guide to eloping in moab utah by utah elopement photographer halie west

The Ultimate Utah Elopement Guide | Utah Adventure Elopement Photographer

The Ultimate Utah Elopement Guide

The Best Places to Elope in Utah | Utah Adventure Elopement Photographer

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Utah is one of my favorite states. It’s my home base with the best hiking trails and climbing routes. You can’t beat the snow- they don’t call it the greatest snow on Earth for no reason! The mountains are gorgeous. The desert in Utah is a place of pure magic. There is so much to see and do in Utah. It’s landscapes can be the perfect location for your elopement. Let’s explore Utah together.

Best Places to Elope in Utah

  1. Zion National Park
  2. The Wasatch & Uinta Mountains
  3. Moab
  4. Antelope Island State Park
  5. Bryce Canyon National Park

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The Middle Rockies

The Wasatch Mountains | The Uintas

  • Cirques and moraines carved by glaciers
  • Canyons full of waterfalls
  • Plenty of alpine lakes

The Great Basin

Antelope Island | Bonneville Salt Flats

  • Grand lakes with beautiful sunsets
  • Salt flats that seem like another planet
  • Golden grasslands with mountain views

The Colorado Plateau

Zion | Arches | Moab

  • Sandstone deserts with arches and overlooks
  • Desert towers sweeping across the horizon
  • Rivers that create colorful canyons

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  • Expect light rain, a chance of snow, and mild temps
  • Wildflowers are bloomin!


  • The alpine is the perfect place for a warm day
  • Great time to explore lakes and rivers


  • Temps become mild as the season goes on
  • Fall colors in Utah are beautiful


  • Get ready for snow and cold temps
  • Less crowds in popular places

The greatest time to visit Utah truly depends on what you want your elopement to feel like and what adventures you want to go on!

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Zion National Park is a place of wonder an adventure. You can hike to the top of a sandstone tower, rap down into a canyon, climb a sandstone wall, and if you are daring, raft down the Virgin River. Zion is home to sweeping canyon walls, petroglyphs, and rich history. It is unlike any national park for it’s sense of grandeur is a well kept secret of the valley. Zion would make the perfect elopement destination for the adventurous.

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The Wasatch & Uinta Mountains have every alpine adventure you could ask for. You could get married on a moutain top, at an alpine lake, before a waterfall, on your skis, on top of a climbing route, on your mountain bikes, or before taking off to parasail. The alpine glow at both sunrise and sunset is pure magic.

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Moab is the cutest little desert town with two national parks nearby, a river, a state park, and plenty of BLM land to explore. From sandstone arches to desert towers, it can be hard to choose a ceremony location. Luckily you can make the day or even a week of it and explore all that Moab has to offer.

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Antelope Island sits right between the Great Salt Lake and the Wasatch Mountains. With miles of trail, golden fields, shoreline, and plenty of bison, this state park offers lots of adventure. The sun setting over the lake sets the sky ablaze.

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Bryce Canyon National Park is a unique park full of hoodoos that reflect the colors of the rising sun. Watching the sunrise at one of the parks many overlooks is truly amazing. You can even get up close to the sandstone sculptures and descend down into the canyon. You can even snowshoe or cross country ski in the winter time.

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Want to create an adventure wedding, elopement, or adventure session in Utah? Let’s get started!

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