Desert View Watchtower, Grand Canyon National Park

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  • August 14, 2017
    A beautiful vantage point at the eastern entrance of the Grand Canyon National Park. There are plenty of parking spaces available. Also, there is a petrol station, shops, toilets and a camping site. It has a very beautiful view of the Grand Canyon and can clearly see also the Colorado River. The desert view Watchtower is observation tower which can be seen also. In addition, it represents a great photo opportunity prior to the Grand Canyon. A lot of people are even in the evening on the road, that hamper a good photo.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Optimal site to close the tour of the canyon, if you arrive from Tusayan. The Tower has a small visitor center before tackling the rest of the trip. The view is spectacular as always: indeed, from here you can enjoy a fascinating glimpse of the river and its bends at the entrance of the canyon. It is at the end of the plateau, and then you can enjoy also the plain below that runs to the horizon.
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  • August 12, 2017
    The Grand Canyon in itself is amazing, but this view point is the best. I love how you can see the river from the watchtower. We got some beautiful photos from here. There were quiet a few people, but...  more »
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  • May 7, 2017
    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...).
  • June 27, 2017
    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.
  • May 23, 2017
    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.
  • July 2, 2017
    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.
  • June 20, 2017
    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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