Birthday Weekend in Moab | Moab Elopement Photographer

If I could pick one place to stay in for the rest of my life, I’m 99% sure I’d pick Moab, Utah. It’s my happy place. I can go there to climb, to hike, or just to listen to the stillness of the desert. And I do… I visit at least 3-4 times a year, sometimes more, and I still can’t get enough.

So when my birthday came around and we realized we had a full three days to go somewhere, I immediately went to weather.com and pulled up Moab. 60 and sunny every single day. I was there.

And it was AMAZING.

After sitting in Colorado ski traffic for quite a while, we made the 5 hour drive in roughly 8. It was totally worth it though, because we made it in time to do the first hike on my list… Hidden Valley Trail. I’ve never seen a valley like this one in Moab.

Hidden Valley Trail by Moab Elopement Photographer Rayna McGinnis

 

And while the majority of the hike was kind of chilly, the sunshine and view at the end was priceless.

View at the end of the Hidden Valley Trail in Moab, Utah
View at the end of the Hidden Valley Trail
Moab Elopement Photographer, Rayna McGinnis and her family.
Family Photo <3

 

After the hike, we made it back down to the car in time to head to Arches National Park for sunset. Savannah fell asleep sitting up on the way. It was adorable.

Dog sleeping in car after hiking in Moab, Utah
Savannah sleeping.

 

Balanced Rock at Arches National Park at sunset.
Balanced Rock at Arches National Park at sunset.

The next day, we headed out early to do a hike that’s been on my bucket list for a long time, the Fisher Towers Trail. I’ve hiked part of it when we climbed Ancient Art back in 2013, but I’ve been wanting to hike the rest since then.

View of Ancient Art by Moab Elopement Photographer, Rayna McGinnis
View of Ancient Art and some of the other Fisher Towers from the trail.
Climbing rope at Fisher Towers
A project rope left by some crazy climbers. This climb looks intense.
View from the Fisher Towers Trail in Moab, Utah.
Christian and Savannah dog heading for the end of the trail.
View of the Fisher Towers Valley from the Fisher Towers Trail
View from the Fisher Towers Trail End into the Fisher Towers Valley.

And of course, we couldn’t call it a trip without getting on some sandstone, so we stopped at the Big Bend Bouldering area for a little while.

Boulder in the Big Bend Recreation Area in Moab.
Christian and I bouldering at the Big Bend Recreation Area just outside of Moab.

If you’re looking for a Moab Elopement Photographer, send me a message! I travel there free of charge and would love to be considered for your special day! Whether you’re planning an elopement at Arches National Park or Canyonlands, a climbing elopement on top of Ancient Art, a hiking elopement in Moab, or just saying your vows with a beautiful view behind you, I am your girl.