Grand Canyon Watchtower-Desert View

March 08, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

At the east end of the Grand Canyon is my favorite spot, The Desert View Watchtower.  The Watchtower was designed by Mary Colter, one of the few female architects during that time.  The 70ft watchtower built in 1932 was designed after ancient puebles with the base made to look like rubble or an old structure with the newer one built on top of it. The main room inside, Kiva Room, ceiling is made from logs from the old Grand View Hotel on Horseshoe Mesa.  The inside staircase spirals up to different levels with little windows to catch a glimpse of the Grand Canyon.  

Outside the Watchtower is a large observation deck with the river below in full view. Off to the right is where the painted desert ends and the Grand Canyon edge(or that particular part) begins. The rolling hills stark contrast to Grand Canyon is another reason this is my favorite view.

Desert View WatchtowerDesert View Watchtower


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