Best Elopement Locations in Sedona

Best elopement locations in Sedona!

Welcome to our Sedona elopement guide! We are Sedona locals that have photographed amazing celebrations of love for the last 20 years! As local Sedona wedding photographers that are knowledgeable and based in Sedona, we know all the ins and outs of planning an easy Sedona elopement.

The biggest question couples have when planning a destination elopement in Sedona is, where is the best location to have their ceremony? The answer lies in the details of what is important to you. Some locations are easy to get to, like the locations below. Other couples prefer a location that is more private. Some couples don’t mind a hike, others prefer big views and don’t mind a hike or Jeep ride to get to an epic location for their Sedona elopement.

Please enjoy our list of the best elopement locations in Sedona. This is our guide to easy access locations which makes it easy for older guests to attend or even just great locations for those of you that are wanting a beautiful backdrop for your wedding or engagement session but don’t want to hike in your dress. There are varying degrees of difficulty and we are happy to chat with you about locations to suggest the best location for your Sedona wedding!

Bell Rock

First on the list is Bell Rock. It is by far the most popular choice by couples. It’s a short 5 – 10 minute walk off the parking lot to gorgeous 360 degree red rock vista views. There are several access points to Bell Rock with different red rock views. Locals tip … the parking lot here can fill up quickly. As with all elopements, we recommend a weekday time to plan your wedding or shoot.

A man wearing a suite holds the hands of his bride wearing a white dress while an officiant performs their wedding ceremony at Bell Rock with Cathedral Rock in the background.

A groom wearing glasses laughs while the bride reads her vows with the red rocks of Sedona in the background during their elopement ceremony at Bell Rock.

Sedona elopement location Bell Rock

Bell Rock Sedona Elopement location

Bell Rock Sedona Wedding Elopement Photo

A wedding photo of a dad walking his daughter towards a wedding ceremony location on Bell Rock

Sedona elopement at Bell Rock

Bride holds her grooms hand with the red rock vista in the backdrop at Bell Rock

See more Sedona wedding photos and engagement photos at Bell Rock at our website here. 

Cathedral Rock

The north side of Cathedral Rock is another beautiful location. While the top of Cathedral is now Instagram famous and very popular with hikers it’s quite a serious hike to get to the top of Cathedral.

The base of Cathedra has beautiful views as well and only requires about a 15-20 minute hike on a fairly easy trail. This spot has become very difficult to access because of the limited parking and the large number of tourists trying to hike Cathedral Rock for amazing sunset views.

We highly recommend transportation for drop off and pick up … the good thing is once you are there it’s a pretty wide open space on the base of Cathedral and most tourists are working their way up to the top of Cathedral. We can guide you to quieter spots here, away from tourists, where you can have a more private ceremony with beautiful views.

Sedona elopement ceremony location at Cathedral Rock

Cathedral Rock elopement photo

Red Rock Crossing

For couples wanting that iconic Cathedral Rock formation and the lush green of Oak Creek, Red Rock Crossing provides the perfect location. It’s a state park so you will need to talk with your officiant or wedding planner or directly with the park to reserve a time slot for weddings there. There is a paved sidewalk close to the parking lot which makes it very easy for couples and guests to attend small intimate weddings at Red Rock Crossing. For those of you planning a true elopement, there are more private little spots we can guide you to. Red Rock Crossing is also known at Crescent Moon Ranch.

A bride with red hair and white wedding dress is embraced by a groom with dark hair wearing a dark blue suit. Green trees and Cathedral Rock are in the background behind them at their elopement at Red Rock Crossing.

Locals tip … there is plenty of parking at this location but weekends are very busy with people. Weekdays are best to avoid the crowds. This spot really beautiful which is why it’s one of the best elopement locations in Sedona.

A man in a dark blue suit kisses the forehead of a woman with red hair wearing a wedding dress. A waterfall and water from Oak Creek are behind them.
A man wearing a dark blue suit laughs during his Sedona wedding at Red Rock Crossing. He is holding hands with his bride who is smiling at him. Their officiant is behind them laughing and the Cathedral Rock is also behind them.

As with most locations there are several entry points and because of the large area it encompasses there are several locations for wedding ceremonies and romantic portraits. Let us know if you have questions and we can help guide you to the best location for your wedding ceremony or portrait session.

Couple kisses with the Oak Creek and the fall leaves and Cathedral Rock in the background.
Red Rock Crossing elopement in the fall with yellow leaves.
Couple raises their hands with excitement during their Red Rock Crossing Sedona wedding

See more photos from weddings at Red Rock Crossing on our Sedona elopement locations page.

Bottom of Schnebly Hill / Munds Wagon Trail

This outdoor location has 360 degree views and is centrally located making it an elopement location in Sedona. We even take couples who have larger weddings at near by resorts to this location for their wedding photos on the red rocks because it’s so easy to get to and really beautiful.

There is usually plenty of parking and different levels of access to several locations ideal for small elopements. From a very easy flat walk to a little bit of uneven walking out on the rocks this location has a few options for spots with a variety of red rock backdrops.

Sedona wedding elopement at L'Auberge

Sedona wedding photo of a couple holding each other at the bottom of Schnebly Hill

Groom in a grey suite wraps his arms around his bride with the red rocks of Oak Creek in the backdrop

A bride and groom kiss while their kids smile during their elopement in Sedona

Groom and bride kiss and with the red rocks at Munds Wagon Trail in Sedona behind them.

There are many other stunning outdoor red rock spots at resorts like L’Auberge and Orchard Canyon. And if you are up for an adventure via a longer hike or a Jeep tour, locations like Merry Go Round, Broken Arrow, and the top of Cathedral Rock are also really beautiful and would easily make our list for the best elopement locations in Sedona. Let us know and we’d be happy to guide you to the best location for amazing wedding photos out on the red rocks.

Secret Slick Rock

Well, Secret Slick Rock is not so much of a “secret” anymore so we’re adding it to our online guide for easy access locations (for locations that are still a “secret” please inquire). It’s about a 10 minute walk from the parking lot and while the walk is pretty easy, it is uneven. So you don’t want to be wearing high heels or at least change when you get to the ceremony location. As of the writing of this post, the parking availability is usually open and unlike Bell Rock where you usually need to wait for a parking spot to open up (or hire transportation). It’s a great spot with lots of space. The only down side is that if there is another ceremony there you’d most likely need to wait until it’s finished to start on your ceremony. Bell Rock has a lot of open space so that if there is another shoot it won’t impact your photos at all.

Maid of honor dressed in green, cries, while the bride and groom are married in front of Cathedral Rock.

Groom reaches for a ring in the hands of an officiant during his wedding elopement at Secret Slick Rock.
Bride and groom share their first kiss as guests applaud with the glow of Cathedral Rock in the background.

Groom pops the cork on a champagne bottle.
Bride laughs while the champagne bottle sprays champagne after the groom shakes the bottle.
Bride looks at her baby boy who is held by the groom with Cathedral Rock in the backdrop.

Bride wraps her arms around her grooms neck.
Bride and groom kiss with Cathedral Rock in the backdrop. The bride is wearing a long veil and holding a colorful  bouquet.

More difficult to access locations – Sedona Adventure Elopements

Below are a few locations we’d recommend for Adventure Elopements. Just because a location is more difficult to get to doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be a quiet spot. The saddle of Cathedral Rock is easily one of the post popular Adventure Elopement and portrait session locations in Sedona.

Cathedral Rock Adventure Elopement

For Cathedral Rock Adventure Elopements, couples hike to the saddle of Cathedral for amazing sunset photos with the most stunning views of the valley below. To the north is Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon and to the south is Red Rock State Park and the Verde Valley along with Mingus Mountain.

The hike is not for the faint of heart. It’s a steep climb that’s best for couples who love to hike. It’s about a 45 minute hike up and we have favorite spots along the way to take gorgeous photos. While the famous “ledge shot” is what attracts couples to this location for photos, there are a TON of gorgeous scenic spots along the way up and around the saddle.

We like to plan for 4 hours round-trip to take advantage of the location. It can also be very busy at the saddle with both tourists and other couples taking photos. Our Cathedral Rock Adventure Elopement package comes with plenty of time to work around any crowds and also takes advantage of all the “secret” spots along the way for gorgeous Sedona wedding photos.

To see more photos from elopements at Cathedral Rocks view our gallery sedonabride.com/cathedral-rock-elopement.

A woman with long brown hair in a wedding dress smiles at her a man dressed in a grey suit smiling off into the distance. They are holding each other and the red rocks of Cathedral Rock are behind them along with the valley during their elopement in Sedona.
A couple stands on a red rock ledge on Cathedral Rock while holding each other and the sum setting behind them.
Cathedral Rock Elopement photography in Sedona

Cathedral Rock elopement in Sedona

Cathedral Rock wedding in Sedona

Merry Go Round Adventure Elopement

Another popular location with much less crowds is Merry Go Round Rock … it requires a jeep rental and 1 hour jeep ride up a very bumpy dirt road to amazing red rock vista views. The cliff sides and vistas make this one of the most shared iconic Sedona elopement locations on the web.

Bride in a white dress raises her arm in the air with joy while holding her new husband's hand. The groom is wearing a grey suit. Behind them are the views of red rocks from Merry Go Round rock.

To get to Merry Go Round, a high clearance Jeep is required. The road is a dirt road and is periodically filled with dirt but most of the year it is a very bumpy road. There is also a short hike to the popular ledge location. It’s helpful to work with a local that knows how to access the location! We have packages that include transportation and an adventure elopement officiant to marry you. Get in touch via the contact page if this kind of Sedona adventure is something you’d love to experience!

A groom in his suit drives a Jeep with his bride in the passenger's seat on a dirt road leading to Merry Go Round Rock where they will have their Sedona elopement.

Sedona adventure elopement photographer

Champagne pop during an elopement in Sedona at Merry Go Round rock

Bride and groom standing on a red rock ledge with a hole in the rock at Merry Go Round Rock at sunset.

To see more Merry Go Round elopement photos visit sedonabride.com/gallery/merry-go-round-rock-weddings at our website.

Elopement at Merry Go Round elopement

A couple stands on a ledge on Merry Go Round Rock in their wedding attire on their Sedona elopement day.

Merry Go Round elopement at sunset
Elopement photography in Sedona
Photo of a ceremony at Merry Go Round in Sedona from a Sedona elopement

Merry Go Round elopement

Merry Go Round wedding photo

For more ideas on best elopement locations in Sedona please reach out! We’d love to chat with you about your specific needs and suggest the perfect spot for you to have your elopement. Many locations we like to keep off the web in an attempt to keep the locations quieter. If you are an elopement photographer reading this page, please keep the locations you find private. We are a very small community and the landscape of our elopements has changed so much because of out-of-town photographers oversharing our intimate locations. We’ve shared the locations above because they have all be overshared and are already on the web. If you are a couple and would like to access more little known locations that are just as beautiful please reach out to us. We’d be happy to guide you to locations that are off-the-grid and off Instagram. Below is an example of one of those locations.

If you are up for a short or long hike to get to amazing locations, inquire about our Adventure Elopements. We’d love to share our favorites with you for your Sedona elopement!

Drop by our website at sedonabride.com/sedona-wedding-venues for more Sedona wedding locations ideas for both elopements and venues for weddings with a larger guest count!

Contact us to connect about your Sedona elopement location!

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