If there’s one underrated state among the 50, Arizona is surely vying for the top spot. Between the gorgeous weather, unique terrain, and variety of landscape, you have the opportunity to see mountains, deserts, snow, and cacti all on the same trip And with these magnificent features, Arizona is not only an incredible spot for a vacation but also the perfect spot to elope. Don’t believe me? Here are 10 gorgeous places to elope in Arizona (and the Grand Canyon doesn’t even make the list!).
If there’s one place to elope in Arizona that you don’t need to think about or plan for, it’s Sedona. It’s a location where you can show up and have picturesque backdrops simply handed to you. There’s an array of red rock and decorative greenery that lend themselves to perfect wedding memories.
The Mogollon Rim is a geological feature that extends roughly 200 miles – starting in northern Yavapai County and running eastward to New Mexico. The scenery of the Mogollon Rim – giant rocks and towering pines — is unique from that of the desert. Stand on a cliff as you say your vows to your beloved and watch the view expand for miles around you.
If what draws you to an Arizona elopement is cacti, then there’s no better spot than Saguaro National Park in southern Arizona. There are two sections of this park, which are located on either side of Arizona’s largest southern city, Tucson. It’s the perfect place to elope in Arizona if you and your fiancé love hiking, backpacking, and camping.
Lake Powell is a man-made reservoir on the Colorado River that serves as a major vacation spot. Eloping here is like combining your wedding and honeymoon in one. The gorgeous red rock and blue water make it the perfect backdrop for your ceremony as well as the perfect venue for outdoor fun after the fact. If you’re looking for some fun in the sun with your sweetheart, this is the place to elope in Arizona.
I’m not sure there’s anything cooler than getting married in Horseshoe Bend. You could argue that this location is really just nature showing off as towering red rock encircles a path of blue-green water. In the winter, Horseshoe Bend does occasionally get snow, which is a sight to see as well! Regardless of season, this location tops this list!
The Petrified Forest is one of the most unique places to elope in Arizona. It was created when large trees toppled over and became permanent parts of the landscape. I suggest heading to the southern region of the Petrified Forest – the “Rainbow Forest.” Here, you’ll see a variety of hues, and it’s the perfect backdrop for a wedding if you’re looking to be a little out there.
If you’re heading to Arizona for the traditional western theme, then Cave Creek is an ideal place to elope. It features caves, wildflowers, and a small creek (hence its name), but it isn’t too far from the big city. It’s located in Maricopa County and is close driving distance to both Phoenix and Scottsdale if you’re flying in or you’d rather honeymoon in a fancy resort (Fairmont Scottsdale Princess or The Phoenician, anyone?)
The Superstition Mountains are a range located to the east of the Phoenix metropolitan area. This is another great option if you’re looking to stay in the central part of the state, but you don’t want to elope in the city itself. The mountains will provide a gorgeous central backdrop to your vows and give you stunning pictures of your special day.
Engagement hikes are now fairly popular…why not have a hiking wedding? Hike in Lost Dutchman State Park until you’ve found the perfect place to elope in Arizona. Also, if you pick sunset for your wedding, you’ll have the treat of seeing the rocks in Lost Dutchman glow sunset red and purple
The Grand Canyon is the only canyon in Arizona. The Salt River Canyon Wilderness is a beautiful expanse of greenery that follows the river as it flows between canyons. You’ll see all the traditional colors of the dessert while adding a bit of life. You’ll have people wondering, “Wow! Where were they?” when they see pictures of your elopement.