The western United States are basically a candy store of stunning elopement destinations. You could probably throw a dart at a map and wherever you hit is almost guaranteed to be a epic location. It’s interesting to me though, because it often seems like AZ is not usually the first location that pops into people’s mind but there are so many places to elope in Arizona.
This may have something to do with the infamous summers here, and the (incorrect!) belief that it’s always hotter than hell here. Here’s the truth though- Arizona has such a wildly diverse landscape. Arizona is home to six different biomes and I love each and every one. I know I’m hopeless biased here because I love this quirky state- so I’m here to set the record straight on Arizona, all this place offers, and show you what a great place Arizona is to Elope.
3 Arizona Elopement Locations You May Have Heard Of…
Whether or not you are native to Arizona you’ve probably heard of one if not all of these places. And for good reason. They’re amazing and lovely places to consider for your elopement.
Plopped right between Flagstaff and Phoenix is our Red Rock Country. I dare you to drive down the looping switchbacks of 89A and not fall in love with this totally bananas place. There’s countless amazing hikes here (like Fay Canyon Trail, Devil’s Bridge, and Cathedral Rock ranging in difficulty from easy to hard), off-roading (also ranging from easy to… quite difficult), swimming, horse back riding, shopping, relaxing, etc etc etc. Downtown Sedona is quite the tourist attraction but this allows for a very solid home base (complete with grocery stores, spas, and a top rated Mexican Restaurant). I know I say every place is my favorite place but Sedona honestly is one of my favorite places. It’s where I first fell in love with the desert and one of my favorite places to elope in Arizona. You can check out one of my Sedona sessions here and even check out a whole flippin’ guide on How to Elope in Sedona here.
For the wow factor. I saw pictures of Horseshoe and honestly thought it was part of the Grand Canyon…which is not accurate though it is part of the Colorado River (the river that runs through the grand canyon). Horseshoe Bend is really spectacular AND it’s also very popular. It used to be one of the best secret spots in the region but from increased geotagging and social media buzz, this place has recently been commercialized and is usually pretty crowded. It’s definitely possible to be strategic and have a more private experience. Want to see more of Horseshoe? Check out this post!
For those of you who are not super fans of the crazy heat of the valley (Hi… most people), Flagstaff is a great option. It doesn’t even look like what most people think of when they think Arizona. Flagstaff is a super cute city with great food, great vibes, and GREAT views. Lot’s of hiking (the aspens in the fall are INSANE) and there’s even snow in winter time if that’s your thing. It’s also a stone’s throw from places like the Grand Canyon and Page, AZ if you still grave some traditional desert vibes.
…And 3 You Maybe Haven’t!
Yes, this is Arizona, no I will not tell you where it is. I stumbled upon this place totally by accident by visiting a lesser known Arizona monument and the scenery blew my socks right off and is one of my favorite hidden places to elope in Arizona. This place is empty and gorgeous AND super remote (nearest gas station is a 45 minute dirt road drive). There’s plenty of camping, some fun dirt roads to drive on, and lots of hiking. If staying in a cabin is more your jam, they’ve got those, too. Really I can’t sell this place enough. It stole my heart instantly and I’m sure it will steal yours.
For those of you who when you say you want to elope in the desert, you mean the freaking desert! Saguaros, prickly pear, cholla, you name it, we’ve got it. Just a (super) short drive from Phoenix, the Superstitions offer stunning views, hikes ranging from the easy to the hard (looking at you Siphon Draw Trail), and all the cacti you could ever want. Check this blog post out if you want to see more of The Superstitions!
The Mogollon Rim
If standing on the edge of the earth is your thing, the Mogollon Rim is for you. Also there are a lot of trees and some SUPER gorgeous lakes. Parts of the Rim can be pretty busy (popular spot for Phoenicians to escape the heat) but there are parts that are super, super quiet and private. The rocky road getting up there can be pretty fun too ☺ Lots of camping (some literally on the cliffs edge), fishing, hiking, and soaking in the amazing views.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg, folks. There are *so many* epic places to elope in Arizona.