Sapphire Point Overlook

Dillon, Colorado

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Overview

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.

Recreation

Encompassing a landscape of rivers, mountains, trails and forest roads, the White River National Forest is one of the top recreation Forests in the nation.

The area surrounding Sapphire Point Overlook provides visitors with a variety of recreational opportunities.

Dillion Reservoir is the greatest draw to the area. At 3,233 acres and 26.8 miles of shoreline, the reservoir is an ideal spot for fishing, boating and sailing. Anglers will find that the reservoir supports a healthy population of rainbow and brown trout, with an occasional cutthroat trout finding its way into the lake from feeder streams.

Opportunities for hiking and biking in this area abound as well, including more than 7 paved miles of the 50-mile Summit County trail system.

The Old Dillion Reservoir trail is a favorite among visitors. This short, easy trail has spectacular views of the Tenmile Range and the Continental Divide. The Old Dillon Reservoir was built in the 1930s to supply water to the original town of Dillon, which is now covered by the new Dillon Reservoir.

Facilities

This is a non-exclusive day-use area, able to accommodate up to 35 people for small events such as wedding ceremonies. Although the site may be reserved, all visitors have access to the site.

Use of portable chairs and other furniture is allowed, however, commercial services, such as delivery of rental or catering items, are prohibited unless the vendor has a valid permit from the U.S. Forest Service.



Click here for photographs and more information about wedding ceremonies at Sapphire Point Overlook.

Natural Features

In the heart of the Rocky Mountains, this overlook is part of the 2.3 million acre White River National Forest. Recognized as a place of serenity and adventure, the area boasts eight wilderness areas, four defined seasons and ten peaks surpassing 14,000 feet in elevation.

Described as being more vertical than horizontal, the nearby Eagles Nest Wilderness Area, designated in 1976, is a playground of craggy cliffs, sheer rock faces, alpine lakes and deep, forested valleys.

Wildlife in the area abounds. Bighorn sheep navigate rocky ridges and bull elk bugle at dusk. Scenic rivers sustain populations of cutthroat, rainbow and brown trout. Alpine regions provide habitat for pika and ptarmigan. These species, along with many others, depend on surrounding undeveloped wilderness, clean streams and diverse forests to live.

Nearby Attractions

Arapahoe Basin, Keystone, Breckenridge and Copper Mountain ski resorts are all located within ten miles from Dillon Reservoir. These resorts stay open year-round.

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Adventures Nearby

  • Hike to Sapphire Point Overlook

    From Breckenridge, follow CO-9 N to Swan Mountain Road and take a right. The parking lot for the overlook trail will be on left coming from Breckenridge.  This short, 0.6 mile walk gives a beautiful view of Lake Dillon and is an easy, family-frien...

    0.6 miles

  • Hike to Old Dillon Reservoir

    Today, Lake Dillon is one of the biggest attractions in the Dillon Valley, attracting boaters, anglers, and campers. However, the large reservoir we know today was not the first one in the area.  The Old Dillon Reservoir was built in the 1930s to ...

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  • Sunset Shots at Lake Dillon

    To get to the southern end of the lake from Denver, head west on 70 until you reach 9. Take 9 for a few miles until you find the spot on the lake where you want to get started. On the south side of Lake Dillon, there was an abundance of old stumps...