Desert View Watchtower
At 7461ft, Navajo Point is the South Rim's highest overlook.
Expansive views and an excellent perch for sunset.
Tusayan Museum & Ruin
Just west of Desert View and 22 miles east of Grand Canyon Village, these small ruins and museum examine the culture and lives of the...
Desert View Market
A general store with simple groceries, beer and wine, souvenirs and an ATM.
Desert View, East Enrance · interesting places nearby
Desert View Watchtower information
The marvelously worn winding staircase of Mary Colter's 70ft stone tower, built in 1932, leads to the highest spot on the rim (7522ft). From here, unparalleled views take in not only the canyon and the Colorado River, but also the San Francisco Peaks, the Navajo Reservation and the Painted Desert. Murals depicting the snake legend, a Hopi wedding and other scenes grace the interior walls, and there's a small gift shop on the 1st floor.
On the way up from the gift shop, look for an unmarked door on the left; you can wander outside onto a roof-top patio here, and it makes a nice spot to relax with a sandwich.