A desert elopement is one of my favorite ways to get married because it speaks to the adventurous nature of the couple. Anyone can go through a drive-thru chapel in Vegas but I love seeing a couple filled with love who want to go on an adventure in one of the incredible desert locations of the United States, such as Moab, Red Rock Canyon, Joshua Tree, Saguaro, Big Bend, and The Grand Canyon National Parks.
These weddings are small, intimate, and can take place at sunrise, sunset, or even under the stars.
If you’re planning a desert elopement, there are a few considerations for each of these locations.
There is lots to do depending on the kind of adventure you want. Helicopter tours over the Canyon, biking, hiking, and even donkey rides are options.
Saguaro National Park has many of those classic desert features you’d expect. It’s named after the giant seguaro cactus that thrives in this part of the Sonoran Desert. These cacti are striking and give this area a unique feel for a desert elopement. The park is in Southeastern Arizona, around the city of Tuscon. This makes things very convenient for a short trip. It’s also great for family and friends traveling in for nuptials. Tuscon has lots of great things to offer as well (Mexican food!), so it’s a wonderful compliment to your experience.
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