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Desert View Watchtower, Arizona

Categories: Observation Decks, Tourist Spots
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  • The watchtower is an interesting addition to the park that has become an historic attraction. Well worth climbing the tower to see the art inside and the views outside. 
  • After the Bright Angel canyon, now stands before us the great canyon desert view! everything simply Grand and at the same time moving when we learn that a plane has crashed is making many victims. A tower erected in this view lets us know that archaeologists wanted to let a duty of memory for the Navajo people. Panoramic view not to be missed.
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  • Climb the tower. The view is worth the effort. Plan on being patient if the stairs are busy and allow for tourists who do not have the same sense of personal space when you get to the top. 
  • Now that they got rid of the gift shop in the base of the building and returned it to a more historical place, I love it all here. One of the best places to see sunset. Standing here, you can understand why Mary Jane Colter built this magnificent building here. It has some stunning views of the canyon and has that spiritual feel to it. So much history in the structure, its architecture and its location. The murals inside the tower, the overlook windows and the point itself. One of the few places you will want to read all the plaques detailing the overlook, the building and the 1956 plane crash that happened out from the overlook.
  • Truly amazing. Highest point on the Southern Rim. Art and architecture were brilliantly done. I mean, the woman who designed it even had it torn down when some stones were misaligned! It's also a PokéGo Gym ;)
  • This location provides wonderful views, great photo opportunities, and an excellent way to experience the Grand Canyon. In addition to rest room facilities and stores to gather supplies, there are ample spots to take photos and helpful park staff to answer questions!
  • Beautiful view of the sunset from this place (as can be seen in the pics!) This is one place I would not miss if I go to the south rim of Grand Canyons again! Beautiful breathtaking views and the watchtower looks beautifully rustic and old although it is a fairly recent construction!
  • Desert View Watchtower, also known as the Indian Watchtower at Desert View, is a 70-foot (21 m)-high stone building located on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon within Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, United States. The tower is located at Desert View, more than 20 miles (32 km) to the east of the main developed area at Grand Canyon Village, toward the east entrance to the park. The four-story structure, completed in 1932, was designed by American architect Mary Colter, an employee of the Fred Harvey Company who also created and designed many other buildings in the Grand Canyon vicinity including Hermit's Rest and the Lookout Studio. The interior contains murals by Fred Kabotie.
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