With over 1000 sq miles of desert landscape to explore, it’s easy to see why hundreds of couples get married in Joshua Tree national park every year. These are some easy tips on how to elope in Joshua Tree National park!
1. Get the Right Permits
First things first, you’ll need a permit! i know…exciting, right?
The permit is $120 and is easy to purchase from the national park site! According to their site, your professional photographer is also required to obtain a separate special use permit.
2. Plan Around Cooler Months
Joshua Tree is hot AF in the summer. You’ll want to plan your Joshua Tree elopement around the Spring, Fall, and Winter but do NOT catch yourself there between May-August!
You want to look your absolute best on your elopement day. Save the summer for a location like Yosemite National Park! Plus, when you plan for cooler months, you can bring your dog and it won’t be too hot!
3. Don’t Rush Yourself, Enjoy the Day
Joshua Tree has hundreds of miles of roads to explore. You don’t need to stick to the hot spots like Skull Rock or Jumbo Rocks (which are gorgeous btw), give yourself extra time to explore new trails that aren’t on Pinterest!
Hike the park the morning before your elopement to get a different perspective of the land! Don’t just enter the park, get sunset photos, and leave – you’ll miss out on experiencing Joshua Tree to the fullest!
4. Stay At An Awesome AirBNB
One of the biggest questions people have when figuring out how to elope in Joshua Tree National Park is “where do I stay? Isn’t Joshua Tree in the middle of BFE?”
If you like Instagrammable AirBNB’s with aesthetic on point, you’ll be amazed at what Joshua Tree has to offer!
5. Choose Your Ceremony Location
The rangers at Joshua Tree have a selection of gorgeous locations to pick for your location! According to their permit website, the following locations are available for wedding and elopement ceremonies with 25 people or less:
-Hidden Valley Picnic Area (not permitted in March–May)
-Quail Springs Picnic Area (not permitted in March–May)
-Rattlesnake Picnic Area
6. Secure Your Vendors
You’re in luck because Southern California has thousands of talented vendors to pick from!! Here’s some of our favorites:
7. Pack Shoes With Great Tread
You’re never too old to monkey around! Make sure you pack shoes with good grip so you can climb the rocks or even go on a climbing excursion!
8. Rent An Exotic Car
Ever wanted to write “just married” but didn’t want to have to clean it off? Rent a car on Turo and pay extra for the cleaning🙌🏼
That’s it for our guide on how to elope in Joshua Tree National Park, we hope this helps get you excited for your elopement day! If you want a fresh smoothie on your drive into the park, stop at the Natural Sisters Cafe! & If you need help figuring out which ceremony location is the most scenic, contact us today!