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Desert View Watchtower, Grand Canyon

Desert View Watchtower, Grand Canyon: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Flagstaff: Grand Canyon Railroad Full-Day Guided Tour

1. From Flagstaff: Grand Canyon Railroad Full-Day Guided Tour

The Grand Canyon is one of the most spectacular “Seven Wonders of the World”! This Grand Canyon Railroad Tour offers you an up-close and personal tour of this inspiring canyon. Your Grand Canyon Tour starts off with a scenic ride from the Red Rocks of Sedona, through Oak Creek Canyon (noted as one of the top 10 scenic drives in America) and towering Ponderosa Pines of Flagstaff. After this, head to the train depot in Williams. When you board the historic Grand Canyon Railway, be entertained by cowboys and enjoy the tunes of strolling musicians as the train travels back in time during the scenic 65-mile journey to the canyon. The train offers wonderful views of the San Francisco Peaks and rolls through valleys riddled with wildflowers, dense pine forests, high desert plains, and small canyons. Upgrade your experience with a first-class ticket, which includes oversized seats, big windows, bar service, and complimentary snacks. Upon arrival at the Grand Canyon, explore the views of the canyon and the historical buildings of Grand Canyon Village. Afterward, get time to enjoy lunch on your own (lunch not included) and rejoin your guide to continue across the south rim heading east. Spend approximately 4 hours in the Grand Canyon National Park. Making your way along the canyon rim, experience the stunning views over the Colorado River Gorge. Climb up to the top of the Watchtower Observatory for magnificent panoramic views of the Grand Canyon. On the return trip, tour the East Rim of Grand Canyon National Park and see various scenic overlooks. Visit the Desert View Watchtower and the historic Cameron Trading Post on the Navajo Reservation—one of the finest places to shop for authentic Native American souvenirs. You may also visit The Gallery, home of many breathtaking pieces of fine and historic Native American Arts and Crafts.

The Grand Canyon Classic Tour From Sedona, AZ

2. The Grand Canyon Classic Tour From Sedona, AZ

Considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon is a must-see. Make the most of your visit with this scenic tour filled with incredible views. Your tour begins with a ride through the scenic red rocks of Sedona, through Oak Creek Canyon — one of the top scenic drives in America. Continue through the Ponderosa Pines of Flagstaff, past the dormant volcanoes of the San Francisco Peaks, and on to the Navajo Reservation with a stop at the Historic Cameron Trading Post. Your journey continues, providing you with a breathtaking view of the western edge of the Painted Desert and the Little Colorado River Gorge on your way to the Grand Canyon. Once inside the magnificent Grand Canyon National Park, take in the beautiful views of the canyon and Colorado River at Desert View. Climb to the top of the Watchtower Observatory for amazing panoramic views. Visit the East and South Rims of the Grand Canyon from which the spectacular views of the Colorado River Gorge and the buttes of the South Rim can be viewed. Enjoy a mile-long nature walk along the South Rim to admire the natural beauty of the park. After, there is optional time to explore Grand Canyon Village, where many historic buildings are located.

From Flagstaff: Grand Canyon National Park Tour

3. From Flagstaff: Grand Canyon National Park Tour

Explore on the of 7 Natural Wonders of the world with a top-rated guided tour to Grand Canyon National Park.  Begin your day among pine trees in Flagstaff, Arizona, a charming college town high in the Arizona mountains. Sit back and relax as you are shuttled off through incredible landscape towards the gorgeous Grand Canyon. Marvel at the mighty Colorado River, take in the staggering rock formations, and enjoy the natural beauty that has captivated millions for centuries.  Learn the storied history behind the people who once roamed these lands as your guide takes you through Tusayan. Visit historic sites like the El Tovar Hotel, and the Desert View Watchtower.  Lunch is provided, and snacks and water are included as you journey through one of America's most treasured natural landmarks. Guides lead tours rain or shine, and are happy to answer questions about this popular destination.

From Sedona or Flagstaff: Grand Canyon Full-Day Tour

4. From Sedona or Flagstaff: Grand Canyon Full-Day Tour

Embark on a journey to Grand Canyon National Park. Admire the incredible views and geological wonders of Northern Arizona. Enjoy a tour fully narrated by some of the most experienced guides in the Southwest. After pickup from your hotel in Sedona, ascend the Colorado Plateau and continue through the photogenic Oak Creek Canyon. Take winding roads as you leave the red rocks behind, then stop at the tall Ponderosa Pines. Next, arrive at Flagstaff, where other travelers will join the tour. Pass by the dormant volcanoes of the San Francisco Peaks, before heading to the Grand Canyon South Entrance. Once at Grand Canyon National Park, explore historic buildings, see majestic views at Grand Canyon Village, and enjoy lunch on your own. See some of the widest and deepest scenic views of the Grand Canyon and the mighty Colorado River. Get to experience the magnificent South Rim scenery first-hand. From the South Rim, gaze 14 miles across to the North Rim. Visit the only point where you can see both Phantom Ranch, as well as the Kaibab Suspension Bridge. Your guide knows the best vistas to stop at and will make sure you get the most gorgeous, least crowded viewpoints. At Desert View, you are free to climb the Watchtower Observatory for amazing views that will leave you breathless. On your way back from the Grand Canyon, experience a view of the western edge of the Painted Desert, the Little Colorado River Gorge, and the Colorado River Gorge. Before you return, make a brief stop at the Navajo Reservation. Here you will have a chance to shop for authentic Native American souvenirs at the historical Cameron Trading Post.

Sedona: Grand Canyon Sunset Tour with Dinner

5. Sedona: Grand Canyon Sunset Tour with Dinner

Ride in comfort and style as you travel to Northern Arizona in an air-conditioned vehicle that seats no more than 14 passengers for an intimate and personal experience. Experience fully narrated tours from some of the most knowledgeable and experienced guides in the Southwest. If you are departing from Sedona, your tour begins as you ascend the Colorado Plateau through the lush Oak Creek Canyon. Over the 27 miles of winding roads, you leave the beautiful red rocks behind and ascend 2000 feet to the tall Ponderosa Pines.  Upon arriving in Flagstaff pick up the remaining guests, and travel past the dormant volcanoes of the San Francisco Peaks on your way to Grand Canyon National Park. Your first stop is at the Historic Cameron Trading Post where you will have the chance to check out the Native American craftsmanship. Then as you reach the Grand Canyon’s East entrance from the Navajo Nation, you will see the Little Colorado River Gorge and the western edge of the Painted Desert. Upon entering the Grand Canyon National Park, you will get your first views of the Grand Canyon and the mighty Colorado River at Desert View. Climb up to the top of the Watchtower Observatory, and learn about one of the achievements of famous architect Mary J. Colter. Take some time to take in the beautiful panoramic views at different viewpoints along the South Rim of the canyon. Marvel at some of the widest and deepest scenic views the Grand Canyon has to offer. From the South Rim, gaze 14 miles across to the North Rim. You will also visit the only point where you can see both Phantom Ranch as well as the Kaibab Suspension Bridge. A complimentary dinner is included on this tour. The journey culminates as your guide takes you to the ideal spot to have an opportunity to see an amazing array of colors, shadows, and lighting that are the hallmark of a Sunset at the Grand Canyon. Relax and enjoy the ride back to your hotel as you reflect on your Grand Canyon experience.

Sedona, AZ: Grand Canyon Guided Tour and Historic Railway

6. Sedona, AZ: Grand Canyon Guided Tour and Historic Railway

Considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon is a must-see. Make the most of your visit with this historical railroad tour. Beginning in Sedona, take one of the top 10 scenic drives in America to Flagstaff, known for its towering Ponderosa Pines. After meeting Flagstaff guests, head to the train depot in Williams and board the historical Grand Canyon Railway. Be entertained by cowboys and musicians as the train travels back in time along the scenic journey to the canyon. Enjoy wonderful views of the San Francisco Peaks as the train rolls through valleys filled with wildflowers, dense pine forests, high desert plains, and small canyons. Upgrade your experience with a first-class ticket, which includes oversized seats, big windows, bar service, and complimentary snacks. Arrive by train just steps from the Grand Canyon's South Rim and meet your guide, who will pick you up at the train depot in Grand Canyon Village. Explore the historical buildings of Grand Canyon Village before enjoying some free time for lunch. Rejoin your guide to travel across the south rim heading east. Spend approximately 4-hours in the Grand Canyon National Park. Your tour makes its way along the rim of the Grand Canyon, stopping at Grandview Point. a transitional point between the East and South Rims of the Grand Canyon. Marvel at the open views of the Colorado River Gorge afforded at the East Rim, as well as the butte-filled views for which the South Rim is famous. Later, climb up to the top of the Watchtower Observatory for magnificent views of the Grand Canyon. Tour the East Rim of Grand Canyon National Park as you make your way back to your hotel and get to enjoy sights most other visitors miss. See many scenic overlooks, the Desert View Watchtower and the historic Cameron trading Post on the Navajo Reservation. Next is a stop at the Historic Cameron Trading Post, one of the finest places to shop for authentic Native American souvenirs. You may also visit The Gallery, home of many breathtaking pieces of fine and historic Native American Arts and Crafts. Listen to interesting, informative and entertaining narration from your guide throughout your journey. View the western edge of the Painted Desert and drive along the Little Colorado River Gorge on your way back to Flagstaff and Sedona.

Grand Canyon & Sedona: Self-Guided Driving Tour Bundle

7. Grand Canyon & Sedona: Self-Guided Driving Tour Bundle

Discover the staggering views of the Grand Canyon and Sedona's impressive buttes as you drive yourself through both sites with the assistance of an audioguide. Download the smartphone app to begin your self-guided tour and make as many stops as you wish to. Your Grand Canyon tour begins by the park’s south entrance, where you'll hear about the early history of this stunning place. Enjoy stops at Mather Point, Yavapai Point, and the Yavapai Geology Museum, full of insider knowledge on the canyon’s complex geology. Visit Grand Canyon Village for some snacks and souvenirs, then walk along the South Rim Trail, the park’s most popular path. Dive into the peculiar construction of the Hopi House and board the free Grand Canyon Shuttle to see Powell Point, Hopi Point, and The Abyss, before arriving at Hermit’s Rest. Enjoy some more great views, including the impressive Desert View Watchtower, before your visit is over. Move on to Sedona to begin your tour at the Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Center. Turn onto the famous Red Rock Scenic Byway and get acquainted with the spiritual history of this town. Enter the Tlaquepaque Arts Shopping Village then drive over to the towering Chapel of the Holy Cross to find the trail for Cathedral Rock, Sedona’s most famous formation. Reach the Courthouse Vista with spectacular views, then arrive in the Village of Oak Creek, full of more shops and restaurants.

Ultimate Arizona Self-Guided Driving & Walking Tours Bundle

8. Ultimate Arizona Self-Guided Driving & Walking Tours Bundle

Take advantage of your time in Arizona to discover its 3 biggest natural and cultural attractions: the Grand Canyon, Sedona, and Horseshoe Bend. Simply download the tour app and guide yourself through exciting driving and walking adventures using the audio narration and your phone's GPS. Once downloaded, your Grand Canyon tour begins near the park’s south welcome sign. Visit Mather Point, Yavapai Point, and the Geology Museum, before heading over to Grand Canyon Village for snacks and souvenirs. Walk along South Rim Trail and hear about the peculiar Hopi House. Board the free Grand Canyon Shuttle and stop at some incredible vistas, including Powell Point, Hopi Point, and The Abyss. More great views await you back east at Pipe Creek Vista and Grandview Point, as well as the impressive Desert View Watchtower. The tour concludes here. Your tour of Sedona begins at the Visitor Center. Drive the Red Rock Scenic Byway and learn about the spiritual history of this town. Explore the Tlaquepaque Arts Shopping Village, the Chapel of the Holy Cross, Cathedral Rock, and the Courthouse Vista. End your tour in the Village of Oak Creek. Head on over to the trailhead for Horseshoe Bend to hear about the early days of the Colorado River and how the current formation was created. Arrive at Horseshoe Bend and admire the jaw-dropping views of the landmark. Take a guided driving tour through Page, the town where this site is located.

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What people are saying about Desert View Watchtower, Grand Canyon

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 370 reviews

Our driver and guide, Michael, was very good, very reliable and he shared lots of information about the area and Grand Canyon. He must have been an anthropology student , although much more mature now. He knew where to stop, which Grand Canyon entrances to take to maximize our experience and minimize in traffic. Overall an excellent experience!

When we reached canyon it was a foggy day, tried 2 locations first, did't work; but great help with the tour guide, we are able to see other all locations clearly, very happy, he also guided to the theater, awesome guy.

Everything was exactly as shown on the web. We were picked up at our hotel, and our guide, Shawna, was excellent. I'd recommend Grand Canyon Adventures to anyone.

Jeff was a wonderful experienced guide. He took us to the best views of the canyon. I'm so glad I went on a tour. I would definitely book again.

Guide provided an enjoyable perspective from the Native American (or as he would say, "Indian") historical view.