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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  • Most people entering the south rim will stop by here for the first look at the canyon. Nice place to see it. There is a souvenir shop at the tower and stamps for your passport.  more »
  • Desert View is the first view point you come to after passing the eastern entrance to Grand Canyon National Park, 40 km from the Canyon Village. It has pretty good parking spaces and it is orderly, with toilets, Commerce and a single serving. The best part is that not so many tourists come to this part of the Park and we have views over canyonen of course: amazing, especially from the observation tower, which, surprisingly, is free to visit. The tower looks like a pueblotorn, but it is not. It was designed by architect Mary Colter, and was completed in 1932 but has real hopiutsmyckningar on the outside and indian theme indoors, Rediff, sales of jewelry and art.
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  • This was one of my two favorite spots at the park. I didn’t realize you could go up in the tower. We were able to grab a quick lunch here as well. Worth a stop for sure!  more »
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  • A great place to watch the sun set. Multi directional views. You can see all the way down to the Colorado river. There is also a small area below the lookout to go exploring and climb some rocks.
  • This tower gives you beautiful views of the Canyon and the Colorado River. Definitely try to make it up to the top! It's worth the hike and tight spaces on the stairs to get up there. There's also a little rooftop access on the first floor that offers great views as well.
  • Incredible place to see. Lots to learn, history. Beautiful view friendly people tourist and staff would love to come back and see it again. highly recommend
  • This is a must see. It's an easy walk up. Very crowded inside. The views are super. They have lots of areas to picnic in the area. It's free to go up and there's a gift shop inside. We really enjoyed it. It's a little better view than the other scenic overlooks. I wouldn't miss this one. Outside there's a nice viewing area too and a restaurant for the basic food needs. Plenty of historical information kiosks too.
  • I wish I could give this 25 stars! Serene, beautiful; everyone I saw enjoyed themselves. I thought the views were spectacular, the attendants were pleasant, and I would recommend this to anybody that loves national parks.
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