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Our guide on how to
Elope in Arizona

Why Arizona is the perfect
location for your elopement

Why Arizona is the perfect location for your elopement

ENDLESS Adventures
diverse scenery
and amazing weather year-around 

Arizona is every outdoor lover’s dream for a place to elope! While Arizona is most well known for it’s epic desert, there’s so much more diverse scenery for everyone- rolling hills, mountain towns with snow capped peaks, and more! If you’re considering eloping in Arizona (great choice!!) there’s lots you need to know to be prepared. Planning your Arizona elopement doesn’t need to be stressful. We’ve compiled an entire guide to help you plan your Arizona elopement with ease so you can enjoy every step of the process.

This is everything you need to know for planning your Arizona elopement from an Arizona local's perspective. From the best hikes, what time of year, my favorite local vendors, Arizona elopement packages, and everything in between.

Arizona is every outdoor lover’s dream for a place to elope! While Arizona is most well known for it’s epic desert, there’s so much more diverse scenery for everyone- rolling hills, mountain towns with snow capped peaks, and more! If you’re considering eloping in Arizona (great choice!!) there’s lots you need to know to be prepared.  Planning your Arizona elopement doesn’t need to be stressful. We’ve compiled an entire guide to help you plan your Arizona elopement with ease so you can enjoy every step of the process.

This is everything you need to know for planning your Arizona elopement from an Arizona local's perspective. From the best hikes, what time of year, my favorite local vendors, Arizona elopement packages, and everything in between.

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We believe that Arizona is one of the best places to elope on the
West coast if you love:

important note: 

Please follow all Leave No Trace principles and gather all of the necessary permits for your Arizona elopement.
Arizona is a beautiful and sacred space, so let’s keep it beautiful!

Please follow all Leave No Trace principles and gather all of the necessary permits for your Arizona elopement. Arizona is a beautiful and sacred space, so let’s keep it beautiful!

A marriage license costs $83.

Every elopement costs differently according to what each couple prioritizes. Some may choose to splurge on doing an epic experience like a helicopter tour or jeep adventure, while some may stick to just hiking. Some may want to bring some sandwiches to eat, while some may want to hire a private chef.

How much does
it cost to elope
in Arizona?

In general, eloping in
Arizona can range anywhere
from as little as $83 towards
$20,000, with most of the
budget going towards
photography, video, and
planning services.

National & State Parks To Elope In:

+ Grand Canyon National Park

+ Saguaro National Park 

+Petrified Forest National Park

+ Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (Lake Powell)

+ Horseshoe Bend

+ Lost Dutchman State Park

+ Slide Rock State Park

….so much public lands!


What do you need to get married in Arizona?

You need a marriage license, an ordained officiant, & two witnesses to make it official & legal in arizona!

What is the best
time to visit and
elope in Arizona?

One thing about visiting and eloping in Arizona is that there is beautiful weather year-around, depending on the part of the state that you are in. There are huge elevation changes across the whole state (even up to 12k ft!) which drastically changes the temperatures depending on the area. Elevation also plays a huge role when it comes to the weather and can create a 30 degree difference from one part of Arizona to another. One of the perks about eloping in Arizona is that there are 300 sunny days a year Let’s chat about what eloping in Arizona could look like depending on each season.

WHAT CAN WE EXPECT EACH SEASON?

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winter

november - february

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spring

march - may

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summer

june - august

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fall

september - october

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A Winter Arizona Elopement

november - february

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Winters in Colorado typically mean lots of
snow, but with a good amount of sunshine.
In the mountains you can expect large
amounts of snow with some mountain passes
being closed. Depending on the exact region,
highs can be in the 20s-30s and lows in the
single digits. This means that layers are
absolutely necessary and breaks to warm up
by the fireplace are welcomed!

Eloping in Colorado in the winter may be an
awesome idea if you love frozen lakes,
snowshoeing or skiing, or the solitude on trails
that are normally swarming with tourists in the
warmer months.

Winters in Arizona are probably different than the winters that you are used to if you're from out of state! Some parts of the state have highs in the 60s-70s, while other parts are snowy in the 30s! This means that you could have a comfortable desert elopement or be exploring in the snowy mountains! You may be lucky enough to experience a winter storm in the desert too, which is always an amazing sight to see!

Eloping in Arizona in the winter may be an awesome idea if you hiking in the desert, snowshoeing or skiing, or the solitude on trails that are normally swarming with tourists in the warmer months.

A Spring Arizona Elopement

March-May

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Spring in Colorado doesn’t look like the typical
Spring in other parts of the country, and it’s highly
unpredictable. One day it may be warm without a
cloud in sight and the next there may be multiple
feet of snow on the ground, and then that snow
can be melted within 24 hours- it’s crazy! In some
places in Colorado, May is the snowiest month of
the year.

Temperatures do start to warm up and the
waterfalls may be flowing so it is still an incredible
time to elope in Colorado. Just be prepared for all
weather scenarios!

Spring in Arizona in an amazing time for adventuring in Arizona. The weather starts to warm up, the flowers and trees start to bloom, and the sun is out most of the time! You may experience a random spring shower, but in general you can expect sunny days with a bit of wind!  

This is when there's a big uptick in tourism so be prepared for trails to get busier! Everyone wants to enjoy the beautiful weather!

A Summer Colorado Elopement

June-August

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Summer is by far the most popular time to visit and
elope in Colorado. Some mountains may still have
snow, but most of the state won’t get many more
snowstorms. Instead, you can expect almost daily
rainstorms, often referred to as monsoons. These
are typically short spurts of rain that come and go
quickly, so don’t be too worried about them!

We love summer elopement in Colorado because
the mountains are open for hiking, the wildflowers
come out, and it’s just absolutely gorgeous. 

Summer is the least popular season for eloping in Arizona due to the extreme heat in the majority of the state. Most of the state has highs ranging from the 100s-115, and it's not very fun to adventure in! In the mountainous parts of the state you can enjoy highs in the 80s! Another important thing to note about Arizona summers are monsoons. These are almost daily rainstorms that include thunder, lightning, dust storms (haboobs)  and possibly even flash floods.

We only suggest a Summer elopement in Arizona if you're planning on being in the mountains!

A Fall Arizona Elopement

September-October

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Fall is a short, beautiful season in Colorado.
Temperatures and crowds of tourists start to
decrease a bit and you can find red and
golden groves of trees in the mountains. The
cooler temperatures also open the possibility
of snow, but not typically big snowstorms.

We love fall elopements in Colorado so
much- it’s the perfect combination of
adventure and coziness. 

Fall is a short, beautiful season in Colorado. Temperatures and crowds of tourists start to decrease a bit and you can find red and golden groves of trees in the mountains. The cooler temperatures also open the possibility of snow, but not typically big snowstorms.

We love fall elopements in Colorado so much- it’s the perfect combination of adventure and coziness.

Things to do on your Arizona elopement

HIKING

SKIING

Jeeping/4x4ing

Rock-climbing

River rafting

Kayaking

helicopter Rides

Hot Air Balloon Rides

Snowshoeing

Horseback Riding

...and the list goes on!

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Places to elope in Arizona

elope in sedona

Elope in Phoenix

Elope in Page/Lake Powell

Elope in Flagstaff

Elope in Tucson

01.

Eloping in Sedona, Arizona

If you’re dreaming of eloping in the red rocks, Sedona is your place! Sedona is an incredible place to adventure for all levels of explorers- from epic canyons to climb and canyoneer in, to incredible 4x4 roads, great camping, and short hikes with insane views of vast red mountains. Along with all of the adventure, there’s also fun hippie culture and luxurious spa experiences. Anyone can be happy in Sedona :) Check our in depth guide to eloping in Sedona for more information including vendors and some specific elopement location options.

Cathedral Rock: If you’re craving an epic hike with huge red rock mountains and breathtaking cliff edges that make you feel absolutely alive, this is the spot for you. Check out a real Cathedral Rock elopement here!

Bell Rock: This park has a massive trail system that winds around beautiful red rock mountains, perfect for elopement groups with different abilities. Whether you want to scale a mountain to watch the sunset or take a short, flat hike, there’s something for everyone. You can’t beat the 360 views at this spot! Check out this gorgeous Bell Rock elopement.

Off-Roading & Off-the-beaten-path: Some of the best spots in Sedona are the ones that take a little bit more work to get to, whether that be taking a Jeep down a bumpy road for an hour or finding the perfect trail that is less well known but still has gorgeous views. If you value privacy and crave an adventure, this is an awesome option for eloping in Sedona!

If you’re dreaming of eloping in the red rocks, Sedona is your place! Sedona is an incredible place to adventure for all levels of explorers- from epic canyons to climb and canyoneer in, to incredible 4x4 roads, great camping, and short hikes with insane views of vast red mountains. Along with all of the adventure, there’s also fun hippie culture and luxurious spa experiences. Anyone can be happy in Sedona :) Check our in depth guide to eloping in Sedona for more information including vendors and some specific elopement location options.

Cathedral Rock: If you’re craving an epic hike with huge red rock mountains and breathtaking cliff edges that make you feel absolutely alive, this is the spot for you. Check out a real Cathedral Rock elopement here!

Bell Rock: This park has a massive trail system that winds around beautiful red rock mountains, perfect for elopement groups with different abilities. Whether you want to scale a mountain to watch the sunset or take a short, flat hike, there’s something for everyone. You can’t beat the 360 views at this spot! Check out this gorgeous Bell Rock elopement.

Off-Roading & Off-the-beaten-path: Some of the best spots in Sedona are the ones that take a little bit more work to get to, whether that be taking a Jeep down a bumpy road for an hour or finding the perfect trail th

next: Phoenix, Arizona

Distance from Phoenix, AZ Airport: 2 Hours
Distance from Las Vegas, NV Airport: 4.5 Hours

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Places to elope in Arizona

02.

Eloping in Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix, AZ is a great place to elope if you’re wanting the iconic desert filled with a variety of cactus and rolling mountains. Phoenix is a huge with so much lush desert all around, as well as within one hour of the Phoenix metro. There are dozens of desert lakes, jagged mountain ranges, 4x4 roads for off-roading, and so much more! Most of the year, aside from May-August, is a great time to elope in Phoenix, especially if you love the heat! Phoenix also has a growing food and craft beer scene, don’t miss out!

Superstition Mountains: This is one part of Phoenix that is bound to take your breath away. The Superstition Mountains are epic, purple mountains surrounded by tons of saguaro and cholla cacti. With dozens upon dozens of hiking trails, there’s something for all abilities! You can often see climbers scaling the mountains, horseback riders, and lots of campers. The desert lakes near these mountains are also incredible. Check out a real elopement in the Superstitions here.

Phoenix Desert: One of the best parts about eloping in Phoenix is all of the desert land open for recreation. You can find an amazing spot to elope in any part of town. Some parts of Phoenix have denser amounts of cactus, while some are more bare desert. There are so many hiking trails to choose from, as well as more desert lakes and 4x4 dirt roads that go on for miles. 


Phoenix, AZ is a great place to elope if you’re wanting the iconic desert filled with a variety of cactus and rolling mountains. Phoenix is a huge with so much lush desert all around, as well as within one hour of the Phoenix metro. There are dozens of desert lakes, jagged mountain ranges, 4x4 roads for off-roading, and so much more! Most of the year, aside from May-August, is a great time to elope in Phoenix, especially if you love the heat! Phoenix also has a growing food and craft beer scene, don’t miss out!

Superstition Mountains: This is one part of Phoenix that is bound to take your breath away. The Superstition Mountains are epic, purple mountains surrounded by tons of saguaro and cholla cacti. With dozens upon dozens of hiking trails, there’s something for all abilities! You can often see climbers scaling the mountains, horseback riders, and lots of campers. The desert lakes near these mountains are also incredible. Check out a real elopement in the Superstitions here.

Phoenix Desert: One of the best parts about eloping in Phoenix is all of the desert land open for recreation. You can find an amazing spot to elope in any part of town. Some parts of Phoenix have denser amounts of cactus, while some are more bare desert. There are so many hiking trails to choose from, as well as more desert lakes and 4x4 dirt roads that go on for miles. 


next: Page/ Lake Powell, arizona

Airport: Phoenix Sky Harbor in central Phoenix

Distance from Las Vegas, NV Airport: 4.5 Hours

Elope in Phoenix

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Places to elope in Arizona

03.

Eloping in pAGE/ lAKE POWELL, az

Page, AZ is one of the most breath-taking spots in all of the Southwest! Imagine red desert meets water, and that’s Page for you! If you’re as obsessed as we are with slot canyons, red rock cliffs, and unique, other-worldly rock formations, then you should absolutely consider eloping in Page, Arizona!

Horseshoe Bend: One of the most well-known sights of the Southwest, but for the right reasons! This epic red rock canyon shaped as a U is a must-see. Try to visit in the off season or at sunrise to avoid crowds at this popular location. 

Lake Powell: If you ask most Arizona locals what one of their favorite spots in the state is, we can promise you that you’ll hear about Lake Powell! This is a huge desert lake on the Arizona-Utah border. From beautiful beaches perfect for a bonfire, to slot canyons perfect for kayaking, and hikes that can be only accessed by boat, Lake Powell really is the perfect adventure! 

Slot Canyons: Sandstone carved out by water over hundreds and thousands of years have created dozens of other-wordly slot canyons all over Page. The majority require a Navajo guide, but there are some that are still local secrets. Whether you want to include canyoneering on your elopement experience, or simply hike into one of these slots, there’s a perfect canyon for you! 

Monument Valley: Just outside of Page, AZ is an area of the painted desert referred to as Monument Valley. Imagine dozens of unique, red rock mountains for miles and miles- it’s incredible.


Page, AZ is one of the most breath-taking spots in all of the Southwest! Imagine red desert meets water, and that’s Page for you! If you’re as obsessed as we are with slot canyons, red rock cliffs, and unique, other-worldly rock formations, then you should absolutely consider eloping in Page, Arizona!

Horseshoe Bend: One of the most well-known sights of the Southwest, but for the right reasons! This epic red rock canyon shaped as a U is a must-see. Try to visit in the off season or at sunrise to avoid crowds at this popular location. 

Lake Powell: If you ask most Arizona locals what one of their favorite spots in the state is, we can promise you that you’ll hear about Lake Powell! This is a huge desert lake on the Arizona-Utah border. From beautiful beaches perfect for a bonfire, to slot canyons perfect for kayaking, and hikes that can be only accessed by boat, Lake Powell really is the perfect adventure! 

Slot Canyons: Sandstone carved out by water over hundreds and thousands of years have created dozens of other-wordly slot canyons all over Page. The majority require a Navajo guide, but there are some that are still local secrets. Whether you want to include canyoneering on your elopement experience, or simply hike into one of these slots, there’s a perfect canyon for you! 

Monument Valley: Just outside of Page, AZ is an area of the painted desert referred to as Monument Valley. Imagine dozens of unique, red rock mountains for miles and miles- it’s incredible.



next: fLAGSTAFF, arizona

Drive Time from pHOENIX Airport: 4 hour Drive

ELOPE IN PAGE/ LAKE POWELL

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Places to elope in Arizona

04.

Eloping in Flagstaff, az

For all of you mountain and forest lovers, here’s the town for you! Flagstaff is a gem of a mountain town in the midst of a state full of desert! You won’t believe your eyes when you drive in and see a 12k ft. snow-capped mountain! On average, Flagstaff is 20-30 degrees cooler than the rest of Arizona. From beautiful golden forests in the autumn, to very snowy winters, to green, wildflower filled summers, we’re sure that you’ll fall in love with this town like we have!

Grand Canyon National Park: Eloping at the Grand Canyon is such an epic idea if you love canyons and want to mark another national park off your list! We love the Grand Canyon for the amazing hiking with views that are one of a kind. You can find avid hikers going on multi-day trips to experience the full canyon experience, as well as river rafting in the Colorado River. Don’t get us started on the sunsets and sunrises at this place! 

Lockett Meadow: We like to consider Lockett Meadow as a real heaven on earth. This meadow in the middle of the mountains has some beautiful trails and camping sites in the forests. Our personal favorite part is the aspen groves that change with each season. We love this dog-friendly spot when you’re craving to reconnect back with nature. 


For all of you mountain and forest lovers, here’s the town for you! Flagstaff is a gem of a mountain town in the midst of a state full of desert! You won’t believe your eyes when you drive in and see a 12k ft. snow-capped mountain! On average, Flagstaff is 20-30 degrees cooler than the rest of Arizona. From beautiful golden forests in the autumn, to very snowy winters, to green, wildflower filled summers, we’re sure that you’ll fall in love with this town like we have!

Grand Canyon National Park: Eloping at the Grand Canyon is such an epic idea if you love canyons and want to mark another national park off your list! We love the Grand Canyon for the amazing hiking with views that are one of a kind. You can find avid hikers going on multi-day trips to experience the full canyon experience, as well as river rafting in the Colorado River. Don’t get us started on the sunsets and sunrises at this place! 

Lockett Meadow: We like to consider Lockett Meadow as a real heaven on earth. This meadow in the middle of the mountains has some beautiful trails and camping sites in the forests. Our personal favorite part is the aspen groves that change with each season. We love this dog-friendly spot when you’re craving to reconnect back with nature. 


next: Tucson, Arizona

Local Airport: Flagstaff Pulliam Airport

Distance from Phoenix, AZ Airport: 2 Hours

Distance from Las Vegas, NV Airport: 3.5 Hours


Elope in Flagstaff

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Places to elope in Arizona

05.

Eloping in Tucson, aZ

Tucson is the second biggest city in Arizona and in our opinion, one of the best towns for adventure lovers! Tucson is the perfect combination of beautiful mountains and lush, cactus filled desert. You can find a state or national park in any part of town. Spend your day hiking and end it with delicious local Mexican food for a real treat! This city happens to be one of our all time favorite spots to adventure. We think you’ll love it too!

Saguaro National Park: One of the most unique national parks in the world filled with thousands upon thousands of huge saguaro cacti! There are two sections of this park, and both are incredible. You can’t go wrong with hiking in this park in Spring, Autumn, and Winter.

Mt. Lemmon: Another hidden gem of a mountain village in the desert! This spot is just a 1.5 hour drive from the heart of Tucson and you are taken to dense forest and even snow! We love escaping the heat by hiking on this mountain. We love it!


Tucson is the second biggest city in Arizona and in our opinion, one of the best towns for adventure lovers! Tucson is the perfect combination of beautiful mountains and lush, cactus filled desert. You can find a state or national park in any part of town. Spend your day hiking and end it with delicious local Mexican food for a real treat! This city happens to be one of our all time favorite spots to adventure. We think you’ll love it too!

Saguaro National Park: One of the most unique national parks in the world filled with thousands upon thousands of huge saguaro cacti! There are two sections of this park, and both are incredible. You can’t go wrong with hiking in this park in Spring, Autumn, and Winter.

Mt. Lemmon: Another hidden gem of a mountain village in the desert! This spot is just a 1.5 hour drive from the heart of Tucson and you are taken to dense forest and even snow! We love escaping the heat by hiking on this mountain. We love it!


next: sEDONA, ARIZONA

 Local Airport: Tucson International Airport

Distance from Phoenix, AZ Airport: 1.5 Hours

Distance from Las Vegas, NV Airport: 6 hours

elope in tucson

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& Planning Package

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Base Elopement Photography, Videography
& Planning Package

Starting at $7000

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Arizona Elopement
Packages:

+ Offering 4 hour, 6 hour, 8 hour, 10 hour,
and 2 day packages

+ Unlimited planning assistance
including help with locations,
timeline building, permits, wedding
licenses, & more.

+ Exclusive list of location ideas
for your elopement

+Custom day of timeline & itinerary
+ Online gallery with your epic
photos & videos with personal
printing rights

+Includes all travel fees to
anywhere within ColoradO

+ Offering 6 hour, 8 hour, 10 hour, and 2 day packages

+ Unlimited planning assistance including help with locations, timeline building, permits, wedding licenses, & more.

+ Exclusive list of location ideas for your elopement

+Custom day of timeline & itinerary

+ Online gallery with your epic photos & videos with personal printing rights

+Includes all travel fees to anywhere within arizona

Let’s hit the road,
adventurous lovers

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WILD AND ALIVE.

We’ll never forget how it felt when we snuck away from our big wedding and disappeared
into the forest for a few stolen moments together in nature. It was like we were the only
two people on earth, that’s how cinematically beautiful and heart-crushingly intimate it
was.

It shook us up so much, we now help other spirited couples craft a whole elopement
adventure around that feeling of raw intimacy. Along for the wild ride with you, we’ll
capture candid photographs and film vignettes of all the authentic, tender, hilarious,
breathtaking, thrilling, and stripped-back moments that make your day YOUR day.

It’s just you and the love of your life having a helluva good time, against the backdrop of
one of the most ruggedly gorgeous locations in the Western United States. Ready to hatch a
wild plan? We’re game!

We’re Chad
& Caitlyn

WE’RE READY IF YOU ARE!

We’ll never forget how it felt when we snuck away from our big wedding and disappeared into the forest for a few stolen moments together in nature. It was like we were the only two people on earth, that’s how cinematically beautiful and heart-crushingly intimate it was.

It shook us up so much, we now help other spirited couples craft a whole elopement adventure around that feeling of raw intimacy. Along for the wild ride with you, we’ll capture candid photographs and film vignettes of all the authentic, tender, hilarious, breathtaking, thrilling, and stripped-back moments that make your day YOUR day.

It’s just you and the love of your life having a helluva good time, against the backdrop of one of the most ruggedly gorgeous locations in the Western United States. Ready to hatch a wild plan? We’re game!

Ready to get started planning?

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