There are few places left in this country that feel truly wild. The Alaskan interior is far and away one of the remaining vestibules of wildness on this continent, but unless you are willing to brave bird sized mosquitoes, swamps, and hungry brown bears, it might not be an ideal place to say your forever vows in relative bliss.
A Death Valley elopement on the other hand- well that is a little more approachable. 2 hours from Vegas, or if you’re feeling bold a 19 hour drive from Denver for us, and accessible most of the year, Death Valley is a forgotten gem of elopement locations.
Temperatures will be brutal in the summer months, and you have to be aware of access to shade and water, but outside of those precautions you’re left with a magnificent and utterly wild desert. Don’t worry, if #vanlife or camping don’t sound ideal for your I Dos, several hotels inside the park exist as outposts for indulgence. What better excuse to sit beneath a palm tree in Death Valley, than to sip hot coffee on the morning of your elopement and take it all in?
Death Valley contains within its behemoth boundaries all of the following: Badlands. Ghost Towns. Volcanos. Salt Flats below sea level. Mountain peaks towering above 5,000 ft. A natural spring. Big Horn Sheep. Sand Dunes. Endless winding roads that seem to never end. Horse Back riding. Star gazing extra ordinarier.
Getting a picture?
Death Valley is without question, a special and unique place. One look at it and you would think to yourself, how could anything possibly survive here? But take a closer look, and spend time in this magnificent valley, and you will find not only remnants of life from ancient dwellers, but a highly active and distinct ecosystem.
To be married in this space, is to be somewhere wild. There are so many options for eloping in Death Valley – maybe why it is such a perfect location idea because it suits the definition of what an elopement is- whatever the hell you want it to be. And/or/also, if you are just wanting to have some photos taken here, check out more of the epic gallery published on Wandering Weddings.