Lookout Studio, Grand Canyon National Park

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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.
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  • This place has great overlooks for the canyon, but as others have said - it is really just a retail gift shop. It is a nice spot, but there are better ones all around. It is very convenient from two b...  more »
  • A great spot for some incredible photos. There is a coin operated telescope look out and a small platform viewing area out the back of this gift shop. We got some great pictures here and had a look at...  more »
  • This spot offers some of the best views along the south rim. It is a quick walk from the Thunderbird and bright angel lodges.  more »
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  • From here you will get the first glance and one of the amazing view of Grand Canyon.
  • The Lookout Studio was designed and built in 1914 by Mary Colter and is one of the Grand Canyon landmark buildings worth visiting in the South Rim Village. Opening hours are seasonal (roughly 9am to 5 or 6pm) daily. The architecture of Lookout Studio is intriguing. Colter made use of large stone material to give the building a ruinous yet charming appearance. Being situated along the edge of the canyon is a nice touch and helps the Lookout Studio blend into the area terrain. There are photographs of the Grand Canyon, local artwork pieces and other souvenirs you can purchase during visits. There are upper and lower deck viewing rooms as well, both of which are worth seeing and having picture if you like. Note: There are several other important historical landmarks nearby. You can combine your visit with the Kolb Studio just a couple minutes further walk down the South Rim trail and the Bright Angel Lodge as well.
  • I loved the view and the hand crafted girfts.
  • Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter was born on April 4th, 1869 and lived until January 8th, 1958, an American architect and designer, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As a child, Colter traveled with her family through frontier Minnesota, Colorado and Texas in the years after the American Civil War. After her father died in 1886, Colter attended the California School of Design in San Francisco -now the San Francisco Art Institute. In 1901, the Fred Harvey Company offer her the job of decorating the Alvarado Hotel in Albuquerque, she began working full-time 1910, moving from interior designer to architect.
  • Views are spectacular, staff is friendly. Upper entrance was closed due to construction so a little walk down and around is the only negative
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