Who doesn’t love a sunset? There’s just something about being there for the end of the day when the earth changes color and your daily troubles just seem to disappear. Unfortunately most of us don’t make the time nearly enough to watch one. With the Great Salt Lake to the west, Davis County, Utah, is filled with memorable sports to watch the sun descend into the water. But while some of these spots might take a little more work to get to—they’re worth the effort. Here are some of our favorite spots to watch day turn into night in Davis County.
Frary Peak, Antelope Island State Park
This won’t be the last time that Antelope Island State Park comes up on this list. The mountainous island in the Great Salt Lake is filled with memorable spots to watch the sun tip under the horizon, but one really stands out—Frary Peak, the highest point on the island at 6,596 feet. This leads to a couple of challenges. First, you’ve got get to the top at sunset. Second, you need to get back down after sunset, which is about a three mile trip. But those who stick around rave about it. Just make sure you bring a headlamp with you.
Wild Rose Trail
This trail is in North Salt Lake starts inside Wild Rose Trailhead Park. You can park there, where you’ll also find a playground, a small amphitheater, and pavilions to enjoy. Unlike some of the other hikes on this list, this one is appropriate for younger kids, as you only need to hike a mile each way to the viewpoint bench, where you’ll be able to sit down and enjoy the sunset over the valley.
Bridger Bay Beach
The beach is traditionally the best place to watch a sunset—no obstructions. That goes for Utah as well, as this huge, white sand beach on the Great Salt Lake is a great place to spread out a towel and enjoy the show. You won’t be alone.
Mueller Park Trail
Located at the top of 1800 South in Bountiful, this is a fun hike that passes through tall pines and oak trees. The path becomes extremely colorful and stunning in the fall. It takes about 6.8-miles to reach the peak, also known as Elephant Rock. You can take it easy at the top on a bench perfectly situated for watching the sunset over the Great Salt Lake. Also, there are many picnic spots with campfire pits for relaxing or enjoying a meal after you get back down.
This hike to a ridge in Farmington is impressive on its own, but it has special meaning thanks to the work of a local resident. The steep 1.25-mile hike will take you 1,016 feet in elevation gain to the top of the ridge where you’ll see Flag Rock, which features a flag pole and American Flag. The flag was placed on the site by local resident Randy Walker to commemorate 9/11, because from the road to summit it is said to be the same height as the World Trade Center. You’ll get a stunning view of the valley from the rock, which is all the more impressive at sunset.
Parrish Creek Trail
The Parrish Creek Trail in Centerville features a simple hike that only takes about 45 minutes to complete, round-trip. Starting in the parking lot, take the trail up the mountain and cross paths with Bonneville Shoreline Trail. Once there, continue up the mountain—through some tall grass and sagebrush—toward Parrish Creek. You’ll hear water flowing on the trail and may see a small waterfall. Once near the top, you’ll have an excellent view of the sunset over the ridge.
Written by Stewart Green for RootsRated in partnership with Utah Office of Tourism.