There's no denying that you can see some pretty amazing sunsets in the Grand Canyon State. Last night, Arizona's sunset was so spectacular that many people are dubbing it the best of the year. It's not often that the sky is painted with shades of pink, purple, and blue.

According to a spokesperson from the NOAA/NWS Storm Prediction Center, "Clean air is, in fact, the main ingredient common to brightly colored sunrises and sunsets."

Due to Arizona's cleaner and drier air, its desert sunsets are more vibrant and favorable. 

The Storm Prediction Center also explained, "Pollution climatology also largely explains why the deserts and tropics are noted for their twilight hues: air pollution in these regions is, by comparison, minimal." 

This largely explains why the Grand Canyon State has such beautiful sky displays. 

Last night was certainly one for the books. Sunset began at approximately 6:13 p.m. and when the sun went down, the sky burst into lively colors.

Many people took to social media to share their snaps of the display. 

One person on Reddit wrote, "Sunset of the year."

It might often get said that pollution and dust help enhance the colors, but that's not the case.

The SPC mentioned that pollution from volcanic eruptions do cause a colorful afterglow in the sky, however, if "...low-level dust and haze were responsible for brilliant sunsets, cities such as New York, Los Angeles, London, and Mexico City would be celebrated for their twilight hues."

There's not enough film in the world to take these gorgeous photos.  

Those of us who live in the state are always in awe of skies, especially during the evening. 

Just last week, there was a purple haze over a city in Arizona. The cause? A nearby weed farm's UV lights caused the sky to completely change hues. 

Whether you're an Arizona native or just passing through, it's worthwhile to find an open spot where you can watch the sunset and stargaze after.

This list will take you to some of the best glamping spots to do just that with friends or your boo. 


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

Start the Conversation
Account Settings
Notifications
Favourites
Log Out