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“Great Indoor View”
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Yavapai Observation Station
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Owner description: Located at Yavapai Point, this viewing station also houses a few small exhibits describing the geological history of the Grand Canyon, a bookstore which is operated by the Grand Canyon Association and a number of labeled picture windows which look out into the Canyon.
Knoxville, Tennessee
Level 6 Contributor
101 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
“Great Indoor View”
Reviewed 11 June 2014

The Yavapai Observation Station is a very interesting and hands on geology museum, but also offers a superb indoor view of the park. I was enjoying information on the different rock layers of the Grand Canyon when I looked out the window and stopped dead in my tracks. The view of the Canyon itself is specatcular. Through the windows, it looks like a painting come to life, as another reviewer indicated. The Observation Station is indoors. After spending hot hours out in the park, the air conditioning is a welcome reprieve.

I found the information in the Observation Station more informative than the main Visitor Center for the park. I enjoyed being able to touch the different types of rock and explore the different layers. I also liked finding out about the affect of the dam and the Colorado River. I could imagine that if you are tuckered out from being outside, this would be a good alternative for sunset viewing.

If you are more inclined for activity, I would recommend taking the Trail of Time from Yavapai Observation to the Grand Canyon Village. It is 1.3 miles, paved, and has examples of each rock layer to touch and examine.

the Yavapai Observation Station also has a gift store with some good options for kids.

Visited May 2014
4 Thank Mary_Frances_From_TN
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Dallas, Tex
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A Must See View Like No Other”
Reviewed 2 June 2014

The Yacapai Observation Station is a must visit while visiting the Grand Canyon. At this location one will see a different part of the Canyon not seen by looking out at the Lookout Studio or the Kolb Studio....take the time and you will not regret it at all....enjoy and take some pictures.

Visited May 2014
Thank Jerome D
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Level 5 Contributor
42 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Don't Miss It!”
Reviewed 28 May 2014 via mobile

We had only a limited amount of time to spend at the Grand Canyon National Park so we asked one of the rangers what was a "must see". He directed us to Yavapai Point and told us that was his favorite viewing place.

The majestic panoramic views were more than words can convey and we were grateful for the steps, seating, and fenced observation areas where one could just safely sit and take it all in.

Don't miss Yavapai Point!

3 Thank Buckeye57
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Winnipeg, Manitoba
Level 6 Contributor
202 reviews
120 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Beautiful Views”
Reviewed 26 May 2014

Some of the best views along the south rim. Especially on the west side of the station. Very educational too. Nice spot for sunset.

Visited May 2014
Thank MariaVin
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Atlanta, Georgia
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Just like looking at a painting in front of your face- LEFT SPEECHLESS!”
Reviewed 20 May 2014

We had gone to Mathers Point on our first day at the Canyon. This was our second trail chosen- even MORE breathtaking!! The trails were easy and granite covered. The views- well, they just don't get any more breathtaking! The actual observation building had a huge glass window with a spectacular view! Gift shop, too, of course. Highly recommended. Bonus: the parking lot nearby had Elk grazing on the grass!

Visited May 2014
Thank Karen G
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