If you’ve lived in Idaho for any amount of time, you know Rexburg sunsets are incredibly beautiful. Here are a few ideal spots for watching the sunset over our favorite small town.
This is an obvious one. What could be more beautiful than a sunset with a beautiful building in the foreground? And based on the dozens of photographers you can watch line up in front of the temple, I would say this is pretty popular spot. For ideal sunset watching in front of the temple, park in one of the nearby lots and stroll along the sidewalk for an open and clear view. Be sure to watch for traffic during the evening hours.
The key to finding a good sunset-viewing spot is to find a location with a naturally beautiful view that also faces west. Enter Cress Creek. Thirty minutes outside of Rexburg is this quaint, lesser-known part of Targhee National Forest. There’s a short, circular walk with various viewing areas that are perfect for watching the sun go down with that cute boy or girl you’ve been seeing. Be sure to bring a flashlight if you plan to stay for the whole sunset, as not all of the walk is paved.
Not only does hiking later in the evening mean less crowds at this popular hiking spot, you also set yourself up for a stunning view of the sun setting over the surrounding Lemhi mountain range and farmland. You’ll be at a high enough elevation to watch the sunlight glow all over the valley and if that doesn’t make you have a great appreciation for all things nature, I don’t know what will. This is another place to have a flashlight handy as the area gets real dark once the sun is down. I recommend showing up at least 45 minutes before the sun is supposed to set so you don’t miss a moment hiking up the trail. And don’t forget to stay a little longer for second sunset (the thirty minutes or so when the sun has already set).
Fields next to the Temple
I’m not talking about the plot of land directly in front of the temple; I’m talking about the lot to the right. You’ve driven past it and maybe even taken a picture next to the BYU-Idaho sign that sits nearby. All you need to bring is a comfy blanket to sit on and watch the sun set over the mountain range. Look for days that are clear but have those big, fluffy-looking clouds in the sky. An empty sky makes for a less exciting sunset since the light has nothing to bounce off of.
A Favorite Back Road
The best part of country roads is driving them. And a sunset drive is even better. If you head west, you’re going to find some incredible views of the earth’s greatest light source. If you decide to pull off the road be sure to do so in a safe manner. Bring a dessert and make a date of it!
Have you watched the sun set in one of these spots? Where would you recommend? Let us know in the comments!