Don’t Miss the Beautiful Sunsets of Arizona

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Photo Credit Sally Clasen ‏@writesalgal – Check out Sally’s  Blog

Every moment spent in gorgeous Arizona is a photo opportunity, but the desert terrain is especially beautiful at sunset. As the sky transforms into a work of art, the surrounding landscape practically comes to life. There are countless places for viewing Arizona sunsets, so you’ll be able to witness the magic from nearly any vantage point. It’s just a matter of deciding where you want to connect with nature.

Spectacular Mountain Views in Scottsdale

Scottsdale is known for its picturesque mountain scenery, and the intense tones of a sunset enhance the views. The best places to watch the sun descend are in the north. For a real treat, look for some vibrant foliage rising from a mountainside. The color against color is something you have to see to believe. At the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, the entire backdrop looks like a watercolor painting.

Photo Credit Hank ‏@HJSV

Photo Credit Hank from Scottsdale ‏@HJSV

Another ideal place for watching the sky flicker with color is at Taliesin West. The cobalt, crimson and violet hues at dusk perfectly complement the earth tones of the Frank Lloyd Wright architecture. You can also observe the sky’s changing lights in an entirely different way at the Knight Rise Skyspace at SMoCA. Through the viewing window, you’ll see nothing but pure, electric colors.

Hidden Treasures of Phoenix

Most people know about Phoenix’s famous cactuses, but those giant succulents often are forgotten once the city livens up in the evening. To witness a dramatic scene, look for the imposing cactus shadows against the backdrop of a multicolored sky. Visit Camelback Mountain or Piestewa Peak for the most inspiring views.

Photo Credit Kate Kirby ‏@katekirbyyy

Photo Credit Kate Kirby ‏@katekirbyyy

Phoenix is also known for its remarkable Desert Botanical Garden, which is more striking at dusk. When the setting sun reflects off the surrounding red-rock mountains, it creates a breathtaking masterpiece. If you want to see more of the city at sundown, head to South Mountain Park. The twinkling lights add so much more character to a twilight sky.

Fantastic Vistas in Sedona

The scenery of Sedona is incredible no matter what time it is, but you’ll really be astonished by the sunset images. The best spot for getting a long-distant, panoramic view is at Airport Mesa. You can also see quite a bit from Doe Mountain as the sun glows above downtown Sedona and lights up the higher mountain range to the north.

Sedona Sunset, Cathedral Rock - Photo Credit Rod Snyder ‏@RodSnyderWV

Sedona, Cathedral Rock – Photo Credit Rod Snyder ‏@RodSnyderWV – Check out Rod’s Website

Some roads in Sedona are perfect for taking pictures of the sky at nightfall, especially Dry Creek Road and Chapel Road. Look for the Chapel of the Holy Cross, where the man-made architecture and natural landscape make one fascinating display. There are some easy hiking trails nearby if you feel like exploring. Sugarloaf Trail has a fun hiking path with a lovely viewing cliff.

Other Special Locations

You may want to just search the Arizona terrain to discover your own special viewing spot. Wandering through the desert or hiking up a mountain is part of the area’s allure. Look for settings that will harmonize with the vivid colors of a sunset. The Grand Canyon is a must because the park is so expansive. Gate Pass in Tucson and the town of Cave Creek are also ideal for exploring.

Sunset from Toroweap at the Grand Canyon

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Red and Fire sunset in Scottsdale

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Photo Credit Photographer James Landon ‏@jalandonaz

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Photo Credit Ladd Keith from Tuscon AZ. @LaddKeith – Check out Ladd’s website

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Photo Credit Joshua Horton ‏@merfybear

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Photo Credit Jordan ‏from Hendersonville, NC. @tjgriffin_

Regardless of where you enjoy the setting sun in Arizona, we encourage you to take plenty of pictures for sharing on Twitter. We want others to experience the natural splendor of the Southwest, and seeing the sun drop slowly behind a magnificent mountain backdrop is a great start. We’re fortunate to have sunny days year round, so our sunsets are unrivaled. Be sure to catch one with someone you love.

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