My husband, Roy, and I moved to Utah for two main reasons. The first reason is the population and the second reason is the landscape. Utah is one of the best places to start a successful wedding photography business and we ended up in the Salt lake valley to do just that. Once we moved here, Roy and I made it a goal to visit one new location in Utah each month. We did that for the first 2 years we were here and we can now confidently say that we have some of the best locations scouted out. Some are very popular and others are less known about so they end up more private. Once we stepped foot in Moab, Utah, I knew that it would become my favorite place to be. If you want to go to a place that is warm, intimate, and looks like you have been transported to another planet, Moab is the best place for you to travel to. It is also the perfect destination for any intimate wedding.
In this blog, I will tell you about some of my favorite locations around Moab. They all have pros and cons to them that I will list out. One thing to keep in mind about Moab is that it is hot and very dry. I would avoid eloping here in the summer if you can. Most of these locations provide little or no shelter from the hot sun. I find that the best time to visit Moab is in the spring or late fall, but I have also been there in the winter and it is also beautiful! If you would like to start planning your elopement in the area, send me a message and I will be here to help!
Most Notable - Fisher Towers are located northeast of Moab off Highway 128. They are towering red rock cliffs that are disconnected from the canyon walls and stand out as a monument to the surrounding valley.
Pro: Fisher Towers is an easy drive to an area on BLM land that is not well known, thus giving privacy and a sense of uniqueness. It is a great place for those kinds of images that give such perspective of how large the rock cliffs of Moab are.
Cons: The road to get to Fisher Towers is dirt so it is subject to rain or bad weather for access. If it is too muddy, getting there could be impossible. Shade there is also sparse so the time of the shoot should be well thought out and planned.
Most Notable: Navajo Rocks is located off Highway 313 heading towards Canyon Lands National Park. It's a great little area that showcases the basin land with some nice red cliffs. There are white rocks as well as red rocks and vegetation. It is a unique area that is assessable by highway and a short hike into the desert.
Pro: Located on BLM land, Navajo Rocks is very accessible and drone footage of the area is easy to capture and fly. It is a great unique spot that gives some different variety to the red rock landscape Moab has to offer.
Cons: It is extremely hot in the summer or noonday. Being out in the flat land, shooting here during sunset or sunrise is paramount. There is not much shade and the orientation of the rocks makes this location very particular on the time of day. Sunrise and sunset are not just the best, they are the only times to shoot at this location.
Onion Creek Road
Most Notable- Onion Creek is a trail that many love to bring ATVs and Jeeps on, but you can get there with a truck as well. This road winds through beautiful country and if there is enough water that year, you'll be driving close to a creek the entire time.
Pro- Even though it is a popular area, it is more private. You can choose several different types of landscapes to use as your backdrop. As we travel through the trail there are several areas to pull off for photos and there is shade to provide relief from the sun.
Con- It can get dusty! As the ATVs and Jeeps drive by they kick up a lot of dust. This is a location that does not allow us to venture far off the road. We can beat this problem by arriving at sunrise.
Arches on BLM
A common misconception about the arches of Moab is that they are all in the National Park. That is not true. Several arches around the area are located on BLM land. BLM land allows us more freedom when it comes to legalities. Because they are not in the park there are still a lot of tourists who won't know about them. This allows us more privacy and makes it easier to take photos without tourists in the background. Some of our favorite arches are Wilson Arch, Corona and Bowtie Arches (they are close together), and Jug Handle Arch. all of these arches are close to a parking area and have other beautiful landscapes nearby. To get to Corona, Bow Tie, and Jug Handle you will travel up Potash Road. Along that road, there are some of the most beautifully preserved petroglyphs in the area!
As you can see, Moab Utah is a wonderful place to elope! Even though there are wedding venues around, getting out into nature does not have to be as messy or sweaty as it sounds. You can create an elopement full of exploration and adventure. All of these locations that I listed require little to no hiking. Even though there are hundreds of miles of hiking trails, you can achieve a beautiful and unique wedding close to the car. Moab is a small town, but it packs a big punch. I have been there several times and still do not feel like I have explored it all yet. If you love red rock, desert, geology, and adventure, Moab, Utah may be the place for you to get married at!