Looking for dreamy elopement locations in Glacier National Park for some epic portraits? If so, you’ve come to the right place! As a Glacier National Park elopement photographer, I know of the best locations inside Glacier National Park that make for the PERFECT backdrop for your photos. Keep in mind, that not all of these locations are approved ceremony sites. Some are, but these are all locations I love that offer amazing portrait opportunities and some of the most epic backdrops in GNP. For a full list of pre-approved ceremony locations, check out the Glacier National Park Wedding Locations on the official NPS website! Or even hop on over to my “How To Elope In Glacier National Park” guide where I share my top 5 favorite spots to elope 😉 Now without further ado, let’s dive on into these 18 amazing elopement locations in Glacier National Park!
There are some very notable elopement locations outside of Glacier National Park that I want to highlight! These consist of locations both in west and east glacier! The great thing is that these are drivable locations as well and fairly easy to get to.
Where/what is Belton Stage Park? Belton Stage Park is a picturesque location near the west entrance of Glacier National Park. It offers a blend of natural beauty, mountain views and a wide open field.
Why it’s a good choice for an elopement: The park provides a charming setting with scenic backdrops and is outside of the park so it doesn’t require a permit. This is one of the locations that allows chairs, tables, and there isn’t a limit on how many people can attend. This is very close to Lake McDonald, so we could go there and take some couples photos afterwards!
Where/what is Belton Stage Bridge? This historic bridge is a captivating structure located close to Belton Stage Park. The bridge spans the Middle Fork of the Flathead River and offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape.
Why it’s a good choice for an elopement: The bridge’s rustic charm, coupled with the river views and lush surroundings, provides a unique and enchanting setting for an elopement ceremony. The historic
significance adds character to the location, making it a memorable spot for your special day.
*This is also outside of the park, not requiring a permit. This is very close to Lake McDonald, so we could go there and take some couples photos afterwards!
Where/what is Two Medicine Overlook? Two Medicine Overlook is just outside of Glacier National Park on the East side. It provides sweeping views of Two Medicine Lake, the surrounding mountains, and the lush greenery of the area.
Why it’s a good choice for an elopement: The overlook offers a combination of pristine lake views and mountainous landscapes, creating a serene and romantic atmosphere for your elopement. The relatively secluded location adds an intimate touch to your special day.
*This location is outside of the park, but great for couples portraits after the ceremony!
These are locations inside of Glacier National Park that are also drivable, and great locations for portraits! These will consist of both locations in West Glacier, along the Going-to-The-Sun Road, and East Glacier!
I highly recommend checking out this list of different ceremony sites that you can elope at. Each one is
unique in its own way and requirements (max participles, closures, permits available, etc.) are all different.
Where/what is Lake McDonald? Lake McDonald is the largest lake in Glacier National Park, known for its crystal-clear waters and scenic mountain backdrops. The lake is surrounded by dense forests and offers spectacular reflections of the mountains on calm days.
Why it’s a good choice for an elopement: The breathtaking scenery of Lake McDonald provides a serene and romantic atmosphere for an elopement. The changing colors of the lake and mountains throughout the day make it a versatile location for capturing stunning photographs. There are multiple ceremony spots you can choose from along and around the lake. Check out this list of ceremony spots.
The Going-to-the-Sun Road has some epic locations that I highly recommend such as Big Bend, Logan Pass, The Going-to-the-Sun Road itself, and Sun Point (St.Mary’s)! Let’s dive into what makes each location a favorite!
Where/what is Big Bend? Big Bend is a wide curve along the Going-to-the-Sun Road, offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, valleys, and the glacially-carved landscape.
Why it’s a good choice for an elopement: Big Bend’s expansive views make it an excellent choice for a grand and awe-inspiring elopement ceremony. The vastness of the landscape creates a dramatic backdrop, ensuring that your ceremony is surrounded by the beauty of Glacier National Park.
*You’re only allowed up to 10 participants (including any outside vendors; photographer, videographer, officiant, etc.) and it is only open for ceremonies from mid July – mid Sept.
Where/what is Logan Pass? Logan Pass is the highest point on the Going-to-the-Sun Road and serves as the Continental Divide. It’s surrounded by alpine meadows, rugged peaks, and is a hub for various hiking trails.
Why it’s a good choice for an elopement: The breathtaking alpine scenery and the symbolism of the Continental Divide make Logan Pass a unique and symbolic location for an elopement. The high elevation provides stunning panoramic views, creating a memorable setting for exchanging vows. You’re very likely to see some big horn sheep wildlife here!
*This is NOT a ceremony site, just a very incredible place we can go after the ceremony!
Where/what is the Going-to-the-Sun Road? Going-to-the-Sun Road is a 50-mile scenic drive that traverses the heart of Glacier National Park, offering diverse landscapes from cedar forests to alpine tundra.
Why it’s a good choice for an elopement: The road itself, with its winding curves and breathtaking vistas, can serve as a dynamic and ever-changing backdrop for your elopement. There are numerous pullouts and overlooks along the road, providing ample opportunities for a unique ceremony location. The only ceremony site along the Going to the Sun Road is Big Bend and some long the St. Mary’s Lake, but there are some incredible stops we can make along to way to see some gorgeous views and grand mountains!
Why it’s a good choice for an elopement: The serene beauty of Sun Point, overlooking St. Mary’s Lake, provides a quiet and intimate setting for an elopement. The reflections in the lake and the tranquility of the area make it a romantic and picturesque location. There are a total of 7 ceremony sites around St. Mary’s Lake, but by far, Sun Point is the most popular. This location can get windy, but sometimes the wind makes the photos so whimsical!!!
East Glacier is also home to several breathtaking Glacier National Park elopement locations! Below I’m going to go over 4 locations in East Glacier including Two Medicine Picnic Area Shoreline, Pray Lake, Running Eagle Falls, and Many Glacier!
Where/what is Two Medicine Picnic Area Shoreline? Two Medicine Beach is a peaceful shoreline along Two Medicine Lake, surrounded by forests and mountains.
Why it’s a good choice for an elopement: The sandy beach and tranquil waters of Two Medicine Lake make it an idyllic location for a romantic elopement. The intimate setting, combined with the natural beauty of the lake and mountains, creates a serene backdrop for your ceremony.
* Max participants is 15-20 depending on the time of the year.
Where/what is Pray Lake? Pray Lake is a smaller, more secluded lake in Glacier National Park. It’s surrounded by dense forests and offering a quiet and peaceful atmosphere.
Why it’s a good choice for an elopement: If you’re seeking a more private and intimate setting, Pray Lake provides seclusion and a sense of tranquility. The reflection of the surrounding trees and mountains in the calm waters makes it a serene and picturesque location for an elopement. This location is a great ceremony location, it’s open and easy to access!
*30 participants are allowed at this location so if you’re wanting to make a lot of family and friends join you at your elopement, this is your location!
What/where is Running Eagle Falls? Running Eagle Falls, also known as Trick Falls, is a unique waterfall in Glacier National Park where water cascades over a rock face and sometimes flows through a hole in the rock.
Why it’s a good choice for an elopement: The dramatic beauty of the falls, combined with the symbolic
nature of flowing water, creates a mesmerizing and symbolic setting for an elopement ceremony. The lush greenery and unique geology add to the charm of this location.
*This is a ceremony site, max participants is 15. This is also a very cool spot to go to after your ceremony at Pray Lake if you have more than 15 people joining you!
Where/what is Many Glacier? Many Glacier is a stunning area in the northeastern part of the park, known for its numerous glaciers, mountains, and pristine lakes.
Why it’s a good choice for an elopement: Many Glacier offers a diverse range of backdrops, from towering mountains to glacial lakes. The grandeur of the landscape and the abundance of natural beauty make it a popular choice for couples seeking a majestic and unforgettable setting for their elopement.
There are also several more adventurous Glacier National Park locations that make for the best backdrops for epic portraits such as Avalanche Lake and Hidden Lake Overlook! Please note these are NOT ceremony approved locations, but locations that we can certainly hit up for some breathtaking photos!
Where/what is Avalanche Lake? Avalanche Lake is a breathtaking alpine lake located in the western part of Glacier National Park. Surrounded by towering cliffs and dense forests, the lake is fed by waterfalls cascading down the mountainsides
Why it’s a good choice for an elopement: Avalanche Lake offers a stunning and tranquil setting for an elopement ceremony. The backdrop of waterfalls, cliffs, and pristine waters creates a romantic and picturesque atmosphere. The relatively moderate hike to reach the lake allows for an adventurous yet accessible experience for you and your guests.
*This is not a ceremony location, but we could absolutely renew vows here or just incorporate it into your wedding day
Where/what is Hidden Lake Overlook? Hidden Lake Overlook is a popular viewpoint along the Highline Trail in Glacier National Park. From this vantage point, you can admire panoramic views of Hidden Lake, surrounded by rugged peaks and alpine meadows.
Why it’s a good choice for an elopement: Hidden Lake Overlook provides a spectacular backdrop. It offers expansive views of the surrounding mountains and the hidden gem of Hidden Lake below.
*This isn’t a ceremony but would be a fun adventure to walk to. Fairly easy hike with incredible views along the way!
And it wouldn’t be an epic blog without me listing some bucket list locations that I’ve been DYING to shoot at, now would it? These locations are adventurous, fun and SO UNIQUE! These are all on the East Side. From Grinnell Glacier, Lake Josephine, Iceberg Lake, and Virginia Falls!
Where/what is Grinnell Glacier? Grinnell Glacier is a stunning alpine glacier located in the Many Glacier region of the park. The glacier is surrounded by towering peaks, and the trail leading to it provides breathtaking views of pristine alpine landscapes.
Why it’s a good choice for an elopement: The journey to Grinnell Glacier offers a scenic and adventurous hike, and the destination itself provides a dramatic backdrop for an elopement ceremony. The combination of glaciers, mountains, and alpine meadows creates a truly majestic setting for exchanging vows. The water is STUNNING!!! So turquoise and bright! If you wanted to incorporate this into your elopement day, we could definitely hike to an overlook spot and get some photos with the turquoise water below us!
Why it’s a good choice for an elopement: Josephine Lake provides a quieter and more intimate setting for an elopement. The reflective waters, lush surroundings, and the proximity to other scenic spots in Many Glacier make it an ideal location for a romantic and private ceremony.
*This is a ceremony site! It is a 2 mile round trip hike but so gorgeous. After your ceremony, we could hike to the Grinnell Glacier Overlook and get some photos with those gorgeous turquoise lake views!
Where/what is Iceberg Lake? Iceberg Lake is located in the Many Glacier area. It’s known for its stunning turquoise waters and the presence of icebergs, which can linger into the summer months
Why it’s a good choice for an elopement: The unique and striking beauty of Iceberg Lake makes it a memorable location for an elopement. The lake’s color, surrounded by rugged peaks, provides a dramatic and visually stunning setting for exchanging vows. The hike to Iceberg Lake is also a beautiful journey, adding an adventurous element to your elopement experience.
*This is very much so an adventurous hike. With that being said, it could be such a gorgeous spot to renew vows or do some couples portraits.
Where/what is Virginia Falls? Virginia Falls in Glacier National Park is a majestic waterfall cascading down rugged cliffs amidst the pristine wilderness of the park. Its roaring waters, framed by towering mountains and lush forests, create a picturesque and intimate setting for couples looking to exchange vows.
Why it’s a good choice for an elopement: This could be a fun adventure to get some unique photos while eloping. Definitely an adventure but so worth the view
Even as a Glacier National Park elopement photographer, it never get’s any less exciting coming back to the park! Like I stated before, not all of these locations are ceremony approved sites! You can find all of the ceremony approved sites here, and see my favorites on my “How to Elope in Glacier National Park” guide along with EVERYTHING else you’ll need to know about eloping in GNP! In the meantime, feel free to learn more about me here. If I sound like the perfect Glacier National Park elopement photographer for you, then inquire with me here! Until then, make sure to check out the blog where you’ll find more elopements in Glacier National Park!