Desert View Visitor Center Trail is a 0.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Grand Canyon, AZ that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Directions from East Entrance Station: Drive westward less than a mile on East Rim Drive to reach the Desert View Visitor Center.
Easy walk with great views. Be prepared it's very busy. Also many places that have no railing so watch the kiddos!
Nice overlook, 1st major one coming in from the east, worth the stop if you just got into the park, probably could skip if you came in the South entrance, although seeing the East wall of the canyon is best viewed from here
Nice views, from the tower and the trail, easy walk, woryh a stop
Watch tower was nice, great views.
Incredible views from the tower. Very crowded! Restrooms, store, and grill
Awesome worth the drive and hike! Different angle of the canyon!
In June 2004, our first stop in the Grand Canyon was the 70-foot high Desert View Watchtower. We were some of the first ones to arrive and got some nice early morning shots. We had to wear sweatshirts, as the breeze, even in late June was brisk. To the northeast we saw the cliffs known as the Palisades of the Desert, which form the southeastern wall of Grand Canyon. If you follow those cliffs north to a significant rock outcropping, you're looking at Comanche Point. Beyond Comanche Point, you can barely see the gorge carved by the Little Colorado River. The flat, mesalike hill to the east is Cedar Mountain. From the Watchtower roof, the highest point on the South Rim at 7,522 feet above sea level, it's possible to see the Colorado River, the Painted Desert to the northeast, the San Francisco Peaks to the south, and Marble Canyon to the north. It's a nice easy paved path to the Watchtower and 85 steps to the top floor; inside is a tapestry of the Puebloan people in petroglyphs, paintings and symbols by various artists. On the outside of the tower used to be a Bible inscription: Psalm 66:4: “All the Earth worships Thee; they sing praises to Thee; sing praises to Thy name.” My understanding is this was supposed to be removed in 2003; however, was still there in June 2004. Also on the outside are intentional flaws designed in by Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter; one is a Balolookong, the Pueblo Indian snake spirit on the exterior wall. The Desert Watchtower is a must-see stop on the South Rim!
Great view upon entering the park. The tower is great and gives a great view of the canyon.
Short walk along a paved trail to a cool tower.
Not much of a hike but the tower is absolutely worth the visit. We had fun exploring the tower and observation deck from the top. There are lots of buildings around the site with a general store. Our favorite stop in the 1 day we spend along the south rim.
This trail is really just a walk on a paved path out from the visitor's center to the Watchman Tower, and is about .4 mile round trip. Grand Canyon gets lots of visitors and to avoid the worst of the crowds, go early in the AM.