5 Great Places to Watch the Sunset in Phoenix

Sam EllefsonOctober 22, 2020
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The Valley has some of the most magnificent sunsets in the world. As the Arizona heat continues to wind down, what better way to enjoy the picturesque colors of Phoenix sundowns than with these five great spots?

South Mountain
South Mountain is the quintessential sunset viewing point for Phoenix residents of all ages. Hike along one of its many trails or drive up to some of its overlooks to catch some of the best views of metro Phoenix, which are only more beautiful during sunset.
10211 S. Central Ave., Phoenix
Open from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Floor 13 Rooftop Bar
Grab a drink on the rooftop terrace of the Hilton Garden Inn in Downtown Phoenix and experience an Arizona sunset in the heart of the city center’s skyline. Great for meeting up with friends, Floor 13 is an ultra-chic sundeck that lets you admire the gorgeous views of metro Phoenix from high in the sky.
15 E. Monroe St., Phoenix
Open Sunday-Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight

Hole in the Rock at Papago Park
A natural geological formation in Papago Park, a municipal state park of Phoenix and Tempe, Hole in the Rock is the perfect spot for a quick hike and a great sunset viewing experience. Take your family or some friends to walk around on one of the trails and head to the rock formation come sundown. Or, spend an afternoon at the Phoenix Zoo and hit up Hole in the Rock before you leave.
625 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix
Open from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Isabella’s Kitchen
Isabella’s Kitchen at Grayhawk Golf Club has ample outdoor seating and elegant fire pits for you and your entourage to go out for a bite to eat, accompanied by gorgeous sunset views over the grassy lawns of the golf course.
8620 E. Thompson Peak Pkwy., Scottsdale
Open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Hayden Butte
Located partially on Arizona State University’s Tempe campus, Hayden Butte offers a short but rigorous hike with rewarding views at the top. Bring your hiking shoes, a bottle of water and a friend and head up the butte about 30 minutes before sunset and you’ll have a wonderful 360-degree overlook of the Valley.
E. Rio Salado Pkwy. and S. Mill Ave., Tempe
Open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.