Desert View Grand Canyon
Desert View at Grand Canyon national Park is the location of both a scenic overlook and services, as well as the Desert View Watchtower. Desert View Drive is the road from Grand Canyon Village to Desert View. Desert View is appealing if you would prefer to skip the park’s free shuttle buses since this is the only scenic road on the South Rim that is open to private vehicles. Large RVs and buses are prohibited at several of the smaller overlook parking lots. There is generally enough parking as you drive from scenic point to scenic point, but early morning is usually the least crowded time of day. Overlook can become crowded right before sunset, especially at Lipan Point and Desert View. Desert View Drive entrance station is much less crowded than the South Entrance station, making it an ideal option for those coming from the east to get into the park faster. Read the guide below to learn more or check out our South Rim map to see all the Desert View Drive and South Rim attractions and destinations.