You’ve decided to elope and have now hit the point of choosing where. How fun! If you’re here you’re probably leaning towards Utah. As a photographer that has photographed weddings and elopements all over the state of Utah, I like to think I know the best spots. So I have compiled the top 5 locations to elope in Utah for you.
From mountains to desert, Utah is known for its diverse landscapes. And there are endless outdoor activities to choose from in every season. You’ll have no problem filling your elopement day with fun and adventure. In fact, it may be difficult to choose from so many options. So I am here to help you find what will fit you best.
Let’s Get Into It
1. Wasatch Mountains
The Wasatch Mountain Range stretches from the Idaho-Utah border down to central Utah. There are so many beautiful and secluded locations within this range. I often recommend any of the big canyons: Big and Little Cottonwood Canyon, American Fork, and Provo Canyon. And I have a couple other spots tucked up my sleeve!
Activities: You can find anything from hiking and skiing to river tubing and zip-lining across the Wasatch Front. If you love the mountains and outdoor activities, this is the perfect place for you to elope!
2. Park City
While Park City is technically part of the Wasatch Mountain Range, it deserves its own point. Park City is located about 45-60 minutes east from the SLC Airport. It is full of breathtaking views and fun activities. Whether you want an intimate outdoor ceremony or a private wedding at a resort. There is something for every couple here in Park City.
Activities: Park City is a world-renowned destination for outdoor recreation. This beautiful town is surrounded by mountains full of hiking and biking trails. And it is home to world-class ski resorts.
3. Zion National Park
Zion National Park is located in the Southwest corner of Utah. Its massive sandstone cliffs made of cream, pink, and red rocks draw in visitors from all over the world. I have a Zion Elopement Guide full of locations, activities, and everything else you will need to elope in Zion.
Activities: Most people come to Zion to hike and admire its views. But you can also enjoy Zion via helicopter and jeep tours, horseback riding or river tubing!
4. Bonneville Salt Flats
The Bonneville Salt Flats is one of Utah’s most unique natural landscapes. It is the remnant of Lake Bonneville, located 2 hours West of the SLC Airport. Eloping at the salt flats is fairly accessible and far less busy than some of Utah’s other locations. Visit my Salt Flats Elopement Guide for more information.
Activities: The closest city is about 10 minutes East of the Salt Flats; Wendover in Elko, Nevada. Since Wendover is behind the Nevada state line, there are casinos and dispensaries for fun that Utah doesn’t allow. If that isn’t your thing, or you want a night in the city – head back to Salt Lake City. You can head into a local brewery or go to dinner at a restaurant in downtown, SLC.
5. Dead Horse Point State Park
Dead Horse Point overlooks the Colorado River and Canyonlands National Park. This is my personal favorite location in Southern Utah. Unlike the National Parks, it is dog-friendly and not quite as busy. Not to mention, the views are incredible, making it a great ceremony and photo location.
Activities: There is not a ton to do inside this park, aside from a couple trails. However, there is plenty to do nearby with Moab and Canyonlands NP being within a 30 minute drive. You can find helicopter tours and water rafting, lots of hiking, and dozens of different 4×4 off-roading adventures!
If you want an elopement day full of great views and adventure, Utah is the place to go. This is a distinct and beautiful state with so many different landscapes to explore.
I’m Bri, a Utah elopement photographer. I specialize in scenic and true to color photography. If you like the photos in this article, get in contact with me! I would love to hear about your vision for your elopement day and help bring it to life.