While Desert View is officially on the southern rim of Grand Canyon, it is located 26 miles / 42 km east of Grand Canyon Village along the Desert View Drive at the East Entrance to the park. (View Desert View Drive map in PDF – 359 kb) The views from Desert View are immense and spectacular!
Desert View also boasts one of architect Mary Colter’s masterpieces, the Desert View Watchtower, shown above clinging to the edge of the canyon. While at Desert View, be sure to climb to the top of the 70′ tall Watchtower for an extra special experience! Read more about Mary Colter and view photos and a video on the Desert View Watchtower on Grand Canyon’s information page.
Desert View Brochure with Map (PDF – 1.9 MB)
Desert View Services
- Visitor Center / Bookstore
- Watchtower / Gift Shop
- Trading Post
- Marketplace (groceries)
- Snack Bar
- Service Station (auto fuel)
- Campground (see below)
NPS Desert View Campground
- No hook-ups
- There are a total of 50 campsites in the Desert View Campground.
- Most sites are sized to accommodate tents or smaller RV’s or Travel Trailers.
- Sites can not accommodate large RV’s or travel trailers (30 ft. maximum length).
- Limit of six persons; two tents; two-vehicles or one RV/travel trailer per site.
- Coordinates: 36°02’24″N – 111°49’20″W
- Elevation: 7,463 ft / 2,275 m.
- First-come, first-served on a self-registration basis
- No reservations are accepted
- 7-day camping limit
- Campground is closed in the winter
- Desert View Campground NPS map and regulations (PDF – 175 kb)
- View more photos of campground on Flickr
- See NPS Desert View page for current open schedule and fees
- Navajo Point – Highest overlook on the South Rim at an elevation of 7461 feet / 2275 meters. Located just a short distance from Desert View; has a great view of Desert View and the Watchtower.
- Lipan Point – Probably one of the prettiest overlooks on the South Rim! Also considered by many to be the likely place where the Spanish conquistadors first saw the Grand Canyon in 1540. No wonder they couldn’t make it down to the Colorado River. When you get to the rim, you’ll see why. A great place to see Hance Rapids, the Unkar Delta and the Grand Canyon Supergroup. You don’t see much, if any, of the Supergroup from Grand Canyon Village. A very colorful collection of rock layers, it is also what gives this section of the canyon its wide open view. Elevation here is 7360 feet / 2243 meters.
- Tusayan Ruin and Museum – A short, gentle walk around a small, ancestral Puebloan village where people lived and farmed about 800 years ago. There is a bookstore, picnic area and restrooms located here as well. A very pleasant stop in the forest. Download the Tusayan Ruin Trail Guide (PDF – 821 kb).