From the top of the 70-foot stone-and-mortar watchtower, even the muted hues of the distant Painted Desert to the east and the Vermilion Cliffs rising from a high plateau near the Utah border are visible. In the chasm below, angling to the north toward Marble Canyon, an imposing stretch of the Colorado River reveals itself. Up several flights of stairs, the watchtower houses a glass-enclosed observatory with powerful telescopes.
About 23 miles east of Grand Canyon Village on Desert View Dr., Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, 86023, United States
Sep 20, 2006
We stopped at Desert Watchtower after visiting every point east of Grand Canyon Village. This was the most crowded stop of that journey. The watchtower building and viewpoint were great, and the views from the top are nice. The gift shop does not sell any Native American products, though. That is quite a shame.