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.

You can climb the 85 steps for a 360° view from the observation deck 70 ft (21 m) above ground level.

 
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

(Meets at Desert View Amphitheater) 6:30 pm Daily
(Schedule is subject to change. Check at Visitor Centers to confirm times and locations)

Discover Grand Canyon in the evening! Enjoy a park ranger-led program with a beautiful sunset backdrop.

 

Desert View Sunset Talks July 20 – July 29, 2017

Join a park ranger at the Desert View Amphitheater


Thursday, July 20, 6:30 pm
The California Condor, Life on the Edge
Take flight and find out about America’s largest feathered friend.

Friday, July 21, 6:30 pm
Women of the Canyon
The legacy and mystery behind the women of Grand Canyon.

Saturday, July 22, 6:30 pm
Voices of the Canyon
Zuni fiber artist Chris Lewis will give a talk about how he creates traditional Pueblo attire, focusing on the materials used and the weaving methods passed down through his family.

Sunday, July 23, 6:15 pm
The California Condor, Life on the Edge
Take flight and find out about America’s largest feathered friend.

Monday, July 24, 6:15 pm
If These Walls Could Talk
Bringing the canyon ecosystem to you

Tuesday, July 25, 6:15 pm
Hopi River Rafter down the Colorado River
Learn about a young Hopi boy who navigates down the Colorado River through Grand Canyon.

Wednesday, July 26, 6:15 pm
Preserving Grand Canyon Memories
Your memories helping to preserve Grand Canyon.

Thursday, July 27, 6:15 pm
Women of the Canyon
The legacy and mystery behind the women of Grand Canyon.

Friday, July 28, 6:15 pm
If These Walls Could Talk
Bringing the canyon ecosystem to you

Saturday, July 29, 6:15 pm
Hopi River Rafter down the Colorado River
Learn about a young Hopi boy who navigates down the Colorado River through Grand Canyon.


Enjoy a park ranger-led program with a beautiful sunset backdrop

 

Learn More About Desert View and Tusayan Ruins & Museum


Last updated: July 20, 2017

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