Top 5 Places to Elope in Sedona

Top 5 Places to Elope in Sedona

Red Rocks: Top 5 Places to Elope in Sedona. The backdrop of the red rocks, buttes and canyons makes Sedona an ideal spot to elope.  The scenery is spectacular and there are so many famous spots to provide the ideal setting for your ceremony.  Sunset is typically the best time to capture the majestic beauty of the red rocks.  Sedona is recognized by most as one of the most beautiful spots in Arizona, and an incredibly welcoming community.   For the adventure seekers, there is a wide variety of hiking trails that provide spectacular views and incredible sunsets.  There are so many choices, and here are our top 5:


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Cathedral Rock

If you want to get married at sunset, there are few places more spectacular than Cathedral Rock.  The rock formations make it one of the most photographed locations in Arizona.  The roundtrip to the top is 1.4 miles.  The popular trail is a little steep at points, including a small climb about halfway to the top.  However, the payoff at the top is well worth the trip, where you will enjoy incredible views and gorgeous sunsets.  The best time to be here is in the afternoons, where you will benefit from the shade and set yourself up for a beautiful backdrop for your wedding. There is a $5 per car fee to park there.  Access to the trail is free.


Top 5 Places to Elope in Sedona - Saaty Photography


Red Rock Crossing

Another very popular place to get married outdoors is Red Rock Crossing.  This picturesque venue is located where Oak Creek runs next to Cathedral Rock. You can have your ceremony near the water, especially during the summer, when the Oak Creek runs to the base of Cathedral Rock.  The backdrop is spectacular.  There is also a very accessible platform that will accommodate larger groups.  Sunsets are beautiful here and that is usually the most popular time of day for people to get married.  This location requires a permit to enter the park, and if you have group, you will need to reserve your spot.  Also, it is the 2nd most photographed location in Arizona!


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Lovers Knoll

Lovers Knoll got its name because of the romantic views of the Sedona landscape, including Cathedral Rock and Courthouse Butte.  This incredibly scenic location is a actually a pullout along Red Rock Loop and you may not even find it on a map.  It is a very popular spot for small elopements and the views are spectacular at sunset.  There is no fee to have your ceremony here.


Top 5 Places to Elope in Sedona - Saaty Photography



Located in the heart of Sedona, Tlaquepaque is another popular location to get married and it is not hard to see why.  Indian for “the best of everything”, this venue really does have the best of everything.  As soon as you walk into the rustic Tlaquepaque Chapel, you will feel like you are in a small Mexican village.  Cobblestone walkways, arched entryways and stucco walls make this venue almost magical.  With the backdrop of the Sedona cliffs, this is an incredibly romantic spot.  There are 3 additional outdoor spaces to have your ceremony, each offering its own historical touch and feel.  To plan your special day, visit them at


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Courthouse Vista

Courthouse Vista is the trailhead for Bell Rock, Courthouse Butte Loop and Bell Rock Pathway.  This location offers spectacular views of Castle Rock, Courthouse Butte, Bell Rock, Lee and Munds mountains and the Red Rock Cliffs and Canyons along the Mogollon Rim.  Bell Rock Pathway is the most popular trail, with its wide path and incredible views .  The views are equally as majestic on the less congested Courthouse Butte Loop, and also provides a beautiful backdrop for your ceremony,  Weekdays are best for this location to avoid the crowds.  You will need a pass, but you can get one there when you arrive.


Top 5 Places to Elope in Sedona

In order to elope in Sedona, you’ll need to plan ahead, as many of the venues require advance reservations, especially if you’re planning to have a larger group at your ceremony.  All you really need is a marriage license, some rings, and choosing between any one of these spectacular locations.  No matter what you choose, with the red rocks as your backdrop, Sedona is one the most romantic and beautiful spots to make memories that will last a lifetime.


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