Grand Canyon Desert View Watchtower

Grand Canyon Desert View Watchtower

Grand Canyon Desert View Watchtower
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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  • Todd S
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Allow Time for Tower Climb
    The Tower first floor is open to the public; however, to access the floors above (and the great view & Native American murals on the walls) you have to stop at the pop-up tent outside the entrance to the tower; it is manned by a volunteer group that helps maintain the Tower. When we visited the tickets were only given out 25 at a time, for a 20 minute time window. We found 20 minutes was plenty of time to climb the stairs and take in the views.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Zoom_Gotti
    Henderson, Nevada1,490 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Check Out The Sunset
    Right at the east entrance to Grand Canyon National Park. Stop here for breathtaking views of not only the Canyon, bthe Painted Desert as well. Focal point of this vast overlook is the Mary Colter Watchtower filled with designs taken from her experiences researching the surrounding Native American cultures. Visitation is once again allowed in the building, albeit in reduced and monitored numbers. Best buy the descriptive book available from the sponsoring Conservancy to better understand your visit. The surrounding site also houses a grocery, two snack bars, a gift shop, and campground. And picnic tables right near the Canyon rim
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 5, 2023
  • Astri Ratna Sari
    Chicago, Illinois32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do not miss this spot!
    One great spot you should never miss when visiting Grand Canyon. We spend 3 days exploring Grand Canyon, such a wonderful experience. You will learn about Mary Colten and her designs; simply amazing!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 21, 2023
  • Xana
    Ashby, Massachusetts32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So peaceful
    We decided to drive up rt 64 and enjoy all the stops. All are beautifully but of course the Watchtower is the best. We got to sit right by the edge, take in the beauty, enjoy the gift shops, and eat an ice cream.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 26, 2024
  • Discover764522
    Washington DC, District of Columbia10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Phenomenal experience! Can't wait to go back!
    Breath-taking! It's so much more than "just a big hole in the ground," like I used to think in my more naïve days. Train, train, then train some more because the hike back up is no joke! And we're relatively fit, regular gym rats too.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 29, 2024
  • Have Camera, Will Travel
    South Bend, Indiana3,573 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Moose!!
    We stopped as we headed out of the park at mid-morning. There wasn't many people about on a weekday in March. The shops were closed, but the tower opened as we were getting ready to head out. Lots of good views and a really cool bench that became an excellent photo op. We also got to see a moose wander in and eat some shrubbery. We kept our distance and got some pretty cool pictures. I highly recommend the stop.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 2, 2024
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Have Camera, Will Travel
South Bend, IN3,573 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We stopped as we headed out of the park at mid-morning. There wasn't many people about on a weekday in March. The shops were closed, but the tower opened as we were getting ready to head out. Lots of good views and a really cool bench that became an excellent photo op. We also got to see a moose wander in and eat some shrubbery. We kept our distance and got some pretty cool pictures. I highly recommend the stop.
Written May 2, 2024
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Discover764522
Washington DC, DC10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Breath-taking! It's so much more than "just a big hole in the ground," like I used to think in my more naïve days. Train, train, then train some more because the hike back up is no joke! And we're relatively fit, regular gym rats too.
Written April 29, 2024
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Xana
Ashby, MA32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We decided to drive up rt 64 and enjoy all the stops. All are beautifully but of course the Watchtower is the best. We got to sit right by the edge, take in the beauty, enjoy the gift shops, and eat an ice cream.
Written April 26, 2024
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MtEverest
Las Vegas234 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Complete waste of time. We didn't know but thought this was sort of historical site. No. it is a modern artist rendition to make it look like a historical ruin. Sure, if you have extra time by all means stop by and take a few pictures. At least it is free. Also this is place to get gas as there is no gas station inside the NP.
Written April 12, 2024
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Diana S
North Branch, MN127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Be sure to go into at least the lower level of the tower; there are some views that you can't see as well from the main outlook.
It is a short walk from the parking area to the viewpoint and tower, and there are restrooms and a gift shop.
We very much enjoyed coming up from Flagstaff to the eastern entrance. There is a lot more to see--those huge vistas, different plants, ranches and other land forms--than driving back south from the main visitor center. We didn't have a wait to get in (Thursday morning).
Written November 1, 2023
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Astri Ratna Sari
Chicago, IL32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
One great spot you should never miss when visiting Grand Canyon. We spend 3 days exploring Grand Canyon, such a wonderful experience. You will learn about Mary Colten and her designs; simply amazing!
Written October 22, 2023
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Steve V
59 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
Beyond the incredible views of the canyon, the tower itself was very anticlimactic! Very busy, and you had to get tickets and times for you to climb the watchtower to the upper floors.
Written October 4, 2023
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CINDYROSE720
Denver, CO1,355 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
2023-September

It's God's reminder that we are just a mist compared to his greatness!

We entered from the east and stopped at most of the viewpoints on the map given at the entrance.

Desert View Drive is a few-mile stretch from the east to the Grand Canyon Visitor Center. There is a $35 per vehicle entrance fee to the Grand Canyon National Park. There are no toll fees for using any of the roadways from and to the Grand Canyon National Park (Google Maps shows toll fees, but there is no toll fee). Just pay the entrance fee.

All viewpoints are free. Not all viewpoints have restrooms. See the photo attached) All viewpoints have parking spaces.

(The photo with a green heart pendant is a Memorial pendant with my son's ashes (the white part that resembles an angel's wings) who passed away in June 2023.. he was supposed to come with us here in Grand Canyon National Park to celebrate my birthday)

Hope you take a magnificent picture of the canyon from this viewpoint!

Be safe 😊
Written September 19, 2023
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Zoom_Gotti
Henderson, NV1,490 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Right at the east entrance to Grand Canyon National Park. Stop here for breathtaking views of not only the Canyon, bthe Painted Desert as well. Focal point of this vast overlook is the Mary Colter Watchtower filled with designs taken from her experiences researching the surrounding Native American cultures. Visitation is once again allowed in the building, albeit in reduced and monitored numbers. Best buy the descriptive book available from the sponsoring Conservancy to better understand your visit. The surrounding site also houses a grocery, two snack bars, a gift shop, and campground. And picnic tables right near the Canyon rim
Written August 6, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Todd S
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
The Tower first floor is open to the public; however, to access the floors above (and the great view & Native American murals on the walls) you have to stop at the pop-up tent outside the entrance to the tower; it is manned by a volunteer group that helps maintain the Tower. When we visited the tickets were only given out 25 at a time, for a 20 minute time window. We found 20 minutes was plenty of time to climb the stairs and take in the views.
Written July 25, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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