Cultural Demonstrations and Ranger Programs

A scenic view of Desert View Watchtower
 

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. The East Entrance to the park is located here.

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.

 
a park ranger is standing an an information table against a course masonry wall that displays a large map of the area. two flat, metal roofs extend away from the wall and are supported by upright pillars.
Desert View's Outdoor Visitor Center is located just beyond the north end of the main parking lot.

Desert View Visitor Center

An outdoor information desk, staffed by park rangers from 9 am to 4 pm daily (as staffing permits) is located under the large shade structure, just beyond the north end of the main paking lot.

Cultural demonstrations take place at Desert View from 9 am to 4 pm, every Thursday and Friday through September 2, 2022. Ask at the Visitor Center for their current location.- View the entire schedule >

The program provides an opportunity for visitors to interact with Tribal artisans from Grand Canyon's Traditionally Associated Tribes, and for them to share their history, knowledge and skills.

 
on the left, a man at a table cutting moccasin soles, on right a man forming a clay pot with his hands.
Bill Thomas, Jr., Navajo Moccasin Maker (left), and Damon Tso, Navajo potter (right)

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Cultural Demonstrations

On June 30, and July 1, 2022, meet Bill Thomas Jr. - Navajo Moccasin Maker, and Damon Tso - Navajo Potter. Ask at the Visitor Center for their location.

Bill Thomas Jr., began making moccasins about 15 years ago. He learned the craft from his family who tanned and dyed the hides by hand.

Damon Tso has been making clay pots for 18 years. He uses clay he gathers himself from the land and fires his pots in traditional manner, using wood for the heat source instead of a kiln.

 

Cultural Demonstrator Summer 2022 Schedule

The schedule for the entire summer is here >

 
a amphitheater site with three rows of stone benches overlooking a canyon landscape with colorful cliffs in the distance
Desert View Sunset Talks will resume when amphitheater site construction has been completed, sometime this summer.

Ranger Programs

Sunset Ranger Talks will resume this summer when amphitheater site construction has been completed.

All outdoor ranger 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.

 
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

Desert View Watchtower

  • At this time, only the ground level, Kiva Room and the Grand Canyon Conservancy Park Store are open. Hours: 9 am to 5 pm daily.
  • The tower itself remains closed at this time.
  • Guided Tours of the Watchtower may be offered later this summer.
 
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 Pueblo

Tusayan Pueblo Site

This summer, the Tusayan Pueblo site and self-guiding trail are open on weekends: Friday, Saturday and Sunday (and Mondays of holiday weekends) between 9 am and 4 pm.

  • 800-year-old Ancestral Puebloan site.
  • Ask at the site.about ranger-led tours.
  • The Museum is closed at this time.
  • Located 3 miles (5 km) west of Desert View, on SR 64, Desert View Drive.
  • Touring scenic Desert View Drive in your vehicle 23 miles (37 km) here >
 
Desert View Watchtower with Colorado River beyond
Desert View Watchtower with the Colorado River beyond.

Cultural Demonstration Archive

Videos and Past Schedules

  • 2020 - 2021 Cultural Demonstrator Video Series
    THE HISTORY BEHIND THE ARTS:
    here >

  • 2022 Cultural Demonstration schedule here >

 

Virtual Ranger Programs

 
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Mary Colter was the Fred Harvey Company's Chief Designer and worked relentlessly to pursue her idea of perfection for the Desert View Watchtower. Join Ranger Amanda as she addresses the many words used to describe this tenacious woman.

 
 
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Ranger Programs: Additional Locations

Last updated: June 29, 2022

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