Explore Historic Desert View

The secret is out. The Desert View area offers some of the most spectacular views of the Grand Canyon. And that's just the beginning. Desert View offers an all-ages experience that combines history, art, architecture and Native American culture.

Anchoring Desert View is the watchtower, built in 1932 and designed by renowned architect Mary E. J. Colter. This iconic building was inspired by ancient Native American watchtowers and is decorated with murals by a Hopi artist. If you're interested in native culture, the nearby Tusayan Museum and Ruins also provides a window into the lives of the Pueblo Indians, who inhabited the area over 800 years ago.

Once you get to Desert View, everything you need is within reach. There's a General Store for groceries and other necessities. Inside there's a deli with healthy, southwestern-style menu options. The Desert View Trading Post is another place to fuel up, re-hydrate, or indulge your sweet tooth with hand-scooped ice cream, smoothies and more. The Trading Post also offers the opportunity to purchase authentic goods from Native American craftsmen, artists and artisans. There's even a special section where kids can learn about the area's rich cultural heritage by participating in fun activities.

Any way you look at it, Desert View boasts a lot more than breathtaking views.