Desert View Drive
Desert View Drive is a scenic route to the east of Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim which follows the rim for 25 miles (40 km) out to the Desert View Watchtower and East Entrance. Along the way, six developed canyon viewpoints, four picnic areas, and five unmarked pullouts are accessible with private vehicles, in addition to the Tusayan Ruin and Museum.The Desert View services area includes the Watchtower and gift shop, trading post and snack bar, visitor center/bookstore, marketplace, service station, campground, and restrooms.
Download the Desert View Drive map (359kb pdf file) as shown below.
(Traveling From West To East)
This pullout can be accessed by private vehicle or by using the free Kaibab Rim Route (Orange) Shuttle Bus, departing from the Grand Canyon Visitor Center.
Yaki Point is the only viewpoint on Desert View Drive that is not accessible with a private vehicle. It can be reached using the free Kaibab Rim Route (Orange) Shuttle Bus departing from the Grand Canyon Visitor Center.
This popular viewpoint offers panoramic views of Grand Canyon from east to west, including several bends of the Colorado River to the east.
Geology is a prominent feature at any Grand Canyon viewpoint but at Moran Point three main rock groups are clearly visible.
Tusayan Ruin and Museum
The Tusayan Ruin is the remains of a small ancestral Puebloan village. A relatively flat 0.1 mile (200 meter) trail wraps around the ruin and offers the opportunity to learn more about the place and the people who once called this home.
From this viewpoint can be seen several points of interest.
Just a few minutes west of the Desert View Watchtower, this viewpoint offers a great view of the watchtower as well as panoramic vistas to the west and a view north up the Colorado River.
Services include the Visitor Center/ bookstore, on the edge of the parking area, the Watchtower and gift shop, the trading post and snack bar, the marketplace, a service station, campground, and restrooms.
Download the Desert View Brochure.
(1 MB pdf file)
Did You Know?
In Grand Canyon,one of the broad, sandy areas on the north bank of the Colorado River is Unkar Delta, composed of rock debris carried from the North Rim by Unkar Creek. Prehistoric Pueblo people occupied numerous sites on Unkar Delta and along Unkar Creek for about 350 years (A.D. 850 to A.D. 1200)