Ten Jaw-Dropping Places to Elope in Utah

Utah’s desert landscapes are unparalleled throughout the world. From slot canyons, to canyon cliffs, the mighty Colorado and Green rivers- there is an endless supply of beautiful places to get married to your person.

I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. And if you want to plan a beautiful Utah elopement of your own, drop me a line here and make sure to browse the helpful elopement planning tips for each location.

xxHaley

  1. Canyonlands National Park

    A quick 45 minute drive from Moab, Utah, Canyonlands NP offers views of iconic landmarks like Mesa Arch, Grandview point and an overlook of the green river. Canyonlands is typically more quiet than it’s neighbor national park Arches, making it a perfect place to share your vows. Get information on obtaining a permit from the park service here.

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2. Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument

This national monument encompasses over a million acres. There are more adventures to be had in this area than one person could have in a lifetime- hikes, waterfalls, slot canyons..you name it. After you say your vows, make sure to check out Hell’s Backbone Grill for dinner, the best spot in the whole state for grub as far as I’m concerned. Boulder or Escalante would both make great towns to be your home base while visiting this area. For more information on the monument, click here.

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3. Arches National Park

Arches NP is Moab’s most visited park, and for good reason. As you drive into the park, you’re transported into a prehistoric world of towering red rocks. For more information on obtaining a wedding/elopement permit for Arches National Park, click here.

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4. Dead Horse State Park

Why is this the best park in Moab to elope at? BECAUSE DOGS ARE ALLOWED! If having your pup with you while you say your vows is important and you want the accessibility of a state/national park, this is your place! Dead Horse offers sweeping views of the surrounding canyon country, and the sunsets always go off! For more information on getting a permit for your wedding or elopement ceremony in Dead Horse State Park, click here.

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5. Amangiri Resort, Canyon Point, Utah

Amangiri is the ultimate Utah desert meets luxury. The resort perfectly compliments the surrounding landscape, with all the amenities and beautiful architecture you would expect from an Aman resort. No more words needed, get married here NOW. (or honeymoon!!) More info here.

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6. Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef is my favorite national park in Utah. It’s wild, remote and you almost forget you’re in a national park. While most people visit Utah’s more popular parks, it’s not because this one lacks any beauty. There are amazing viewpoints, hikes, petroglyphs and AMAZING cinnamon rolls at the GIfford House. More info on wedding permits here.

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7. Zion National Park

Zion National Park is in the top five most visited parks in the whole country- and no wonder, it’s home to the legendary narrows and the infamous Angel’s Landing Hike. Zion is not where you go for solitude without getting up for sunrise or hiking one of the lesser traveled hikes, but it’s views make it worth it. There are several beautiful places to stay just outside of the park that still have the same natural beauty, but are less crowded. Try Under Canvas and Zion Ponderosa Ranch for lodging and as alternates as where to host your wedding. If you want to get married inside the park, obtain a permit here and check frequently for road and trail closures.

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8. Salt Flats

Utah’s salt flats are a wonder. They make a beautiful backdrop for an elopement or small wedding! There are also nearby areas worth exploring for a post-elopement campfire and s’mores. Here is more info on eloping at Utah’s Salt Flats

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9. Goblin Valley State Park

Goblin Valley is one of the most remote corners of Utah’s desert landscapes. There is endless hiking, and the interesting rock formations make for an excellent backdrop to get married against. As an added bonus, like Dead Horse State Park, dogs are welcome! For more information on how to obtain a permit, click here.

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10. Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area

Tucked away towards the Wyoming border, Flaming Gorge offers beautiful canyon views, overlooks and open high desert vistas. I’d highly recommend staying at Manila’s Vacation Inn as a place to stay, or reach out to them about hosting your elopement dinner on their beautiful property.

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5 Hair Style Ideas for Your Elopement

Hey friends!

Coming at you today with something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time- tackle the, “but what do I do with my hair??” question. You have the perfect location, dress, PERSON, but what’s a gal to do when she wants a simple, low-key option for her elopement day hair? KEEP IT SIMPLE. All that running around in the desert you’re about to do begs for an effortless style. I worked with the wonderful hair and makeup artist Nikki Breedlove to show you five easy hair styles for your intimate wedding or elopement.

Do yourself a favor and have this gal get you all dolled up for your Utah elopement!

xxHaley

  1. DOWN. This style is effortless but still beautiful.

Simple elopement hair and makeup for wedding

2. Half way up. Add a touch of juniper berries or whatever foliage is significant to where you’re getting married and you’re ready to say your vows!

Simple half updo on elopement bride

3. Low bun. This style is romantic and elegant without feeling too overdone. Have your stylist leave a few wispy hairs out to really nail this look!

Romantic bridal updo with wispy pieces for a low-key elopement look

4. Side braid. This is hands down my favorite style. All of your hair is back and secured, but still gives you that feeling of long hair around your face.

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5. Low-fuss Updo. Simple but still elegant, I love this hair style for a bride who wants to maintain a touch of class, even if running around in the desert.

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Thank you to:

Marlee Olsen for always being a perfect model

Bridal Closet for the prettiest dress

Ultraviolet Studios in Ogden for the dreamy backdrop

Nikki Breedlove for the amazing hair and makeup