Explore Desert View Watchtower
Updated: Jul 11
Grand Canyon National Park South Rim
The History of the Watchtower
The Desert View Watchtower at Grand Canyon National Park holds a rich and storied history. Designed by architect Mary Colter, the tower was completed in 1932 and stands as a testament to her vision and ingenuity. Inspired by Native American ancestral Puebloan towers, Colter sought to create a structure that would blend seamlessly with the surrounding natural landscape while paying homage to the cultural heritage of the region.
It was strategically positioned to provide visitors with a panoramic view of the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon. The tower itself is constructed from local stones and showcases intricate murals and artwork created by Native American artisans. These murals depict scenes from Native American mythology and history, adding a layer of cultural significance to the structure.
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