Lipan Point is my favorite viewpoint at the Grand Canyon. It’s small, it’s quiet and the view is absolutely amazing. Lipan Point is right down the road from one of the Grand Canyon’s uber-popular viewpoints, Desert View. So if you’re going to get some sunset or sunrise photos of the Grand Canyon but want some peace and space, I suggest doing it at Lipan Point.
Like most awesome shots, this one was purely accidental. I was on a day trip to Sedona with my friend Steve. We had planned to photograph some red rocks and head back to Phoenix. We grew uninspired due to the crowds of Sedona, so we figured the Grand Canyon was only an hour or so away. So off we went as fast as the law allowed.
We arrived at the Grand Canyon about 20 minutes before the sun went behind the western horizon. Desert View was packed, so we scurried out and headed to west to the next viewpoint… Lipan Point. We parked, grabbed our cameras and ran to the edge. We were treated to this incredible sunset and a purple glowing canyon. We even got to share it with some nice French tourists.