Desert View Watchtower, Grand Canyon National Park

Desert View Watchtower is located in Grand Canyon National Park. Take a look at our Grand Canyon National Park holiday planning website to schedule your visit to Desert View Watchtower and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • We stopped here for a short while after an earlier walk along Bright Angel trail and on our way to elsewhere found this is an ideal spot to get another view of the canyon and pick up a quick lunch. We...  more »
  • It's worth the drive to go see! This spot gives a pana view of the canyon and the river. The tower is an amazing and artistic design four floors to the top!.  more »
  • Basically it is the second gateway to the South Rim, so there is plenty of parking and all facilities for tourist accommodation. I can give it a perfect score, because the facilities were closed. The panorama, such as around the rim, it's wonderful, interesting contrast between the southern and the eastern desert vegetation-rich plateau, but with magnificent colors. Is clearly visible even on the Colorado River.
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  • 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..
  • An amazing structure right off the cliff with stunning views of the Colorado River and all it’s erosion work for millions of years. The tower is easy to access via large parking lots and clean flat walkways. There are a gift store and several levels to explore with plenty of beautiful tribal artwork all over the walls and great views. It is a testament of the rich cultural history of our native brothers & sisters and their ancestors, who shaped the American West. I consider this viewpoint as one of the most impressive gateways into the ancient world of the Grand Canyon.
  • Great views of the canyon. Tower is enclosed so don't expect an awesome photo op. Bring quarters because the top floor has the coin operated spy glass things allowing you to view far away rocks and stuff I guess. Small souvenir shop inside as well. Biggest downside to the location is that it is a significant distance out from other points. If you are crunched for time and already saw other side of canyon, you can probably safely skip.
  • Great lookout point on the south east rim of the canyon. Tower was constructed in the 1930's by famous architect Mary Colter who also designed other structures on the south rim using native rocks from the canyon. Wonderful views. You Can see the painted desert off further to the east. Memorial dedicated to victims of two planes to collided nearby in 1956.
  • This AMAZING must see views from every level and direction you can see the Colorado River at the base of the canyon! The Watchtower sits just inside of the new Desert View South Rim Entrance. Definitely take the climb to the top of the Watchtower as the views are worth the crowds. Bring extra water with this high elevation attraction you will need it! Clean water fountains, paved paths and bathrooms! Try spotting the watchtower from other viewpoints as this is a great way to know your location and see how far you have come!

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Where to stay in Grand Canyon National Park

You'll find plenty of options if you want to stay inside Grand Canyon National Park. Most campgrounds and lodges sit around the South Rim area, and they tend to fill up quickly for summer visits, so book as far in advance as possible. The price range for lodge accommodations varies greatly, so there's something for nearly every budget. The less-visited North Rim features one lodge. For those who hike to the bottom of the canyon, dormitories and cabins are available at Phantom Ranch. If you can't secure a place in the park or find something there to your liking, the small village near the south entrance offers inns and economy motels. You’ll have the convenience of nearby restaurants if you stay there.
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