Desert View Watchtower, Grand Canyon

My nephew James and his wife Heather went on vacation in June. This is the 5th post from their vacation photos. Thank you James!

One of the most iconic structures along the South Rim, the Watchtower can be seen from miles away. The view from the Desert View Watchtower provides a unique perspective of the eastern side of Grand Canyon.



The Desert View Watchtower is an unusual stone tower designed in 1932 by architect Mary Colter, in the style of Ancestral Puebloan towers.









Architect Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter studied Ancestral Puebloan architecture across the American southwest, visiting hundreds of ancient sites to find the inspiration and intricate details which she borrowed for the structure that many consider her masterpiece.





Using mostly locally sourced rocks and reused timber, the tower appears to grow organically from the rim of the canyon itself, paying homage to the techniques and styles of local tribes while utilizing modern-day equipment and materials to strengthen the internal structure.








Inside the Desert View Watchtower, views of Grand Canyon from multiple perspectives through different windows.
















I hope you enjoyed our visit to the watchtower.













If you missed the first 4 posts from James & Heather’s vacation, check



Valley of Fire





Red Rock Canyon



Sunset in the Grand Canyon




Grand Canyon Desert View








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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

14 thoughts to “Desert View Watchtower, Grand Canyon”

  1. Gorgeous! I know I’ve seen it before, but it’s been years. A friend of mine did a multi-day backpack recently and was able to use the tower as a landmark.

  2. Thank you to James and Heather for providing their photos. I think I saw the tower when I was a teenager when we visited the north rim back in the 60’s. The photos are beautiful.

  3. What beautiful views of the Canyon looking out! I have only seen the grand canyon from an airplane while flying into/out of Vegas before. I hope to get there to see it in person one day. Thanks so much for sharing these photos with us at Encouraging Hearts and Home. Pinned.

  4. I wonder how they were able to put together all of these stones in the desert. I’ve enjoyed all of these pictures of the Grand Canyon. Thank you because being in Canada, I will probably never going to see this.

    Cruisin Paul

    1. I live in the US but only have seen the canyon from an airplane flying west – the pilot said look to the left for a peek of the canyon.

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