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Desert View, Grand Canyon South Rim
Fast Facts




South Rim
Grand Canyon National Park
Arizona 86023
Interpretive Programs
Points of Interest Nearby

Colorado River


Photo by National Park Service

At 7,500 feet (2286 meters), Desert View is the highest point on the South Rim. Enjoy the Native American art exhibit. Climb the 70-foot (21m) Desert View Watchtower. Take in the view of the Grand Canyon and identify local landmarks visible from here. The Painted Desert is but one! And if the kids are up for one last hurrah, travel west 3 miles (5 km) to Lipan Point for the best views of the Colorado River from the South Rim.
Getting There
Desert View is located at the East Entrance station, roughly 25 miles (40 km) east of Grand Canyon Village. The watchtower, bookstore and trading post are a short walk from the parking lot. There is no shuttle service to Desert View.
Hours & Times
The information center and bookstore are open daily 9:00-17:00 from November to April and 9:00-18:00 from May to October. A ranger-led sound and light program is offered daily at sunset during the summer season.
Admission & Fees
A nominal fee, currently $0.25 (25 cents), is charged to climb to the top of the watchtower. Ranger programs are free of charge.
Things to Keep in Mind
Plan your visit for sunset and partake in a ranger program about sound and light. The East Entrance is significantly less crowded than the South Entrance during the peak summer season. East Entrance facilities include a service station, café and campground (open seasonally).
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