Stunning Sunrises and Striking Sunsets in Mesa | Visit Mesa

Posted By Visit Mesa Team
June 20, 2024

Stunning Sunrises and Striking Sunsets in Mesa

Nothing beats Arizona's radiant sunrise at the break of dawn followed by our cotton-candy skies in the late evening. We don't want you to miss the beauty of our striking skies so we provided you with a list of the best places to watch the sunrise and sunsets Mesa! Celebrate this season with holiday lights - unplugged.

Early morning sunrises

The early bird catches the best sunrise. For early risers, there are many spots in Mesa and its surrounding areas to enjoy the first light. Head over to Queen Creek Olive Mill and sip on a fresh cup of coffee while you watch the sun rise over thousands of olive trees. Wait for them to open to enjoy a lovely breakfast with a beautiful view of the mill to start off your morning. For those who want the clearest view of the sunrise can follow the route in Las Sendas that leads to Spook Hill. Once hikers reach the top of the peak, they can oversee part of the city. Active goers can wake up at the break of dawn and get their early morning run in at Rio Salado Parkway. Mesa’s new pathway extends along the northern central border of the city which connects the two MLB stadiums and Riverview Park. For a more relaxing experience, tourists can wake up to a beautiful sunrise while glamping at The Cozy Peach at Schnepf Farms. The vintage airstreams that are located within the largest organic peach growing farm in Arizona, make for the perfect scenic getaway. Or stay at Saguaro Lake Guest Ranch and wake up to the glowing Superstition Mountains. For wildlife lovers, there is so much to discover in nature at sunup. Not only does Granite Reef Recreation site have the best sunrise spots, it’s also a great destination for birdwatching. Move along the Salt River for a chance to see wildlife soaking up the early morning sun.

picture-perfect sunsets

Fall in love with Arizona’s radiant skies that are a must-see for all visitors. For those who are looking to capture the perfect sunset photo while enjoying a delicious dinner should check out Las Sendas Patio for a truly unique dining experience. From winning the 2015 and 2016 award from Open Table for “100 Scenic Restaurants in America”, this patio comes with amazing views of the mountains, city lights and cotton-candy skies.

Another restaurant that makes the list for perfect sunset captures would be Mammoth Saloon in Goldfield Ghost Town. The first thing diners will notice while eating out on the patio is the immaculate view of the Superstition Mountains. Visit in the evening to watch the skies turn purple and the mountains change colors as the sun shines perfectly on them.

For a more up-close and personal look at the Superstitions, hike the Treasure Loop Trail in Lost Dutchman State Park.

Hop on your SUP or Kayak and hit the Salt River for a stunning sunset float. Be on the lookout for wild horses and stunning birds as you make your way through the desert.

Those who want to have a relaxing experience while watching the sunset should head over to Riverview Park. Whether visitors want to walk through the miles of accessible sidewalk or sit at the shaded picnic areas, the views of the sun reflecting off the community lake is indescribable.

For another scenic stroll, stop and smell the roses in the Southwest’s largest rose garden. Mesa Rose Garden at Mesa Community College is another great place to watch the sun shine down on the 9,000 bushes of flowers. Take a lovely walk through the garden while enjoying the beauty of the Arizona skies.

Or stop by Agritopia and stroll through the farm. You can even go wine tasting on the patio at Garage East while you soak up the sun!

For the ultimate sunset capture, fly high with Hot Air Expeditions and catch the beautiful sunset while floating in the sky!

Related Partners