UPDATE: Due to Covid-19, Sapphire Point appears to be closed for reservations until further notice. Please contact the Dillon Ranger District directly to find out more information!
Sapphire Point Overlook is one of Colorado’s most popular elopement locations in the entire state. It’s perfect for small, intimate Colorado mountain weddings because it’s a small circular shaped pull off from the main Sapphire Point Trail that overlooks gorgeous rugged mountain peaks from the Ten Mile Range looking toward Breckenridge and the Dillon Reservoir too. The reason it works well for small micro weddings is because 35 people is the maximum amount that Sapphire Point weddings can be reserved for is 35. There are companies that deliver rental chairs to the site for you and then pick them up later saving you the hassle of dragging them down the path yourself on your wedding day. Or for more casual elopements and weddings, you can opt to have your guests stand around you to keep your wedding day more simple.
Part of the reason for this Summit County wedding site’s popularity is that it’s the only designated location for outdoor intimate wedding ceremonies in the entire Dillon Ranger District which spans all of the Summit County boundary. This keeps Sapphire Point elopement permits in high demand so be sure to check with the permitting office early and consider weekdays or the off-season for your Sapphire Point wedding ceremony if you are hoping to book sooner rather than later. If you aren’t as flexible and find that your preferred date is fully booked for a Sapphire Point elopement, try looking into hosting a Windy Point Campground wedding instead. It’s nearby and is also a good outdoor Summit County wedding location.
Wedding ceremonies at Sapphire Point are booked in 2 hours slots throughout the day and it’s quite likely that there are other wedding ceremonies booked either before or after yours so please be on time and considerate of others who have also reserved the popular Sapphire Point Overlook. Nothing is more stressful than attempting to share this space during a first look when one couple is running late for their allotted time frame at Sapphire Point. Trust me, I’ve had to be the bad guy and ask the other couple to find a different spot and it’s not fun. One issue with Sapphire Point wedding packages may be the level of privacy that is guaranteed. If privacy is important to you and your partner, I would say be careful about reserving a Sapphire Point wedding or elopement. Although you get the overlook area reserved for your two hours, there are no rangers there to direct the tourists and it can sometimes be difficult to get them removed from your wedding area (it’s so pretty there and they’re all trying to get their own pictures while you’re trying to set up for your wedding!) During your ceremony, the trail that runs behind the overlook is still open to the public and there is nothing except their own decency (or perhaps a designated friend or family member who won’t mind shooing them away quietly?) to stop them from standing there and becoming looky-loos during your ceremony. Most people are respectful and just quietly pass by, but they sometimes don’t realize a wedding is happening until they’re close.
Having mentioned the negatives that those planning a Colorado destination wedding at Sapphire Point may not have realized, I wanted to point out more of the positives of this lovely location. Yes, it is popular with tourists so there is often a constant stream of traffic on the Sapphire Point Overlook trail. But, for many visitors to Colorado, going on a long, difficult hike just isn’t in the cards for them due to mobility issues, time, weather and more. As a Colorado photographer, I’m always on the hunt for beautiful locations that don’t require too much hiking for my clients so I appreciate that Sapphire Point fits that need well.
I have taken countless clients to this location because of its beauty. Many couples forget that their grandparents or other family members who require the use of a wheelchair may not be able to attend their wedding if they opt for a more rugged location. Sapphire Point is located right on Swan Mountain Road and has a really large paved parking lot, especially compared to most trailheads in the state of Colorado which can be difficult to find space at and are sometimes made more for off trail vehicles than your typical rental car. I am usually able to find a place to park at Sapphire Point. And I love that the accessibility of this location allows for everyone to take in some breathtaking mountain views!
Sapphire Point Colorado elopements are beautiful year round. I’ve been a Sapphire Point photographer for many years and I have experience photographing here during all seasons. Getting married at Sapphire Point during summer seems to be the most popular for warmer weather comfort reasons, but obviously Colorado gets its fair share of visitors during winter for ski season. Sapphire Point Winter Weddings are becoming just as desirable as summer season elopements. There is nothing quite like the Tenmile Range mountains off in the distance covered in white snow which often lasts through June! It’s a simple option for those who want to have an outdoor wedding ceremony in the Colorado nature and then opt for a reception as simple or elaborate as your style dictates. There are plenty of restaurants and other unique indoor spaces couples can rent to continue their wedding day party plans. If you are looking to host a Sapphire Point wedding reception, be sure to check out one of the restaurants in Frisco or Dillon like the 5th Avenue Grille!
Even if Sapphire Point isn’t the right choice or maybe it’s too small for the size of your wedding, it is still an amazing spot for photos while you are visiting Colorado. If you are planning a Sapphire Point proposal, you can be a little more flexible with the timing since you aren’t tied to the 2 hour rental increments. I like this location best at sunset when the light is nice and soft and there aren’t as many crowds of people there for a quick day hike. Sapphire Point also makes for a beautiful engagement photo location for your Summit County engagement photography.
Address: Co Rd 1, Dillon, CO 80435