Dogs and Beer eopement in Eastern Oregon. You don’t have to ask me twice. This Leslie Gulch Elopement in Eastern Oregon goes down as the hottest, most remote and most unique elopements I’ve ever shot.
C+M wanted an elopement day focused on hanging out with their pups in an amazing place and they got just that. Their day started out with a drive from downtown Boise. From there, we drove the 2ish hours out to Leslie Gulch. We spent the day hiking, chilling with beers and petting their two perfect dogs.
About Leslie Gulch
Leslie Gulch reminds me of Arizona and Utah, only it’s located in Eastern Oregon in the Owyhee Canyon lands. It’s the most unique place and honestly, probably one of my top 5 places in Oregon to spend a weekend. With sandy washes, enormous cliffs, red rock formations, the Owyhee River running through and even secret hot springs, it makes for a one of a kind elopement location for the off the beat path type.
Top Reasons to Elope in Leslie Gulch
Seclusion: Due to its location and limited facilities Leslie Gulch is usually
Unique Landscapes: The high desert and grand landscape here is unlike anything I’ve ever seen
Sweeping Landscapes: The views from the top of some of the trails go on forever and ever, making for great sunrise or sunset photos
River Access: The Owyhee River runs right by the canyon, making sunrise paddle-boarding or kayaking a great way to start your elopement day
Wildflowers & Wildlife: The canyon is home to big horn sheep and many native wildflowers
The Best Stargazing: There is almost NO light pollution out here, making for some of the best star gazing and star photos
Secret Hot Springs: There is a secret hot spring hike that’s got a great view
Tips For Planning your Elopement in Leslie Gulch
Fly into Boise, Leslie Gulch is about 1 hour and 45 minutes from downtown Boise (Boise is an awesome city to explore as well!)
Plan on faux flowers because the heat can be intense, this reduces the risk of the flowers wilting
Rent a 4X4 car, the gravel roads are long and not incredibly well maintained
Plan to elope here in the early Spring or late Fall, late May through late September is just TOO HOT
Pack tons of water, there is a river if you have a water filter, but other than that its pack in and pack out
There are restrooms, but that’s the only facilities in the area
Make sure to download your maps before hand, this is a super remote area with no cell phone service
Be aware that rattle snakes are common in this area, make sure to keep and eye out and stay on trail
Always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back