The natural world is filled with wonders, from mountains and peaks to rippling oceans. However, there are few things more awe-inspiring than the magic that happens every evening on the horizon over Central Arizona.
A desert sunset is like nothing else in the world. When the reds and oranges of the sky mix with the sandy landscape below, it seems as though the sky is truly aflame. Whether you’ve lived in Arizona all your life or you’re just visiting, a sensational sunset is something you simply don’t want to miss.
Here at Aderra, we’re lucky enough to be within driving distance of some of the most incredible sunset spots in the country. Here are our top 5 places to visit when you’re looking for the perfect place to end your evening — be sure to keep an eye out for natural features like plants and wildflowers:
1. Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
If you’re in search of the ultimate Arizona experience, then you’re sure to find it among the rock formations at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. Not only is this the perfect place to get some pictures for your Instagram feed, but it’s also an incredible space to soak up the sunset, too. When the lights of the sun ricochet off the rock formations below, it feels like the world is dancing around you.
Just remember to spend some time in the park throughout the day if you can. If you plan it right, you might even be able to catch both the sunset and sunrise.
2. Compass Arizona Grill at the Hyatt Regency
Who doesn’t love the classical pairing of dinner and a show? If you feel like making a full romantic evening of your quest to see the perfect sunset, then book a table at the Compass Arizona Grill. The windows in this restaurant will give you a full 360-degree view of the sunset and the city lights around you — ideal for when you want a blend of nature and urban living.
The Compass Arizona Grill is one of the most popular revolving restaurants in Phoenix, so make sure you book early if you want a specific day.
3. McDowell Sonoran Preserve
Scottsdale is brimming with stunning locations for nature lovers and bird watchers to explore, but one of the most incredible has to be the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. This stunning location offers more than 400 miles of trails located across 30,200 acres of desert. The preserve is an ideal spot for making the most of the great outdoors, but we recommend you get to the trailhead when the sun starts to dip if you want a fantastic show.
There’s something genuinely unforgettable about the vibrant glow of the desert, complete with huge shadows cast by cacti on the horizon.
4. The Desert Botanical Garden
The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix is a prime space to spend the day with friends and family. Featuring a world-renowned plant collection, the garden is sure to delight anyone with a taste for the finer things in life. However, the visual transition from day to night has to be one of the best features of the garden.
When the sun sets, the flowers begin to close, and cacti throw their shadows against the colorful Arizona backdrop, creating an entirely different atmosphere. The garden even hosts a few night-time light shows throughout the year so that you can experience more aesthetic splendor after the sunset.
5. South Mountain
Finally, if you’re searching for that humbling feeling that only the power of your body in nature can deliver, then we recommend taking a trip to the top of South Mountain, just in time for the sunset. South Mountain is the largest municipal park in Arizona, filled with flowers, cacti, hills and rock formations to explore.
If you don’t feel up for a hike, you can also drive to the summit, sit back, and relax as an array of colors washes over the valley, painting the landscape in shades of orange, gold, and red.
With so many incredible places to take in a sunset at Phoenix and Scottsdale, you’ll be spoiled with choices at any time of year. Of course, if you feel like staying a little closer to home, there’s nothing quite like the window or patio at your Aderra home for a combination of beauty and comfort!