Desert View - Ranger Programs & Cultural Demonstrations

A scenic view of Desert View Watchtower
All outdoor programs are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather or when lightning danger is present.

Note: Children must be accompanied by an adult on all programs. All programs are free of charge.
Desert View Watchtower with Colorado River beyond

Desert View Cultural Demonstrator Series

Desert View Watchtower: 9 am – 4 pm --- More about Visiting Desert View

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, May 22 through 24, 2018
Marilyn Quam - Zuni Fetish Carver
Eldred Quam - Zuni Fetish Carver

Saturday, and Sunday, May 26 and 27, 2018
Beverly Blacksheep - Navajo Painter
Mike Tucson - Zuni Fetish Carver
- The Desert View Watchtower, where the cultural demonstrations are held, is located 25 miles (41 km) east of Grand Canyon Village on Highway 64/Desert View Drive.
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looking acros round Kiva Room of Watchtower. Large picture windows around the circumfrence alternating with stone pillars that hold up a circular log roof. Flagstone floor.
Interior of Desert View Kiva Room in the Watchtower

Visit Desert View Watchtower

  • The Watchtower is the official visitor contact station at Desert View.
  • Climb 85 steps for a 360° view from observation deck 70 ft (21 m) above.
  • Visit the Kiva Room for expansive views through large windows and a Grand Canyon Association shop with books and gifts.
In the foreground, the partial ruin wall, about three feet high. In the background, a ranger has her back to the camera and is addressing a group of 10 people who are taking her tour.
Park ranger leading a tour of Tusayan Ruins

Ranger-led Tusayan Ruins Tour

Tour meets at the Tusayan Museum daily at 11 am and 1:30 pm.
Also, a self-guided tour booklet is available at the ruin.

Explore an 800-year-old ancestral Puebloan site on this free 20-minute park ranger program. Learn about the people who called this place home long ago. Tusayan Ruin and Museum is located 3 miles (5 km) west of Desert View.
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Sunset silhouettes, Desert View Point. NPS/M.Quinn

Sunset Talk

Desert View Sunset Ranger Talks will resume this summer

During the summer of 2018, enjoy a program with a beautiful sunset backdrop. Dress warmly for this outdoor event on wooden benches.


Learn More About Desert View and Tusayan Ruins and Museum

Last updated: May 21, 2018

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