If you’re having something small and intimate or bringing along a few guests, here are the best locations where you can legally have a ceremony *inside* of Joshua Tree National Park:
FINDING YOUR DESERT CEREMONY LOCATION
You’ll be required to obtain a Special Use Permit ($120 nonrefundable) to hold any type of ceremony in Joshua Tree National Park.
Unlike other National Parks in California, the Special Use Permit for Joshua Tree does not cover the commercial permit for your photographer or videographer. You'll need to get an addition permit for each company. These are $120 each as well. This amount may already be added to your photographers or videographers overall price. Don't forget to ask!
Visit the official park website for FAQ’s and more info on Weddings below:
NATIONAL PARK WEDDING PERMITS AND FEES
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
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 (that can be your photographer and the officiant or park ranger if there's one around).
GET YOUR MARRIAGE LICENSE
WHEN TO VISIT JOSHUA TREE
❥ 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.
Weddings of 26 to 100 guests
the only option in the park to hold a larger wedding crews
Indian Cove Amphitheater
(no parking in the area, guests need to be shuttled into the amphitheater)
Weddings with 25 or less guests
Hidden Valley Picnic Area
Quail Springs Picnic Area
Rattlesnake Picnic Area