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Desert View Watchtower

Desert View Grand Canyon Village, Grand Canyon Village, Arizona AZ 86023 USA

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“replica of a prehistoric Indian tower”

The Desert View Watchtower, constructed in 1932 as a replica of a prehistoric Native American tower, commands a magnificent view of the Grand Canyon, the Painted Desert to the east and the San Fransico Peaks to the south. This 70 foot (21 meter) tower is the highest point on the South Rim. The interior walls of the tower feature murals by Hopi artist Fred Kabotie.

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Reviewed by
Arielkay

  • 34 Reviews
  • 28 Helpful
August 21, 2014
Rated 5.0

Didn't make it in the tower but the view surrounding it in the late afternoon was the best after being on the rim all day this was the spot! Restrooms and food here too.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Peter Jacobsen

  • 5 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
October 19, 2014
Rated 5.0

Would definitely recommend this place as a must see. The best canyon view IMHO,

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
FezLuvsU

  • 15 Reviews
  • 9 Helpful
September 16, 2014
Rated 5.0

It's not for the faint of heart if you have a fear of heights (like I do) but it is completely worth the absolutely stunning views.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
JessicaHendricks2010

  • 10 Reviews
  • 7 Helpful
August 20, 2014

Make it to this view point atleast. The view is great especially at sunset.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Daryn Hillhouse

  • 49 Reviews
  • 82 Helpful
July 12, 2014
Rated 4.0

The first stop of my virgin visit to the Grand Canyon.... woweee what a place and what a view! We were quite early, so not lot was open yet. But there is a ton of parking here, ablutions and a restaurant.

The view of the canyon is breathtaking!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Joel Schat

  • Photographer
  • 238 Reviews
  • 409 Helpful
July 02, 2014

Watch tower is an awesome spot and if your running out of gas it has a gas station nearby!! Saved me on one occasion!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
shannonpettis

  • 13 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
November 06, 2017
Rated 5.0

Our visit to the Desert View Watchtower was my favorite part of visiting the Grand Canyon. Absolutely worth visiting for the great views and amazing architecture!

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Reviewed by
amgarcia3141

  • 4 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
May 28, 2017
Rated 5.0

Didn't go up the tower but wow what a view! I was going to skip it bc it was getting colder (I had kids with me) and the sun was already setting. I'm glad I didn't I got some amazing pictures.

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Reviewed by
spylock

  • 5 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
April 16, 2017
Rated 4.0

This place can get very busy, but well worth fighting your way to the top.

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Reviewed by
jlponnet

  • 27 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
October 27, 2016
Rated 4.0

Beautiful location with amazing views. Parking was plentiful and no challenge for us, towing a camper. There is both a general store and a shop for tshirts, etc. math rooms were new and very clean.

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Desert View Watchtower

Desert View Grand Canyon Village
Grand Canyon Village, Arizona
AZ 86023 USA

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