You want to have a unique elopement and you’re wondering, “How to elope in Arches National Park?” so I made this awesome guide for you!
Arches National Park is located in Moab, Utah, which is in southeast Utah. The closest international airport is Salt Lake City, which is around 4 hours away. There is also a local airport in Moab that you can fly into. There are lots of hotels and airbnbs in Moab to choose from. I always recommend staying on the north side of town because it’s closer to Arches and there is less traffic 🙂
If you are wanting unreal and unique views with sprawling red rocks, fins, and of course arches then I highly recommend eloping in Arches National Park. Arches is a unique park with tons of places to explore and let’s be real, so much cheaper than a wedding venue 😉 It’s great too because this park is located right by Moab so there is plenty of accommodations, restaurants, and places to visit outside of the park.
When deciding to elope in Arches, I recommend thinking about what time of the year you want to elope! There are 4 pretty distinct seasons in Moab. Summers (late May – October) are very hot and the most crowded. I would get married there in the fall (October – early December) or spring (March – late May) for the best temperatures and less crowds. I would recommend choosing your date as a weekday and not on a holiday to avoid lots of people. There are certain locations in the park that you are allowed to have your ceremony. My favorite spots are: The Windows, Sand Dune Arch, and Pine Tree Arch.
The cost to enter the park is $30 per vehicle. I suggest getting the annual national parks pass for $80 (especially if you plan to see all 5 national park in Utah then it pays for itself!)
The price recently increased to $385 for the required special use permit. You must fill out the permit form at least 4 weeks in advance and up to 1 year in advance!
You can view all the park regulations here.
Arches has recently implemented a timed entry into the park. You must reserve your entrance into the park from April 1 to October 31st and you can do so here. If you have a special use permit (required for weddings and elopements) then you do not need to have the timed entry.