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Desert View is 25 miles east of Grand Canyon village. The park’s shuttle system does not extend this far, so you will need a car to visit this section. We were on the lackluster van tour I mentioned in my Yavapai post, so having a ride to Desert View was one of the few highlights of that tour.
The main attraction, aside from the Grand Canyon views, is the stone Desert View Watchtower designed by Mary Colter in 1932. This building, like the other Colter buildings in Grand Canyon National Park, is a National Historic Landmark and was designed to blend into its surroundings.
It is a replica of an ancient Puebloan Watchtower, with 85 steps leading to an observation platform at the top. The walls are adorned with murals painted by a Hopi artist.
To see my other posts on the Grand Canyon, please click the following links:
- Bright Angel
- Hermit’s Rest
- South Kaibab
- Desert View
- Grandview (Coming Soon)
- Western Rim Skywalk (Coming Soon)
- Western Rim Guano Point (Coming Soon)
Designation: National Park
Date designation declared: 1/11/1908
Date of my visit: 8/20/2014