Receptions can take place at the public picnic areas near some of the sites. Wedding parties must provide all food and beverages and clean up the site after the event. Catering may be available for your group to pick up just before the wedding or full catering service depending on location. Make arrangements directly with the concessioner in advance by calling Grand Canyon Lodges (Xanterra Parks and Resorts) at (928) 638-2525.
Indoor Weddings & Ceremonies, South Rim
Indoor weddings and receptions at park lodges do not require a special use permit from the National Park Service. Make arrangements directly with the concessioner in advance by calling Grand Canyon Lodges (Xanterra Parks and Resorts) at (928) 638-2525.
Shrine of the Ages
A NPS facility used for a variety of events located just west of Park Headquarters. A $200 non-refundable special use permit is required for this facility that features an auditorium seating 280 and a smaller room for up to 60. Alcohol is not permitted within the building, while food is allowed only in the smaller room. The rooms must be cleaned after use.
Another fun option is the Grand Canyon Railroad and the Fray Marcos Hotel in Williams, Arizona. What about tying the knot while riding the rails? The train runs daily to the South Rim station where a wedding luncheon at the elegant El Tovar overlooking the canyon would be spectacular.
Rim Worship Site
Wedding parties must walk ¼ mile along the Rim Trail from the nearest parking for this site at the west end of Grand Canyon Village. Up to 50 people are allowed.
This point offers expansive views of the canyon, but is not as visited as many others. Wedding parties of up to 35 may use the unpaved, unrailed open area just west of the main viewpoint. Parking is usually available nearby.
Featuring expansive views of the Colorado River, Lipan Point is a few miles from the East Entrance. Wedding parties are limited to 35 people. Tour buses may pull into the adjacent parking area.
This site, a short walk from Yavapai Point, accommodates 45 people. The Yavapai Point parking area is often full, although there is a free shuttle bus stop.
Located at the western end of Hermit Road, Pima Point offers a somewhat secluded site for smaller parties. This site is available December, January, and February only, when the road is open to all vehicles.
South Rim Wedding Sites
All outdoor weddings require the NPS Special Use Permit There is a $150 non-refundable wedding permit fee for all sites except Shoshone Point which is $450, please see information below. The permit does not grant exclusive use of the area and public access cannot be restricted in any way. Parking is limited and guests should carpool to the site
To check available dates and locations online see the
Grand Canyon National Park Permit Calendar
This isolated site, available May 1 – October 15, is reached via a one-mile unimproved dirt road. The non-refundable fee for Shoshone Point is $450. The site features picnic tables, grills, and toilet and is restricted to a maximum group of 85. This is the only South Rim viewpoint available for outdoor receptions. Parking is limited and guests may need to be shuttled from Desert View Drive (Highway 64).
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