Desert View, Grand Canyon-87
The Desert View Watchtower (1932) is one of several buildings at Grand Canyon designed by Mary Colter, architect for the Santa Fe Railroad. View murals by Hopi painter Fred Kabotie and climb the 85 steps up to the observation deck for a 360 degree view.
A short ¼-mile (½-km) walk leads from the parking area, past historic buildings, to the rim. From Desert View Point you can see the Colorado River make a big bend to the west. Climb the stairs to the top of the watchtower for outstanding views of the canyon.
Services include the Visitor Center/ bookstore, (now in the historic Watchtower building) the trading post and snack bar, the general store, a service station, campground, and restrooms. The former Visitor Center building, on the edge of the parking area, is closed, but is scheduled to open in the near future as an American Indian Cultural Center.