The Grand Canyon Watchtower

Visit the Grand Canyon Watchtower

When visiting the Grand Canyon in Arizona be sure to take the drive and tour the watch tower. Mary Colter designed the watch tower to offer visitors "the widest possible view of the Grand Canyon."

It was built by Fred Harvey and the Santa Fe Railroad and opened to the public in 1933.

The Grand Canyon Watch Tower

The Watch Tower is at Desert View Point on the east side of the Grand Canyon. If you are already in the area, don't miss touring this neat historical tower.

The paths are wide leading to the watch tower and you have wonderful views from both inside and outside of the Grand Canyon. You will make your way past the bathrooms and general store to your right.

Watchtower Stairs

Watchtower Stairs

The Watch Tower is attached to a gift shop. Walk into the gift shop and up the stairs to view the inside of the watch tower. Inside the tower you'll find four sets of winding stairs that each lead to a circular room with views of the canyon.

Views From the Tower

If you veer to the left off the first flight of stairs you will come to a rooftop with a great view of the canyon. In the middle of each floor is a cutout circle, so you can view all of the floors from above. The sides of this circle shows petroglyphs.

Canyon views

Canyon views

Looking down the stairs

Looking down the stairs

Each floor has different paintings on the wall. At 7,522 feet, the elevation from the fourth floor of the Watch Tower is the highest on the South Rim. There is no open viewing from here, so it is kind of stuffy inside.

Petroglyphs inside Watchtower

Petroglyphs inside Watchtower

There are however several high power binoculars and huge window glass to take in the view.

It is overlooking Desert View Point. If you choose to continue walking down the pathway instead of entering the watch tower, you will have a fantastic views from Desert View Point.

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Desert View vantage point gives visitors an expansive view of the landscape. You can easily see the Colorado River  from this vantage point.

Cedar Point Mesa

Cedar Point Mesa

From this vantage point you will have a fantastic view of Cedar Point Mesa and of the Painted Desert.

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