If you are looking for a breathtaking elopement spot… I am here to convince you the Valley of Fire might be your perfect spot. Whether you are from the Las Vegas area and want to feel like you are escaping your day to day life in Las Vegas, or you are trying toto fly in for a low expense, warm and fun elopement I have found the Valley of Fire has something to offer everyone.
World-renowned for its 40,000 acres of bright red Aztec sandstone outcrops nestled in gray and tan limestone, Valley of Fire State Park contains ancient, petrified trees and petroglyphs dating back more than 2,000 years. On a sunny day, these rock formations look like they are on fire, giving the park its name, the Valley of Fire. It’s unique landscape makes it a breathtaking and original place to have a Las Vegas elopement.
Best Season for a Valley of Fire Elopement
The best season to elope in the Valley of Fire is from October to April. Bonus- these are ideal months for inexpensive travel! In summer months, the heat may be too oppressive. Try to come early in the morning or late in the evening to capture this iridescent beauty of the landscape.
The location is wonderfully central especially for those who want to use the rest of the weekend to hike or camp! Located about 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas in the Mojave Desert, Valley of Fire makes for an easy day trip. Just hop on I-15, and you’ll be there in under an hour. From there you can explore other state parks like Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon, or Joshua Tree National.
Logistics of a Valley of Fire Elopement
First, you will need a permit to be able to get married at Valley of Fire. You will not be able to DIY at Valley of Fire and you are required to have an approved wedding permit-holder involved in your wedding. I work with amazing elopement companies, who will let you to have me as your photographer. Contact me and I will provide you with referrals.
Another option is to get married on the Strip and have elopement photos taken at Valley of Fire. For this you will need photography permit, which cost $50 plus $25 for processing fees and photography permit paperwork must be submitted minimum 30 days before your session. I am Valley of Fire Photography permit holder and need just 24 hours to let Valley of Fire Rangers to know we are coming for your photos.
Enjoy the Day in the Valley of Fire
The Valley of Fire has hundreds of miles of cliffs and valleys to explore. You don’t need to stick to the hot spots. Give yourself extra time to explore new trails that aren’t on Pinterest! Hint- I know a couple secret spots for you. 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.
Staying at the Valley of Fire
A state park wedding, especially one as picturesque as Valley of Fire, is the perfect place to rent or use your retro camper!
If a retro camper isn’t exactly your idea of a romantic getaway there are some very luxurious hotels near by.
That’s it for my guide on how to elope in Valley of Fire, I hope this helps get you excited for your elopement day! If you need help figuring out which ceremony location is the most scenic, contact me today, your Las Vegas Elopement Photographer!