Personally, I think being at Dead Horse Point at sunset is the best time to be there. When we visited last year, it was in the early afternoon and the light was glaring. I was looking forward to standing at the edge of the canyon in a softer light.
We weren’t the only people there, which didn’t surprise me, but the big tour buses were just leaving as we pulled up. The people who were there, were there to enjoy the end of the day. There was peaceful talking, a lot of silence and a sense of calm.
Even those who were taking photos did so quietly and with a sense of purpose. Many had brought a picnic dinner and were enjoying it in the fading light. We left while it was still a little bit light knowing we had a long drive back to Moab, and driving in the desert while it’s pitch dark is not my favorite activity.