Scottsdale

Local Experts: Scottsdale, Jeff Ficker

By Local Expert Jeff Ficker

Where to Watch the Sunset in Scottsdale

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McDowell Sonoran Preserve

McDowell Sonoran Preserve

To see the Sonoran Desert at its most beautiful, visit one of the five trailheads at this 30,000-acre refuge in northern Scottsdale. You’ll be surrounded by pristine desert, with panoramic views of the McDowell Mountains and this ecologically diverse landscape that includes barrel and cholla cacti, green-barked palo verde trees, gila woodpeckers, cottontails and desert reptiles. 

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Desert Botanical Garden

Desert Botanical Garden

The beautifully curated Desert Botanical Garden has one of the most impressive plant collections in the world, and the transition from day to night triggers an extraordinary transformation in the garden. The air cools, flowers close and the iconic saguaro cactus becomes a beautifully silhouetted figure against the changing backdrop of colors and light.

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Sanctuary Camelback Resort

Sanctuary Camelback Resort

This is, without a doubt, one of my favorite experiences in Arizona: sitting with a cocktail in hand on the patio of the resort’s Jade Bar and watching the sunset over Camelback and Mummy mountains. The hotel’s clean, modernist design and desert views are the perfect complements to the setting the sun.

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“Knight Rise” Skyspace at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

“Knight Rise” Skyspace at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

The museum’s highlight: James Turrell’s “Knight Rise,” an outdoor art installation that frames the changing colors of Scottsdal’s sky through an oculus in a concrete dome. The smooth, gray ceiling distorts your perception of sky, focusing your attention on the changing colors, from afternoon’s bright blues to sunset’s deep oranges, crimsons and purples.

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Orange Sky at Talking Stick Resort

Orange Sky at Talking Stick Resort

The name says it all. Orange Sky restaurant was designed with the Arizona’s amber- and saffron-streaked sunsets in mind. Glass elevators whisk guests up the 15th-floor dining room, where floor-to-ceiling windows showcase 360-degree views of the desert, mountains and city. Step onto the open-air terrace to enjoy a glass of wine, or reserve a western-facing table inside.


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Orange Sky at Talking Stick Resort
9800 E Indian Bend Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85256, United States
6.2/10

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American Restaurant
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“Knight Rise” Skyspace at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
7374 E 2nd St (W of Goldwater Blvd), Scottsdale, AZ 85251, United States
9.1/10

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Art Museum
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Sanctuary Camelback Resort
5700 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley, AZ 85253, United States
9.1/10

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Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N Galvin Pkwy (Btw McDowell Rd & Van Buren St), Phoenix, AZ 85281, United States
9.3/10

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McDowell Sonoran Preserve
Phoenix, AZ 85085, United States
7.5/10

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