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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 Working Group, 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
Special projects and improvements like this at Grand Canyon National Park are only possible because of the generous support from people like you.
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 most pristine night skies on the planet. We're working to keep it that way.
Members of American Indian tribes are working with the park to celebrate the tribal heritage of Grand Canyon.
More than 400 miles of historic backcountry trails lead into the canyon. We want to ensure that they remain welcoming and accessible.