How to get married in Joshua Tree National Park

Eeeeeek I hope this means you’re considering getting married in Joshua Tree National Par! It’s by far one of the most stunning deserts in the US and remains to hold a very special place in my heart and my “go to” getaway spot. If you love the look of a desert bohemian wedding and a galore of cacti, THIS is the location for you honey!

So let’s get to it! I’ll be going over the specifics of what wedding permits, where to stay and much more »

FINDING YOUR LOCATION

If you’re having something small and intimate or bringing along a few guest (as long at it’s under 25 people) here are the best locations where you can legally have a ceremony *inside* of Joshua Tree National Park:

Weddings with 25 or less guests
Hidden Valley Picnic Area
Quail Springs Picnic Area
Cap Rock
Live Oak
Split Rock
Rattlesnake Picnic Area

Weddings of 26 to 100 guests
Indian Cove Amphitheater
(no parking in the area, guests need to be shuttled into the amphitheater)

PERMITS AND FEES

You’ll be required to obtain a Special Use Permit ($120 nonrefundable) to hold any type of ceremony in Joshua Tree National Park.
You can download the form HERE and send it back using the address or email on the form.

Unlike other National Parks in California, the Special Use Permit for Joshua Tree does not cover your photographer or videographer. You’ll need to get an addition permit for each company. These are $120 each as well.

Visit the official park website for FAQ’s and more info on Weddings below:
https://www.nps.gov/jotr/planyourvisit/permitsandreservations.htm


MARRIAGE LICENSE

You can apply for a marriage license in any county in California. Since there’s no waiting period you could technically file in the morning and be married in the afternoon if it’s a spur of the moment elopement!

The closest County Clerk to Joshua Tree :

San Bernardino County Clerk
Joshua Tree Satellite Office,

63665 Twentynine Palms Highway
1st floor
Joshua Tree, CA 92252

On your elopement day you’ll bring your marriage license and the officiant will take care of the paperwork. You’ll need two witnesses to sign the marriage license (typically that’s myself and the officiant or park ranger if there’s one around).

WHERE TO STAY

There are so many AirBnBs that can host your elopement crew or provide you and your babe with a completely desolate private honeymoon vibe type of stay complete with cowboy hot tubs and beautiful starry skies!

Here are a few of my favorite stays that really embody the spirit of Joshua Tree. I’ve been to all of the locations listed and 100% recommend each! Whether you plan to stay in a bungalow or have your very close friends there with you for your ceremony, AirBnB has a TON of places to offer – some even welcome events if you want to host your elopement ceremony at one of these places!

Terracasa
(my personal favorite)
Curated with the most unique pieces of decor I have ever seen, this beautiful place is the home of my dreams! If you also enjoy neutral tones and mountain views, you may also fall in love.

Black Butterfly
Newly build in 2022, this edgy dark twist to a luxury Tulum style villa has a gorgeous swimming pool and spa and well as being the most private property on this list. Even has plenty of Joshua trees in the yard for possibly having your ceremony here as well!

Midnight Sun
Situated right beside a mountain, it has a stunning yard and pool area. The designers made this mid century modern design into something really special!

Las Alas del Sol
This place is an architectural dream! Also have extra services like private in-home yoga, massages, private in-home meditation/reiki/and south baths, AND a private chef,  to make your elopement day easy and convenient.

Funky Desert Oasis
A super cozy place to relax and enjoy the full Joshua tree experience. Stunning desert overlook and plenty of privacy, outdoor movie theater and pool!


WHEN TO VISIT

Spring in Joshua Tree National Park:
One of the best times to visit Joshua Tree National Park. The temperatures are mild, and the wildflowers are blooming. Keep in mind that it does get crowded because of the cool temperatures.

Summer in Joshua Tree National Park:
The least crowded time of year due to the scorching hot temperatures. It is easier to score a great campsite, and this is the best time to view the stars.

Fall in Joshua Tree National Park:
October and November are the best months to visit Joshua Tree National Park. The weather is perfect, and it is less crowded than the Springtime.

Winter in Joshua Tree National Park:
The cold temperatures tend to keep most visitors away, but that doesn’t stop rock climbers from enjoying the park. Every once in a while it does snow, and when it does, it is a great way to get some fantastic photography.

PLACES TO VISIT IN TOWN

Good Eats

Natural Sisters
Hands down the *best* apple pie I have ever had.
Crossroads Cafe
Frontier Inn

Cool Shops

Ricochet Vintage
The End

Experience

The Integratron
If you have time, I highly recommend getting a sound bath at Integratron – you can Google for reservations.
Pappy + Harriet’s
The best bar with the most memorable music get downs!
Pioneertown

Pro Tips

If you plan on eloping during summer months, be sure to hydrate and pack a little first aid kid with tweezers and plenty of sunscreen.

Download the AllTrails app to your phone to download a few hiking trail maps so you don’t get lost or miss anything important.

If you plan on eloping inside the park and have multiple vehicles coming in with you, think about getting walkie talkies just so no one gets lost. There’s no cell signal in the park so better to be safe and on time.

READY TO CHOOSE JOSHUA TREE AS YOUR ELOPEMENT LOCATION?
HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?
DIG MY VIBE AND WANT ME TO BE YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER?

REACH OUT AND LETS CHAT ♡

 

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