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Temple of Sinawava: The Most Popular Ceremony Spot in Zion National Park

Temple of Sinawava: The Most Popular Ceremony Spot in Zion National Park
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Being one of 5 locations where couples can have a small ceremony, Temple of Sinawava has Zion's famous canyon views all around and is at the end of the shuttle route in the main canyon.  As you may have guessed from photos you've seen on Pinterest or social media, this spot is also the most popular.  With its ever-growing popularity, it's fair to ask how many guests can accompany you if you have your ceremony here. 

 

Groups of 35 people can use this coveted space, so you're looking at a fairly intimate wedding or elopement, but Temple of Sinawava offers a degree of privacy and beauty not available in any other location. 

Exploring the Riverside Walk

Wanting to learn more about the Temple of Sinawava?  It actually offers visitors the opportunity to embark on the Riverside Walk, a 2-mile roundtrip stroll that runs parallel to the majestic Virgin River. As you traverse this paved pathway, you'll be treated to mesmerizing views of the surrounding canyon walls and the rhythmic flow of the crystal-clear waters. This accessible trail is suitable for visitors of all ages and fitness levels, making it an ideal choice for families with small children or individuals with mobility challenges to be a part of your ceremony.

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The Temple of Sinawava Throughout the Year

Each season brings its own unique charm to the Temple of Sinawava for wedding ceremonies. Let's explore what you can expect during different times of the year:

Spring (April-May) - A Time of Renewal

Spring in the Temple of Sinawava is a time of awakening. As the snow melts and the temperatures rise, the Virgin River swells, creating a dynamic and challenging hiking experience. The water levels can be higher in the river. Keep an eye out for closures due to snowmelt and always check with park rangers for the latest updates.  The weather is also perfect during this time for your guests.

Summer (June-August) - A Refreshing Escape

Zion gets greener during this period of the year.  This season is ideal for exploring the stunning beauty of the canyon. However, the heat can be a little intense (plan on high 90's to even 100 degrees), and also be mindful of the potential for thunderstorms and flash floods, especially in July and August.  The park also tends to be at its busiest, so as far as wedding season goes, this one's probably the trickiest.

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Fall (September-October) - A Tapestry of Colors

As the leaves change and nature prepares for winter, the Temple of Sinawava transforms into a vibrant tapestry of colors. September is the best time to experience Zion with lower water levels and fewer crowds. However, be mindful of the busy holiday weekends, as Zion National Park can get crowded during this time. Pack layers to stay warm as temperatures begin to drop, and prepare for occasional rainfall.  Along with Spring, this is considered one of the best times for wedding ceremonies.

Winter (November-March) - A Winter Wonderland

Winter in the Temple of Sinawava offers a quieter and more serene experience. With higher water levels and colder temperatures, this season presents unique challenges for wedding guests as there is often ice on the trails. Temperatures can also be quite cold. While you won't likely see many crowds, you'll need to tell your guests to be a lot more bundled up for your special ceremony.


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Planning Your Ceremony in the Temple of Sinawava

The towering cliffs are unparalleled, and the only thing that will be more beautiful is your love for each other!  It does require a permit, and is among one of the very few places in Zion National Park where you can hold a ceremony.  Luckily, it's one of the dreamiest places in Southern Utah. To plan  your ceremony in the Temple of Sinawava, here are a few essential details to keep in mind:

Shuttle Service

Shuttle Service: When the Zion Canyon Shuttle Bus is running, the Temple of Sinawava is shuttle stop #9 at the end of the canyon. This convenient service allows you to leave your car behind and enjoy the park without the hassle of parking.

Accommodations

If you wish to stay within the park, consider booking a room at the Zion Lodge. This rustic lodge nestled amidst the natural beauty of Zion National Park provides a unique opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the splendor of the surroundings.  You can also find venues near the park if you plan to have a bigger reception.

Safety First

Always prioritize safety when making plans to have your ceremony in the Temple of Sinawava. Stay informed about weather conditions, flash flood potential, and follow the advice of park rangers.  

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Leave No Trace

Help preserve the pristine beauty of the Temple of Sinawava for future generations by practicing Leave No Trace principles. Remind your guests to respect the natural environment, pack out all trash, and stay on designated trails to minimize your impact on the delicate ecosystem.


If you're planning to elope to Zion (or have a small ceremony), don't forget to check out our step-by-step guide, as well as our list of vendors who can help bring your vision to life.

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LEAVE NO TRACE:
We give our appreciation to all couples and vendors who do their part to keep our beautiful parks clean. Please leave no trace by staying on designated trails, following local regulations, and respecting enforcement and wildlife.

 

To apply for a permit for your Zion National Park wedding, visit this link:

 

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