Photograph a Grand Canyon Sunset at the Desert View Watchtower


    Added by Edward Webb

    A short 25 mile drive takes you to some of the most beautiful locations for sunset, with far fewer tourists.

    25 miles east of the Grand Canyon Visitor's Center is Desert View, here you will find the Desert View Watchtower and plenty of space to set up a tripod to photograph the sunset. Make sure to arrive early to get a good spot, even though this location is less trafficked compared to the Visitor's Center.

    Desert View is open year round, but do take note that the road is not maintained in the winter so sometimes the NPS does close the road. This happened to me 3 years ago in March and I was not able to visit the Desert View Watchtower until 2017.

    There is also a seasonal campground that is typically open from mid-April through mid-October, and I highly suggest camping outside of the Visitor's Center if that is your plan.

    Pro Tip: The sun casts colors all over the Grand Canyon, so don't keep your eyes peeled on just one spot. Depending on the day you could see great color in the wall of the Canyon to the east or to the west! 

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    A Grand Canyon must

    Not only is a cool place on the Grand Canyon, it's kind of mandatory to view and capture a sunset from the watchtower. You'll find pictures of them everywhere on the internet, but everyone needs their own.

    Perfect time for photos

    Sunsets at the canyon are incredible. Bring your camera and enjoy the amazing colors!

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