Desert View Watchtower, Grand Canyon National Park

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  • this is a must stop for anyone visiting the park. it takes just a few extra minutes and ends or starts your visit with some absolutely breath taking views.  more »
  • This was a another highlight on our trip to the Grand Canyon. There is plenty of parking, restrooms, places to purchase food ice cream and gifts.  more »
  • Very cool building with lots of history. Many people but not too crowded. Excellent first glimpse of the canyon if approaching from the east.  more »
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  • Great view of the Canyon here. The tower is unique with lots of history inside. You can go up there tower to the upper windows (not the roof). This is a little ways from the visitor center and not on a shuttle line, but there was lots of parking available at noon. Great alternative to the visitor center look outs.
  • This spot is absolutely worth the stop along the way! The old watchtower is interesting in itself and the view from up top is gorgeous. Try to get here around sunset; it is breathtaking and leaves you speechless! You might have to find a place in line to get a good photo. Be careful and cautious of your surroundings of course...while we were there a girl dropped her cell phone right on the very edge TWICE!
  • Beautiful location and nice view of Grand canyon. Restrooms and gift shops. Solid tower that you can climb till top. Beautiful old traditional painting on the wall inside the tower. Narrow round strairs with painting on both sides. Large glass windows so you can see Grand canyon from inside tower as well.
  • This place has an amazing view… But definitely get there before 5 o’clock… This place closes at 5 PM… I will say it again.. This place closes at 5 PM and they will put you out the door quick.. I don’t really know how to review this other than to say I posted a few pictures and you’re welcome to look at it… It was about a 25 mile drive once you’re inside the park, but it was well worth it… I’m so glad we went… I will definitely be back again..
  • The desert watchtower is historic in that it was built early in the century as an artistic memorial to ancient Indians. It has some fine art, cool reflective windows, a great view, stairs so over the place... Thing is, it's weird, it doesn't really conform to history, and it really doesn't fit into the canyon.
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