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8 Great Places to Elope in Utah

Where to Elope in Utah | Halie West Photography

Why Elope in Utah

Utah is in incredible state. I’m so grateful to call Utah my new home. I love getting to explore new places in this state, and I believe that it is the best place for your elopement. Utah has stunning snow capped mountains, golden lakeside fields, and lovely sandstone sculptures. There are 5 National Parks and a handful of State Parks to explore. You really can’t go wrong when it comes to eloping in Utah. Every place is full of adventure, beauty, and memories ready to be made.

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Utah is a diverse state. In Northern Utah you find beautiful places such as the Bonneville Salt Flats and the Great Salt Lake. The Wasatch Mountains stretches towards the south, and the adventures to be found among those peaks are endless. Southern Utah is a desert paradise with an incredible amount of places to experience. Choosing a location comes down to when you want to elope, where you want to explore, and what place feels right for you and your love.


Utah has intense and beautiful seasons. Summers are real hot, while winters are down right cold. You can find the best snow on Earth in Utah, and the wildflowers and fall foliage is hard to beat. The weeks around Spring break and the Summer months can leave wild places packed with tourists. Early Spring, Fall, and Winter are great times to elope to avoid the crowds.

How to Get Your Marriage License

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

To Get Your License:

  • 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

How to Get Permits (aka booking the venue)

Another great reason to elope in nature is that it can save you money. Instead of paying the average $12,000 on a venue in Utah, you apply for a permit, rent a campground, or reserve a ceremony location.

Prices vary by the location, but know that your dollars are going to a good cause. Paying for a permit is like donating to a wild space. That money helps fund projects that keeps public lands clean and open, and allows us to continue on our adventures in these beautiful places.

Best Places to Elope in Utah

Zion National Park

Zion is Utah’s first national park for good reason. From inspiring canyons, to a raging river, petroglyphs, daring hikes, to colors beyond belief, Zion is a beautiful place to elope in.

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Snow Canyon State Park

Imagine endless red rock, slot canyons, and overlooks all just a few hours way from Zion. Snow Canyon is a beautiful and less crowded option for adventure!

The Wasatch Mountains

The Wasatch stretch from the Utah-Idaho border to Central Utah. They offer alpine lakes, jagged peaks, rivers, canyons, and some of the greatest hiking, climbing, and backpacking in Utah. These mountains are a great place to beat the heat or shred some pow! They don’t call it the Greatest Snow on Earth for no reason!

Dead Horse Point State Park

Dead Horse Point has incredible views that stretch as far as the La Sal Mountains. This park is best visited to watch the sunset. You overlook the Colorado River, watch the canyons turn from hues of orange to purple, and get to be amazed.

Arches National Park

Arches is the most popular park in Moab for good reason! It has over 200 arches to find, incredible sandstone formations, beautiful hikes, and scenic drives. You can say your vows under an arch and watch the sandstone turn gold as the sun sets.

Bonneville Salt Flats

The Salt Flats in Utah look like another planet. You can drive your car around on them when it is dry, or get the most epic reflection after it has rained. The sunrises and sunsets here are spectacular, and there is camping nearby!


Moab is full of red rocks, red dirt, and endless adventures! From rock climbing, to slot canyons, arches, river carved canyons, and even mountains views, Moab is a beautiful slice of desert wonderland in Southern Utah.

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon is the neatest place! Hoodoos are such wild sculptures that reflect the sun in beautiful ways. You can hike down into Bryce Amphitheater to get a unique view of these sandstone structures. I recommend watching the sunrise in Bryce as the hoodoos transform from pink to orange.

Utah Adventures

There are so many incredible adventures that you can have in Utah. From beautiful lakes, to snowy slopes, to the sprawling desert, the adventures are endless. Here are a few types of adventure that you can look forward to!

  • Canyoneering
  • Hiking
  • Jeeping
  • Mountain biking
  • River rafting
  • Climbing
  • Backpacking
  • Skiing + snowboarding
  • Helicopter touring
  • ATV riding

Utah Elopement Packages

I would love to be your photographer and guide on your greatest adventure yet in Utah. I believe in telling your genuine love story, creating an unforgettable experience, and allowing you both to be yourselves. Everyone has their own story that I hope to tell. Here are the basics included in every package that I use to serve you the best I can.

  • 8 hours of coverage
  • Experience and knowledge of Utah’s landscapes
  • Personalized location scouting and travel guide
  • Permit advice
  • Timeline suggestion
  • Printing rights and unlimited downloads
  • High resolution downloadable gallery
  • Two full rolls of film photos
  • Starting at $4,400
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Hey there, I’m Halie! Your elopement photographer and guide!

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