When I discovered this hidden gem located in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and saw the breathtaking rock formations, I immediately added it to my elopement location guide. Why?
Below I have put together some information on why I believe this location is great for elopements as well as how to get there, extra tips and near by adventures one might want to add to their itinerary.
An extraordinary aspect of the Toadstools is its seclusion. It allows couples to fully immerse themselves in each other and step into a mars-like world as they explore this semi private location. Although you can still run into a few other hikers or toadstool admirers, compared to the near by locations this one is by far the least trafficked. However, if you really want to ensure theres as few people possible, I suggest arranging a mid week elopement at sunrise.
The Toadstools are full of whimsy and they compliment couples with one-of-a-kind personalities. With their odd mushroom-like shapes they serve as the perfect witness to unique love stories. Theres also no need for ton of extra props or rental pieces like arches or rugs because they’d only distract from what natures already provided. This location is also really over looked since Horseshoe Bend is a just another 30 minutes South. Being so close to this popular tourist location means less people actually choose to elope here, making it that more unique.
Currently theres no parking/entry fees. However, it’s always wise to call and make sure that no permits are required before you elope somewhere. Here is where you can contact someone of find more information about this location and others, BLM.
The trailhead is conveniently located off highway 89, approximately 45 miles East of Kanab, Utah and its considered to be an easy 1.5 mile hike roundtrip. You should be able to see the small parking area right off the highway. You can also Expect to hike about 20 minutes in and 20 minutes out (40 min total).
If you are planning a sunrise or sunset elopement, you’ll be hiking in the dark a bit so make sure you come prepared with a change of shoes and some headlamps/flashlights. There are also no official bathroom facilities, but you can use the porta-potties available in the unattended parking area.
This trail is open year round but it is recommended to visit in the spring/fall. It can become really hot in the summer months and even on a mellow trail like this, the lack of shade coverage is very noticeable. Bring lots of water and avoid hiking during the heat of the day.
This trailhead is also dog-friendly which is a huge plus for all those that want to include their fur-babies in their elopement. The only requirement is you must keep them leashed at all times.
Finally, please DO NOT climb or touch the fragile rock formations so others can enjoy them and as always follow the Leave No Trace initiative.
Like I mentioned above Horseshoe Bend is just another 30 minutes South in Page, Arizona. This is also an easy 1.5 hike, but instead of exploring natures sand-castles, you’ll arrive at the rim of a 1000 foot drop to the Colorado River. At this location you will also pay the city a parking fee, unfortunately the National Park Service passes do not apply. Find more info about parking fees and Horseshoe Bend, here.
Located just another 10 minutes East of of Page is another must visit location, Antelope Canyon. However, this slot canyon is protected by Navajo Parks and Recreation and only authorized tour guides can take you to visit the canyon. Heres a list of tour operators that can take you.
Lake Powell, is a great spot for water lovers and if you have an America the Beautiful Pass you won’t have to pay an entrance fee, otherwise its a $30.00 fee per vehicle. If you want to plan more or even rent a house boat check out Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas.