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Grand Canyon Sights

Desert View and Watchtower

Updated 04/25/2014

Fodor's Review

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.

Sight Information

Address:

About 23 miles east of Grand Canyon Village on Desert View Dr., Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, 86023, USA

Phone:

928-638–2736

Sight Details:

  • Daily 8–8; hrs vary in winter

Updated 04/25/2014

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Sep 20, 2006

See the Watchtower; Avoid the Gift Shop

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.

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