The Best Places to Take Engagement Photos in Arizona

couple holding each other at sunset in front of cacti for their engagement photos in Arizona

Engagement photos are the perfect time to get to know your wedding photographer! Although I’m based in NC, I absolutely LOVE traveling & am more than happy to go on an adventure with you & your partner for your engagement photos. Whether you want to be up in the mountains, at a national park, or in the desert, I’ve picked out a few of my favorite spots that are perfect for your engagement session. One of my favorite states is Arizona, so without further adieu, here are some of my favorite places to take engagement photos in Arizona.


Cathedral Rock

If you’re up for a hike, Cathedral Rock is a great idea! This is the most popular spot in Sedona, so choosing a date in the off season & at an early time of day is key to have the best experience. The hike is about 1.5 miles round trip & there is a 700ft elevation gain. This location is not for couples who are afraid of heights. The parking lot for Cathedral Rock is closed during busy season, but there is a shuttle that will bring you right to the trailhead.

red rock formation with blue sky in Sedona, Arizona

Bell Rock

If you want to have beautiful views with the red rocks, but don’t want to hike very far, Bell Rock could be the best spot for you! It’s kind of like a choose your own adventure trail. You don’t have to hike all the way up the rock formations to get some good shots. Even the parking lot has beautiful views! A $5 parking pass is required for Bell Rock.

Night sky view of cathedral rock - one of the best places to take engagement photos in Arizona

Baldwin Trailhead

The best part about this trailhead is the view of the stars at night! Choose this location if you don’t want to hike very far & you want a beautiful view of Cathedral Rock in the backdrop. Personally I believe this is the best place to take engagement photos in Arizona. I mean, the photo above was taken even with a full moon & it’s unedited. I wanted you to see just how pretty the photos come out before I take a stab at it in photoshop.


Papago Park

This park is close to downtown & features palm trees, water, & a beautiful rock formation for your backdrop.

couple holding hands walking towards camera walking away from Superstition mountain

Superstition Mountain

The best part about this location is that there’s actually multiple trailheads. One way to get this view is to purchase an entrance fee into Lost Dutchman State Park. This also requires a photo pass to be purchased, but the park has amenities & stunning views! If you don’t mind walking along small dirt trails, there is a free option 5 minutes down the road that is a part of the National Forest.

The Grand Canyon

Horseshoe Bend

While not technically part of the Grand Canyon National Park, this location is similar but features a horseshoe bend in the Colorado River. This location is extremely popular & requires a fee to park.

view of grand canyon with red flowers in foreground

Navajo Point

Navajo Point is the perfect spot for couples who want an area where they can have a little more privacy. I was there on a Saturday evening & had this rock outcrop all to myself. You’ll find less people here because the shuttles don’t run along this road.


Sunset Crater

This spot is great because you get views of the mountains & there’s plenty of spots along the road to pull over and get a variety of shots.

Priest Draw Trail

Priest Draw Trail is high up in the mountains, meaning your backdrop will be full of ponderosa pine trees & aspens. There’s beautiful fields & if you’re lucky, you may even see some elk!

Final Thoughts

If you’re planning on having your engagement session take place out west, then definitely consider Arizona! Arizona has some of the best places to take engagement photos by far! I would be SO honored to be your wedding photographer & travel out to Arizona with you for your wedding, elopement, or engagement session!

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