If you are considering eloping in Joshua Tree National Park, here are some tips to help you plan your special day:
Obtain the necessary permits: You will need to obtain a permit from the National Park Service to get married in Joshua Tree National Park. You can apply for a permit online or in person at a park visitor center. It’s important to do this well in advance of your wedding day, as the process can take several weeks.
Choose your location: Joshua Tree National Park has many stunning locations to choose from for your elopement ceremony. Some popular spots include Keys View, Jumbo Rocks, and Barker Dam. Be sure to check with the park service for any restrictions or closures on certain areas.
Be prepared for the weather: Bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and appropriate clothing and footwear. I went in March and it was warm and dry!!!
Hire a super fun photographer who knows their way around (aka me hehe): Joshua Tree National Park offers a breathtaking backdrop for your wedding photos, so consider hiring a photographer who is experienced with outdoor photography and can capture the natural beauty of the park.
Consider hiring a wedding planner: A wedding planner can help you navigate the logistics of getting married in a national park, from obtaining permits to finding the perfect location and arranging for any necessary equipment or transportation. I also do elopement planning upon request 🙂
Respect the environment: As you celebrate your special day in Joshua Tree National Park, be sure to respect the natural environment and leave no trace. Take all of your trash with you and stay on designated trails to avoid damaging delicate plant life.
Plan to stay nearby and explore a little!! We hiked Skull Rock, Arch Rock, and went to the old Pioneertown close by – it was so cute and fun to explore. There’s a restaurant there called Pappy + Harriet’s that I recommend eating at for lunch… and you have to get their sweet tea! Palm Springs is close by – that’s where we stayed. It would be PERFECT to go elope in Joshua Tree, then honeymoon in Palm Springs. There’s so much to do and the weather is amazing – I can’t wait to go back for my next job there!!
Enjoy the moment: Finally, take the time to savor your elopement in Joshua Tree National Park. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so be sure to take in all the sights, sounds, and emotions of your special day!!!
Below are some of my faves from Christine + Kola’s elopement inside Joshua Tree!!!