Desert View

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 February 4, 2024

The East Entrance to the park at Desert View is open 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. (Unless temporarily closed by snow)

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. For more information about Navajo Tribal Parks, call: 928-871-6647 or visit

Map of Desert View settlement showing parking lots and buildings.
Map of the Desert View developed area including parking lots, buildings and footpaths.


Services Open for Visitors:

  • Desert View parking lot and RV parking lot.

  • Restrooms: located between the main parking lot and the canyon.
  • Cultural Demonstrations in the Watchtower (spring, summer and fall)
    Demonstrations resume in the Watchtower mid-March, 2024.
  • Desert View Watchtower ground level (View Room)
    GCC Park Store: 9 am to 5 pm Daily
    The upper floors of the tower are open, when staffing allows, from 9:20 am to 3:40 pm. Capacity is 25 people in the tower at one time. A ticket system admits 25 people with a 20 minute time limit. Admission is free. Details >

  • Trading Post: Native American Handicrafts
    Ice Cream/Coffee: 9 am to 5 pm
  • Desert View Market: 9 am to 5 pm
  • Deli (inside the Market) 10 am to 5 pm
  • Pay-at-the-Pump Gas Station: 24 hrs. credit/debit card only.

  • Desert View Campground has closed for the winter.
    • 2024 dates: Campground opens on Saturday, April 13th, the last night to stay is Sunday, October 13th. Campground closes on Monday October 14th. Advanced reservation are required and can be made up to 6 months in advance through >

These Facilities Are Closed at This Time

  • Desert View Campground is CLOSED for the winter.
  • The Retail Store in the Desert View Service Station is CLOSED.
  • Tusayan Pueblo Site and Tusayan Museum is CLOSED for the winter.

Detailed Information About Desert View Facilities and Services

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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. The View Room is open, but the tower itself is closed until further notice. This photo shows the View Room after it was partially restored to architect Mary Colter's original design.
      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.

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