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Grand Canyon Desert View Watchtower

Desert View Dr., Grand Canyon, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
+1 928-638-2736
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Desert View Dr., Grand Canyon, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
+1 928-638-2736
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I describe this as a lighthouse in the desert! Go in and take steps to the top for a spectacular view. On each floor you will be mesmerized by Indian artwork and the unique architecture of Mary Colter.

Thank Rebecca A
Reviewed 4 days ago

Take the time to climb to the top of the Desert View Watchtower and enjoy the view. The Desert View Watchtower offered a beautiful view of the Grand Canyon, and there are places to sit down outside the tower and many locations to take beautiful...More

Thank leighann0576
Reviewed 5 days ago

We almost didn't stop by to see this and so glad we went back the 2nd day. All three of us loved it and said it was our favorite spot.

Thank donnac371
Reviewed 5 days ago

What a way to meet the canyon! WOW!! Just starting to rain so enjoyed being indoors. Beautiful colors in the canyon even with the rain. Once the rain let up - fun to walk on the decks and enjoy the views. Neat to see the...More

Thank native*texan*2005
Reviewed 1 week ago

Desert View Watchtower should be on the watchlist for all visitors to Grand Canyon. It offers stunning vistas of the canyon and a complete 360-degree view. Also, for those who cannot trek or camp or are on a short trip, this is the best place...More

Thank Jay S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stop in for a great view and for a little history lesson not affiliated with natural wonders. It is here that the need for the FAA was conceived after a mid-air collision took the lives of all of the passengers on board. Wide open views...More

Thank RDWNG1
Reviewed 1 week ago

You should visit this place in order to get the 360 degree view of the Grand Canyon. Colorado river flowing through the canyons can also be seen from the tower. It also oversees different view points. Kids can really enjoy the telescopes. It is must...More

Thank Dev_undone
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Desert view drive is about 23 miles long from the main center. It has many places to pull over and enjoy the view of the canyon on the way to the Watch Tower. Worth the time. The Watchtower itself is nice and the views...More

Thank Tim133
Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked a Desert view and Watchtower tour with Xanterra. Our tour guide was Bob and he was a hoot. He shared lots of knowledge and some jokes. He kept us on schedule and delivered us back on time. The canyon, desert, and watchtower are...More

Thank 2014psr
Reviewed 1 week ago

The tower is always a highlight for grandkids, this was the third set we brought here. The view from here is unique. You can see out across the desert and if you know where to look, you can see where the Little Colorado River meets...More

Thank csarchibald
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14 April 2017|
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Response from LesleyGulledge | Reviewed this property |
I believe they closed down at 6pm
14 March 2017|
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Response from KyReserve | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so but it is worth the drive for sunset then the stars.
Denise F
7 March 2017|
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