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  • Address: Desert View, Grand Canyon Village, USA 86023
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Desert View Watchtower Tours

Enjoy a sweeping panoramic view of the Grand Canyon from the historic Desert View Watchtower. Architect Mary Colter created the tower, built in the early 1930s, as an homage to the watchtowers built by the Ancestral Puebloan people who once inhabited the Four Corners area. The murals inside were painted by a local Hopi artist.

The Basics
The Desert View Watchtower serves as the official national park visitor center for the Desert View area of Grand Canyon National Park. Most guided tours of the South Rim, including day trips from Flagstaff and Sedona, stop at the Watchtower, along with other area attractions such as Grand Canyon Village, Yavapai Point, and Lipan Point. Fixed-wing flightseeing tours offer a unique perspective on the Grand Canyon landmark from above. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Desert View Watchtower is a must-see for art lovers, history buffs, and photographers.
  • Be prepared to climb 85 steps to reach the tower’s observation deck. 
  • The Kiva Room within the structure houses a shop selling books and gifts.
  • Only the bottom floor of the Desert View Watchtower is wheelchair accessible.

How to Get There
The Desert View Watchtower stands at the East Gate of Grand Canyon National Park. Getting there takes about 90 minutes by car from Flagstaff and 40 minutes from Grand Canyon Village.

When to Get There
The best time to visit the Desert View Watchtower is during either the spring or autumn shoulder season, when temperatures are cool and summer crowds have thinned. The watchtower often hosts cultural and ranger programs, so check the calendar before your trip.

Desert View Drive
This scenic route through Grand Canyon National Park follows the South Rim from just east of Grand Canyon Village all the way to the Desert View Watchtower and the park’s east entrance. Visitors who make the drive will pass six marked canyon viewpoints, four picnic areas, an Ancestral Puebloan ruin site, and the Tusayan Museum, which displays artifacts and traditional handicrafts made by local native tribes.

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Small-Group Grand Canyon Day Tour from Flagstaff, Flagstaff, null
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Small-Group Grand Canyon Day Tour from Flagstaff

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Explore the Grand Canyon National Park on this day tour from Flagstaff. You'll tour in comfort as your guide teaches you about the geology and history of one ...  Read more

Location: Flagstaff, Arizona
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $157.99
Grand Canyon Deluxe Tour From Flagstaff, Flagstaff, Full-day Tours
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Grand Canyon Deluxe Tour From Flagstaff

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Explore Grand Canyon with an informative guide on this popular one day excursion. The tour includes a beautiful scenic drive and visit to the Navajo Indian ...  Read more

Location: Flagstaff, Arizona
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

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Grand Canyon Deluxe Tour from Sedona, Sedona, Day Trips
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Grand Canyon Deluxe Tour from Sedona

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Location: Sedona, Arizona
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

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Grand Canyon Landmarks Tour by Airplane, Grand Canyon National Park, Day Trips
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Grand Canyon Landmarks Tour by Airplane

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See some of the most striking scenery the Grand Canyon has to offer on this morning or afternoon fixed-wing airplane flight. Soar over the eastern part of the ...  Read more

Location: Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Duration: 40 minutes (approx.)

From USD $149.99
Grand Canyon South Rim from Flagstaff with Optional Helicopter Flight, Flagstaff, Air Tours
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Grand Canyon South Rim from Flagstaff with Optional Helicopter Flight

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Visit the very attraction that gives Arizona it's nickname and enjoy a breathtaking exploration of the Grand Canyon on this day trip from Flagstaff. You'll ...  Read more

Location: Flagstaff, Arizona
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

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Grand Canyon South Rim from Sedona with Optional Helicopter Flight, Sedona, Day Trips
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Grand Canyon South Rim from Sedona with Optional Helicopter Flight

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Visit the very attraction that gives Arizona it's nickname and enjoy a breathtaking exploration of the Grand Canyon on this day trip from Sedona. You'll stop ...  Read more

Location: Sedona, Arizona
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

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Grand Canyon East Rim Drive by Jeep and IMAX Movie, Grand Canyon National Park, Day Trips
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Grand Canyon East Rim Drive by Jeep and IMAX Movie

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Departing from the South Rim, this scenic Jeep tour takes you through Grand Canyon National Park along East Rim Drive to show you the Grand Canyon’s most ...  Read more

Location: Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Comprehensive Grand Canyon Tour from Flagstaff, Flagstaff, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Comprehensive Grand Canyon Tour from Flagstaff

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See it all on this full-day Grand Canyon tour from Flagstaff. This tour combines a visit to the Sinagua Pueblo Ruins, the lava fields, Sunset Crater and of ...  Read more

Location: Flagstaff, Arizona
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $164.78
Grand Canyon Sunset Tour from Sedona, Sedona, Day Trips
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Grand Canyon Sunset Tour from Sedona

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The Grand Canyon is the most stunning of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and to see it in the magical light of sunset is an unforgettable experience. ...  Read more

Location: Sedona, Arizona
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

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Comprehensive Grand Canyon Tour from Sedona, Sedona, Day Trips
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Comprehensive Grand Canyon Tour from Sedona

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See it all on this full-day Grand Canyon tour from Sedona. This tour combines a visit to the Sinagua Pueblo Ruins, the lava fields, Sunset Crater and of ...  Read more

Location: Sedona, Arizona
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

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