We LOVE when couples choose to do weddings their own way, especially when that means getting a little dirt on their shoes and heading out for an adventure. We've been adventuring in the Arizona desert for over a decade, and we're excited to share a few of our favorite spots that we've flowered. Read on for 3 easy to access locations for an outdoor-focused wedding in Arizona.
1. Sedona, Arizona
It doesn't get much better than towering red standstone and blue desert skies. Sedona is so beautiful, it could be a National Park, but instead is incredibly easy to access and explore. Just a few hours outside of Phoenix, Sedona has milder weather, making it an ideal destination for a wedding in almost every season. This small desert town has a variety of venue options available, as well as easy to access trail systems perfect for an elopement. If you're choosing to elope or get married away from a traditional venue, not all locations or wedding sizes need permits, but you should check, here.
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2. The McDowell Mountains
Right on the edge of Scottsdale, the McDowell mountains are full of spectacular granite features, stunning desert foliage, and just the right amount of elevation to accommodate just about any kind of elopement or photoshoot. If you're a rock climber, you can find some well-earned privacy on top of the iconic Tom's Thumb. If you're a hiker, the weaving network of McDowell Mountain trails provide a variety of views. Fall, Winter, and Spring are all spectacular and unique in this part of the desert. Make sure to consider whether you need a Special Use permit for you and/or your photographer.
3. Flagstaff, Arizona
Flagstaff is full of spots for a traditional wedding or adventurous elopement. Just 2-3 hours outside of Phoenix, AZ, Flagstaff is a classic mountain town surrounded by up to 12,000 ft peaks, aspen groves, basalt cliffs, and flower fields. In the winter, Snowbowl Ski Resort hosts snowy weddings - you can even get married on the ski slopes. During the summer, you can drive or hike to hundreds of different secluded spots for the perfect wedding. Depending on where you're planning your wedding, if it's outside of a traditional venue, you may need a permit, and you can check, here.
These 3 destinations are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to locations for an adventure wedding in Arizona. Always check with the Ranger's office/Forest Service or Visitor's Center, and be prepared to practice Leave No Trace before making plans to use Arizona's wild spaces. Looking for a florist to help get your flowers on top of a sandstone spire? Let's chat!