Desert View - Ranger Programs & Cultural Demonstrations

A scenic view of Desert View Watchtower

During summer and fall 2021, check bulletin boards and ask at the Desert View Information table about the programs that are being presented during your visit.

  • The information table, staffed by park rangers, is located outside — on the north end of the main paking lot — at the entrance to the Orientation Plaza: Open 9 am to 5 pm daily.
  • 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

  • As of this update, only the ground level Kiva Room/Shop is open.
  • Hours: Saturday through Wednesday 10 am — 3 pm.
  • The tower itself remains closed due to public health concerns.
  • Desert View Services and Hours of Operation > as of August 14, 2021
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

Demonstrations were held at Desert View Watchtower: 9 am – 4 pm------
NOTE: During March, 2020. cultural demonstrations were suspended (until further notice) due to concerns about COVID-19. No demonstrations at this time.

  • 2020 - 2021 Cultural Demonstrator Video Series
    here >
  • Winter 2020 Cultural Demonstration schedule here >
  • 2019 Cultural Demonstration schedule here >
  • Updated information (August 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


Last updated: August 14, 2021

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PO Box 129
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023



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