double clickDesert View Watchtower - A Turret Overlooking the Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon
6 or 7 Day Rafting Vacation
Desert View Watchtower

Mile 66 - Desert View Watchtower

The tower is the first stop for visitors entering the park from the east. Designed by the prolific southwestern architect Mary Jane Colter, the tower was built in 1932. Colter often included native materials in the buildings and structures she designed. In the case of the tower, Colter had it constructed with steel, then covered the frame with local stones. Visitors to the tower can climb the inner spiral staircase and look down on river runners from the top. Colter also designed the Bright Angel Lodge, Lookout Studio, and Hermit’s Rest, all located on the South Rim. She designed Phantom Ranch in the bottom of the canyon at Bright Angel Creek as well.

Lower Gorge Grand Canyon

Lower Grand Canyon Mile by Mile »

The lower Grand Canyon, as traveled by Western's 3 or 4 day expedition begins at Whitmore Wash (mile 188) and finishes at Lake Mead (mile 277).

See Lower Grand Canyon