Desert View Drive
The Desert View Drive portion of SR 64 is a scenic road from Grand Canyon Village - east along the canyon rim for 25 miles (40 km) to the Desert View Services Area, and East Entrance of Grand Canyon National Park. Along the way there are:
Stops Along the Way
Beginning in Grand Canyon Village, and traveling east.
Pipe Creek Vista
(Elevation: 7262 feet / 2213 meters)
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.
Duck on a Rock
(Elevation: 7,096 feet / 2,162 meters)
(Elevation: 7399 feet / 2256 meters)
This popular viewpoint offers panoramic views of Grand Canyon from east to west, including several bends of the Colorado River to the east.
(Elevation: 7160 feet / 2182 meters)
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.
(Elevation: 7360 feet / 2243 meters)
From this viewpoint can be seen several points of interest.
(Elevation: 7461 feet / 2275 meters)
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.
(Elevation: 7438 feet / 2267 meters)A short ¼-mile (½-km) walk leads from the parking area, past historic buildings, to the rim.
From Desert View Point you can see the Colorado River make a big bend to the west.
Climb the stairs to the top of the watchtower for outstanding views of the canyon.
Download the Desert View Brochure (1 MB pdf file)
Desert View Services Area.
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Perched on the edge of Grand Canyon, a surprising stone tower celebrates ancient mysteries of the Southwest. The Desert View Watchtower is a monument to a time, a place and a people. Discover what inspired architect Mary Colter to build the Watchtower in 1932.
Last updated: April 13, 2019