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Plan your Elopement at AutoCamp in Joshua Tree

Eloping at AutoCamp Joshua Tree offers a unique and unforgettable experience for couples looking to celebrate their union against the backdrop of California’s striking desert landscape. This luxury camping boutique hotel, located just a stone’s throw from Joshua Tree National Park, redefines the elopement adventure with its blend of mid-century design and contemporary amenities. Guests enjoy the privacy and comfort of their own custom-designed airstream, equipped with everything needed for a luxurious stay.

Property Photos at AutoCamp Joshua Tree

About AutoCamp Joshua Tree

Where is Joshua Tree?

Joshua Tree is a captivating desert town situated in the south east corner of California, nestled at the crossroads of the Colorado and Mojave Deserts. This unique location is renowned for its dramatic landscapes, featuring rugged rocks, expansive desert plains, and the iconic Joshua trees that give the area its name. 

Situated approximately 130 miles east of Los Angeles, Joshua Tree offers a tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life, making it an ideal destination for those seeking a serene backdrop for their elopement. 

Closest Major Cities/Towns:

  • Drive Time From Palm Springs: 50 minutes
  • Drive Time From Los Angeles: 2.5 hours
  • Drive Time From San Francisco: 8 hours

How to Get to AutoCamp Joshua Tree

Closest Major Airports:

Pro Tip: For a smoother journey, consider flying into Palm Springs Airport (PSP). Not only will this choice save you from the notorious LA traffic, but it also lands you in one of my top airport picks for its aesthetic appeal — it’s truly Instagram-worthy! Palm Springs Airport stands out for its compact size and ease of navigation, making your arrival and departure stress-free. Additionally, Palm Springs itself is a vibrant spot, equipped with all the major stores for any last-minute essentials you might need before venturing into the desert.

Joshua Tree National Park

What to do in Joshua Tree?

Joshua Tree is the perfect spot for couples who dream of tying the knot in the great outdoors, wrapped in adventure and the beauty of nature. Imagine starting your wedding day with a gentle sunrise hike, sharing a laid-back picnic in the park with your favorite people, or dining under the stars in desert style. Joshua Tree has something for everyone – whether you’re up for the thrill of rock climbing, and 4×4 off-roading, or you’re looking to unwind with some stargazing and leisurely exploring the 300 miles of trails that wind through national park by foot. It’s a place for you to create lasting memories in the desert.

Why Elope at AutoCamp Joshua Tree?

AutoCamp’s Joshua Tree location is not just about upscale accommodation; it’s about creating an immersive experience that connects you to the serene and majestic beauty of the desert. With the property set against a horizon of mountains and desert scapes, couples can expect breathtaking sunsets and a peaceful atmosphere, making it an ideal setting for those intimate moments of commitment.

For couples drawn to the desert’s blank canvas, AutoCamp Joshua Tree serves as the ultimate basecamp. Whether you’re envisioning a day filled with hiking and exploration, a personal yoga session followed by a sound bath, or a simple morning around a campfire before exchanging vows in the national park, this location offers the flexibility to make your elopement as active or relaxed as you wish.

Couple Portraits Eloping in Joshua Tree

Planning Your Wedding at AutoCamp Joshua Tree

In this section, we’ll guide you through everything you need to know for planning your unforgettable desert wedding at AutoCamp Joshua Tree. From selecting the ideal season, accommodating your guests comfortably, choosing the right vendors, to exploring local spots for that extra touch!

Best Time of Year to Elope in Joshua Tree

Planning your Joshua Tree elopement is all about embracing the desert’s rhythm, and finding that perfect time of year is key to ensuring your day is as serene as the setting. Aim for the milder climates of the spring (March to May) and the fall (September to November), when the weather strikes a perfect balance between warm days and cool evenings. 70s to 80s during the day and 40s to 50s by night. 

If you love the warmth of the desert September is just right for you with daytime temps in the 90s, and down to the 60s as the sun dips.

Pro Tip: Joshua Tree, with it’s wide open landscapes, can be a bit windy, especially from March through July. So if you’re dreaming of a serene outdoor ceremony, planning around the wind can make all the difference. 

** Also, for those eyeing a spring elopement, keep an eye on the festival dates near Palm Springs. Coachella and Stagecoach can pack the desert,  a quick Google check on their schedules can help you dodge the crowds and have the serene, intimate desert wedding you’re envisioning.

Wedding Photos at AutoCamp

Guests Considerations

Accommodating Guests at AutoCamp

Welcoming your nearest and dearest to your Joshua Tree elopement should feel as effortless and laid-back as the desert itself. AutoCamp offers a unique blend of luxury and nature, making it an ideal spot for your guests to unwind and revel in the beauty of the desert. With their chic Airstreams and plush amenities, everyone will find themselves enveloped in comfort. Think of it as glam camping at its finest, where the spirit of adventure meets the tranquility of nature. It’s the perfect setting for those you love to gather, celebrate, and make memories amidst the stunning backdrop of Joshua Tree.

Tips for a small, intimate gathering vs. a slightly larger event

Whether you’re envisioning an intimate affair or a slightly larger celebration, the key is in the details. For a small gathering, focus on creating personal touches that speak to your journey as a couple. It’s about quality time, shared experiences, and crafting those moments that feel uniquely yours. On the flip side, planning for a few more guests means considering group dynamics, activities that everyone can enjoy, and ensuring there’s space for both togetherness and individual reflection. No matter the size, your event at AutoCamp promises a blend of adventure, intimacy, and unforgettable desert vibes, making every moment count with your closest friends and family by your side.

Wedding Ceremony at AutoCamp Joshua Tree

Deciding to have Ceremony at AutoCamp or in the National Park

Eloping or celebrating with a small group opens up a world of flexible options for where and when your special moments unfold. At AutoCamp Joshua Tree, simplicity meets elegance for on-site ceremonies, the Mojave Dome, Desert Flat, and the Ocotillo are all beautiful spaces for gatherings. Engaging with the AutoCamp team will reveal a variety of options to tailor your day perfectly, especially if you’re including guests.

Alternatively, Joshua Tree National Park offers a breathtaking backdrop for those saying “I do.” Whether it’s an intimate ceremony or a gathering with loved ones, securing a special use permit is essential. The National Park’s website provides comprehensive details on the permit process and suggests scenic locations for your ceremony.

For a truly magical start, consider a sunrise ceremony in the park. The early light casts an unparalleled glow, offering a serene, private atmosphere. This could be a moment for exchanging private vows or heartfelt letters, reserving the formal ceremony for later at AutoCamp with your guests. This approach combines the best of both worlds: the park’s natural beauty and AutoCamp’s convenient, stylish accommodations.

Local spots to check out while you’re in town

Choosing Joshua Tree for your elopement means more than just saying “I do” in a stunning location; it’s about embracing the adventure and sharing the area’s unique charm with your guests. Whether it’s gathering for a welcome dinner in Pioneertown or exploring the desert’s hidden gems together, make your elopement a full experience. Here’s some local spots and favorite trails to kick off your planning!

Joshua Tree Elopement Vendors

Choosing the vendors that are familiar with the area you are Eloping is highly recommended for a smooth and laid back elopement experience. This curated list features top professionals known for their excellence in the Joshua Tree setting, ensuring your day is flawless and simple.

Planners + Coordinators



Private Chef + Catering


Table set ups at Joshua Tree Auto Camp Weddings

Wedding FAQ’s for AutoCamp Joshua Tree

Do you have to buy out the property to get married at AutoCamp?

You do not have to buy out the property. AutoCamp Joshua Tree is a great basecamp and wonderful place for all of your guests to stay at the same place – offering more time with your community and space for guests to spread out and relax. 

If you are considering any of the gathering spaces at AutoCamp for your Ceremony or Dinner, you will want to get in touch with the AutoCamp team for logistics about what that looks like.

Can you get married in Joshua Tree National Park?

Yes! You will need to apply for a special use permit with the Park. You can find all the details on their website here.

How many airstreams does AutoCamp Joshua Tree have? 

The AutoCamp Location in Joshua Tree has 47 airstreams, and 8 Cabins that are spread across 25 acres right in the heart of town. Each space has their own outdoor lounge, table, and fire pit.

How much does it cost to get married at AutoCamp Joshua Tree?

With all weddings, the cost varies on the size and details of your Elopement. Staying at AutoCamp, averages around $300 per night. For your Joshua Tree Elopement, you’ll want to consider costs for a permit in the park, the vendors who will make your day seamless and special, private dinner just the two of you or catered family style dinner celebration. You’ll also need to reach out to AutoCamp Joshua Tree if you would like to rent out one of the gathering spaces. 

Do you need a permit to have a ceremony in Joshua Tree National Park?

Yes, to have your ceremony in the park you will need a special use permit, there is a $120 application fee. You can apply for this anywhere from 15 days prior to the event (I’d recommend at least 6 weeks though) up to 1 year out from the date you would like to get married.

How much does it cost to get into Joshua Tree National Park?

The entry fee into the park is $30 per vehicle or you can use your National Park Annual Pass!

Is AutoCamp dog friendly?

AutoCamp does welcome your pup! There is a $75 fee for pets during your stay. Keep in mind the desert temperatures for your pup when planning a celebration during the warmer months. Also, if you’re considering going into the park, National Parks really limit where dogs can go. Check out this AutoCamp Blog about Dog Friendly hikes for each property.

Is Joshua Tree National Park dog friendly?

In JTNP, pets are not allowed on hiking trails, in the backcountry or in park buildings, they must be leashed are remain within 100 feet of roads, parking areas, and campgrounds.

In the park, dogs are allowed on unpaved roads, which offer spectacular scenery and a chance to immerse yourself in the desert landscape with your pet while following park regulations and protecting the park. Check out: Geology Tour Road and Bighorn Pass Road

This page on Joshua Tree National Park website is also a great resource that fully explains the rules with dogs in the park.

AutoCamp Joshua Tree Wedding

Joshua Tree Elopement Photographer

Residing in Northern California, I’m continuously drawn to the quiet, vast beauty of the desert in Joshua Tree. As the lead photographer for Mint Collective, an AutoCamp partner, I’ve had the opportunity of documenting events at all AutoCamp locations. AutoCamp redefines camping with its luxurious touch, perfectly blending comfort with the outdoors — a match made for your wedding day. To me, Joshua Tree is more than just a scenic location; it’s an infinite canvas that inspires creativity. If you’re envisioning a laid-back elopement in the desert, reach out, and let’s bring your Joshua Tree elopement dream to life.

Joshua Tree National Park

More Joshua Tree Elopement Resources

Thinking about tying the knot with a micro wedding or elopement in Joshua Tree? You’re in for something special. Dive into my other blogs for all the insider tips and ideas you need to make your Joshua Tree celebration perfectly you.

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