Denver skyline from City Park. Photo Credit: Davel5957 (iStock).

Denver skyline from City Park. Photo Credit: Davel5957 (iStock).

Calling all sunset chasers! Warm and long summer nights are inching their way closer.

The sun is beginning to set later and later in Colorado. This Thursday, January 14th, marks the last sunset before 5 PM over Denver until next November. 

On Friday, January 15th, the sun will rise in Denver at 7:19 AM and set at 5:00 PM for a total of 9 hours, 41 minutes of daylight. 

Editor's Note: The sunset is defined as the time the sun starts to sink below the horizon.

The first sunset after 6:00 PM in Denver is expected to occur on Tuesday, March 9, just five days before Daylight Saving Time, which is set to begin on Sunday, March 14, 2021, at 2:00 AM.

The Summer Solstice will occur on Sunday, June 20, 2021, marking the start of summer and the longest day of the year for the northern hemisphere. 

It's the opposite for Southern Hemisphere, kicking off winter with the sun reaching its lowest point in the sky. According to the Farmer's Almanac, the word "solstice" is derived from the Latin word "solstitium." Together, sol (sun) and stitium (to stop) mean the sun standing still.

Wondering where to watch the sunset in Colorado? Garden of the Gods, Maroon Bells Scenic Area, Rocky Mountain National Park, Loveland Pass, and Denver are some of the most stunning spots to catch the sunrise or sunset around the state. 

Breanna Sneeringer writes about news, adventure, and more for OutThere Colorado as a Digital Content Producer. She is an avid adventure seeker and wildflower enthusiast. Breanna joined OutThere Colorado in September 2018.


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