In sunny southern California, the Colorado and Mojave deserts merge to form the stunning Joshua Tree National Park. Many people know this area as a training ground for local Marines, but we can’t let them hog all the fun! Joshua Tree is one of the best spots for adventure photography sessions and elopements.
Kristin + George’s Joshua Tree Anniversary Photography Session
I recently had the privilege of photographing Kristin and George for their anniversary session. The natural beauty of the park along with this sweet, easy-going couple allowed me to capture every loving moment between the two of them. Biodiverse Joshua Tree features a vast number of plants, animals, and terrains, making it the ideal location for photoshoots, elopements, and enchanting getaways at one of their top Airbnb’s.
First Thing’s First | Joshua Tree Photoshoot Permits
When planning a photoshoot or event at Joshua Tree, it is important to get the correct permits before entering the park. According to the national park website, you must fill out a NPS Form 10-930 Short Form and pay the $120 processing fee to receive a permit for photoshoots and weddings.
Please do not forget to apply for a permit, as the cost for not having one is $500! Once you have your permit, you are only allowed to have your photoshoot or wedding at one of the several locations listed here, and I have included some of my permit-approved favorites below!
Top Joshua Tree Photography Locations
Hidden Valley is one of the most gorgeous spots in Joshua Tree due to the huge boulders. This rare view provides a magical backdrop for all your photos (and they’re fun to climb!).
This spot is massive! Seriously, I have to pull out my wide lens when photographing at Cap Rock. Take in the unique views of the giant monzogranite rocks and green juniper trees. They will be the perfect location for your photoshoot or adventurous elopement!
Don’t worry, I’ve yet to see a snake here (but I would watch your step!). Rattlesnake Canyon has a little bit of everything – trees, cacti, and impressive rock formations. This area is a crowd favorite when it comes to weddings and photoshoots for a reason! Unfortunately, it’s temporarily closed due to vandalism. 🙁
Places to Stay in Joshua Tree
Looking for a fun place to stay while exploring Joshua Tree National Park? These Airbnb’s sure won’t disappoint! (The great thing about elopements is that you can spend more on the experience since your budget isn’t going toward décor, guests, and entertainment. A getaway in one of these unique lodging spaces will provide an experience you’ll never forget!)
Area 55 Futuro House
This unique glamping experience will have you feeling like you were just beamed up into a spaceship! Disconnect from the outside world and enjoy spending time with friends and family.
Stargazing Bubble Tent
This exclusive tent is the perfect place for stargazing! Lie back on the heated mattress and enjoy the unforgettable view of the night sky. You’ll have your own luxuriously spacious bubble to enjoy the scenery all weekend long!
Whisper Rock Ranch
This secluded Airbnb provides privacy with stunning sunset views! The wall-to-wall glass windows and outdoor deck area ensure you’ll never miss a moment of beauty while kicking back with your loved ones.
Book Your Joshua Tree Photography Session or Elopement
Joshua Tree National Park has a little bit of everything, making it the BEST place for photoshoots, weddings, and serene getaways. I would love to help you capture your experience and the natural beauty of Joshua Tree (no awkward selfies needed!) You are sure to have gorgeous photos and memories that you will treasure for a lifetime. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable experience—book with me here! And be sure to check out other amazing photo locations on the Blog.