Desert View Watchtower

Desert View Watchtower – Grand Canyon National Park


Date of Visit: Tuesday November 10th, 2015

Attractions/Places of Interest:

The Desert View Watchtower is one of those spots that is easy to get to; you just drive into a parking lot and walk a few hundred feet towards a lookout point. Since the view is spectacular and much effort is not needed to get here, it is naturally flooded with people even in the off season. I don’t even want to know what this looks like in the summer. There is no hiking involved which was a nice change since we were all pretty tired at this point. Entering the tower is free; inside you will find a small museum and gift shop, however don’t come with high expectations of a variety of souvenirs – I recommend the visitor’s center and shops in Grand Canyon Village for that. The view from the lookout area makes for a spectacular panoramic shot and realistically you only need a few minutes here. We were back on the road towards Page, AZ after about 20 minutes. Next stop: Upper Antelope Canyon.

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Photo and Travel Gear:

Similar to every other photo viewpoint you will find in the Grand Canyon, you can walk away with some great images no matter what focal length you choose to shoot with here. The lookout point provides a very vast and wide 180° view. Since I knew I would be stitching a panorama anyway, I decided to use my Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 as it is my sharpest lens I own in that range. Feel free to get creative here with a telephoto like the Nikon 70-200 f/2.8. Depending on atmospheric conditions, you may find a polarizing filter very helpful. I was lucky with clear skies and did not need one. Using Lightroom’s dehazing filter was more than adequate here.


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