International Airport: 4.5 hours. Salt Lake is the largest and most popular airport on this list. Salt Lake has the cheapest and most flight options available.
Best Places to Elope in Grand Teton National Park
Note: Grand Teton National Park does NOT allow weddings or elopements to take place at any location outside of the six designated ceremony sites listed below if you have more than 12 people included in your elopement (this includes your photographer, officiants, etc.). However, you are free to take portraits around other areas of the park.
If you have less than 12 people, you can elope almost anywhere in the park aside from off-limits areas that we’ll touch on in just a second.
Note: The max capacity number includes the couple, officiant, photographer, and other vendors present.
Max capacity: 25
Schwabacher’s Landing is the most popular elopement location in Grand Teton. It’s also one of the most beautiful and well-known places to watch and photograph the sunrise. There are tons of trees and meadows, a hiking trail, and a beautiful river where you can see the mountain range’s reflection in the water.
Max capacity: 25 at Mormon Row South, 40 at Mormon Row North
Mormon Row is a historic site within the park and another very popular place to elope for couples. It’s a beautiful area with wide open views of the mountain range, but it does get quite crowded. If privacy is important to you, consider having your ceremony during sunrise or sunset here for your Grand Teton elopement.
Mountain View Turnout
Max capacity: 25
Mountain View Turnout is one of the most underrated ceremony sites in the park. It often gets overshadowed by more popular areas, but this turnout is amazing if you’re looking for a bit more privacy. There’s a ton of land and it feels like you’re right up next to the mountains.
Glacier View Turnout
Max capacity: 25
Glacier View Turnout, similar to Mountain View, is severely underrated. However, it’s definitely more popular, as it’s one of the larger turnouts at the beginning of the park. This is a great area for portraits and smaller ceremonies. It’s also very close to other popular sites like Mormon Row.
Snake River Overlook
Max capacity: 25
Of all the ceremony sites in the park, Snake River Overlook is the least popular. While the views are breathtaking, and Ansel Adams took a famous photograph here, there’s a large granite wall that will be in the background of all your images. It’s a great spot to stop for a quick landscape image, but I would advise against this location if you’re hoping for something a bit closer to the mountain range.
Colter Bay Swim Beach
Max capacity: 40
If you’re looking for something a bit more quiet, I highly recommend Colter Bay Swim Beach. Not only do you get stunning views, but it’s much further from the popular stops in the park, making this one of the less-visited locations in the area.
Bonus Locations Right Outside the Park
These two locations are located just outside the park. If you don’t want to deal with the hassle and crowds of the park, check out these alternative locations. I also know of a few others that require no permit and are perfect for a ceremony!
Not many people know about Table Mountain! It’s not technically within the park, but the views are out of this world. Take a ski lift (or hike 5.5 miles in) at Grand Targhee Resort to be greeted to one of the most up-close views you’ll have of Grand Teton. This area is very popular, so be sure to plan ahead for a weekday during the off-season!
The Wedding Tree
The Wedding Tree isn’t actually within the park, but hence the name, makes the perfect wedding venue for those who want privacy but a view of the beautiful Tetons. You won’t find many people here, and you can reserve the area for your wedding or elopement with a permit from BLM.
Can I Elope Anywhere in Grand Teton?
No. Unfortunately, if you have more than 12 people, you’re limited to the six ceremony sites listed above. If you have less than 12 people, you can elope anywhere in the park aside from the locations listed below.
- Reserved Site-Specific Ceremony locations (aka the six locations I just listed)
- The paved trails within and surrounding the Jenny Lake visitor plaza at South Jenny Lake
- Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point
- String Lake and Jenny Lake overlook on the one-way road from May 15 to October 15
- Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve (LSR)
- Concessioner land assignments (exception for weddings sold/catered by Concessioners in assigned facilities in accordance with their contract)
- Park partner facilities (e.g., Murie Ranch, Teton Science School)
- Within proximity of places where weddings are being managed by a chapel or concessioner (e.g., the Chapel of the Transfiguration)
- Park cemeteries
- If a location is behind a gated road, the permittee may have walking access but not vehicle access.
Weather in Grand Teton National Park
Summer (June – August)
Summer is a great time to visit Grand Teton National Park if having good weather is something that’s important to you. While the weather is nice and alI hiking trails are accessible, it’s extremely crowded. Summer in Grand Teton comes with tons of traffic (especially in Jackson Hole), crowds, no parking, and very high prices. Personally, I recommend having your elopement a bit later if you’re hoping for a more private, stress-free experience.
Fall (September – October)
Fall is hands-down the best time to elope in Grand Teton National Park! There aren’t as many crowds, it isn’t as expensive, and you might encounter some gorgeous fall colors and wildlife. I recommend having your wedding in September, as October can be a bit unpredictable when it comes to the snow. The fall is also a bit chillier, so be sure to bundle up.
Winter (November – April)
If you love the snow, Grand Teton in the winter is the place for you. While you’re extremely limited when it comes to locations (many of them are blocked off by the snow), it’s extremely quiet in the park. However, the winter comes with some elevated prices and a bit more people in the Jackson Hole area, as everyone wants to take advantage of the ski resorts in the area.
Spring is more of a transitional time in Grand Teton. This is a great time to visit to avoid the crowds, but keep in mind that most things still aren’t open, and a lot of the trails will still have snow on them until late May. The weather is a bit unpredictable in this area, so if you don’t mind some last minute snow, May is a great time to visit.
How Do I Get a Permit to Elope in Grand Teton?
In order to elope in Grand Teton National Park, you’ll need to apply for and purchase a special use permit.
Note: As of June 15th, 2022, elopement permit information for 2023 will be available by November 15th, 2022. This blog post will be updated with the most current permit information as soon as it becomes available.
The special use permits are reversed on a first-come first-serve basis, so be sure to apply so you can secure your preferred elopement location as soon as possible. Check out the steps below to see how to obtain a permit.
- Fill out the application.
- On the application, be sure to note if you are applying for either Reserved Site-Specific Ceremony Permits or Small Dispersed Ceremony Permit.
- Under the “List of Equipment” section, be sure to enter your photographer/planner’s contact information (i.e., name, email, website, phone number). If you haven’t hired them yet, email this information to firstname.lastname@example.org once they’ve been hired.
- Email the completed application to email@example.com no less than 30 days prior to the event.
- Pay the $200 application fee electronically by visiting www.pay.gov.
- Once your application has been reviewed and payment confirmed, you will be emailed a preliminary permit within 7-10 days.
- You will then have seven days to review, sign, and return the draft permit back to the email.
- The final permit will then be emailed back. You must have a printed copy of the fully executed permit on site during the event.
To get more information and see more helpful tips on filling out the application, check out the permit page here.
How to Get a Marriage License in Wyoming
If you want to get a marriage license in Wyoming, you must apply in person.
The most popular place to get a marriage license is in Jackson Hole, which is directly outside of the park. To get a marriage license, you first need to fill out the marriage license questionnaire. Once filled out, you need to make an appointment at the County Clerk’s Office by calling 307-733-4430. They do NOT accept walk-ins.
Be sure to bring the questionnaire, your photo ID, and $30 cash or $31.50 on your card for the application fee.
There is no waiting period in Wyoming, meaning you can pick up your marriage license and get married on the same day.
To get more information on how to obtain a marriage license in Teton County (Jackson Hole), check out the official site here.
Do I Need an Officiant and Witness for My Grand Teton Elopement?
Yes, you will need an officiant and at least two witnesses in order to elope in Grand Teton National Park.
Pro tip: A friend or family member can officiate your ceremony for FREE by becoming ordained online through the Universal Life Church. The process is completely free and takes less than 5 minutes. If you’re looking for a true intimate elopement experience, I also officiate ceremonies for free!
Best Places to Stay in Jackson Hole
Jackson Hole is a short drive away from the park and where 90% of people stay when visiting the park. If you want a true outdoor experience, you can always stay inside the park at Jenny Lake Lodge, cabins that sit right outside Jenny Lake. However, if you’re looking for something a little more upscale, check out some of these epic Airbnbs in Jackson Hole.
- Holly Hause – A luxurious, private villa nestled in the woods equipped with a hot tub and tons of windows. Great for guests!
- Abode at 7 Cabins – 5 different cabins right outside Jackson with stunning views and forestry.
- East Gill Four – A clean, modern, and minimalistic home near town square.
- 118 Private Acres – Get the true rustic experience at this private home within the woods.
Grand Teton National Park Elopement Activities
One of my favorite parts about elopements is capturing couples doing something they love. Luckily, Grand Teton and the surrounding area has a plethora of activities to do and things to try. Below are some of my favorites.
- Grab a bite to eat at Big Hole BBQ (they have incredible mac and cheese!)
- Take a picture with the famous antler arch
- Watch the elk at the national elk refuge
- Ride the Jackson Hole Aerial Tram
- Stay up late and go stargazing in the park
- Stop by Persephone Bakery for breakfast
- Go skiing at Grand Targhee Resort
Grand Teton National Park Elopement Packages
I’m Brianna, a California-based elopement photographer who helps plan and photograph elopements all over the West Coast. Having lived just two hours from Grand Teton National Park for four years, I know a thing or two about planning epic experiences in the area. You can see all my elopement package options here.
Grand Teton National Park Elopement Pricing
- 6 hours – 2 days of elopement coverage anywhere in Wyoming
- A personalized elopement planning experience with unlimited assistance
- Personalized elopement location recommendations
- Vendor, lodging, and activity recommendations
- Assistance and information to help you with permits, licenses, etc.
- 90+ page elopement planning guide filled with tips and tricks
- Customized elopement timelines
- Optional complimentary officiant services
- Online gallery with full resolution images and printing rights
- 24-48 hour sneak peeks to share with the world
- Travel fees to anywhere in Wyoming are already included
- Starting at $7,500
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