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.
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