The Grand Canyon is one of the most epic spots in the world for wedding and engagement photos. But where are the best locations? Here are my top picks:
You can’t really go wrong when picking a spot but they all have their own feel and geography. Some points are super easy to get to and feature paved trails while others require a bit more of a hike. Let’s take a look at my top five.
Lipan Point is located at the east end of of Grand Canyon National Park on the south rim. It is closest to the east entrance to the park and around the corner from Desert View Watchtower. While the view is pretty radical from the main viewing location with a railing, the best spots are down a trail out onto the point. The walk is pretty doable for most people but those with a fear of heights will want to take it slow. My general mantra when working with folks out on any point at the Grand Canyon is “do what you’re comfortable with, don’t do what you’re not comfortable with.” I mean, let’s not get hurt. It’s not worth it! Lipan Point features a really stunning sunset view looking up the Canyon to the west.
Yavapai Point is located right next to the Geology Museum and is very close to Grand Canyon Village. Parking is usually ample and their are even bathrooms. It’s a very short 50-yard walk to the rim. I love the diversity of the landscape and views here. The paved rim trail meanders along the rim for maybe half a mile. I have tons of favorite mini-points along the walk. Heading across the trail away from the Canyon provides a cool juniper forest, high desert feel. It’s a nice compliment to the sometimes overwhelming Canyon views. Both sunrise and sunset times are really nice along this stretch of the Canyon
To me Grandeur Point is kind of an extension of Yavapai Point. It is located west of the Geology Museum and sometimes I’ll make my way from Yavapai Point to Grandeur and back during one session. It features a nice outcropping that provides some pretty radical looking photos.
Shoshone Point is spectacular with what feels like a 360 degree view out on the point. To get to the point requires about a half mile walk in. If you plan to have a wedding ceremony at Shoshone, your permit allows you to drive out to the point. But the walk is beautiful and often one can see elk out and about. Plan to walk in for engagement sessions. Shoshone has an outhouse and a gazebo making it a good option for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Walking all the way out and down the point is a phenomenal experience. Some folks opt to get married at the end of the point. There isn’t a lot of room to move around and you do want to be aware of where the edge is! But it makes a for a once in a lifetime experience.
Last but not least is Moran Point. It is located about halfway out to desert View Watchtower along Highway 64 on the south rim. Again, hopping over the wall and walking out and down to the point is the way to go. This is a good spot to shoot “across the Canyon” making for some really epic shots. The rocky outcropping at the end of the point is really majestic. Along the rim also provides some really nice wooded spots.
Of course, the Grand Canyon offers plenty of other locations to explore but these five really stand out. Side note: Horseshoe Bend is not located within Grand Canyon National Park. It is near Page, Arizona, which is about an hour and 45 minutes away. It’s really a location all its own.