Deserts create a unique landscape for your elopement. Earth tones will look great against the backdrops of sand dunes, stone croppings, and cacti.
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Want the feel of being in the Desert, then check out Great Sand Dunes National Park. There are rolling hills of sand and mountain backdrops. You can go sandboarding, camping, and stargazing all in the state of Colorado.
While here check out nearby Zapata Falls. A short hike to help cool off after the hot sands. The footing can be slippery so good shoes are required. Be careful of the hazards of ice in the winter and deep waters of the spring.
Bonneville Salt Flats
Glittering white salt, endless vistas, shallow pools mirroring the sky. Nowhere else in the U.S. can you find these views. The Utah flat has two seasons, a time when it is flooded and another when it is dry. When flooded a thin layer of water reflects everything around it, giving an ethereal look to the area. During the summer is that glittering white that you expect of crystallized salt.
April through May, during the week, is when I would visit to get that beautiful mirrored effect in your images without the crowds.
Moab is known for mesas and massive red rocks. The Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park are within driving distance of Moab. Scenic drives, waterfalls, rocking climbing, and hiking are all activities available.
If you are wanting an elopement in an otherworldly landscape Moab is worth checking out.
While you are in the area also check out Bryce Canyon National Park, Capitol Reef National Park and Zion National Park.
If you are wanting amazing views then a mountain hike to the top with snow-capped peaks and dramatic backgrounds.
Rocky Mountain National Park
There are thirteen allowed ceremony locations in the park. Book early as it is a popular location. I recommend weekdays to avoid the crowds.
Rocky Mountain National Park spans 265,000 acres of white-capped mountains, alpine lakes, and the famous Trail Ridge Road. Trail Ridge Road is the highest in the U. S. and has epic mountain views. The road links Estes Park and Grand Lake.
San Juan National Forest
San Juan National Forest has a hidden gem, would I would consider my best place to elope. Island Lake is one of four lakes located in the Upper Ice Lake Basin of San Juan National Park. It is a four-mile hike to Island Lake which is known for its beautiful clear water, and alpine wildflowers in the summer.
Fly out to these islands to enjoy rainforests and beach views.
If you love tropical weather, waterfalls and adventure, then Kauai is the island of your dreams. Kauai is an adventurer’s paradise. Views of the ocean while hiking along cliffs, waterfalls and canyons. Points of interest are the Na Pali coast, Mt Wai’ale’ale, Waimea Canyon and Kobe’s State Park.
Breathtaking views. Rugged coastlines, and secluded beaches. Kauai will blow you away. It hits all the epic adventure points.
From the west coast to the east coast, enjoy these beautiful beaches.
With beautiful white beaches, sunsets, and moonrises, Fort Morgan has a lot to offer with a small-town vibe. Perfect for those who want to avoid overcrowded beaches and pet friendly.
You also have the option to get married in the fort at the end of the peninsula as the sun dips from views of the turrets.
During the week and low tide is the best time to elope at Cannon beach. During low tide, you are able to walk out to Haystack Rock and Chapman Point.
Cannon beach is best during off-peak season to avoid the crowds. While you are visiting Cannon Beach there is also the opportunity to head out to Mt Rainier to have a second day in the mountains.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Canoe along the cliffs or visit waterfalls and lakes. North Michigan is known for its beautiful sandstone cliffs and varied geology.
Take some time to take in the forests or the sand dunes. If camping is something you enjoy, you can find many sites to pitch your tent.