Desert View Inter-Tribal Heritage Area

Enriching community, celebrating cultural heritage

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

  • January 2015 - National Park Service took over management of the Desert Watchtower.
  • July 2015 - ArtPlace America announced a $500,000 grant to preserve murals inside the Watchtower, continue the Cultural Demonstration Series, and develop inter-tribal tourism opportunities.
  • September 2016 – America voted Desert View Watchtower among the most worthy historic preservation projects at the National Parks to receive a prestigious grant to restore the Watchtower murals. 

 

What's planned

  • Completing restoration of the Desert View Watchtower structure and its murals.
  • Creating new spaces like a performance plaza and a cultural center to immerse visitors in American Indian life and culture.
  • Expanding tribal youth opportunities for education and job training.
  • Expansion of the popular Cultural Demonstration program at Desert View.

Improvements and projects in Grand Canyon National Park are only possible because of the generous support from people like you.


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Current Priorities

Dark Skies

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.

Desert View Watchtower

Members of American Indian tribes are working with the park to create a heritage area to share their art and culture.

Grand Canyon Trail Restoration

More than 350 miles of historic trails lead into the canyon. Each year, crews restore popular trails to keep them welcoming and safe.