I’ve been looking for the best sunset spots lately. I’m getting out almost every day in the early evening as Helios rides his sun chariot into his red rock fortress for the night. Finding the best path at the foot of that fortress and the best vantage point to watch the sun dive into its underground journey back to the east is not easy. That’s because I’m always trying to find the most quiet, uninhabited spot and there are so bloody many spots!
So here’s a couple of special places where you can see the gods light the rocks on fire and burn off the negative energy of the day, transforming it to a positive reflection of yourself that you can carry back down the trail, into your car and out to a great dinner in Sedona.
1. Sedona Middle School – park at the dark green fence, walk along the ridge to the handrail, keep going past the handrail until you climb up the ridge rocks. You’ll see a veranda with picnic table to the left, but keep walking on the ridge until you find the perfect spot with an open view of Coffee Pot to the left, Steamboat straight ahead, and Schnebly to the right. This is a short easy walk.
2. Go sit at the trailhead junction of Brin’s Mesa and Jim Thompson trails. You can also take a short easy walk a little ways up Brin’s or along Jim Thompson, both provide awesome views.
3. Mini-Bell Rock (or Cowpie) – Park at the North parking lot. Walk up to Bell and take the Bell path around to the left, over to that little Bell rock just to the north. Take the trail to the mini-Bell and when it splits, take the right. It’ll split again, this time go left so you are walking around the west side of the rock. Go around it to the north side and there’s an easy path up to the top. The view is 360 degrees and fabulous. This one is great for getting to a little early as Bell goes into shadows about a half hour before the sunset. Bring wine, cheese, and a partner. Dogs are good too, make them lie down to warm your feet or howl at the rising moon with them. Don’t worry about what everybody else thinks, because you’ll probably be all alone for a sunset here, so nobody will know. It’s good to play coyote.
Maybe you want to join me to find a new spot. My old dog is having a hard time walking these days and Helios has an open invitation for a place in his sun chariot.
This post contributed by Eric Johnson Wildbear.