Best Places to Catch a Sunset in Scottsdale

When you’re in an environment like the Sonoran Desert, every moment seems like a photo opp. This is especially true during sunset. Following are some of the best places to see a sunset in Scottsdale. Don’t forget that camera!

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West: Once the winter home of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Taliesin West is now a museum and working architectural school. Guided tours, which take you through Wright’s working and living spaces, are offered on a daily basis. Visit in the late afternoon or book the 2-hour Night Lights tour and you’ll enjoy views of Scottsdale’s twinkling city lights as the sun sets.

McDowell Sonoran Preserve: Prompted by a growth spurt in the 70s and 80s, Scottsdale citizens voted to preserve nearly one-third of city land as the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. A true desert oasis, the Preserve offers some of the best hiking in town and is a prime spot for outdoor enthusiasts who want to catch a glimpse of wildlife. You haven’t lived until you’ve seen the Sonoran Desert’s flush of vibrant purples, greens, and reds come to life just before sunset at the Preserve.

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa: Scottish bagpipes signal the end of the day at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. Professional bagpiper Michael McClanathan calls in golfers off the course at sunset with his melodic Old World Scotland tunes. Even if you’re not golfing, you can still kick back with an ice-cold margarita at the Dreamweaver Canyon fire pit and watch as the sun dips below a warm desert horizon.

Degree 270: This chic lounge on the 14th floor of the Talking Stick Resort & Spa boasts unparalleled views of Camelback Mountain and the surrounding Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Besides jaw-dropping views, Degree 270 also is known for its live entertainment, dance floor, and regular drink specials. So, it’s not your traditional “sunset spot,” but it’s definitely worth a visit!

 

Knight Rise Skyspace at SMoCA: Created by internationally acclaimed artist James Turrell, Knight Rise Skyspace at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is one of only three skyspaces open to the public in the United States. The simple and elegant viewing chamber frames the sky as pure color, showing its changing light in a way you’ve never seen it. During sunset, it’s almost as if you could reach out and touch the sky’s watercolor palette.