Desert View - Ranger Programs & Cultural Demonstrations

A scenic view of Desert View Watchtower

Desert View Ranger Programs have ended for the 2021 Season

  • The information table, staffed by park rangers, outside — on the north end of the main paking lot —has closed for the season.
  • 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

Tusayan Pueblo and Museum CLOSED

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--

NOTE: During March, 2020. cultural demonstrations were suspended (until further notice) due to concerns about COVID-19. No demonstrations are taking place at this time.

  • 2020 - 2021 Cultural Demonstrator Video Series
    here >
  • Winter 2020 Cultural Demonstration schedule here >
  • 2019 Cultural Demonstration schedule here >
  • Updated information (fall 2021) about Visiting Desert View >
  • Touring scenic Desert View Drive in your vehicle (23miles - 37 km) here >
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Grand Canyon National Park Ranger Programs

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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.


Last updated: October 23, 2021

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