Best Places to Watch the Sunset in Salt Lake City

Travel Tips — By Amiee Maxwell on June 21, 2010 at 5:00 am

Salt Lake City’s vast valley and mountainous backdrop make for some impressive sunsets. Here are some of the best places to watch the sunset in the Salt Lake Valley.

(1) Ensign Peak

Ensign Peak is a prominent peak on the north edge of the Salt Lake Valley situated above the Utah State Capitol.  Just days after entering the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847, Brigham Young and other pioneers climbed to the top of Ensign Peak to survey the valley and make plans for the city they were about to build.  From the peak, you have sweeping views of the Salt Lake Valley as well as the Great Salt Lake to the West.

(2) Antelope Island

Antelope Island is the largest island in the Great Salt Lake and at first glance looks like a barren, deserted island.  If you look a little closer you will quickly see that the island is home to many animals such as deer, bighorn sheep, buffalo, coyotes, and antelope as well as a huge variety of birds and waterfowl.  The island is also a great place to watch the sunset over the Great Salt Lake and watch the colors reflect on the eastern mountain ranges.

(3) Red Butte Gardens

Red Butte Gardens is a fabulous botanical garden that sits high in the foothills above the city.  The garden offers incredible panoramic views of the Salt Lake Valley and you can find a great place to watch the sunset by hiking up in the trails behind the gardens.

(4) Pete’s Rock

Pete’s Rock is perched up high on the east bench and is the best place to watch the sunset over the city.  Pete’s Rock is a climbing area and the trailhead to the popular Mount Olympus hike.  To get there, travel south on Wasatch Boulevard from 4500 south about 1.5 miles to a sign for the Mount Olympus Trailhead.

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