At the edge of Grand Canyon stands Desert View Watchtower. The intriguing stone structure, designed by Mary Colter in the 1930s, evokes the architecture of the Ancestral Puebloan people of the Colorado Plateau. The remarkable murals created by Fred Kabotie and other Native American artists tell the story of the Canyon's human history and culture. The circular balconies invite visitors upward, toward a singular, spectacular view of the canyon.
Together with the National Park Service and the Inter-tribal Advisory Council, our vision is to transform the Desert View area into a thriving space that celebrates the tribal heritages of Grand Canyon. Your generosity will create a visitor experience that informs visitors from around the world of the diverse cultures at Grand Canyon and allows everyone—including the canyon's first inhabitants—to celebrate our shared heritage.
What's been completed
Native people are still here physically and so Grand Canyon has meaning for American Indians every day – when we say our prayers, sing our songs, and take part in our ceremonies. The foundation of our knowledge has a basis at Grand Canyon, and we maintain a modern day connection to the canyon.”
Grand Canyon has some of the best night skies on the planet. We're working to become a "Dark Sky Park" to keep it that way.
Members of American Indian tribes are working with the park to create a heritage area to share their art and culture.
More than 350 miles of historic trails lead into the canyon. Each year, crews restore popular trails to keep them welcoming and safe.