Most Desert View Facilities Are Open
Updated May 7, 2021
The following Desert View areas and services are open for visitors:
• Desert View Campground is open for the season. (NO HOOK-UPS). Due to high demand, Desert View Campground now requires advanced reservations. You may book reservations up to 6 months in advance online at recreation.gov, or by phone (877-444-6777). Same Day Reservations may also be made online or by phone. Desert View Campground does not hold back any campsites for first-come, first-served camping, and it does not have a wait list or call back system. More >
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 scenic road that connects Desert View with Grand Canyon Village.
Desert View Drive, between Grand Canyon Village and Desert View is the one South Rim scenic drive that is open to personal vehicles all year.
An unusual stone tower designed by Mary Colter, in the style of Ancestral Puebloan towers. Watch Video.
Tusayan Pueblo CLOSED
Tusayan Pueblo 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 (1928) CLOSED
The museum has exhibits that help bring the pueblo to life. Admission is free. Normal 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: May 7, 2021