2) Airport Mesa (Vortex)
This viewing spot is popular with the metaphysical crowd and is also known as the Airport Vortex. It includes a bit of climbing, so keep that in mind as you are heading back down the trail after the sun sets. Hiking boots recommended. If the small parking lot is full, keep going up the hill towards the Sedona Airport Scenic Lookout (#1).
3) Lover’s Knoll
Lover’s Knoll Scenic Viewpoint is a popular outdoor wedding destination. Take 89A to Upper Red Rock Loop Rd. Drive slowly down the switchbacks a little over 1 mile and the viewpoint in on the left. This location does not face the sunset, but you will have a glorious view of Cathedral Rock and much of Sedona glowing with the late afternoon/early evening light of the setting sun. It is a treat. If there is a private ceremony happening there, just continue on down the road until you get to the intersection with Chavez Ranch Rd. Instead of turning left, turn right into the Pyramid Mountain Trailhead (#4) parking lot. Hiking boots recommended.
4) Pyramid Mountain
Pyramid Mountain Trail is an easy hike with an elevation climb. Wear hiking boots! You don’t have to go very far to get excellent views of Cathedral Rock in the setting sun. Some of the most famous images of Cathedral Rock are taken from this small mountain. Make sure you get safely back down to your car before it gets too dark.
SECRET TIP! In June, if you are at just the right spot on the trail at just the right time, you will see the moon rise between the inner spires of Cathedral Rock.
5) Cultural Park Trailhead
This is a lovely, quiet place to view the sunset. It’s not very well-known. You can hike a bit or sit in your car to watch Long Canyon, Boynton Canyon, and the Cockscomb light up. This is also a fun place to view the sunrise since this is where many of the local hot air balloon companies take off and land.
Sedona Sunset Times
6) Posse Grounds Park
Posse Grounds Park is where the locals go for fitness, soccer games, softball, baseball, swimming, hiking, tennis, and cultural events. Enjoy a sandy volleyball court, a lovely playground, a skate park and hiking trails. You will be surrounded in red rock glory towards dusk. Bring a picnic dinner and a frisbee and enjoy a family-friendly sunset destination in Sedona.
7) 89A Scenic Viewpoint
This Scenic Viewpoint is about 9 miles southwest of West Sedona on State Route 89A. If you are heading into Sedona from Cottonwood as the sun is setting behind you, pull into this parking lot and enjoy the red rocks of Sedona and the various crimson canyons to the north lighting up in the distance.
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