Literally, just right next to Las Vegas.

When you think of Vegas, the first thing that comes to mind probably isn't hiking or scenic views. Or maybe it is scenic views... Of hotels ,which have repeatedly told me I can't take professional photos at without some kind of permit. Even from the street, they crack down on you. Seriously it is absolutely mind boggling how many times I have been asked to leave by security because I was taking a picture of the casino(whole building) from outside. I don't know how they have time to track me down but miss the drunk guy who clearly needs medical attention that is always in the front of the casinos. That said, all of this is why I have started using Vegas as more of a hub/place to sleep than to take photos of the city itself. Usually this means i'm hopping in my rental car, going to Utah , California, or even Arizona, but it doesn't necessarily mean I have to drive that far. Las Vegas has so many beautiful scenic places that are just under an hour drive away.

One of those places is actually one of those awesome instagram famous locations that I really always wanted to take photos at and its a short 45 minute drive from the strip. The Valley of fire is absolutely amazing, and after shooting it, it is going to be one of my top recommendations for an elopement. From the winding roads, red rocks and the peaks of the park there is a place for just about every kind of photo you want to take. All of the photo's below were taken with minimal to no hiking and could be taken five or ten feet from the car (most, not all), so it would be a fairly easy on bridal dresses. Here's a blurb from the Valley of Fire State Parks Website about it:

“World-renowned for its 40,000 acres of bright red Aztec sandstone outcrops nestled in gray and tan limestone, Valley of Fire State Park contains ancient, petrified trees and petroglyphs dating back more than 2,000 years.”