Desert View Ranger Programs

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A scenic view of Desert View Watchtower

Desert View is a small settlement on the South Rim located 23 miles/ 37 km east of Grand Canyon Village, and near the eastern edge of Grand Canyon. The East Entrance to the park is located here.

Arizona State Route 64, also known as Desert View Drive, is a 23 mile (37 km) scenic road that connects Desert View with Grand Canyon Village. Desert View Drive is open to all vehicles throughout the year.

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Desert View's Outdoor Visitor Center is located just beyond the north end of the main parking lot.

Visitor Center

An outdoor information desk, is staffed by park rangers from 9 am to 4 pm daily (as staffing permits). The Visitor Center is located under a shade structure just beyond the north end of the main paking lot.

  • Desert View Sunset Talks have ended for the season and will resume during the Summer of 2023.

  • Ranger Guided Tours of Tusayan Pueblo Archaeology Site, are offered on Fridays and Saturdays at 11 am.


Cultural Demonstrations

Take place from 9 am to 4 pm, on Thursdays and Fridays (through September 2, 2022).

  • Ask a ranger at the Visitor Center, or check signs for their current location.
  • The program provides an opportunity to interact with Tribal artisans from Grand Canyon's Traditionally Associated Tribes, and for them to share their history, knowledge and skills.

Desert View Ranger Programs

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    Interior of Desert View Kiva Room in the Watchtower

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    • The ground level, Kiva Room of the Watchtower and the Grand Canyon Conservancy Park Store are open. Hours: 8 am to 6 pm daily.
    • The tower itself remains closed at this time.

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    Mary Colter was the Fred Harvey Company's Chief Designer and worked relentlessly to pursue her idea of perfection for the Desert View Watchtower. Join Ranger Amanda as she addresses the many words used to describe this tenacious woman.

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    Ranger Programs: Additional Locations

    Last updated: September 5, 2022

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    PO Box 129
    Grand Canyon , AZ 86023



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