Photograph Desert View Watchtower


Added by Kyle Szegedi

Picturesque tower located near the east entrance of the South Rim Drive along the edge of the Grand Canyon. A quick walk from the parking lot will lead you down to this tower.

Desert View Watchtower is a 70-foot high stone tower located on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Once you cross into the park through the east entrance look for the sign for Desert View, it's the first real lookout point in the park and there is plenty of parking.

The tower was constructed in the 1930's and looks really awesome in photos. You can even see the Colorado River as it begins to make its way into the Grand Canyon. To get some nice light on the tower try and arrive before sunrise or sunset to capture some of the golden hour light. To capture some great details in your landscape photos, choose a narrower aperture, something like f/9 or f/11. 

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Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area



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A Grand Canyon must

Like photographing a sunset FROM the watchtower, it's also nice to capture a sunrise or sunset OF the watchtower. It adds another element or viewpoint to the wide chasm beneath it that you obviously can't miss

Awesome place on the canyon

This is an amazing place to stop and photograph!!

architectural marvel

Though it wasn't made by pueblo people, this awesome building makes for an awesome photo. In busy seasons though it is extremely crowded.

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