Eloping at Sapphire Point Overlook: Your Ultimate Guide

Bride and Groom Standing on top of a jeep kissing and holding hands at Sapphire Point Overlook in Colorado during their Colorado elopement

Eloping at Sapphire Point Overlook is an incredible experience that is sure to take your breath away. This location is a popular choice for couples seeking a more intimate and personal way to tie the knot. Nestled at the top of Swan Mountain in Dillon, Colorado it offers stunning mountain and lake views.

Planning Your Elopement at Sapphire Point Overlook

Obtaining a Permit

To elope at Sapphire Point Overlook, you need to make a reservation for your date via the website recreation.gov. This reservation ensures that your ceremony doesn’t conflict with other events. You can reserve this site for 3-hour blocks. Reservations are on a 6-month rolling window and the fee is $120.

Rules + Logistics of Sapphire Point Overlook

The overlook is only able to accommodate up to 30 people. Additionally, there are only 2 parking spots reserved for the group. I recommend having your guests shuttled to the location to avoid parking issues. Another thing to note, is even if you have reserved this location all visitors have access to the site. Don’t be surprised if there are on-lookers.

“The USFS will enforce the following regulations: acoustic music only that cannot be heard from more than 150 feet away (no amplification). No throwing of any objects, materials, or items (e.g., rice, flower petals, bird seed, etc.). No food or beverages; no ground disturbance; all decoration must be free standing, natural and removed immediately post event, and no chairs.”

bride and groom holding hands and running towards the camera with the mountains in the background during their Colorado Elopement at Sapphire Point Overlook

Choosing the Right Time for your Sapphire Point Elopement

While Sapphire Point is stunning year-round, timing your elopement can enhance your experience. Consider the following factors when choosing your date:

Season: Each season offers a unique backdrop, so think about the atmosphere you want for your ceremony. Spring and summer bring blooming wildflowers and lush greenery, while fall offers vibrant foliage and cooler temperatures. Winter provides a magical, snowy landscape perfect for a cozy, intimate wedding.

Time of Day: The overlook is particularly breathtaking during sunrise and sunset. The soft, golden light creates a romantic ambiance and stunning photography opportunities.

Weather: The weather in the Rockies can be unpredictable, so keep an eye on the forecast and have a backup plan in case of inclement weather. An elopement photographer can help you navigate these considerations.

bride and groom holding hands and standing on cliff at Sapphire Point Overlook during their Colorado Elopement

Additional Tips for a Successful Elopement at Sapphire Point Overlook

Stay Flexible

While planning is essential, staying flexible is equally important. Mountain weather can be unpredictable, work with your elopement photographer on a backup plan in case of rain or other unforeseen circumstances.

Communicate with Vendors + Guests

Ensure clear communication with all your vendors and confirm details at least 2-weeks in advance. Make sure to send a group text or email to ensure all your guests have a copy of the timeline, addresses, and parking/shuttle information.

Respect the Environment

Sapphire Point Overlook is a natural treasure, and it’s crucial to respect the environment. Follow Leave No Trace principles: pack out all trash, avoid damaging vegetation, and stay on designated paths to preserve the beauty of the area for future visitors.

Legal Requirements

Make sure you meet all legal requirements for your elopement. Colorado allows self-solemnizing weddings, meaning you can marry without an officiant. However, you still need to obtain a marriage license from a county clerk and recorder’s office.

Health and Safety

Altitude sickness can be a concern in high-elevation locations like Sapphire Point. It is important to stay hydrated and well fed. Additionally, bring sunscreen, insect repellent, and any necessary medications.

Choosing Your Elopement Attire

  • Spring/Summer: Lightweight and breathable fabrics are ideal. You will want to wear either sandals or hiking shoes due to the ground being uneven and unpaved.
  • Fall/Winter: Warmer fabrics and layers are essential. Brides can consider long-sleeve dresses, shawls, or wraps, and grooms might opt for a suit in a heavier material such as wool. Thick socks and hiking boots are recommended.

Elopement Packing List

Essential Items

  • Marriage license
  • Identification (driver’s license, passport)
  • Rings
  • Vows
  • Wedding attire
  • Comfortable shoes for hiking

Beauty and Grooming

  • Makeup and hair products
  • Mirror
  • Touch-up kit


  • Snacks and water
  • Umbrella / Rain gear
  • Sunscreen and bug spray

Making the Most of Your Elopement Experience

Sapphire Point Overlook is located in Summit County, which offers a wealth of activities and attractions to enhance your elopement experience:

  • Hiking: There are numerous trails in the area offer stunning views and opportunities to explore the natural beauty of the Rockies. Some popular trails include the Dillon Reservoir Loop, the Tenderfoot Mountain Trail, and nearby Breckenridge trails.
  • Dining: Summit County boasts a variety of dining options, from cozy mountain cafes to fine dining restaurants. Celebrate your elopement with a romantic dinner at one of the local establishments.
  • Sailing: Dillon Reservoir is huge and is just dying to be explored. Consider doing a sailing tour or renting a catamaran for the day. This is a great way to get a different point of view of Summit County.
  • Historic Attractions: Visit the historic mountain towns nearby and visit the quaint shops, museums, and local events.
  • Relaxation: Treat your guests to a relaxing experience at one of the local spas. Many spas offer couples’ treatments, making it a perfect way to unwind after your big day.
  • Outdoor Adventure Activities: Colorado is home to a plethora of outdoor sports and adventures. Consider ATVing, rock-climbing, white water-rafting, horseback riding, biking, skiing, snowboarding, and so much more! There are several tours offered through outdoor companies you may want to take a look at!

Ready to Elope at Sapphire Point Overlook?

Eloping at Sapphire Point Overlook is a magical experience. With thoughtful planning ayou can create a day that is uniquely yours. From obtaining the necessary permits to choosing the perfect attire, every aspect of your elopement can be tailored to reflect your love and commitment.

By following the tips and advice outlined in this guide, you’ll be well-prepared to embark on this beautiful journey and create a wedding experience that is unforgettable.

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