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The golden hour: watching the sunset at Arch Rock

After a full day of hiking and a quick dinner we hopped back in the car and raced back to the park to catch the sunset. Mornings and nights are the best times to be in the desert. Not only is it not hot enough to fry an egg on a rock yet, but you can also catch some pretty spectacular solar shows. We looked up a few places to watch the sunset and ultimately chose Arch Rock mostly because we just thought it looked cool, and it does. However, it's not a very high vantage point and there are some mountains blocking part of your view of the sun so I think I'd go somewhere else next time. If you give yourself ample time to drive to your viewing spot, the Cholla Cactus garden is your best bet.


If you do decide to go to Arch Rock at any point during your visit it can be tricky to find. It's located in one of the campgrounds so don't turn around when you follow the signs and end up at a campground. All of the parking was taking so we parked on the side of the road next to the campground entrance. You then have to walk all the way to the back of the campground and pay close attention to the trail signs. We got turned around a couple of times. I'd also recommend bringing a tripod that you can balance on the rocks to get the best angle.

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