We believe that Moab, Utah is one of the best places to elope on the West coast if you love the desert and you love adventure. Moab offers endless adventure from hiking to beautiful canyons and sandstone arches, to off-roading to off-the-beaten-path locations that make you feel on top of the world, to sky-diving, or river rafting in the Colorado River- there’s something for everyone. Planning your Moab elopement doesn’t need to be stressful. We’ve compiled an entire guide to help you plan your Moab elopement with ease so you can enjoy every step of the process.
This is everything you need to know for planning your Moab elopement from an avid Moab adventurer’s perspective. From the best hikes, what time of year, my favorite local vendors, Moab 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.
We believe that Moab, Utah is one of the best places to elope on the
West coast if you love:
Please follow all Leave No Trace principles and gather all of the necessary permits for your Moab elopement.
Moab 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 $50-$70, depending on the county
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.
+ Buy an annual National Park pass before your trip. Each NP costs about $35 per entrance day while the annual pass costs $80 for unlimited entries during the year. You’ll get the bang for your buck while on your trip!
+ Go explore the 4x4 roads- trust us! Moab is world renowned for their 4x4 roads, and it’s such a fun and unique way to experience the desert. Rent a Jeep yourselves, and stick to the beginner routes, or go on a guided tour for the more intense roads.
+ Try all of the local restaurants! This town has so many gems when it comes to food places. It’s awesome to support the locals too :)
+ Visit the Colorado River. Whether it’s a rafting trip or just relaxing on the beaches, it’s incredible to experience! We love taking our pups for a swim after a day of hiking.
+ Stick to hiking in the early mornings or around sunset to avoid crowds and the heat.
+ Don’t be afraid to check out less popular trails. We love using Alltrails to find more off-the-beaten-path hikes!
+ Take a drive up the La Sal Mountains! These beautiful mountains are only 45 minutes outside of town and such a fun adventure!
Moab experiences drastic temperature changes throughout the year, so it's important to always be informed and to try to plan your trip accordingly! One of the perks about eloping in Moab is that there are 300 sunny days a year. It's also important to consider busy season and when there could be crowds. The national parks fill up quickly during busy season, so be prepared! Let’s chat about what eloping in Moab could look like depending on each season.
Believe it or not, Moab DOES get a real winter! Anytime between December and February there may be snow on the red rock mountains. Don’t be afraid though! This is one of my favorite times to photograph elopements in Moab due to there being significantly less tourists and cheaper lodging. A Moab winter means highs in the 40s, sunny most days with the occasional dusting of snow. Bring your layers and embrace the cooler red rock desert with no crowds! We have some great tips and tricks for eloping in the cold so don’t let it scare you! Layers are your best friend!
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.
Spring in Moab is always a dream for warmer weather (highs in the 60s-80s), blooming flowers, and mostly clear days with the occasional Spring shower. Rain in the desert comes and goes quickly, so don’t let it stop you from eloping in the Spring. Weekends start to become busy with tourists, so it’s important to avoid weekends and consider eloping at sunrise if you choose a more popular trail. It’s a gorgeous time to elope in the desert!
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!
Summer in Moab isn’t necessarily the greatest time of year for a wedding adventure. Summers in the desert include monsoons (daily rain storms) that can produce dangerous flash flooding and lightning and warmer temperatures in the 100s with humidity. Trails tend to be busier, especially during sunrise and sunset. One of the perks is the epic cotton candy colored sunsets that happen almost every night. If you’re okay with some rain and heat, it could make for a fun adventure! If you want to escape the heat, you can choose elope in the nearby La Sal mountains that are just 45 minutes outside of town. There you’ll find temperatures in the 80s and gorgeous mountain views.
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!
By far one of the most popular seasons for Moab elopements! The weather is perfect (not too hot, not too cold) with highs in the 60s-80s. September and October are by far the busiest months in this tiny town so I always recommend couples to stay away from eloping on the weekends. You can fall Fall leaves along the river, as well as in the La Sal mountains. In general, I recommend November as the perfect month to elope for perfect weather and less crowds!
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.
Arches National Park is home to some of Moab’s most incredible landscapes. If you crave a location with epic arches and other unique rock formations, you’ll love this park. Arches has become a popular tourist destination so we suggest sticking to a weekday, possibly at sunrise, and preferably during the less busy season. There are dozens of locations ranging in accessibility from less than a mile hike and up to multiple mile hikes. Additionally, there are some awesome 4x4 roads that you can access in the park! Be sure to get a permit for your elopement at Arches National Park!
Canyonlands National Park is basically the smaller version of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. It’s an awe-inspiring sight, and definitely a must see on your trip to Moab. We love exploring Canyonlands as it tends to be less busy than Arches. Canyonlands is most known for it’s amazing hike trails, including some rim trails and incredible overlooks. There are also some rad 4x4 roads within the park with amazing views that may make your stomach drop a bit! We love exploring this park at sunrise or sunset for the best lighting on the canyon. Contact the park to get a permit for your Canyonlands elopement.
Dead Horse Point State Park is known for being the smaller version of Canyonlands National Park, and it’s only a 15 minute drive apart. This park has especially incredible views of the canyon, most notably known for an iconic horseshoe bend in the canyon. There are less than a dozen hikes in this park, all being less than 5 miles. One of our favorite activities to do in this park is to go off-roading! This isn’t one of our top elopement locations in Moab, but we do love it at sunrise or sunset! Here is the information for getting a wedding permit for Dead Horse Point.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land in Moab is by far one of our favorite locations for a Moab elopement! This land tends to be less busy than the neighboring national parks, but it isn’t lacking in beauty! You can find epic sandstone arches, beautiful canyon views, and so much more. There are dozens upon dozens of incredible places to elope on the BLM land, ranging from very accessible and easy to get to, to locations requiring many miles of off-roading. We love working with our couples to find the perfect spot for their day! It’s important that you receive a special use permit through the Moab BLM office for your Moab elopement!
This is one of the lesser known areas nearby Moab, and one of the most surprising for first time visitors. These beautiful mountains are just 45 minutes away from the heart of Moab. You can find snow almost year around and they are incredible for skiing, mountaineering, or for just cooling down in the warm summer months. We think eloping in the La Sal mountains is an incredible idea for all of you who equally love the red rock desert and high alpine mountains!
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
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’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!