Desert View 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. It is open to all vehicles throughout the year.

At this time, ranger programs are not being offered at Desert View.

  • The Tusayan Pueblo Archaeological Site and Museum are closed for the season. No tours are available.
  • Desert View Sunset Talks will resume during the Summer of 2023.
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

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Desert View Watchtower

  • The ground level, Kiva Room of the Watchtower and the Grand Canyon Conservancy Park Store are open. Hours: 9 am to 6 pm daily.
  • Park rangers may be available to answer questions, as staffing allows.
  • The tower itself remains closed at this time.
A woman's hands are seen weaving a basket with strands of brush; in the foreground an assortment of baskets displaying different color patterns.
Tribal artisans share their heritage and craftsmanship at Desert View.

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Handicraft Demonstrations

From March through November, Cultural Demonstrations take place at Desert View Watchtower.

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

Virtual Ranger Program

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5 minutes, 25 seconds

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: March 11, 2023

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PO Box 129
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023



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