San Sophia Overlook is an outdoor wedding venue that offers breathtaking views of the town of Telluride, and all the surrounding mountains. In this guide, we’ll go over everything you need to know about getting married at the San Sophia Overlook in Telluride, Colorado. We’ll cover all the venue details, average temperature per month so you know what to expect and can nail down a date for your San Sophia Overlook wedding, what the venue offers, where it’s located, how to access the venue (you can’t drive right up to it), and lastly, how to book your San Sophia Overlook wedding.
San Sophia Overlook Wedding Information
San Sophia Overlook sits at an elevation of 10,582, allowing you to overlook the cozy mountain town of Telluride, CO, and all the surrounding mountains. It is easily one of the most beautiful outdoor wedding venues in Colorado.
How many guests can I have at my San Sophia Overlook wedding?
As of the time I wrote this (December 2022), 250 guests
How much does it cost to get married at San Sophia Overlook?
As of the time I wrote this (December 2022), the starting price is $5,000, with the requirement of having a wedding planner, and on Thursdays – Sundays, it is required that you buy out a reception space at one of their spaces.
Where to take pictures at San Sophia Overlook?
Once you get up to the overlook, you’ll notice there is not a bad view in sight. There is the obvious backdrop behind the wooden deck, but if you’re willing to walk around there are some epic photo opportunities.
Pro Tips for your San Sophia Overlook Wedding
- Allow for time for the guests to enjoy the view, mingling, and taking pictures at the overlook. It’s an amazing view and not giving them time to take pictures would just be wrong!
- Bring a jacket for the gondola ride, the gondola’s aren’t heated!
- Ask your planner if you can get access to go back up to the overlook for sunset photos. Even if you did choose the earlier time slot, doesn’t hurt to ask!
- Head to downtown Telluride to get those epic shots that Telluride is known for!
How do I book my San Sophia Overlook wedding?
For a direct quote, availability, and any further pricing information, potential clients should reach out to the TSG Events Coordinator at 970-728-7447 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where to stay when attending a wedding at San Sophia Overlook?
We suggest staying in the town of Telluride, or in Mountain Village.
Are there bathrooms at San Sophia Overlook?
There are bathrooms located at the San Sophia Station, which is a 3-5 minute walk from San Sophia Overlook.
Reception Spaces for a San Sophia Overlook Wedding
Tomboy Tavern is a cozy restaurant bar located in Mountain Village. It offers seating for up to 75 guests, or 120 guests for cocktail hour. It’s only available for a reception during the summer season. The food here is AMAZING! The atmosphere is extremely welcoming and cozy. There is plenty of space for a DJ, a dancing area, and your guests get their own little booths to have dinner at. There is also a side room that’s available for your guests to have cocktails and mingle indoors. We highly recommend Tomboy Tavern for your San Sophia reception dinner and celebrations! To see additional Tomboy Tavern Venue Details, click HERE.
Just being at Allred’s is an experience of its own! There are a handful of options to renting this space for your reception. To see additional Allred’s Venue Details, click HERE.
Sunset at San Sophia Overlook
Since there are two time slots per day for a wedding at San Sophia Overlook, you’re either picking mid day which is hours before sunset, or you’re picking the evening slot which is 3:30-6pm. For some months of the year, the evening slot would be absolutely perfect for capturing sunset photos. Depending on what your day looks like though, the earlier time slot might be your only option. If this is the case, talk with your wedding planner and see if you’re allowed to go back up to the overlook for sunset photos! It doesn’t hurt to ask, and the gondola is open during sunset, so it would be SO easy to hop back on the gondola and head on up for sunset photos.
What to expect when getting married at San Sophia Overlook?
Once you step off the gondola at San Sophia Station, you’ll want to walk south to get to the San Sophia Overlook ceremony location. There is a bathroom at the gondola, so make sure to hit it up before heading to the overlook. The walk from the gondola to the overlook is on a gravel/dirt walking path and it takes approximately 3-5 minutes, is only 900 feet, but it is a bit uphill. If you’re getting married at San Sophia Overlook in the winter, you’ll take a snowcat to the overlook.
Once you get up to the overlook you’ll notice there is a big grassy area allowing for up to 250 guests. Leading up to the massive wood ceremony deck is a grassy aisle, and a large granite step leading into the aisle. The venue takes on the burden of providing and setting up chairs for all of your guests. There is also an option to add on a satellite bar at the overlook which is perfect for the time guests mingle and take in the views. **Pro Tip** Allow for time for the guests to enjoy the view, mingling, and taking pictures at the overlook. It’s an amazing view and not giving them time to take pictures would just be wrong.
There are two time slots available each day for a San Sophia Overlook wedding. 12-3 pm. And 3:30 – 6 pm.
San Sophia Overlook Average Temperature by Month
High / Low (°F)
36° / 4°
39° / 8°
43° / 15°
51° / 22°
61° / 29°
72° / 35°
77° / 41°
74° / 41°
68° / 34°
58° / 25°
45° / 14°
37° / 5°
San Sophia Overlook Wedding Venue Details:
San Sophia Overlook
Phone Number: 970-728-7447
Where is San Sophia Overlook located?
San Sophia Overlook is located on top of a mountain that sits between Telluride and Mountain Village. The actual ceremony location is just a few minutes walk from the San Sophia Station. See the maps below. 👇
How do you get to San Sophia Overlook?
To get to the San Sophia Overlook, you have to take a free gondola ride to get there. Get on the gondola in Telluride, and get off at the first stop, San Sophia Station.
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Beyond San Sophia Overlook: Alternative Locations
If you’re looking to elope in Colorado, but San Sophia Overlook isn’t quite what you’re looking for, don’t worry – there are plenty of public lands that offer breathtaking views and stunning natural beauty – which some might even are are the best places to elope in Colorado. Colorado is home to 24 national parks and monuments, 42 state parks, and millions of acres of national forests and wilderness areas, all of which offer incredible scenery and unique backdrops for your elopement. From rugged mountain peaks to pristine alpine lakes to towering sand dunes, there’s no shortage of stunning locations to choose from. Plus, eloping on public lands allows you to support conservation efforts and experience the natural beauty of Colorado in a way that is respectful and sustainable. So whether you’re seeking solitude and seclusion or a grand adventure, there’s a public land in Colorado that’s perfect for your elopement.
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San Sophia Overlook Wedding Photographers
Hi! We’re Alex and Kelly. Our work is inspired by nature, storytelling, and love. We are so lucky to call Telluride our backyard, and even more lucky to be able to work with couples like you, in places like San Sophia Overlook. We are so glad that you’re here, and you’re wanting to get married in such a beautiful location. We couldn’t be more thrilled for you. Reach out to us today by filling out the contact form below!