Desert View Watchtower | Indian tower with a view of the Grand Canyon

Posted by on February 25, 2013

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The Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, offers not only exceptional natural scenery and deep valleys carved in stone by the Colorado River. There are also less predictable attractions such as this cylindrical observation tower, the Desert View Watchtower.

Desert View Watchtower

Desert View Watchtower

Grand Canyon view

Grand Canyon view

Despite being inspired by the Indian culture and tradition (especially the community of the Colorado Plateau), the tower is an “invention” of Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter who in 1932 designed it and built it. Then by adding some fake ruins around it she made it more credible and better integrated the new construction in view of the Canyon.

Field before the tower

Field before the tower

The Tower

The Tower

View for Gods

View for Gods

To achieve the internal structure of the lookout engineers and technicians of the railway were employed who were responsible for building bridges: the skeleton was then covered with local stone to harmonize with the surroundings. The rooms inside the tower are decorated with pictures and paintings of Indian tradition and no decoration has been inserted on the terrace, not to distract visitors from views that, on clear days, can range over tens of kilometers. If you love the thrill and are in the area for the Grand Canyon Skywalk and Mather Point make sure to check this out.

Interior

Interior

Wall paintings

Wall paintings

Desert View Watchtower photos: Ranger Whitt, bluebird218, VJ Photos, brianwallace, scottmon.

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