Desert View (Open All Year)
ALERT: All Desert View Facilities are CLOSED to help limit exposure of park staff and visitors to the novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19).
Desert View is a small settlement on the South Rim located 25 miles/ 41 km east of Grand Canyon Village, and near the eastern edge of Grand Canyon. Arizona Highway 64, Also known as Desert View Drive, is a scenic road that connects Desert view with Grand Canyon Village.
Desert View Watchtower (1932)
An unusual stone tower designed by Mary Colter, in the style of Ancestral Puebloan towers. Watchtower Video.
Tusayan Ruin and Museum (1928)
Tusayan Ruin is the remains of a small Ancestral Puebloan village located 3 miles (5 km) west of Desert View. This was a thriving community that created pottery, arrowheads and other household artifacts. Hours: 9 am to 5 pm
Tusayan Museum has exhibits that help bring the pueblo to life. Admission is free. Hours: 9 am to 5 pm
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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: March 19, 2020