South Rim Desert View - Ranger Programs

A scenic view of Desert View Watchtower

Park Ranger Programs: Desert View

Learn more about Desert View --- Jump to our current schedule of Sunset Ranger Talks

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.

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
Modeled after ancient ancestral Puebloans watchtowers found in the Four Corners region, the Desert View Watchtower features murals by Hopi artist Frank Kabotie.

Between August 28 - September 30, 2017, the lower 2 floors of the Watchtower will be open (the Kiva Room and the Hopi Room) however, the upper 3 floors of the tower will be closed for mural conservation work.

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
Tusayan Ruins Tour
(Meets at Tusayan Museum) 20 minutes - 11:00 am, 2:00 pm Daily

Tusayan Ruin is the remains of an 800 year old Ancestral Puebloan village and is located 3 miles (5 km) west of Desert View.
A vibrant sunset featuring a rainbow and clouds overhead, cliffs and peaks of Grand Canyon below.
Yaki Point sunset on Desert View Dr. NPS/M.Quinn
Sunset Talk

Desert View Sunset Talks have ended for the 2017 season, and will resume in 2018.


Learn More About Desert View and Tusayan Ruins & Museum

Last updated: September 7, 2017

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