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Where is the Best Place to Watch the Sunset at the Grand Canyon?

Last Update on January 10, 2024
by Sunny Samaroo
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Witnessing a sunset at the Grand Canyon is like watching nature paint its masterpiece. The way the sun dips below the horizon, casting a golden glow over the vast canyon, is truly a sight to behold. But with such an expansive area at your disposal, where is the best place to watch the sunset at the Grand Canyon? 

In this blog post, we'll explore some of the top spots to catch the sunset, especially if you're joining a tour like the 2-Day Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon Tour offered by MaxTour. 

Sunset at Grand Canyon
Really anywhere in the Grand Canyon is great for watching the sunset, but there are definitely some standouts.

In no particular order, here are the best places to watch the sunset at the Grand Canyon:

1. Hopi Point

Hopi Point is often hailed as the premier sunset spot in the Grand Canyon. Located along West Rim Drive, it offers an extensive view of the canyon and the Colorado River. 

The panoramic vistas here are unparalleled, making it a popular spot among photographers and nature lovers alike. Arrive early to secure a good spot, as it can get crowded, especially during the summer months.

2. Yaki Point

Yaki Point is another excellent location for sunset watchers. It's a bit more secluded than Hopi Point, offering a quieter experience with fewer crowds.

The views here are expansive, with a wide array of rock formations visible in the soft sunset light that bathes the beautiful South Kaibab Trail. Keep in mind that Yaki Point is not accessible by private vehicle, but you can get there by shuttle bus, bike, or on foot.

Sunset at Yaki Point Grand Canyon
Yaki Point is one of the quieter sunset viewpoints, but it's still pretty popular.

3. Powell Point

Powell Point, a short walk from the Grand Canyon Village, is a fantastic sunset spot that offers both convenience and stunning views. It has a unique westward view of the canyon, allowing you to see the sun setting directly over the horizon. 

There's also a memorial to John Wesley Powell, the famous explorer of the Colorado River, adding a touch of history to your sunset experience.

4. Mather Point

Mather Point is super popular — and for good reason. Located near the South Rim Visitor Center, one of the most accessible sunset spots. It's often the first view of the canyon for many visitors. 

As luck would have it, Mather Point is not just accessible, it's also one of the top places to view the sunset. The point offers a wide view of the canyon, making it a great spot to watch the changing colors of the sunset. 

Unsurprisingly, Mather Point tends to be very crowded. If you're looking for a hidden gem, this is not it.

Sunset at Mather Point Grand Canyon
The dramatic sunsets at Mather Point draw in huge crowds.

5. Grandview Point

The more accessible viewpoints will always be the more crowded ones, so if you want a chance at a secluded spot, you're going to have to go out of your way. 

If you're a very experienced hiker, consider hiking out to Grandview Point. The landscape from here is gorgeous, and the sunset is nearly unmatched. However, the trail is not for the faint of heart. It's unmaintained and steep, with some parts that are almost vertical.

6. Desert View Watchtower

For those willing to venture a bit further than the most popular points, the Desert View Watchtower provides a different but equally breathtaking sunset view. 

The watchtower itself, a 70-foot stone building, offers an elevated view of the canyon and the river. The sunset from here is framed by the painted desert and the Vermilion Cliffs in the distance, creating a stunning backdrop.

Desert View Watchtower at Grand Canyon
The Desert View Watchtower in the Grand Canyon is worth a visit any time of day.

7. Mohave Point

Mohave Point not only gives you a stunning view of flat cliff tops and striated rock faces, it also offers a great view of the winding Colorado River. The sunset as seen from Mohave Point, hitting the colorful rocks and the river, is mesmerizing. 

MaxTour's 2-Day Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon Tour

If you're planning a trip to the Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon, consider MaxTour's 2-Day tour. This tour not only takes you to some of the most breathtaking spots in the Grand Canyon, but it also includes a visit to the mesmerizing Antelope Canyon.

While the tour itinerary focuses on the daytime experience, you can always ask your guide for recommendations on the best sunset spots to visit during your free time in the evening.

Tips for Enjoying the Sunset at Grand Canyon

  • Arrive Early: Sunset spots tend to get crowded, so it's best to arrive early to find a good viewing spot.
  • Dress Appropriately: Daytime is often hot at the Grand Canyon but evenings can be considerably cooler, so bring a jacket or sweater. Of course, temperatures vary a lot depending on the season.
  • Bring a Camera: You'll want to capture the stunning sunset views, but don't forget to take some time to simply enjoy the moment. A tripod comes in handy, but you may not be able to make full use of it if the area is crowded.
  • Stay Safe: Always stay on designated trails and viewing areas, especially in the dark. This is the best way to avoid injuries and falls.
  • Take Advantage of the Shuttle: The Grand Canyon's official shuttle shouldn't be overlooked! It's free and connects most of the top viewpoints in the canyon. Familiarise yourself with the shuttle's schedule and stops.
  • Linger a Bit: If you don't absolutely have to, don't leave as soon as the sun disappears past the horizon. Stay a little longer and watch as the sky darkens and stars start to appear, one by one.

Related Reading: Grand Canyon Stars


So, where's the best place to watch the sunset the Grand Canyon? You've got options! Whether you choose the popular Hopi Point, the quieter Yaki Point, or any of the other plethora of viewpoints, each location offers a unique way to witness the canyon's beauty at dusk. Wherever you go, watching the sunset at the Grand Canyon is an unforgettable experience.

And with MaxTour's 2-Day tour, you can explore these magnificent landscapes by day and experience the magic of the Grand Canyon at sunset. So grab your camera, find your spot, and watch as the canyon transforms under the setting sun.


Sunny Samaroo

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