Self-Guided Desert View Tours and Activities

An Unforgettable Grand Canyon Tour

There's no better way to embrace the Grand Canyon's Native American culture than with a trip to Desert View.

Explore Desert View Watchtower®

Designed by architect Mary Colter as an homage to the watchtowers built by Desert View's native cultures, the Desert View Watchtower offers a commanding view of the canyon. It even features a murals painted by Hopi Artist Fred Kabotie.


Tour Tusayan Museum and Ruins

Three miles west of Desert View, the Tusayan Museum provides a rare window into the lives and culture of the Pueblo Indians, who lived in the area over 800 years ago. Browse exhibits with pottery, arrowheads and household items. Then take a walk through the Tusayan Ruins, amid the juniper and pines, to get a true sense of perspective on how these ancient people lived in harmony with nature.


New for Summer 2018

  • Join us at Desert View Trading Post on Fridays 10:00 am to 4:00 pm with Hopi artist Delaine Chee, who will demonstrate the crafting of pottery using local materials. Chee's pottery will be available for purchase.
  • Just for the kids: Join us on Saturdays 10:00 am to 2:00 pm for Kids Crafts at Desert View Trading Post featuring guided craft-making with Navajo ambassador Krishel Augustine.
Scheduled demonstrations and activities are available August 3 through September 1, 2018.