Yellowstone National Park is an epic location for your adventure elopement. Filled with geysers and wildlife, Yellowstone is filled with endless beauty. It’s no wonder it’s also a popular place for couples to get married! With the rise in popularity of elopements, Yellowstone is a great area to elope if you want a beautiful wedding experience outdoors. This guide is going to deep dive into Yellowstone elopement locations within the park, as well as wedding venues nearby to the park.

Make sure to check out my full guide to eloping in Yellowstone for more details about how to plan your Yellowstone elopement.

Before we dive in, a quick introduction. I’m Tiana, an elopement photographer that specializes in helping couples plan and document adventurous wedding experiences in the West. Yellowstone is one of my favorite places, and I love to share my expertise of the park with couples. If you find yourself needing an extra hand planning your elopement, or just need a photographer to document your day, reach out and let’s work together!

Can you Even get married in Yellowstone?

Yes you can! You will need a permit if your wedding ceremony takes place inside Yellowstone National Park, which costs $250. You can learn more about that here in my Yellowstone Elopement Guide.

Where can you get married in Yellowstone?

Yellowstone National Park has several locations that specifically allow wedding ceremonies inside the park. You can also request other locations, but I recommend choosing one of the predetermined locations for the best odds of getting your permit approved. You can still take photos elsewhere in the park throughout the day!

This guide will walk you through all of Yellowstone’s designated wedding venues inside of the park, as well as some great options outside of the park!

Couple holding hands and smiling at each other on their elopement day.

Yellowstone Wedding Venue Regulations

There are several restrictions and regulations that must be followed when getting married inside of Yellowstone National Park. Always  follow the rules and regulations for your own safety, as well as the safety of others and the land you’re in.

Yellowstone Wedding Regulations:

  • Stay on defined trails to protect the vegetation. This is especially important when in thermal areas where you could fall through the crust and into a geyser!
  • Don’t disturb natural resources, including vegetation, water, soils, etc. This also includes animals, plants, and rocks.
  • Make sure to clean up after yourselves. To keep the landscape accessible to future guests, it’s so important to leave the place better than you found it. That means packing out everything that you bring with you. Make sure to follow Leave No Trace throughout your visit to the park. Check out my Leave No Trace guide for eloping!
  • Alters and arches are not allowed for ceremonies inside the park.
  • Decorating an area is strictly prohibited.
  • Scattering or throwing of any material (such as rice, flowers, bubbles, etc.) is not allowed.

To learn more, please visit the Yellowstone website for more details about wedding regulations.

Yellowstone Elopement Venues Inside the Park

Old Faithful Area

Located within viewing distance of the famous Old Faithful Geyser, this ceremony location offers views of geysers while also being close to amenities. A pretty epic spot for a wedding ceremony if you ask me!

Maximum Wedding Capacity: 40 people

Location: Upper Geyser Basin

Accessibility: Very easy to access

Old Faithful Erupting at Night under a star filled sky in Yellowstone National Park

Artists Point

This viewpoint overlooks the Lower Falls in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. It’s one of the busier spots in the Yellowstone, but for good reason. The viewpoint is one of the most spectacular in the entire park! There is a designated area to the side of the viewing platform that wedding ceremonies are held at.

Maximum Wedding Capacity: 40 people

Location: South rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Accessibility: Very easy. Area is located a short walk on a paved path.

Sunrise at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Barnes Hole Road

Easily the most secluded ceremony location, this area is located just after you enter the park from the West Entrance in West Yellowstone. The Barnes Hole Road leads to the Madison River and is the best option if you want total privacy for your wedding.

Maximum Wedding Capacity: 30 people

Location: Near the West Entrance, in Montana

Accessibility: Easily accessible

Fishing Bridge Visitors Center

The Fishing Bridge Visitors Center sits on the shores of Yellowstone Lake and offers panorama views of the lake and mountains surrounding it. A wonderful option for a sunset ceremony.

Maximum Wedding Capacity: 40 people

Location: Fishing Bridge

Accessibility: Easily accessible

Lamar Valley

The Lamar Valley is one of the best spots in the park for spotting wildlife. It’s also a beautiful location for getting married! Ceremonies are allowed next to pullouts along the road in the Lamar Valley and are limited to the smallest of ceremonies.

Maximum Wedding Capacity: 5 people

Location: Lamar Valley in the northeast of the park

Accessibility: Easily accessible

Nearby to Lamar Valley

This section includes 4 separate locations that will be included in your permit to give you choices in case of crowded conditions. The locations are Trout Lake, Barronette Meadows, Thunderer Cutoff Trail Head, and Warm Creek Picnic Area and offer beautiful views of the surrounding mountains.

Maximum Wedding Capacity: 20 people

Location: the northeast corridor along Highway 212

Accessibility: Moderately Accessible (some hiking is required for a few of the locations)

Mammoth Chapel

If you’re seeking a more traditional wedding experience, the Mammoth Chapel offers a unique option. The application fee for the Mammoth Chapel is $300 and is limited to a maximum of 250 people. Parking is limited and carpooling or bus is required for large weddings.

Maximum Wedding Capacity: 250 people

Location: Mammoth Hot Springs

Accessibility: Easily accessible

Virginia Cascade Picnic Area

Located on the Virginia Cascade Dr just off of Norris Canyon Road in the center of the park, this picnic area overlooks a waterfall and offers picnic tables for day use.

Maximum Wedding Capacity: 30 people

Location: Norris Canyon Road in the center of the park.

Accessibility: Easily accessible

Two Ribbon Trail

This easy 0.7 mile boardwalk trail winds along the Madison River and is a quiet and secluded spot. 

Maximum Wedding Capacity: 15 people

Location: Near the West Entrance 

Accessibility: Easily accessible

Parkwide Amphitheaters

Wedding ceremonies are allowed at amphitheaters throughout the park’s campgrounds. These are a great option if you want an outdoor ceremony with a larger amount of guests.

Maximum Wedding Capacity: Up to 150 people, depending on the amphitheater

Location: Throughout the park

Accessibility: Easily accessible

Wedding Venues Outside of Yellowstone

If you want something a little more traditional for your ceremony, here are some of the top wedding venues near Yellowstone.

Yellowstone Wedding Photo Locations

Whether you hold your wedding ceremony at one of Yellowstone’s elopement locations or outside of the park entirely, that doesn’t mean you can’t get some beautiful photos elsewhere in the park! Here are my top recommendations within the park for bridal photos on your elopement day for a fun, adventurous, and epic experience!

Norris Geyser Basin

Located near the center of the park, this geyser basin is home to the world’s tallest geyser and is the hottest geyser basin in the entire park! With boardwalks that wind through steam vents and hot springs, this is an epic spot to visit and a great option for photos on your elopement day.

Steam vents in Yellowstone National Park.

Upper Geyser Basin

Home to Old Faithful and dozens more geysers, this basin is a must-see during your yellowstone elopement. There is lodging, restaurants, and gift shops within walking distance of the geysers, making it a great spot to spend a couple of hours if you want a relaxed experience.

A geyser steaming in the Upper Geyser Basin of Yellowstone.

Fairy Falls

This is one of my personal favorite hikes in the park! An easy 5 mile round trip hike to a 200 foot waterfall and a viewpoint overlooking the Grand Prismatic, this is one spot you don’t want to miss!

Check out these other great hikes in Yellowstone for your elopement!

The sun shining over Fairy Falls in Yellowstone National Park.

West Thumb Geyser Basin

This geyser basin sits on the edge of Yellowstone Lake. It’s often overlooked, but well worth visiting! It’s filled with vibrant pools and sits on the edge of the lake, making it an incredibly scenic spot.

A vibrant blue pool in the West Thumb Geyser Basin of Yellowstone.

Hayden Valley

If you want to watch wildlife, you’ll want to stop at either the Hayden Valley or the Lamar Valley. They’re the most popular locations for spotting herds of buffalo and other wildlife.

A foggy morning over the Hayden Valley in Yellowstone

Now you know all about Yellowstone’s wedding venues! Hopefully you found just the right spot for your elopement, but just in case you didn’t, I’m here to help! Contact me and let’s work together to bring your Yellowstone elopement to life!

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