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
Visit Desert View Watchtower

  • The Watchtower is the official visitor contact station at Desert View.
  • Climb 85 steps for a 360° view from observation deck 70 ft (21 m) above.
  • Visit the Kiva Room for expansive views through large windows and a Grand Canyon Association shop with books and gifts.
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
(Meets at Tusayan Museum) 20 minutes - free - 2 pm Daily

Walk back 800 years in time and learn about the ancestral Pueblo people who made their home here. Meet at Tusayan Museum. Tusayan Ruin and Museum 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 Ranger Talks will resume this summer

During the summer of 2018, enjoy a program with a beautiful sunset backdrop. Dress warmly for this outdoor event on wooden benches.


Learn More About Desert View and Tusayan Ruins & Museum

Last updated: March 6, 2018

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PO Box 129
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023


(928) 638-7888

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