Moab Elopement Locations
written by Arizona Elopement Photographer - Traci Edwards
Alissa and Adriel met each other in the library at their college! They believe that they really fell in love with each other though on a trip to Havasu Falls. I’m not sure if you guys are following along, but I am seeing a pattern of couples falling in love on trips to Havasu Falls! The same thing happened with Denette and Frank! Throughout their session these two love birds kept complimenting each other and shared so many laughs together. It was such a joy to watch them cut loose and have a great time together, but also take a step back to enjoy the quiet desert moments soaking in the sunset. Alissa and Adriel live near Salt Lake City, but often visit Moab for some epic desert adventures like hiking and cliff jumping. Their session was at Dead Horse State Park, which is just one of the places I am so very excited to tell you about as an elopement location…
Dead Horse Point State Park
This state park is just about 9 miles out of Moab and has so many miles of hiking and dirt biking trails. A lot of their trails are pet friendly which is great if you want to bring your pup along for your elopement! It is best to plan your elopement or small wedding at this location at least 30 days in advance so you can properly apply for the permit. For complete information on getting married at Dead Horse Point State park you will want to read this guide.
Arches National Park
What a gold mine this place is for all desert lovers! The 2,000+ red rock arches are so beautiful and it is just out of town center. Eloping here would mean getting married at a staple location of the America Southwest. Since this location is a National Park there are regulations that need to be followed and permits that need to be applied for in advance. The National Park put everything you need to know and actions to follow here.
Canyonlands National Park
This national park is just past Dead Horse Point State Park. You may know this park best for the Island in the Sky region which is where all three of the locations the parks allows weddings to take place. If you’re interested in eloping at this mind blowing national park you will need to apply for a permit and make sure your event falls into place with the parks restrictions.
Well you guessed it! This small town just North East of Moab got its name from the castle like rock formations that surround the area. There are many great trails for hiking, mountain biking and horse back riding in this area. Or you can spend part of your elopement day floating the Colorado River! Not too far out of Castle Valley you will also find Mary Jane Slot Canyon which would be so dreamy for an elopement and (bonus!) it is dog friendly and currently no permits are required!!
Corona Arch Trail
If you are looking to elope under a stunning arch, but wanting to skip the busy areas in the National Parks you may want to consider Corona Arch. This trial is located on BLM land near Moab and is a short, but strenuous three mile hike. You can also bring your pup along for your elopement here!
Things you should know about eloping in Moab:
Moab is in the desert, so all my usual tips about eloping in Arizona apply here as well. Bring lots of water, know your dress will get red dirt on it, bring sunscreen and more water :)
The best time to elope in Moab is Fall through Spring. Note that desert nights can get pretty chilly if you are eloping in the winter and plan to camp.
There are a lot of really epic places to stay in Moab like Under Canvas or Moab Springs Ranch. There are so many free campsites you can find in Moab on BLM land with epic views if you are van-lifing it or just want to camp out under the stars in your tent for the night.
In the state of Utah you will both need to apply in person for your marriage license with all of your proper documents and ID’s. You will need an officiant to hold the ceremony and have two witnesses. To make sure you are properly prepared to legally get married in the state please read all of the guidelines. Note, if you are eloping you can also always handle the “paperwork” side of things prior to your official elopement in your home state if that is easier for you two.
The Salt Lake City Airport is the closest airport to Moab which is about a four hour drive. If you are up for a road trip and want to see other places or honeymoon elsewhere you could also fly into the Denver or Las Vegas airport for a 5-6 hour drive.
ALWAYS, always follow leave no trace principals when planning and on the day of your adventure wedding. Moab is also home of cryptobiotic soil crust which is so important for you to keep an eye out for and not step on while exploring this great desert due to its sensitive ecosystem.
If you have never been to Moab and you just starting your research into where you want to elope I suggest browsing the Discover Moab website since it is packed with information on lodging, food and more! Always feel free to reach out to me! I am here to help you two find the perfect location for your elopement. Moab has so many countless amazing spots for an adventure wedding and I am happy to help you narrow it down for what would best fit your day <3