Slot Canyon Elopement in Page, Arizona

A bride and groom hold each other as they take a break on their slot canyon tour in page, arizona.

Everything you need to know about eloping in a Slot Canyon

I have seen those beautiful photographs of slot canyon weddings for years, but like always you never truly grasp the amazing feeling of place until you are there!!

A brief knowledge of the Slot Canyons in Page, Arizona

This particular slot canyon used to be open to the public to hike or visit without a permit. In the last two years the family that owns the land decided to start to require permits and a guide. They made this choice partly because people were ruining the canyon walls by carving their names on the sides. If you visit the canyon today you will not see any of this because they repaired the walls and keep a watch on visitors now days. They also made this choice for safety reasons, animals were getting stuck and dying in the canyon and people were visiting the canyon during rainfall which can be extremely dangerous. Now they are able to keep the canyon, people and animals safe! I really enjoyed speaking with the guide during our session and highly recommend taking the time to talk to your guide when you visit a slot canyon to learn more about its history and the Navajo history. As we road through their land to the canyon we saw many dogs herding sheep across the way. My country girl roots came out and I just thought it was the coolest thing, lol! I asked the guide about how that works and she said the dogs herd the sheep all day on their land and then at night sleep with them in their pen. It is amazing how smart those little fellas are, they did not have to be trained and they just do their job all day without any humans keeping watch. The sheep are one of the ways that the Navajo keep up their land, eat and make money. She told us stories of growing up with the slot canyon in their back yard and sledding through the canyon in the snow as a child. Her family has taken care of the land they are on and protecting it, including the slot canyon, since the early 1940’s, so you can imagine it means a great deal to her and her family. I always think it is important to learn about the place you are visiting and remember you are a visitor. I love learning about the Navajo culture, especially since it makes up a great deal of Arizona. Many of my favorite places to photograph elopements in Arizona is on either Navajo Nation or the Hopi Reservation so I think it is important to respect their lands in the same way that they do while enjoying it. I feel blessed that we get access to such beautiful places and that it is welcomed to a couple to be able to share their wedding day on. If you would like to follow some accounts that talk about this history and it’s connection to places in Arizona then I recommend following Trails Inspire and Shio Waline.

How to plan an elopement in a Slot Canyon?

So how does one go about eloping in a slot canyon?? Almost all of the Arizona slot canyons require a permit and a guide to access and to photograph in. Antelope canyon, a famous guided slot canyon, is split up by the upper and lower canyon and the lower being the better option for any photos. There are least six different slot canyons you can visit in Northern Arizona. My best advice for deciding which one to go is doing a lot of Google research and calling the corresponding trail guides for information on access, how busy the trails are and how to permit in order to elope in the canons. While Google will give you plenty of information and options I recommend using The Outbound’s website to look further at the trail. The beauty of being in Page is that you’re right next door to Utah. Do not be fooled though, while Lake Powell starts in Page to get to the other side of it in Utah can take a longgg time! I find often times in the desert things that appear close are often pretty far from each other, especially if you have to off road. A lot of the slot canyons require off road driving so it is important to know this information ahead of time and be comfortable driving the specific conditions to the trail head or hire a guide! Now back to Utah… seriously so many beautiful places not to terribly far from Page like Kanab, Zion, Bryce and many more slot canyons. Now that you have chosen a slot canyon to elope in or found a couple of options and called the corresponding trail guides to get all the information that can give you about their tours and what type of experience to expect, what do you do??

So you have found the one! If you can, book the private tour!! After you have a plan with your location you want to get in touch with the Navajo Parks to pull any permits you may need from them for the special event, photography or parking. Once you have all the details determined you need to get to Page!! If you are coming by flight it is best to fly into Phoenix and drive or layover to Flagstaff and drive, Las Vegas is also about the same distance to Page as Phoenix or you can drive in from Salt Lake City. If you’re flying I would pick the airport based off of what drive offers you the most out of what you want scenically. Yayy!! You got here, now let’s get your marriage license. You must get your marriage license at the local Justice Court in advance to your wedding, you both must be present and show forms of ID and pay the current fee of $83. In the state of Arizona you need two witnesses and an officiant to legally get married.

Different Slot Canyons in the Page area you can consider eloping in!

Antelope Canyon Elopement

This is by far the most popular slot canyon to visit in Page, Arizona. Meaning this slot canyon is the busiest. There is upper and lower Antelope. You 100% need a guide to access upper Antelope canyon. Lower antelope can be accessed with a guide and is slightly less busy. However, you can also access the lower canyon by kayaking in from one of the marinas.

Waterholes Canyon Elopement

This is the canyon that all of the images in this blog were taken. You used you be able to visit here without a tour, but now you can not enter without a tour guide. This slot canyon is a bit more private than Antelope canyon and is super fun to walk through.

Technical Slot Canyons

If you have any canyoneering experience you can consider one of the more technical slot canyons. We have all of our own gear and have ventured many times into a few of these options, sometimes with our couples!! The technical slot canyons in the area are typically shorter than the tours, vary in color from white to orange and are guaranteed more private.

Kanab, UT Canyons

Kanab, UT is a short distance from Page, AZ and if you are not viking with the ones available in Page there are ones easier to access with less permitting rules just next door here! There are canyons here you can backpack through, day hike or off road to.

When and Where to stay in Page, Arizona?

We recommend staying at the Amangiri if you want a luxury, private stay with access to private adventures. We also recommend checking out Under Canvas as an option if you are interested in glamping and the ability to have access to a chef for dinner. Page also has a lot of dispersed camping, Airbnbs, VRBOS and a large amount of hotels to consider!

While Page, Arizona can be a great place to visit year round here are a few important things to consider. In the summer the temperatures can be very hot, making only the morning hours ideal for getting out for adventure. In the summer it is also monsoon season, if rains come through they flood the canyons making them very dangerous for days.

In Fall + Spring the temperatures and weather are more ideal! However, it is the busiest time to explore the area, you may want to consider a weekday when visiting the area during this time or booking a private tour when exploring.

In the Winter while it is chilly, it is not as cold as most areas in the United States.

Slot Canyon Elopement Vendors apart of these images

Florals by Sarah Siegal

Seriously folks, if you’re thinking of eloping in Arizona, California or Oregon then you MUST contact Sarah! She has an eco-friendly approach to flowers and will even come to your elopement to make sure your flowers stay beautiful during your day! Not to mention her designs are killer!

Jacket – Ellen Walker Design

I am all about making your elopement day perfectly detailed to you! I can not think of a better way to do that if you’re eloping where it is cold by getting a hand painted jacket by this fine lady! Her designs are unique and one of a kind. Besides, are you not swooning over this leather fringe with delicate flowers that Jodi is wearing?? I sure was 🙂

The Slot Canyon – Navajo Nation

There are a lot of slot canyons in Arizona, essentially all of them resting on the Navajo Nation. It is important note that if you plan on visiting or eloping in the slot canyons that you will need a permit and/or a guide. Please respect the land you visit and the people that live there. Before visiting the Navajo Nation or any National Parks please refresh yourself on the Leave No Trace principals.


Wow!!! Well, now you are all set to elope in a slot canyon here in Arizona!! Oh wait, you’re missing something right??? A photographer!!! Hiring a photographer for the slot canyons is a little different than most elopement locations. The photographer needs to know how to shoot in low light and ever changing light, have the right gear and be okay with being closed in tight places. I absolutely LOVE working in Northern Arizona and would love to help you in the planning process of your elopement and be there to capture the day. I know it may seem like a lot picking a canyon, dealing with the permits and all of that, but that is what I do! Let me help you have the most stress free day and let’s adventure!

A portrait of a photographer standing in a slot canyon.

Arizona Slot Canyon Elopement Photographer

The slot canyons were by far one of the coolest things I have experienced since moving to Arizona. My husband, and partner, have explored many slot canyons in Southern Utah + Northern Arizona since this shoot. We know beautiful canyons where you can back pack, explore without a tour, canyoneer into, white canyons and orange canyons. We have explored the Page, AZ area now for over 4 years. We would love to help you plan your wedding in the beautiful southwest and capture the day for you.

“I would recommend that every couple who is getting married or eloping have Traci and Bill shoot it. They helped us plan and coordinate everything and made it super easy for us! They gave us periodic updates from start to finish.

My wife and myself along with our small wedding party and Traci and Bill all took kayaks and Kayaked the Colorado river to have our ceremony at the bottom of horseshoe bend, I can’t even explain how wonderful of an experience this was and I don’t have to because Traci and Bill captured every second of it perfectly!

Traci and Bill went so far above and beyond to make not only our wedding day but the entire trip an absolutely wonderful experience!

My wife and I are so grateful for everything you both have done for us and cannot wait to go out west again and visit!!” – Ben + Kahla, eloped in Page in 2021


Elopement day stories from the Page, Arizona Region captured by us!

21 Responses

    1. Thank you so much Abbi!!! I am so glad I got to be able to come to the workshop, can’t wait to share the next set and talk more about it!

  1. This is so cool! Would love to visit there someday! Also its so cool that he brought a camera like that!

    1. Def put on your bucket list!! I literally teared up a little thought it was the coolest, sweetest thing!

  2. Oh my goodness! Slot canyon looks like an amazing place for photos! I love how you shot them and you captured their personalities so perfectly!

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