Desert View Watchtower, Grand Canyon


Hey there! Long time no see! I've been MIA in blogland for a while, but I'm super excited to be back and to share a few (read: a trillion) photos from our trip to the Grand Canyon a few weeks ago! Neither Andy or I had ever been, so it was really fun to camp, go on hikes, and breathe in the great outdoors for a few days. The Grand Canyon is no joke. It really lives up to its title as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world. There really is no bad seat in the house when it comes to the Grand Canyon, but if I had to pick one spot to teleport to at this very moment in time, it would be Desert View Watchtower. Aside from the fact that it made me feel like a real live Rapunzel, it truly offered the greatest views, in my opinion.


Desert View Watchtower is a 70 foot tall stone building, which obviously terrified me since heights are my worst nightmare. My heart did skip a few beats on the way up, but the view was 100% worth it! You can see for miles from the observation deck, and the walk up through the tower is that much more pleasant thanks to the beautiful painted images on the walls. 


The tower is about 25-30 minutes from the main campground in the South Rim of the canyon, but it is absolutely worth the drive. Since we were headed to the tower around lunch time, we decided to pack our food and have a little picnic while we were out there. It may have been because I was feeling way more relaxed after seeing so much of the beautiful canyon, or perhaps adventurous Rapunzel was coming out of me, but I didn't even flip out when my husband suggested we have a picnic with our feet hanging off a little cliff. Totally no big deal to eat my sandwich in the face of death *hair flip emoji*. But really-best lunch ever! 


We spotted these cuties on our drive back to the campground. Obviously after spending a few hours in the wild we were total experts and we decided these were deer so we named all of them Sven (from Frozen, of course!). Turns out they're actually elk, and they're slightly terrifying. They're so much bigger then I could ever really imagine, and one of the park rangers mentioned that they get super aggressive when it gets closer to Fall time. Eeek! We'll just continue pretending they're happy reindeer with goofy smiles who can sing, ha! 

Have you ever visited the Grand Canyon? If so, where's your favorite lookout spot? 

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14 comments:

  1. That is so amazing. I think Rapunzel's tower is a perfectly apt comparison. So cool. I'd love to visit someday. If only it weren't so very far away...

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    1. Aw, hopefully you get a chance to visit at some point, it's beautiful!

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  2. The views are extraordinary. So pretty. I love the elk battling out too. How lucky you were to see that. Sounds like a wonderful visit.

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    1. It really was super cool to see the elk! I freaked out a bit when they looked up and realized they had an audience, but still very cool, haha :)

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  3. What a BEAUTIFUL place!! The Grand Canyon is DEFINITELY on our bucket list. Can you offer up any info about where you camped? Thanks :)

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    1. Thanks Meg! We camped at Mather Campground. Very beautiful and peaceful! I'll most likely be sharing more about that sometime next week. Hopefully you guys can make it to the Grand Canyon soon, it's beautiful!

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  4. Beautiful! The Grand Canyon is soooo amazing! We have never been to the watchtower, maybe the next time we are there? Thanks for sharing this!

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    1. I loved the watchtower! I can't wait to check out a few more lookout spots on our next trip as well :)

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  5. The one time I was at the Grand Canyon, it was so cold, rainy, and foggy, that you could only see about 15 feet in front of you. Such a bummer... We did see some elk though!

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    1. That's such a bummer! The whole drive to the canyon was really cloudy and muggy, but once we were there everything was really nice and clear. It did rain a bit in the evenings though. Yay that you got to see elk! They're (somewhat) cute, haha :D

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  6. I LOVE the Grand Canyon. I went back in high school and we took a train up to the Canyon. I remember our guide telling us when we were getting closer that we would see a glimpse of the canyon on our left. I glued my face to the window. When I saw that first glimpse of the canyon, I immediately started crying. It is like nothing I've ever seen before! Love your photos!

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    1. AH! I felt the exact same way when we saw a glimpse of it on our drive to the campsite. It is just incredible and a moment that sits in your memory and heart for a long time (hopefully forever!). Thanks for your sweet comment, Jess :)

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  7. Gorgeous! I don't remember seeing this watchtower but it is beautiful!!

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    1. Thanks Nicole! It is really out of the way from the main South Rim area, but you get awesome views of the canyon along the way + the tower itself is incredible! :)

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