• Bryce Canyon Amphitheater

    Bryce Canyon

    National Park Utah

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    Due to bear activity at Bryce Canyon's back-country, the following campsite has been closed until further notice: Sheep Creek

Getting Married at Bryce Canyon

A wedding ceremony held at Bryce Canyon National Park, one of the most beautiful parks in the west, is a special occasion for everyone. We have developed guidelines to help you and your guests have a memorable experience and at the same time protect the resources for future generations. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the park.

Requirements:

To be married in Bryce Canyon National Park you must:

  • Obtain a Utah state marriage license. The fee is $40 with no waiting period; both parties must be present to obtain the license. Contact a courthouse in Utah for further information on marriage licenses and who can perform ceremonies. Garfield County Courthouse – (435) 676-1100
  • Obtain a special use permit from the National Park Service (see below). Requests must be made in advance and take two to four weeks to process.
  • Arrange for someone to perform the ceremony — a Justice of the Peace, Municipal Judge, Mayors or an ordained pastor, priest or bishop. (See the list below for some possible options)

Special Use Permit required for Weddings:

The National Park Service issues a Special Use Permit for all weddings held in Bryce Canyon National Park.

  • Receptions must be held inside a building or outside of the park. Outdoor receptions are not permitted. Bryce Canyon Lodge-Forever Resorts can be contacted for information on holding a reception in their facility at (435) 834-8700 .
  • The park allows wedding ceremonies at Sunset Point in two locations: Overlooking the Main Amphitheater and/or the Silent City. (See photos of these two locations.)
  • The maximum number of guests is 30 people.
  • We do not allow music, chairs or any other props.
  • Nothing may be "thrown" before, during or after the ceremony.
  • The use of balloons or other types of decorations will not be authorized.
  • No event or directional signs are allowed.

Fees:

  • The cost of the permit is $100. This covers the cost of processing the permit, administrative costs, and oversight of the function.
  • The park entrance fee is waived for bride and groom and the official performing the ceremony.
  • Wedding party guests must pay the park entrance fee. (carpooling or shuttle use is encouraged).
  • All fees are non-refundable.

Information required:

Permits must be obtained in advance of your event (no later than two (2) weeks before the ceremony date). All requests for permits must include:

  • Name of bride and groom
  • Exact date and time of event
  • Number of people that will be present (Maximum number of guests is 30)
  • Name of responsible party (with second choice if possible) present if different
  • Desired location at Sunset Point (Main Amphitheater overlook or Silent City overlook)
  • Who will perform the ceremony
  • Daytime phone numbers
  • Make checks payable to: U.S. Department of the Interior – National Park Service

Performing the ceremony:

The following individuals may perform wedding ceremonies at Bryce Canyon.

  • Garfield County Judges – Contact County Clerk – 435-676-1100
  • Panguitch City Judge/Justice of the Peace – 435-676-8585
  • Mayors:
    Tropic – 435-679-8741
    Cannonville – 435-679-8784
    Panguitch – 435-676-8585
    Henrieville – 435-679-8581
    Hatch – 435-735-4364
  • Churches:
    Valley Christian Fellowship, Panguitch, UT
    Pastor Seth Weil – 520-349-1151 (Cell) or 435-676-8823
    Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
    Panguitch – 435-676-2201
    Tropic – 435-679-8657

For weddings in the surrounding Forest Service area, such as Red Canyon, please contact Boyd Smith with the USDA Forest Service Office in Panguitch at 435-676-9300.

Map of wedding locations

Location reference pictures

Wedding Permit

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Did You Know?

Temple-like spires can be seen in the main amphitheater at Bryce

March 13, 1919: A Utah Joint Memorial passed legislation which read in part: We urge that the Congress of the United States set aside for the use and enjoyment of the people a suitable area embracing "Bryce's Canyon" as a national monument under the name: "Temple of the Gods National Monument." More...