Sapphire Point Overlook Weddings

Updated March 30, 2021

Intimate family wedding ceremony at Sapphire Point Elopement by Vail wedding photographer Jennie Crate Photographer

Where is Sapphire Point?

Sapphire Point Overlook is located up Swan Mountain Rd in Dillon, CO. It features spectacular views and and a cozy Colorado feel.

What is the overall feel of Sapphire Point Overlook?

From their site:

Sapphire Point Overlook sits between Keystone and Breckenridge on Swan Mountain Road, at an elevation of 9,500 feet. The overlook offers a stunning view of Dillon Reservoir, hemmed in by the Gore and Tenmile mountain ranges. Sapphire Point is a day-use area that can be reserved for two-hour blocks for private gatherings. It is the only designated site where wedding ceremonies are permitted to take place on the Dillon Ranger District.

Overall Impressions: Sapphire Point Overlook weddings always feel intimate. There isn’t a ton of room to work with, but for groups of 20 or less it’s the perfect backdrop.  And the views of Lake Dillon below are stunning.

family celebrates after intimate wedding at Sapphire Point Elopement by Breckenridge wedding photographer Jennie Crate Photographer

Where do I get ready at Sapphire Point?

As the overlook is a pull off on the side of the road, there is no staging area. You’ll want to get ready at a nearby hotel or airbnb in Dillon, Silverthorn, or Breckenridge.

Pro tips for getting married at Sapphire Point

The trail is popular for visitors, even when you have reserved it for your event.  I would recommend creating some signage to try to keep people from wandering by during your actual ceremony.  Most people are respectful during an ongoing event, but be prepared for some people to hike by while you’re taking photos.  It’s hard to stop it.

Sapphire Point Overlook itself is lovely, and there is a wooded trail you can also explore for photos. This trail is located near the overlook. There are also trails near the parking lot that offer slightly different, lovely views.

Bride in lace dress with blue sash and groom in snow at winter Sapphire Point Elopement by Keystone wedding photographer Jennie Crate Photographer

I would also recommend building in some time to take photos down by the shores of Dillon Lake around sunset.  The late sun is beautiful on the shores and it creates variety and contrast to your photos from Sapphire Point.

I love climbing the rocks around the overlook with couples post-ceremony. If you don’t mind being a little adventurous, plan on this!

proposal at Sapphire Point Overlook photo

What time of year should i get married at Sapphire Point?

Honestly, Sapphire Point is beautiful year round. There are pros and cons to each season, though.

Winter: I actually really love Sapphire Point in the winter and in the snow! I think outdoor ceremonies in the winter are just magical and if there is fresh snow, the evergreens will be draped with it which is beautiful. The trail to the overlook is usually packed down due to foot traffic, but keep in mind that it could be slippery. There is also a chance for inclement weather on your wedding day and there really is no backup space here.

I also love that in winter you can walk out on Lake Dillon, so when you explore it for portraits after your ceremony, you have more options and latitude for perspectives.

Spring: You never really know what kind of weather you’ll get in the Colorado mountains in the spring. It could be warm and sunny or snowing and windy. If it’s warm it’s likely that the trails could be muddy and slippery.

Sapphire Point Overlook proposal by LGBT wedding photographer Jennie Crate
A late April proposal at Sapphire Point with a spring snowstorm.

Summer and Fall: You’ll have ample daylight for your ceremony and for your photos. But you also will likely have a lot of foot traffic. In the summer, consider getting married on a weekday to minimize public traffic. If you choose to go down to Lake Dillon, you’ll have a beautiful rocky shoreline to explore.

How do I book Sapphire Point for my wedding?

*NOTE: The Dillon Ranger District has suspended reservations for Sapphire Point weddings in 2021 due to COVID-19. If there are any updates to future booking opportunities, I’ll update this page.

You can book a two hour time block via the Recreation.gov website. The reservation cost about $110.

You’ll have to choose a time block for your reservation. Time blocks are available in two hour increments between 6:00am and 8:00pm. Many couples choose afternoon so they can prioritize a reception celebration afterwards.

From a lighting perspective, I like the 4:00 time blocks in the summer and fall. And 2:00 is perfect for winter weddings.

I travel all over the state of Colorado and across the US to capture connected wedding stories for devoted and courageous couples. I’d love to be your Sapphire Point wedding photographer!

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