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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  • Incredible views from the watchtower. The tower itself is wonderful and a treat to climb to see the surrounding views. Best place on the South Rim! More remote than the other places on the south rim.  more »
  • Just wonderful, was our first stop and was immediately impressive. A view to remember, all the way to the East views. Could nice parking close to the watchtower.
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  • Must go for sunset - absolutely stunning views. The Watchtower is amazing but the sunset makes it even more amazing!  more »
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  • Came here twice in my last visit to Grand Canyon and this view is spectacular. Many people come for shots at sunset as you get some amazing views of the canyon, the Colorado River, and of the tower itself. You can go into the tower but note that the upper section is closed at 1730 and the lower tower is closed at 1800. The park remains open for the whole night. This spot is also great for night photography. It has shots of the canyon, the trees, the tower, meteors (if you come on a good night you can easily see 5+), and wildlife (bats, bugs, bionic worms... ok no worms, but I ran out of b words...).
  • One of my favorite places on the south rim. The history and beauty of the tower itself. And the unbelievably amazing views of the Grand Canyon make for awesome pictures and memories that will last a lifetime.
  • They did a great job making this look like it is an old structure even though it is modern. It has wonderful views. It is worth stopping at on the way into or out of the park if you have time. I would not replace an entire day of hiking to go see this.
  • After having been to the Grand Canyon twice, and seeing all the overlooks from Desert View to Hermits Rest, I now make it a point to recommend to anyone visiting the canyon for the first time to make this their first view of the canyon. Obviously any first look of Grand Canyon will take your breath away, but this view is absolutely magical. Especially at sunset.
  • Sunset here is stunning! Loved it. Walk the trail from the right of the tower to get the best pictures.

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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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