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SAPPHIRE POINT OVERLOOK, CO

part ofWhite River National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Wed Dec 31 2014   Season Dates
 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Site
  • Birding
  • Hiking
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Scenic Overlooks
  • Trash Collection
Within 10 Miles
  • Accessible Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Group Shelters
  • Accessible Trails
  • Bait Shop
  • Baseball Fields
  • Bike Rentals
  • Biking
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boat Rental
  • Boat Slips
  • Boat Trailer Parking
  • Boating
  • Campfire Programs
  • Canoe Rental
  • Canoeing
  • Dump Station
  • Educational Programs
  • Electric Hook Ups
  • Fishing
  • General Store
  • Grocery Store
  • Group Camping Facility
  • Group Cooking Facilities
  • Hospital
  • Host
  • Lake Front Sites
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Marina
  • Mountain Biking
  • RV sites
  • Restaurants
  • Sewer Hookups
  • Showers
  • Snowshoeing
  • Softball Fields
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Reservation confirmation must be in the possession of someone at the site during use
  • Please remove all furniture, flowers, trash and other items from the site at the end of your reservation
  • Ground must remain undisturbed; stakes and poles prohibited, and releasing or distributing seeds, plants, plant parts, animals or other items must be approved in advance
  • Site must remain open to all users at all times
  • Maximum limit at site is 35 people
  • 22 parking spots available at overlook for all users
  • If you provide a commercial service at Sapphire Point, please contact the Dillon Ranger District at 970-468-5400 to make sure you have a valid permit
  • Click here for more information about White River National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing organisms by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
39.58806, -106.04361
39°35'17"N, 106°2'37"W

Approximately 8 miles north of Breckenridge. Take Highway 9 for 6 miles to Swan Mountain Road/CR1. Turn right and continue for approximately 2 miles to the top of the hill; Sapphire Point parking area is on the left.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

SAPPHIRE POINT OVERLOOK
SWAN MOUNTAIN ROAD SUMMIT
  CO 

Phone Number:

Project Office: (970)468-5400
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