What makes the Grand Canyon so special

Grand Canyon Sunsets and Sunrises are central to your visit. Standing on the edge of the mighty Grand Canyon has been described as awe-inspiring, breathtaking, astonishing and even overwhelming. The sheer magnitude of its size is only outdone by its age as it watches millennium after millennium come and go.  It has taken about 5 to 6 million years for the Grand Canyon to form and mature, standing stoically as one of the greatest monuments to the magnificence and patience of Nature. This is a very special place.

Sunset and Sunrise at Grand Canyon

Especially at sunset. This is when the Grand Canyon comes alive with vivid color, great shadows and dancing light. In just minutes, the Canyon can change from orange to pink to purple as the falling sun casts color and shade across the valleys, peaks and crevasses. It is magnificent! You are either snapping photos as fast as your shutter-speed will go or you are standing still, watching Nature’s light show play out for you. When the sun dips behind the plateau, the show is over and the Grand Canyon goes dark.

Sunrise brings a new look and light to the Canyon, very different but no less beautiful than the evening before. This sunrise/sunset performance is one of the many, many the Canyon has displayed over the last million or so years but if you are lucky enough to experience it, you will never forget it.

We recommend the following viewpoints for sunset or sunrise on your Grand Canyon visit:

South Rim
Hopi Point
Yaki
Yavapai
Lipan
Navajo
Desert

North Rim
Cape Royal
Patio of the Lodge

East Side
Horseshoe Bend