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Grand Canyon Desert View Watchtower

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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

The watchtower itself is such a cool experience, with the art and views, but the real winner here is the incredible viewpoint of the Canyon. At this point, the Canyon opens up for miles, and you get glimpses of the Colorado River, plus lots of...More

Thank BeckyB79
Reviewed 4 days ago

I don't think there is anything special about the tower itself. It is useful because it has a shop and restrooms but in my opinion doesn't add anything to the main attraction, the amazing views of the Grand Canyon.

Thank A_Geordie_View
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Drove out late morning. Great vistas especially from top of tower. Few trails in either side of tower offered great views for easy walk. Bought lunch at the general store (not great). There are some benches to the right of the tower as you face...More

Thank travelrads
Reviewed 5 days ago

In my opinion, you have the best view from the rim and the tower itself of the Grand Canyon. They have a gift shop and bathrooms. The tower itself is worth seeing, being designed by Mary Coulter

Thank Sibylle B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We planned to end our day at the GC here, so we could watch a sunset. It was a memory of a lifetime. We arrived a bit early, so we could see inside the Watchtower before it closed. Then we sat at the rim and...More

Thank snmommy
Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting place to stop, more views of the grand canyon but the watchtower is worth a look as are some of the surrounding buildings

Thank Julie W
Reviewed 1 week ago

The watchtower interior is covered in pictures that represent the Native American pictographs. You will walk a ways from the parking lot to the tower, but its paved and fairly level. There's bathrooms and a place to grab a snack just before you get to...More

Thank GypsyGeorgia
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a vantage point not to be missed. Take your time and climb the stairs to the top of the tower for outstanding pictures. It's one of the few places where you can see the CO River below.

Thank Beach-Nana93402
Reviewed 1 week ago

This structure is of some interest if you want to explore the history of the Canyon. The best reason for going there is to get another point of view of the Canyon that has access to restrooms, food and drink.

Thank Tuathflaith
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We drove to the watchtower, and we were not unhappy we did. The tower offers some of the best views of the Colorado River in the park, and the canyon views are tough to beat. This is a surprisingly well developed end or start of...More

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April 13, 2017|
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Response from LesleyGulledge | Reviewed this property |
I believe they closed down at 6pm
March 14, 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
March 7, 2017|
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