Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

Desert View

Latitude, Longitude: 36.042150, -111.825880

The Desert View Drive or East Rim Drive (Highway 64) leaves Grand Canyon Village and follows the canyon rim east for 26 miles to Desert View - at the east entrance to the park

The Desert View Watchtower, constructed in 1932 as a replica of a prehistoric Indian tower, commands a magnificent view of the Grand Canyon, the Painted Desert to the east and the San Fransico Peaks to the south. This seventy-foot tower is the highest point on the South Rim. The interior walls of the tower feature murals by Hopi artist Fred Kabotie.

A visit to Tusayan Ruin and Museum provides a glimpse of Pueblo Indian life some 800 years ago. Tusayan Ruin is located three miles west of Desert View and is open daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


can you tell me about this road....curvy mountain road or pretty flat roads.  I will be coming in July, and need to know what to expect on this part of the drive.  We have had some bad driving experiences recently on other vacations, and want to know what this road is like.



Hi Robert,

You’re in luck! Desert View Drive sits away from the rim, meaning that you shouldn’t encounter scary conditions like those on your previous vacations. While the road does have some sweeping curves, it sits anywhere from a couple hundred yards to up to a quarter mile away from the rim’s edge.

To be sure the drive is something you’d like to conquer, check this map. If you decide to make the trip, be sure to explore the Desert View Watchtower at the end of the road. It was designed by Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter, a visionary architect behind many of the iconic structures at the Grand Canyon.

Stop by after your trip to let us know what you thought!