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How to Elope at Dead Horse Point

A Guide to Eloping in Utah's State Park | Halie West Photography

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Why Elope at Dead Horse Point State Park?

Dead Horse Point State Park is the perfect place for your elopement. This place has the best sunsets. Overlooking the Colorado River with layers of rock rising from the valley floor, there isn’t very much that beats this incredible view.

Moab has so much to offer alongside this state park. With so much to explore, you may want to stay for a week! See how eloping at Dead Horse Point is right for you.

The Best Time to Elope at Dead Horse Point

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 means less crowds!


  • Mild to warm weather with cooler nights
  • Less crowded, expect for Spring Break and some weekends
  • More greenery among the red dirt


  • 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
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What to Do in Dead Horse

Dead Horse Point offers some of the best canyon views in Moab. In the park you can also

  • Hike the Trails
  • Mountain Bike
  • Take in the views
  • Stargaze
  • Go Camping
  • Stay in a Yurt
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What to Do Nearby

Dead Horse Point is located in Moab Utah, so you know you can find a bunvh of awesome spots nearby. Here are a few to add to your adventure!

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

The State Park allows weddings of up to 100 people. There are different ceremony venues based off the amount of guests you plan to have. More information from the park itself can be found here.

A Special Use Permit must be obtained in order to have a legal ceremony. They only cost $60! Vehicle parking costs $15 per car. Special Use Permits can be found here.

Where to Stay

There are a lot of cute places to stay in the park and around Moab. Whether you want to rough it and camp, go glamping, or stay in a house or hotel, Moab has it all. Check out some options below.

Where to stay within the park

Where to stay in Moab

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