Desert View - Ranger Programs & Cultural Demonstrations

Most Desert View Facilities Remain Closed

Updated April 9, 2021

Visitors traveling to Grand Canyon National Park may enter the park through the East Entrance at Desert View. Details >

The following Desert View areas and services are open for visitors:
• Viewpoints in the Desert View vicinity
• Desert View parking lot and RV parking
• Restrooms located between the Desert View parking lot and the canyon rim.

Most Desert View services remain closed at this time. Be sure to bring enough food and water for everyone in your group.

With public health in mind, the following facilities and areas remain 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
A scenic view of Desert View Watchtower

The information below is for reference only.

The park is 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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Park Ranger Interpretive Programs have been suspended 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 CLOSED

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


Learn More About Desert View and Tusayan Ruins and Museum


Last updated: April 9, 2021

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Grand Canyon, AZ 86023



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