Desert View

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Aerial view of a forested plateau with a large parking area adjacent to a scenic overlook. In the distance, colorful vermilion peaks rise above a river within a rocky gorge.
Aerial view looking northwest at Desert View Point, 7,360 feet / 2,243 meters, and the Desert View developed area. Automobile and RV/bus parking lots are visible left of center, with the  visitor service buildings to the right of the parking lots. The nearby peaks on the right are Escalante Butte  6,536 feet/ 1,992 meters, and Cardenas Butte 6.281 feet/ 1,914 meters.
 

Desert View

Updated June 18, 2022

The East Entrance to the park at Desert View is open 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.

Desert View
is a small settlement on the South Rim located 23 miles/ 37 km east of Grand Canyon Village, and near the eastern edge of Grand Canyon. Arizona State Route 64, also known as Desert View Drive, is a 23 mile (37 km) scenic road that connects Desert View with Grand Canyon Village. Desert View Drive is open to all vehicles throughout the year.

Visitors traveling through the Navajo Nation on US 89, turn west at Cameron, Arizona onto State Route 64, then drive 25 miles (40 km) to the park's East Entrance. A stop at Desert View provides their first views of Grand Canyon. Some of the finest views of the Colorado River and canyon geology may be seen from here.

Nearby Navajo Tribal Parks are open and welcome visitors at 75 percent capacity. For more information about Navajo Tribal Parks, call: 928-871-6647 or visit www.navajonationparks.org

NOTE: Per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, as of Thursday, March 3, 2022, masks are no longer required in either indoor or outdoor locations on the South Rim, of the park, while the local community level remains in either low or medium.

 
Map showing parking lots, footpaths, buildings, and the watchtower in relation to the canyon rim." title="Map showing parking lots, footpaths, buildings, and the watchtower in relation to the canyon rim.
Map of the Desert View developed area including parking lots and footpaths. The yellow star marks the location of the outdoor visitor center and cultural demonstration area. Construction is taking place at Desert View. Some of the footpaths may be closed with accessible detours clearly marked.

Locations and Services Open for Visitors:

  • Viewpoints in the Desert View vicinity.
    Desert View parking lot and RV parking lot.

  • Restrooms located between the main parking lot and the canyon rim.
  • Outdoor Visitor Center - information desk staffed by rangers: 9 am to 4 pm Daily. Cultural Demonstrations are also held here on Thursdays and Fridays: 9 am to 4 pm. Learn more >
  • Desert View Watchtower (Kiva Room)
    GCC Park Store: 9 am to 5 pm Daily
    Only the ground level is open. The tower remains closed until further notice.

  • Trading Post: Native American craft shop and Ice Cream/Coffee: 9 am to 5 pm
  • Desert View Market: 9 am to 5 pm
  • Deli (inside the Market) 11 am to 5 pm
  • Pay-at-the-Pump Gas Station: 24 hours with credit/debit card.

  • Desert View Campground >
    (advanced reservations required)
 

These Facilities Are Closed at This Time

  • NOTE: OVERNIGHT LODGING IS NOT AVAILABLE HERE.
  • Desert View Watchtower: the tower itself is CLOSED
  • Desert View Camping Supply Shop at the Gas Station CLOSED
 

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    Tusayan Museum and Pueblo (Ruin)

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      looking acros round Kiva Room of Watchtower. Large picture windows around the circumfrence alternate with stone pillars that hold up a circular log roof. Flagstone floor. In the center, a primitive ladder that goes from floor to ceiling.
      Perched on the rim of the canyon, the Watchtower reflects the architecture of the ancestral Puebloans in the Four Corners region. Climb the stairs for views up and down the canyon. . On a clear day, one can see well over 100 miles. (161 km) This photo shows Watchtower Kiva Room after retail shop removed, and partially restored to architect Mary Colter's original design. January 2015.
       
      View north past tree-covered rocky outcrop towards green Colorado Rover in the distance. To the right are steep red-colored cliffs that extend from foreground, back along the river.
      View north from Desert View Point at the Colorado River. NPS/Kristen M. Caldon
       
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      The Desert View area has been used as a gathering place for thousands of years. Visitors can see a glimpse of the ancient past at the Tusayan Ruin and Museum. The Desert View Watchtower, is modeled after the architecture of the Ancestral Puebloan people of the Colorado Plateau. Today Desert View represents the physical and cultural gateway from Grand Canyon National Park to the Navajo and Hopi reservations.

      Last updated: June 18, 2022

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