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.
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