Where to Elope in South Dakota

If you’re wondering where to elope in South Dakota, I’ve created the perfect guide for you! South Dakota is one of the most underrated places to elope in the US! It’s absolutely beautiful and has so much to offer! Let’s dive right in!

Elopement Couple walking on a cliff in the Badlands National Park in South Dakota

South Dakota Elopement Spots

There are so many beautiful places to elope! Here’s my top 3 favorite places to elope in South Dakota

Badlands National Park

Known as the Land of Stone and Light – The Badlands National Park is huge and there are tons of beautiful spots to elope all over! With the dramatic landscapes of mixed rock formations and prairie grasslands where bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, and black-footed ferrets live today, you will find amazing views for your elopement! You can pull off at any of the pull out spots and take absolute amazing photos! Information about permits covered below.

Custer State Park

Custer State Park elopement spot in South Dakota

Custer State Park is breathtakingly beautiful! With rolling granite peaks and clear mountain waters, it’s an absolute picturesque place to elope!

Black Hills National Forrest

Elopement activities helicopter ride in the Black Hills in South Dakota

The Black Hills National Forest is known for roaming elk and views of the gigantic Mount Rushmore sculpture. Nearby are the spiky Cathedral Spires rocks and Black Elk Peak, overlooking the granite cliffs of the Black Elk Wilderness. It’s an absolute huge space and there are beautiful spots to elope!

Places to Stay in South Dakota

Deadwood city in South Dakota

There are many great places to stay in South Dakota! Some of the absolute best places I’d recommend are listed below:

Things to Do in South Dakota

Wedding Couple taking photos in the Badlands National Park
  • Visit Badlands National Park and go hiking, animal viewing and/or stargazing!
  • Visit Custer State Park and canoe, fish, hike or swim!
  • Go explore a cave at Wind Cave National Park
  • Take a Helicopter Ride in the Badlands National Forrest
  • Drive through the Needles Highway
  • Visit Deadwood City in South Dakota
  • Visit Spearfish City in South Dakota

Best Time of Year to Elope in South Dakota

South Dakota elopement couple in the Badlands National Park
Elopement couple doing a helicopter tour over the black hills national forrest in South Dakota
Couple eloping in the Badlands National Park in South Dakota

Late May to early September is the most popular time to visit South Dakota. Many businesses and places close down for the Winter months. However, October is also a great time to Elope in South Dakota! It will be quite cold, but if you’re looking for those freshly snowy covered mountains, I recommend trying out October! The fall colors are also beautiful during this time!

Making Your Elopement Legal in South Dakota

South Dakota elopement couple in the Badlands National Park

To legally get married in South Dakota you have to apply for your Marriage license which costs $40. You can find the application online HERE. You need an officiant and two witnesses in order for you marriage to be legal.

Badlands National Park Permit Requirements

You will need to get a permit to elope in The Badlands National park. The cost is $100 and you can find the application online HERE. To enter The Badlands National Park, it will cost $30.

Custer State Park Permit Requirements

You will need to contact Custer State Park and fill out a form HERE to elope in Custer State Park.

If you’re looking for a photographer to capture your beautiful elopement and help you plan – please reach out HERE! I would absolutely love to connect with you!

South Dakota Elopement photographer in Custer State Park

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