Desert View Visitor Center Trail

EASY 25 reviews
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Desert View Visitor Center Trail is a 0.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Grand Canyon, Arizona that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.8 miles
75 feet

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly




Directions from East Entrance Station: Drive westward less than a mile on East Rim Drive to reach the Desert View Visitor Center.

7 months ago

1st time at the canyon 15 yrs ago walking around....

9 months ago

The first major viewpoint when coming into the park from the east. Worth climbing the tower to the viewing area. I've stopped here a few times when in the park. As with all the viewpoints, the canyon takes on a little different look at each. You can actually see the watchtower from the river when doing a rafting trip. Pretty awesome

Monday, December 12, 2016

Fantastic Walk. Awe inspiring views. May 2015

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Beautiful view of the Grand Canyon! I wished I could stay longer. There were so many people on this area, though. There are steep paths and no railing in some areas. Will come back again and hike the trails.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

I like the way the building looks and the views

Monday, September 19, 2016

Easy walk with great views. Be prepared it's very busy. Also many places that have no railing so watch the kiddos!

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

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

Friday, July 29, 2016

Nice views, from the tower and the trail, easy walk, woryh a stop

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Watch tower was nice, great views.

scenic driving
Sunday, June 19, 2016

Incredible views from the tower. Very crowded! Restrooms, store, and grill

Friday, April 01, 2016

Awesome worth the drive and hike! Different angle of the canyon!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

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!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Great view upon entering the park. The tower is great and gives a great view of the canyon.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Short walk along a paved trail to a cool tower.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

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.

Monday, May 27, 2013

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.

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Monday, July 04, 2016