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.
 
On the edge of a canyon, a cylindrical stone tower, four stories high. In the distance a river flows between purple slopes and cliffs.
Desert View Watchtower with the Colorado River beyond. NPS/M.Quinn

Desert View Cultural Demonstrator Series

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

Saturday, and Sunday, July 13, and 14, 2019
Curtis Naseyowma - Hopi Carver
Greg Naseyowma - Hopi Sliversmith
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Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, July 16, 17, and 18, 2019
Jimmy Yawakia - Zuni Fetish Carver
Duran Gasper - Zuni Inlay Jewelry
Eric Lasiloo - Zuni Fetish Carver

Saturday, and Sunday, July 20, and 21, 2019
Charlotte Tsalate - Zuni Petit Point Jewelry
Eldrick Seoutewa - Zuni Channel Inlay Jewelry

Desert View Watchtower, where the cultural demonstrations take place, 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

 
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 Tusayan Museum daily at 11 am and 2 pm (20 minute program)
A self-guided tour booklet is also 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.
 
a number of silhouettes of buttes and cliffs receding into the distance and bathed in orange light
Sunset silhouettes, Desert View Point. NPS/M.Quinn

Sunset Talk

During the summer of 2019, enjoy a park ranger program with a beautiful sunset backdrop. Meet at Desert View Amphitheater, daily at 6:30 pm. Dress warmly for this outdoor event on wooden benches. (45 minute program)

Topics may include: Grand Canyon human history, Geology, California condors, the 1956 mid-air collision, bats and other night creatures, and, ranger's choice.

 

Sunset Talk Schedule: July 13 through July 20, 2019

All outdoor programs are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather or when lightning danger is present.

Saturday, July 13
Life on the Edge
Explore the fascinating story of the survival of the California Condor and the challenges that still threaten them today.
Meet at Desert View Amphitheater - 6:30 pm

Sunday, July 14
Dry Land and Parched Tongues
Explore Grand Canyon's water resources, and the precarious plumbing that keeps this place running.
Meet at Desert View Amphitheater - 6:30 pm

Monday, July 15
A Centennial Journey
Explore Grand Canyon's journey to becoming a National Park and the 100 years of stewardship that followed.
Meet at Desert View Amphitheater - 6:30 pm

Tuesday, July 16
Navajo Heroes
A story of an important piece of American history - how the Navajo language helped the United States win World War II.
Meet at Desert View Amphitheater - 6:30 pm

Wednesday, July 17
Inside the Golden Hour
Explore how the world of Grand Canyon transforms as the sun goes down.
Meet at Desert View Amphitheater - 6:30 pm

Thursday, July 18
Teetering on the Rim
Come discover how plants have adapted to life on the edge.
Meet at Desert View Amphitheater - 6:30 pm

Friday, July 19
Things That Go Bump in the Night
Learn about the animals on the night shift at the Grand Canyon.
Meet at Desert View Amphitheater - 6:30 pm

Saturday, July 20
Dry Land and Parched Tongues
Explore Grand Canyon's water resources, and the precarious plumbing that keeps this place running.
Meet at Desert View Amphitheater - 6:30 pm

 

Learn More About Desert View and Tusayan Ruins and Museum

Last updated: July 12, 2019

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 129
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

Phone:

928-638-7888

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