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…
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.
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.
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!!
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!
This Moab Elopement session was featured on Trends Magazine!