Desert View - Ranger Programs & Cultural Demonstrations

Most Desert View Facilities Remain Closed

Updated December 4, 2020

Visitors driving on US Route 89 in northern Arizona will be travelling through the Navajo Nation, which requires face masks to be worn at public facilities and businesses to slow the spread of COVID-19.

IMPORTANT > The East Entrance to the park at Desert View remains closed because of COVID-19 lockdowns on the neighboring Navajo Nation. The East Entrance gate is locked.

You must use the South Entrance near the town of Tusayan to enter and exit the park. The driving distance from Grand Canyon Village to Desert View along Desert View Drive (SR 64) necessitates a 50 mile (80 km) round-trip, since you must enter and exit the park through the South Entrance.

The following Desert View areas and services are open for visitors:

• Viewpoints in the Desert View vicinity
• Desert View parking lot and RV parking
• Porta-toilets located near the Desert View parking lot

With public health in mind, the following facilities and areas remain closed at this time:

  • The East Entrance to the park on SR 64 CLOSED
  • Desert View Watchtower, including visitor contact station and bookstore CLOSED
  • Desert View Visitor Center CLOSED
  • Desert View Campground CLOSED
  • Desert View Chevron Gas Station CLOSED
  • Desert View Trading Post & Ice Cream CLOSED
  • Desert View Market and Deli CLOSED
  • Tusayan Ruin and Museum CLOSED

Grand Canyon National Park is continuing to evaluate and adapt to changing COVID-19 guidance, and is adjusting operations as needed. The information presented here is primarily to help you plan a visit during 2021.

Visit this web page for the current list of what is open, and for park-wide updates >
A scenic view of Desert View Watchtower

The information below is for reference only.

We are continuing to evaluate and adapt to changing COVID-19 guidance and adjust operations as needed.

On the edge of a canyon, a cylindrical stone tower, four stories high. In the distance a river flows between purple slopes and cliffs.
Desert View Watchtower with the Colorado River beyond. NPS/M.Quinn

Desert View Cultural Demonstrator Series

Desert View Watchtower: 9 am – 4 pm------ More about Visiting Desert View
NOTE: Desert View Watchtower Cultural Demonstrations have been suspended until further notice due to concerns about the novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19). (Updated 3/13/2020) Grand Canyon National Park is closed until further notice.

Desert View Watchtower, where the cultural demonstrations take place, is located 25 miles (41 km) east of Grand Canyon Village on State Route 64/Desert View Drive.
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All Park Ranger Interpretive Programs have been cancelled due to public health concerns from COVID-19. Park Updates Here >

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

Visit Desert View Watchtower

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

Visit the Tusayan Pueblo and Museum


Learn More About Desert View and Tusayan Ruins and Museum


Last updated: December 4, 2020

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Grand Canyon, AZ 86023



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