- The Desert View Visitor Center lies next to the East Rim Entrance Station approximately 25 miles east of Grand Canyon Village. The site consists of several buildings that house a book shop, gift shop, restrooms and the conspicuous watchtower. The watchtower was built by the Fred Harvey Company in 1932, loosely using motifs and designs from ancient and modern native tribes. Today its a bit of a spectacle from the tourist trade era of the West. Nonetheless it's worth the 25 cents to tour the tower and enjoy the views of the surrounding terrain.
The Desert View area will be the first developed portion of the park you'll see if you enter from the east. It is a good place to stop and get some information before reaching Grand Canyon Village. This area of the park is a lot less hectic than Grand Canyon Village and much easier to access.
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