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Opening hours
mid-May–Aug 8am-sunset, Sep–mid-Oct 9am-6pm, mid-Oct–Feb 9am-5pm, Mar–mid-May 8am-6pm
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Scramble to the top of Colter's stone tower at Desert View, which is the highest spot on the rim (7522ft). 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. The Hopi Room has festive murals depicting the snake legend, a Hopi wedding and other scenes. The Watchtower stairs close 30 minutes before the rest of the building.