Yes! You’re thinking of having a Moab elopement, and that couldn’t be more exciting. Moab is my FAVORITE place and easily one of the best places to elope. In this guide, I’ll tell you everything you need to know about having an epic elopement adventure in Moab – legalities, locations, tips, and more.
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Moab is known as one of the most popular destinations in Utah for many reasons. It’s home to two famous national parks, Arches and Canyonlands, magical red rock formations, gorgeous blue skies, picturesque rivers, and endless adventure. Talk about an iconic place to say “I do!”
Here are the top reasons many couples choose Moab for their elopement destination:
If you’re looking to tie the knot in Moab legally, there are a few steps you’ll have to take. If you work with an elopement planner/photographer (like me!), I can help you every step of the way.
Here’s what you need to know about a legal Moab elopement regarding your marriage license and officiant:
Both parties need to visit the County Clerk’s Office in Moab. You’ll need your total application fee of $50, a government-issued photo ID for each person, and your application (which you can fill out online).
There’s no waiting period for a Utah marriage license, but you must have your ceremony within 32 days of the issue date.
To legally elope in Moab, you must also have an officiant (like myself!) at your ceremony. The officiant must sign and date your marriage license, which needs to be returned to the County Clerk’s Office within 30 days.
Note: If you prefer to skip the legal stuff during your elopement, you can always legally get married in your home state before eloping to Moab.
Now for the fun part! There are so many epic places to have your elopement ceremony in Moab. While this list could be endless, let’s check out some of the top places in Moab to elope.
Arches National Park is one of Moab’s biggest attractions, and for great reason! This stunning national park is bordered by the Colorado River and boasts more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches, which make for a picture-perfect elopement backdrop.
While Arches can get crowded, certain times have fewer crowds for a more intimate ceremony. Sunrise and sunset are beautiful options!
About half an hour from Arches is Utah’s largest national park, Canyonlands. This one is known for its massive size with the dramatic desert landscape. Since Canyonlands is so big, it feels less congested than Arches. Many couples prefer this while others stick to Arches for its unique scenery.
There are 4 major parts of Canyonland National Park, with The Island in the Sky being its most popular. This giant mesa over panoramic overlooks and hiking trails. Other areas feature sandstone rock formations and flowing rivers. There’s something for all kinds of adventurous couples!
If you prefer a quieter elopement location over the popular national parks, Dead Horse Point State Park is ideal. It’s the only state park in Moab and one of the most stunning in all of Utah.
This is also an excellent spot for dog parents as the park is pet-friendly. Pets are allowed in most zones of the park besides mountain biking trails.
Dead Horse Point State Park covers over 5,000 acres of desert at an altitude of almost 6,000 feet. The park also features a dramatic overlook of Canyonland National Park and the Colorado River. Endless magical photo ops!
One of the best parts about a Moab elopement is the incredible BLM land. BLM lands are public areas managed by the Bureau of Land Management. These are ideal spaces for couples looking to get off the beaten path and enjoy a private, intimate ceremony.
In Moab, there is so much BLM land to explore. From rugged cliffs to picturesque arches, it’s almost impossible not to be impressed by all the options. You can even opt for a BLM land campsite for your elopement getaway if you and your love enjoy camping.
I’ve spent a ton of time exploring Moab and BLM areas, so feel free to contact me to find your perfect spot.
With so many amazing parks around Moab, the Manti-La Sal Mountains are sometimes forgotten. The Manti-La Sal National Forest covers over a million acres throughout Utah and Colorado. You can see this stunning mountain range from many popular locations in Moab.
Have a beautiful elopement ceremony with the Manti-La Sal Mountains in the background or head to the top for the ultimate elopement experience.
It’s hard not to have an incredible elopement in Moab, especially if you love adventure. But here are some tips to ensure you have the best experience possible.
Most couples prefer saying “I do” in Moab during spring or fall. With that said, Moab is fun and beautiful no matter when you go. There are 4 distinct seasons, each offering a different experience.
During summer, Moab is hot and crowded. Couples who love the hustle may enjoy this. However, many couples prefer to avoid eloping in summer to steer clear of all the people and warm temperatures. If you choose to elope during summer in Moab, a sunrise or sunset ceremony is the way to go!
In the fall, the weather cools down and is much more pleasant. With that, the crowds remain. Just about any Moab destination is stunning during fall, and there are just as many hidden gems as there are busy destinations.
A winter elopement is ideal for couples who enjoy chilly weather and a quiet atmosphere. During this time of year, Moab slows down so elopement ceremonies can be much more intimate. Just be sure to consider clothing in case it snows!
Tip: A wedding planner and photographer like Among the Pines can help you get creative with attire for a winter elopement in Moab.
I personally love spring in Moab for its mild temperatures and blooming flowers. Because the spring is so magical, a lot of other people love visiting during this time. That’s why the busy season starts during late spring. An early spring elopement brings nice weather, fewer crowds, and gorgeous scenery.
Moab can be a tricky place when it comes to getting permits for elopements. With the mix of BLM lands, national parks, a national forest, and a state park, permit regulations and fees vary depending on the location. However, most Moab elopement spots do require permits.
While there are a few hoops to jump through, the memories that eloping in Moab brings is well worth it! Not to mention, I always help my clients with the logistics of permits to ensure they have the most stress-free experience possible.
The Leave No Trace concept is very important, especially in Moab. Simply put, Leave No Trace entails showing love to the natural environment. Important things to mention include sticking to established areas, getting the appropriate permits, and not damaging any natural structures or artifacts.
I’m a proud member of Leave No Trace and am committed to working with any adventure couple to plan and execute an unforgettable elopement while protecting the Earth!
Whether you plan to fly or drive to Moab, there are several options for getting to and around the area.
Because Moab is more remote than many other US cities, there isn’t a very convenient airport right in town. However, there are a few nearby options. The closest international airport is about 4 hours away in Salt Lake City (Salt Lake City International Airport). There’s another large airport about an hour and a half from Moab (Grand Junction Regional Airport) and a small one about 20 minutes away (Canyonlands Regional Airport).
Moab itself is very drivable. If you’re flying in, you’ll probably want to rent a car. If you plan to do some adventurous exploring, there are plenty of options for renting Jeeps and ATVs.
Moab is easily one of my favorite elopement destinations. It’s one of the most fun, adventurous, and scenic places to tie the knot.
Are you ready to start planning your epic elopement adventure? I’m an ordained elopement photographer and planner who can help you make your elopement dreams a reality!
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