17 Nov Sapphire Point Overlook:
While scrolling through some points of interest on google maps, I chanced upon Sapphire Point Overlook; a 9,500 foot Overlook Point with magnificent views. I decided it is definitely worth a small detour on our way back from Breckenridge to Vail. When we arrived at the parking lot, some of us disembarked from the car, and some of the kids opted to wait; while we took a quick walk to the Overlook, “oohed and aahed” over the scenery and snapped a few pictures before returning to the car.
After hiking down the sandy path for a few short minutes, we did the requisite “oohing and aahing” when we got to the clearing with a breathtaking view of the Dillion Reservoir and the Gore and Tenmile Mountain Ranges. We saw a bride and groom taking wedding photos (It seemed to be a popular place, and we found out that even wedding ceremonies are permitted with a permit). At the Overlook Point there were three posted signs with information about the area. There was also a path that continued in the woods alongside the water (we were not sure how far that went).
While enjoying the views all around, we noticed many chipmunks scampering around. We also saw a family with sunflower seeds in the palm of their hands sitting quietly while the chipmunks approached and ate from their offerings. The family with the seeds offered their leftovers to us before they left. We had a blast feeding the chipmunks. We of course made sure to call the rest of the family from the car. No one would want to miss the thrilling experience of feeding chipmunks from their hands. As we were quietly waiting for chipmunks to come eat the seeds more people arrived with seeds for them. It seemed to be quite well known that the chipmunks hanging around at Sapphire Point are not very afraid of people. Feeding the chipmunks added a fun dimension to the natural beauty at Sapphire Point Overlook.
Posted: November 16, 2020
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Swan Mountain Road
Dillon, CO 80435