Desert View - Ranger Programs & Cultural Demonstrations

A scenic view of Desert View Watchtower
 
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.
 
Desert View Watchtower with Colorado River beyond
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

Saturday, and Sunday, July 21 and July 22, 2018
Chris Lewis - Zuni Pueblo Clothing Weaver
Darnell Lewis - Zuni Seamstress
Zorina Laweka - Zuni Basket Weaver

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, July 24 through 26, 2018
Irene Morris - Navajo Silversmith
Justin Morris - Navajo Silversmith
- Desert View Watchtower, where the cultural demonstrations are held, is located 25 miles (41 km) east of Grand Canyon Village on Highway 64/Desert View Drive.
 
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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.
  • Desert View Watchtower Talk: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday July 8 to September 3. Talk meets in front of the Watchtower at 12 pm. 20 minute park ranger program. Free.
 
A beige sandstone plaque reads: Desert View, Grand Canyon National Park, and features an NPS arrowhead logo. The plaque is raised to eye level by a sandstone pillar made from  blocks of various sizes.
Desert View family programs meet at this sign.

Family Program

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between July 8 and September 3.
  • Talk meets at the stone Desert View sign next to the parking lot at 12 noon.
  • Join a park ranger for a 45-minute family friendly activity.
 
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

Tour meets at the Tusayan Museum daily at 11 am and 1:30 pm.
Also, a self-guided tour booklet is available at the ruin.

Explore an 800-year-old ancestral Puebloan site on this free 20-minute park ranger program. Learn about the people who called this place home long ago. Tusayan Ruin and Museum is located 3 miles (5 km) west of Desert View.
 
a number of silhouettes of buttes and cliffs receding into the distance and bathed in orange light
Sunset silhouettes, Desert View Point. NPS/M.Quinn

Sunset Talk

Summer 2018 Desert View Sunset Ranger Talks

Enjoy a program with a beautiful sunset backdrop. Dress warmly for this outdoor event on wooden benches.

This schedule is subject to change. Check bulletin boards to confirm times and locations.

 

Desert View Sunset Talk Schedule: July 21-28, 2018

All programs held at the Desert View Amphitheater are Accessible. .
All outdoor programs are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather or when lightning danger is present.

Saturday, July 21
Voices of the Canyon Series
Learn about the process of weaving traditional Pueblo attire from Zuni artist Chris Lewis.
Meet at Desert View Amphitheater - 6:30 pm

Sunday, July 22
The Ten Who Dared
Listen to the adventurous story of the first expedition down the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon.
Meet at Desert View Amphitheater - 6:15 pm

Monday, July 23
In the Footsteps of the Ancients
Find out what life was like for those who called Grand Canyon home from the Ice Age to the present.
Meet at Desert View Amphitheater - 6:15 pm

Tuesday, July 24
The Ten Who Dared
Listen to the adventurous story of the first expedition down the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon.
Meet at Desert View Amphitheater - 6:15 pm

Wednesday, July 25
Colorful Canyon Communication
Explore the unique adaptations animals use to communicate through colors to survive in Grand Canyon National Park.
Meet at Desert View Amphitheater - 6:15 pm

Thursday, July 26
Bats of the Grand Canyon
Seperate fact from fiction. Explore the ways bats and humans are connected at Grand Canyon and in your home town.
Meet at Desert View Amphitheater - 6:15 pm

Friday, July 27
Tour the Watchtower with Mary Colter
Mary Colter, architect of the Watchtower, comes back to life to give you a tour and share her insights.
Meet at Desert View Amphitheater - 6:15 pm

Saturday, July 28
Voices of the Canyon Series
Hopi musician Ed Kabotie will share his connection to Grand Canyon through stories and music.
Meet at Desert View Amphitheater - 6:15 pm

All programs are subject to change.
 

Learn More About Desert View and Tusayan Ruins and Museum

Last updated: July 21, 2018

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Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

Phone:

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