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“Definitely worth the visit” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Grand Canyon Desert View Watchtower

Grand Canyon Desert View Watchtower
Desert View Dr., Grand Canyon, AZ
928/638-2736; 928/638-2360 trading post
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Huntington, Vermont
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“Definitely worth the visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 via mobile

The watchtower is a stone building with winding stairs and a number of very good views looking down the canyon. You need to go east of the Grand Canyon village, unfortunately where the shuttle does not go - but there is plenty of parking there. From the village, you are looking across the canyon from the southwest to the northeast, but from Desert View, you get the best view of the canyon looking down the canyon to the northwest.

Visited August 2014
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Omaha, Nebraska
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“great building amazing views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

If you want to see an amazing building and some incredible views this is your place. Go early in the morning if possible. This is the first stop for everyone coming into the canyon from the east and it can get crowded. Take some time and look at the drawings inside the tower and walk up to the top for the views. Also take some time and go out on the patio areas for even more views of the canyon.

Visited July 2014
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Den Haag
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“Not to be missed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Our breath was taken away by the views from the Desert View area!
The watchtower at the end of Desert View (designed by architect Mary Jane Colter) is a beautiful building! Take the time to go inside and go up. The original artwork painted on the walls is beautiful. When we arrived around 4 PM the light outside was soft, a bit hazy. We took the best pictures ever, and pictures can't even "catch" the grandeur of the Grand Canyon....

Visited August 2014
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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“Don't Miss this Gem off the Too-Beaten Path”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Make your way over to Desert View Watchtower while you are at the Canyon—a must see. It's a 70 foot Indian watchtower created by the architect who so carefully designed the buildings and lodges at the Canyon as it was developed. This was done with a Hopi artist who filled the multi-story watchtower with Hopi paintings that are an explosion of Hopi culture and art for the visitor. A gift store fills the first floor (of course), but the upper floors provide breathtaking views of the Canyon and art that goes on and on — you can barely see it all. Myth, story, and legend fill the air and the walls. Go there!

Visited August 2014
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Special place to see the Grand Canyon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This is a special place where you can have a different view of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, while learning about the old time constructions from the region.

The Watchtower was designed by the architect Mary Colter and built in 1932 by the Fred Harvey Company under interest of the Santa Fe Railroad. It was intent to serve as a stop point for tourists to rest and enjoy a nice view when traveling to the Grand Canyon and mostly staying in one of the many Harvey´s lodges.

The tower was a result of studies Mary Colter did of the prehistoric towers found at that time in the region. She also built her own vision of the culture from different people´s which used to live there. There are interesting paintings inside the building that shows related aspects of the life of Hopi and other peoples. Easy to climb its round stairs. There is a souvenir shop on the first floor and a restaurant and other facilities in the same area.

All in all, an interesting place to visit and to learn about the Grand Canyon region and its original peoples.

Visited June 2014
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