A Sapphire Point Overlook Wedding offers a unique setting for couples seeking a picturesque location to celebrate their wedding day. With beautiful views of the Rockies, this location is a popular wedding destination in Summit County, Colorado. Here’s everything you need to know about planning a wedding or elopement at Sapphire Point Overlook!
Reasons To Have A Sapphire Point Overlook Wedding
Sapphire Point Overlook offers an incredible view of the Ten Mile Mountain Range, Lake Dillion and its surrounding forests, creating a breathtaking backdrop for your wedding ceremony to look back on.
The surrounding mountain towns within Summit County include Breckenridge, Silverthorne, Dillion and Frisco. With an established wedding industry in this part of Colorado, there’s a variety of wedding vendors, such as officiants, private chefs, and florists that can help bring the details of your wedding to life.
Compared to other wedding venues within the state of Colorado, Sapphire Point Overlook is often a more affordable option for couples who want to celebrate their special day in a beautiful and unique setting.
Located just ~15 minutes from the town of Breckenridge, Sapphire Point Overlook is easily accessible and offers a range of nearby amenities and services for all your wedding detail needs.
Whether you’re planning a small and intimate ceremony or a larger celebration with up to 35 guests, Sapphire Point Overlook offers a range of options to accommodate your needs.
A wedding at Sapphire Point Overlook provides unique experience for couples looking to celebrate in the Rockies. The venue’s serene atmosphere and picturesque setting creates a memorable time that is sure to be cherished by both the couple and any guests that may attend.
How To Reserve Sapphire Point Overlook
To have your wedding at Sapphire Point Overlook, you’ll need to reserve the site through Recreation.gov. Despite being labeled online as a campground reservation, there is no camping there — just the Lookout that serves as a stunning backdrop for wedding ceremonies.
The reservation fee for booking Sapphire Point Overlook is $120 for three hours, plus an $8 reservation fee.
The site can be reserved for a three-hour time block, available in four slots: 6am-9am, 10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm, and 6pm-9pm. Since the overlook is often booked for other weddings both before and after your time slot, it’s essential that you only occupy it during your designated hours. If you want some peace of mind and guarantee more time to avoid scheduling conflicts, consider booking two consecutive time slots.
You can reserve the site up to six months in advance, and reservations are available on a rolling basis (i.e, on March 1st at 8:00 am MST availability will be released though September 1st). If you’re planning a wedding on a popular holiday weekend or have a specific date in mind I would consider setting your alarm for six months out to ensure you get the date and time you desire, as weekends fill up quickly.
Sapphire Point Overlook Wedding Rules
Sapphire Point Overlook Marriage License & Permits
If you’re looking to tie the knot at Sapphire Point Overlook, visit the Summit County Clerk & Recorder’s Office to apply for your marriage license. You must schedule an appointment by phone to apply, and appointments can only be made up to 3 weeks in advance from your desired wedding date.
Permit requirements are dependent on the uniqueness of your plans at Sapphire Point Overlook. It’s best to check in with the Dillon Ranger District to ensure you have all the necessary approvals and follow any steps needed. Keep in mind that special use permits at Sapphire Point Overlook are different from simply reserving the site location on recreation.gov.
Tips For A Sapphire Point Overlook Wedding
Pick A Week Day
For increased flexibility, time, and privacy during your elopement at Sapphire Point Overlook, consider selecting a weekday. Due to heavy visitor traffic year-round, a weekday elopement could help you evade the crowds. If that is not an option, consider scheduling your elopement at sunrise or sunset when the area is less busy from the day use traffic.
Summer vs. Winter
Due to its location in the high-elevation terrain of the Rockies in Summit County, Sapphire Point Overlook experiences more extreme seasonal variations than other areas. From November to May, you should anticipate colder, winter-like conditions, while June to October typically brings summer-like conditions. However, there can always be exceptions to this, so it’s wise to bring additional layers in case of unexpected weather changes.
Sapphire Point Overlook is one of the few wedding venues on public lands in Colorado that meets ADA accessibility guidelines. This makes it a great choice for guests with mobility challenges. The trail leading to the overlook is wheelchair-friendly, with a gravel surface and a slight uphill grade on the return trip. The overlook is just a five-minute, 0.1-mile walk from the parking area. Additionally, there is a single bathroom facility available for visitors in the area.
Ensure that your footwear is suitable for the weather, season, and temperature on the day of your wedding, and has good tread and traction. Dress footwear is appropriate for most months between June and October, but if you’re getting married between November and May, consider wearing hiking shoes or boots to reduce the risk of rolling an ankle due to the area being snow-packed and slippery.
Activities Around Sapphire Point Overlook
If you’re interested in a hiking elopement, check out this helpful guide I wrote. Additionally, if you’re looking to have some time to yourselves, I recommend taking a short drive to Loveland Pass for some incredible panoramic views along the continental divide!
How To Leave No Trace At Sapphire Point Overlook
It’s essential to follow Leave No Trace principles to help preserve the natural landscape for future memories! This will help ensure that the landscape remains unspoiled for your anniversary and future visits. Some examples of how to follow these principles include:
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