Watching the sunset is one of life’s simple pleasures. It forces us to slow down, be in the moment, and connect with something greater than ourselves. Here in Boulder, we’re fortunate to have some of the most beautiful sunsets on the planet. When you combine mountain vistas and fast-moving weather, you get a breathtakingly colorful laser light show almost every evening.
No matter where you view it, a Boulder sunset is always worth watching. In a pinch, even the Whole Foods parking lot will suffice. But when seen from a spectacular summit or a tranquil trail with friends and family, it becomes a memory you’ll carry with you long after dark.
Boulder’s 45,000 acres of open space are brimming with prime sunset viewing locations. The ideal spots will give you some height, allow for unobstructed views to the west, and feature a comfortable place to sit for a while (maybe even spread out a picnic blanket). Whether this spot involves a short stroll or a challenging climb is up to you.
So let’s grab some takeout, a couple of friends, and hit the trails for a beautiful sunset. This guide has something for everyone in pursuit of the perfect sunset hike in Boulder.
As always, please refer to Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks and Boulder County Parks and Trails for trail conditions, temporary closures, and dog regulations before heading out. Be sure to adhere to “Leave No Trace” and remember that campfires are prohibited.