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Grand Canyon Desert View Watchtower

Open today: 08:00 - 19:00
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Reviewed today

The tower looks as though it is some kind of Native American structure but it is not. Beautiful views. We were there during shoulder season so it was not incredibly crowded. During the season it may be difficult to move around in. Go early in...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank MissFrame
Reviewed yesterday

We took the east exit and just when we thought we had seen it all at the Grand Canyon, Desert View had another view another prospective on the Canyons. Thank goodness we did not miss this last view (or the first view if you are...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank ShellRich4
Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited the Grand Canyon Desert View Watchtower in February 2019. I drove here from Mather Point which took about 25-30 minutes. Along the way there are many places to stop and get additional views of the Grand Canyon. There is a large parking lot....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank blairkk25
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited here as we were leaving the Park. This location gives you stunning views of the start or east end of the Grand Canyon. Looking out further east you can see the deep Little Colorado River Canyon snaking over to the main Colorado River....More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank HappycampersCanada
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a must see Grand Canyon viewpoint. The views are stunning! Plan to get here first if you are coming from East End Or plan to visit here at last if you are coming from West End. Can climb to top of watch tower,...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank ckrajeev
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was fun going to the top. We didn't stay too long at top. Took in the view and some photos and said bye to the canyon.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful building and a great place to say "goodbye" to the canyon if driving from the west or "hello" if coming in from the east.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank JohnandJaneS
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoy using the shuttle to get around the park, to the visitors center and different points. But, the shuttle does not run to the Desert View which was disappointing because we did not have our car on this trip. Hopefully the park system will...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank SL262
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You get excellent views here and a fun walk to the top of the tower (but not the roof). There are nearby restrooms, a gas station and even a small convenience mart.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 3000calories
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One of the great stops on the desert view route. Has a visitors cebter and shop. Aldo has gas and snacks

Date of experience: February 2019
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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 Rajikadesilva | Reviewed this property |
Based on the map the shuttle bus does not go to the watch tower and the view from their is spectacular , you can see the Colorado river from the watchtower. I was told it is one of the best places to see a sunset ! Don't go... More
7 March 2017|
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