By Mike Koopsen
Sedona is well known for its beautiful red rock landscapes and panoramic vistas, and if you visit overnight, I would highly recommend finding a nice place to see the sunset.
Airport Mesa is one of the best choices for this experience because, from this elevated location, depending on the time of year, you will not only see the sun set in the West but you will be able to see how the rocks change color towards the end of the day. I usually recommend arriving at least twenty minutes before the official sunset time.
More often than not the skies are clear in Sedona, but on days with clouds in the West, the sunset colors can be magnificent. Pinks, oranges, golds, and reds can light up the clouds, and the experience can be very inspiring. Remember, sometimes the best colors of the sunset appear ten to fifteen minutes after the sun has set, so stick around and hope for some drama in the sky.
Mike Koopsen of Trails Traveled Photography lives in Sedona. See more of his work here.