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Grand Canyon Desert View Watchtower

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Reviewed 6 days ago

This was one of our first viewing spots while exploring The Grand Canyon. The views from the top are spectacular. There are a couple gift shops on the premises nearby and a café.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank SherrySwirl
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a nice stop to get some views. You can climb up the tower but the views from the ground are just as grand. Unique colors in the rock. If you're on the east end of the canyon, this is definitely worth a stop.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank sporty1823
Reviewed 1 week ago

Most people entering the south rim will stop by here for the first look at the canyon. Nice place to see it. There is a souvenir shop at the tower and stamps for your passport.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Edomon
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was one of my two favorite spots at the park. I didn’t realize you could go up in the tower. We were able to grab a quick lunch here as well. Worth a stop for sure!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kimraem
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The views from the tower are absolutely stunning. Moreover, there are Native cultural exhibits in the tower itself.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank radishmom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was snowy and a big cloudy upon late afternoon arrival, but then the clouds lifted and the sun came out over the painted desert. Amazing views. And the tower itself is a great piece of architecture - interesting and one of a kind. There...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Koda
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed our visit here and the view was out of this world. The plaque about the plane crash was very humbling. Don't miss this vantage point of the canyon.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Love2travelthree
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not only is the history of this place interesting but the views on the way there include clear views of the “Grand Canyon Supergroup”, which you don’t see as well from the south Rim village.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank reidt858
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I took my adult son and his partner on a camping trip to the South Rim. We had some time so I pushed us to visit the Watchtower. It is about a 45 minute drive from Mather Campground, about 30 minutes at the Watchtower, and...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Alan E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of our favorite stops! View is great from each level of tower. History of Mary Colter building it, beginning of FFA, all were very interesting. Bit of a drive east of Visitors center on S Rim but well worth it. Stop along the way...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Teri_12
14 April 2017|
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Response from LesleyGulledge | Reviewed this property |
I believe they closed down at 6pm
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Raylynn2014
14 March 2017|
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Response from Rajikadesilva | Reviewed this property |
Based on the map the shuttle bus does not go to the watch tower and the view from their is spectacular , you can see the Colorado river from the watchtower. I was told it is one of the best places to see a sunset ! Don't go... More
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