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Arches National Park Elopement Guide

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Why Elope in Arches National Park?

Arches National Park is like a giant playground and art museum all in one. You can scramble across rocks, walk through huge, sandstone arches, and take in the beauty of nature. There are so many iconic arches to visit, little hikes to enjoy, and lesser known yet just a beautiful spots to enjoy. You can hike, climb, canyoneer, and camp out under the stars.

Seeing the arches in this park for the first time will have you tilting your head tot he sky in awe. Trust me, you’ll be happy you chose to elope in such an inspiring landscape.

The Best Time to Elope in Arches National Park

When you want to elope is truly up to you. Here is a break down of each season so you can choose the time that is right for you.

Remember that eloping on a weekday ups your chances for privacy!


  • Mild to warm weather with cooler nights
  • Less crowded, expect for Spring Break and some weekends
  • More greenery and chance for wildflowers


  • Hot temperatures and warm nights
  • Most crowded season
  • Best to adventure at sunset or sunrise


  • Cooler temps as the season goes on
  • Crowds lessen as school starts


  • Cold weather with the chance of snow
  • Best time to avoid crowds

What to Do in the Park

Arches has a lot to offer for any type of adventurer. In the park you can:

  • Hike through sandstone sculptures of varying lengths
  • Drive along the scenic drive
  • Climb some funky sandstone formations
  • Canyoneer to see a whole different side of the park
  • Backpack and camp out under the stars
  • See arches from the air via plane
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How to Get a Utah Marriage License

Getting your Utah marriage is a fairly easy process. The license is good for 30 days and you can get your license the same day as your elopement! 

To Make Your Marriage Legal:

  • Both you and your partner must be present, have legal ID, and know your socials at the time of application
  • You need to know your full names, your dates and places of birth, your addresses, parents names, and parents places of birth for the application
  • You must pay fees that range from $30-50 that may be cash only
  • Your elopement needs an officiant to be legal
  • Two witnesses must sign your license

Permits You Will Need

Getting your Special Use Permit for Arches is a fairly easy process. Here are a few things to know about the permit:

  • You should apply for it 4 weeks in advance
  • It only costs $185 to get a permit
  • You must pay for the permit before submitting your application
    • A copy of your receipt must be emailed along with your applications
    • You can find all the information here

There you have it! Getting your permit doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Don’t worry, as your photographer and guide I’ll be there every step of the way.

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