Sequoia National Park is considered to be one of the most popular national parks in California. Located just 5 hours from Yosemite, this iconic national park is stopped at by millions of visitors a year. Did I also mention that the park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year? Filled with giant Sequoias, beautiful lookouts, and wildflower meadows, Sequoia National Park is any outdoor lovers dream location.
If you’re looking at eloping within Sequoia National Park, this guide is for you. It covers the best places to elope in Sequoia National Park, photography packages, permit information, and so much more.
Best Places to Elope in Sequoia National Park
Sequoia National Park has pre-approved locations for ceremonies, most of which are listed here. Other locations will not be considered for ceremonies, but don’t worry, we can still take portraits anywhere around the park. To see the full list of locations, check out the official park’s website here.
Note: As of December 15th, 2021, ALL locations have a maximum capacity of 15 people. This is subject to change.
See more: Panoramic Point
Max capacity: 15
Panoramic Point is a location that sure lives up to its name. It’s only a 0.5 mile hike to reach this spot, and the views are absolutely breathtaking. You’ll be surrounded with trees, mountains, and a view of Hume Lake in the distance.
See more: Halstead Meadow
Max capacity: 20
The Halstead Meadow isn’t a super visited spot within the park, making it the perfect wedding venue for your ceremony. Here, you’ll find lush green grass, beautiful wildflowers, tall Sequoias, and you might even have a close encounter with some amazing wildlife.
See more: Beetle Rock
Max capacity: 75
Beetle Rock is a popular Sequoia National Park wedding venue. This wedding venue is only a 0.5 mile walk down a paved path. The trail features beautiful wildflowers, and is one of the best places to watch a sunset within the park. The ground at Beetle Rock is uneven though, so keep this in mind if you have guests.
See more: Crescent Meadow
Max capacity: 30
Crescent Meadows is one of my favorite wedding venues in Sequoia National Park, especially when the fog rolls in. This meadow serves as the perfect backdrop for a ceremony. It’s quiet, has the beautiful Sequoia trees, but also has wide open spaces that look beautiful in photos.
See more: Sunset Rock
Max capacity: 25
If you’re looking for something very similar to Beetle Rock, check out Sunset Rock. To reach the outlook, you have to take the 1 mile hike through the giant Sequoias. This area is open, surrounded by trees, and of course, the perfect spot to watch the famous California sunsets. Like Beetle Rock, the ground is a bit uneven.
Giant Forest Museum Patio
See more: Giant Forest Museum Patio
Max capacity: 75
The Giant Forest Museum Patio is the perfect spot for the couple looking for accessibility. It’s located right in the heart of the forest, near some popular hiking trails and attractions. The patio is easy to spice up with some decor, but it’s not like you’ll need any when you’re surrounded by the beautiful Sequoias.
See more: Long Meadow/Wolverton
Max capacity: 100
Long Meadow/Wolverton is the largest wedding venue in Sequoia National Park, holding up to 100 people. This is one of the more open wedding venues and doesn’t have many trees. If you love the look of open fields and wildflowers, this is the wedding venue for you.
How Do I Get a Permit for My Sequoia National Park Elopement?
Note: As of December 15th, 202, permits are not being issued for weddings at this time due to the impacts of the KNP Complex Fire.
In order to elope in Sequoia National Park, you need what’s called a “special use permit.” In order to obtain this permit, you need to fill out the application found on the park’s website and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with proof of the $150 non-refundable permit fee, which can be paid online.
After the park approves your permit, you’ll sign it and email it back to be finalized. This process can take up to 30 days.
Permits MUST be submitted no more than 365 days before your elopement date, and no later than 90 days before your elopement date.
To see step-by-step instructions on how to fill out the application and pay the $150 non-refundable fee, check out this page.
When Should I Elope in Sequoia National Park?
While Sequoia National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, there are certain seasons that are much better for visiting than others.
Summer is Sequoia’s busiest season. Running from June to August, Sequoia experiences its highest amount of visitors during this time. During the summer the weather is pleasant, all locations are open, and there are a variety of activities and hiking trails to experience. There is also a free shuttle that runs throughout the park.
Fall is one of my personal favorite times to visit Sequoia, specifically in September. The fall season runs from September to November and experiences way less visitors than the summer months. During this time, a few locations close and certain buildings within the park have shorter hours. While the weather is still nice, it can be a bit unpredictable. The park usually gets snow around October, but regardless, it’s still a great time to visit.
The winter season in Sequoia is what I like to call a double-edge sword. While the snow is absolutely beautiful and magical amongst the trees, it can also cause quite a problem. In the winter, snow storms can shut roads down unexpectedly and make driving pretty dangerous. Snow chains are required. It’s best to have backup locations during the winter, just in case.
Sequoia is known for their beautiful wildflowers this time of year. Spring lasts from April to Mid-June and is another one of the best times to elope in the park. While there still may be snow on the ground, especially in April, the park is bursting with color and roaring streams. Plus, it’s not as busy as the summer months.
Pro tip: Because Sequoia National Park is so busy, it’s best to elope on a weekday, even during the off-season.
Sequoia National Park Elopement Packages
I’m an elopement photographer based in Northern California. I help couples all around the world plan their dream elopement in places like Sequoia National Park. To check out all my different elopement packages, check out this page here.
Sequoia National Park Elopement Package Pricing
- 4 hours – 1.5 days of elopement coverage anywhere in California
- 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 California are already included
- Starting at $5,500
Want more wedding inspiration? Check out the Forest Wedding Guide, The Best Mountain Wedding Venues in the United States, and the Yosemite Wedding Guide.
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