Lookout Studio, Grand Canyon National Park

4.6
#20 of 94 in Shopping in Arizona
Built on a rock ledge suspended over the Grand Canyon's south rim, Lookout Studio offers some of the best vantage points of the famous landmark. Listed on the National Register of Historic places, the 1914 studio is one of seven buildings in the canyon designed by famed architect Mary Colter, who strove to blend the structure with its natural surroundings using local stone and wood. Explore the building's historic interior, featuring various informative exhibits and a film, and then use the coin-operated telescopes on the outdoor terraces for up-close inspection of the natural spectacle around you. A paved trail nearby makes a great spot to watch for the California condor--North America's largest land bird and a rarity in the skies. The birds use the thermal updrafts of air to cruise along the cliffs. If you're looking for souvenirs, check out the on-site gift shop. Plan to visit Lookout Studio and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Grand Canyon National Park attractions using our Grand Canyon National Park day trip planner.
Create an itinerary including Lookout Studio
map
Lookout Studio Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
136 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • September 9, 2017
    Would have been a nice experience yesterday until the angry store worker (older male) yelled at us two times in a row that the store was closing and to "LEAVE NOW" 5 min. before it closed. We were all...  more »
  • September 3, 2017
    With the Grand Canyon, all you want to do is keeping looking at it from different angles, and going into the Lookout Studio gives you yet another fabulous, interesting view. There's a gift shop, too, ...  more »
  • September 2, 2017
    Don't have to buy anything at the shop to step outside on the patio and take in the view. Amazing! They do have a variety of nice things and the stone building is impressive.  more »
Google
  • March 28, 2017
    At least one time in your life go there. Beautiful place .
  • June 27, 2017
    Beautiful view from the platform outside.
  • March 22, 2017
    Beautiful building and can see scene of grand canyon.
  • May 23, 2016
    Pretty neat little miniature castle type place that overlooked the canyon with some pretty amazing views. Was nice to just hang out there for a bit away from the hustle and bustle of the lodge. It had several layers of viewpoints that got increasingly further out over the canyon. Really nice.
  • August 18, 2016
    Good photo spots where you can set the camera on the highest floor with your people on the lower floors.

Plan your trip to Grand Canyon National Park

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

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.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Grand Canyon National Park by other users

7 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Arizona BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Arizona BY A USER FROM IRELAND March, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 6 days in Sedona & Grand Canyon National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, teens, popular PREFERENCES: December, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Grand Canyon National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Arizona BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Arizona BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Grand Canyon National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, outdoors, relaxing, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, outdoors, relaxing, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 36 days in Continental USA BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Las Vegas & Grand Canyon National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, outdoors, popular PREFERENCES: June, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Phoenix, Grand Canyon National Park & Las Vegas BY A USER FROM CANADA January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 27 days in United States BY A USER FROM SERBIA October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans