Newlyweds sit on the edge of a canyon rim snuggling during their dead horse point elopement

Your Guide to a Stunning Dead Horse Point Elopement

Moab is an absolute must-visit place for the adventurers. So, when both you and your partner have a deep sense of wanderlust, it only makes sense to plan your elopement here! As a Moab elopement photographer, I have gotten the chance to capture so many gorgeous canyon-side weddings, and now, I’m here to help you out. If you have been considering planning a Dead Horse Point elopement, I would love to give you a guide on what to expect so you can plan the wedding of your dreams!

Plan Your Dream Dead Horse Point Elopement 

When You Should Elope & How to Pick Your Date

First things first, let’s chat about when you should get hitched here. It’s important to remember that Dead Horse Point is located in a desert. That means you’re going to be spending the summer dealing with a thermostat constantly hanging out around 100 degrees. If you’d prefer your wedding to be sweat-free, I would recommend sticking with a fall or springtime wedding. If you want to avoid wedding crashers, you might want to consider a weekday wedding during the sunset. Not only will you have fewer crowds, but you’ll also have some of the dreamiest pics imaginable! 

Dead Horse Point Elopement Locations

There are a number of places where you can hold your wedding including an ADA-accessible site, the Shade Shelter Site. This one can accommodate up to 100 guests and has some pretty fantastic views.

Other options include: 

  • La Sal Site: This area can accommodate up to 25 guests. While it’s exceptionally scenic, be prepared for uneven surfaces. 
  • West Bench Site: You will get canyon and river views, and it can accommodate up to 50 people. Plus, this one has pretty easy access. 
  • Cliff Side Site: This one is a little more isolated but will give you stunning views. It can accommodate up to 20 people. 
  • Point Bench Site: While this one is easily accessible and gives you stunning views, you can only accommodate up to 5 people. 

How Much Does an Elopement Cost?

To use Dead Horse Point for your elopement, you will need to get a Special Use Permit and must apply at least 30 days before your event. The permit will be around $60, and you will also have to pay a site fee that ranges from $200-$300 (the cost is dependent on guest count). You also have to apply for a Utah marriage license. This will cost $30. There is no waiting period, so you can use it right away. Lastly, you will need an officiant. If you plan on hiring one, this will cost around $130. 

Hiring a Dead Horse Point Elopement Photographer

Maybe I’m biased, but I think one of the most important parts of planning your wedding at Dead Horse Point is booking a professional photographer. You’re choosing this park for the views, and you need someone who knows how to capture them! As a Moab elopement photographer, I have tons of experience working with couples to get all those shots I know they’ll treasure for years. Plus, I’ll make sure you have everything you need for your dream wedding! 

Let’s Capture Your Dream Dead Horse Point Elopement Together

So, do you want to find out if we’ll be a good match? I would love to set up a consultation so you can be sure I’m the one to help you celebrate! Reach out to me soon to get the conversation started about your dream Dead Horse Point Elopement.

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