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Grand Canyon Desert View Watchtower

Opens in 8 min: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Open today: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We arrived too late to go into the Watchtower. However the sunset was amazing. I was shocked that so many sat close enough to the edge to fall over the side, so that was disturbing. However, the view of the canyon and watching the sun...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank sbrook101
Reviewed 6 days ago

After a 3 mile (5 kilometre) mile drive from the Tusayan Ruins Museum we ended up at Desert View. We were there on the Eastern weekend – Saturday and the attraction was busy but there was still a lot of room in the huge parking...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Bottomshelfhockey
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Another beautiful scinic point to see the canyon. Easy to access with a car. Lots of parking space. Lovely.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Malcolmle
Reviewed 1 week ago

Located about a half-hour+ drive east of main Visitor Center, Desert View Watchtower. Walk up narrow steps three stories for great views of canyon and as you walk up, enjoy the native art on walls at all levels. Desert VIew also has a store, snack...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank mfsinmo
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Desert view point was a first Grand Canyon point on the way from Page AZ. It has a large parking, restrooms, cafe, store and the most beautiful view of the Grand Canyon and Colorado river. You can also use one of the 4 free bus...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank 81vadimr
Reviewed 1 week ago

We really liked stopping here to take some awesome pictures. We got there before the tower was open but it was till worth it. Great place that isn't too crowded and plenty of parking.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank debed-ILLINOIS
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

WOW, so much here! Stores, food, the watchtower (you can go up in the watchtower if you're there at the right time - we were not), and at sunset, oh sigh, lovely lovely lovely view. You can see the river from here. Incredible!

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Beakertroyd
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A location we visited as we were leaving the canyon towards Durango, Colorado. What a way to say goodbye to a gift of nature. The architecture was so fun to see. Take advantage of the boxes in the tower that painters used to paint. You...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Allisonspring
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The views are incredible and might be better than the south rim. And, it's not as crowded. The watchtower is really cool and once inside you can see some beautiful art.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank mvetock
Reviewed August 12, 2019

Hardly anybody over on this side of the park. Beautiful views. You can clearly see the Colorado River. Bathrooms needed attention. Blowdryers were broken in men and womens bathrooms. Bathrooms smelled bad. Store and café were not open early.

Date of experience: August 2019
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September 14, 2019|
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Response from 81vadimr | Reviewed this property |
I an personally prefer to drive. On the way back to Vegas, I drove through historic route 66. It was fun, old dinners, old cars and stores. We overnight in Kingman and stopped by at Skywalk. Drove through Joshua tree grove... More
July 9, 2019|
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Response from HiMyNameIsKathryn | Reviewed this property |
We drove through the park and didn't pay anything. The tower was also free. We came in from the east. I think there are several entrances.
April 26, 2019|
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Response from Jen Dan M | Reviewed this property |
There is minimal to no light pollution.