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National Park Mystery Photo 17 Revealed: The Ceiling of Desert View Watchtower in Grand Canyon National Park


It'd take a sharp eye, and a head bent backwards, to admire this view of the ceiling of the Desert View Watchtower in Grand Canyon National Park. This view was captured by a National Park Service photographer who focus his camera up through the first and second parapets of the watchtower.

The watchtower was built on the eastern end of the park's Desert View Drive in 1932 as a replica of a prehistoric Indian tower. Climb the winding stairway to the top and you'll enjoy an expansive view of the Grand Canyon, the Painted Desert to the east and the San Fransico Peaks to the south. This seventy-foot tower is the highest point on the South Rim. The interior walls of the tower feature murals by Hopi artist Fred Kabotie.


Been there done that. It sure is awesome. Loved every thing about that park

One of the most wonderful places on earth. I was in awe at the view down the canyon and the eagles flying overhead. Don't miss the drive out of the east gate to the desert and the indian village ruins nearby.

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