How to Plan Dead Horse Point State Park Elopement
Eloping at Dead Horse Point can be a beautiful and memorable experience. Dead Horse Point State Park is known for its panoramic views of the Colorado River and the deep canyons of the Colorado Plateau. Dead Horse Point State Park is located about 4 hours outside of Salt Lake City, situated in eastern Utah, about 32 miles (51 kilometers) southwest of Moab and less than 2 hours from Grand Junction for reference. It is part of the Colorado Riverway Recreation Area. If you're thinking of eloping near Moab this park offers a great alternative to eloping in the Arches National Park.
Here's a step-by-step guide to help you organize your elopement at Dead Horse Point State Park:
How to Elope at Dead Horse Point State Park?
Necessary Permits and Wedding Locations:
Almost all state parks in Utah require that you obtain special use permit to have elopement ceremony in the park. Your photographer will also need one so make sure they have it. Great news! I have been approved for all of 2024 to shoot commercially in the park so that's one step less to worry.
Dead Horse Points State Park is very easy in obtaining any permits for eloping couples and I will help you contacting the ranger, there is a small $60 fee and you can get more info here.
Contact the park at least 30 days prior to the desired date you plan to get married in the Park to ensure adequate time for the permitting process.
Flowers and Props:
Officiant: Decide who will officiate your ceremony. You can hire a professional officiant or ask a friend or family member to perform the ceremony for you but ensure that they are authorized to officiate weddings in Utah. As always you will need Utah marriage license (you can get it up to 30 days in advance); I will be happy to recommend you great officiant in Moab.
Other Vendors for Your Elopement:
I can help you find all necessary vendors to make your elopement day truly special. From hair and make up person to flowers and cake.
The dramatic cliffs, red rock formations, and vast expanses of desert create a picturesque setting that is truly awe-inspiring.
Best Places to Stay Near Dead Horse Point State Park
One other great thing about Dead Horse Point is although it seems so remote and wild, yet it's' relatively close to a very cute town Moab. Moab would be the best place to based yourself out of to explore the area, visit Arches National Park and other amazing spots just outside of town. You can find numerous hotels in town, as well as more fancy and private Airbnbs or glamping accommodations. Under Canvas is one of those offering comfortable resort style tents with great views and fancy amenities. There is also a lot of dispersed camping where you can camp for free.
Best Time to Elope and Fun Activities to do After Your Elopement
Except for Memorial Day Weekend the park allows for wedding ceremonies year round from 6am-10pm
Moab and that area are great option for those wanting to elope in a winter. I would say any season is great, except the summers are hot and more crowded. Like most Utah desert elopements March-June and Sept-Decemeber are the best months.
Fun Activities to Do After Your Elopement
Dead Horse Point State Park offers opportunities for adventure and exploration. Before or after your elopement ceremony, you and your partner can embark on hikes, scenic drives, or even a helicopter tour to discover the park's hidden gems and make unforgettable memories. Souther Utah and Moab in particular offer a lot of fun festivals (folk festival in Moab as an example), hot air ballon rides, incredible hikes, natural wonders. Moab boasts amazing food and brewery scene for you to choose from to celebrate after you elopement. You can read more about best places to elope in Moab here, but if you're ready to elope at Dead Horse Point State park feel free to reach out.
Eloping at Dead Horse Point State Park offers a one-of-a-kind experience that will make your wedding day truly memorable. It allows you to break away from the traditional wedding format and create a personal and meaningful celebration that reflects your love and