May 29th, 2023
We took the drive on route 64 from the east entrance of the Grand Canyon to the entrance. We were hoping to see more of the park and avoid the larger crowds and the host on our Grand Canyon Railway said that this was his recommendation
It took awhile to get to the east entrance from our campground in Williams, but it was worth it and even the drive there was beautiful.
From the east, you enter the national park near the Desert View watchtower and viewpoint.
The Desert View Watchtower is a 70 foot tall that was designed by Mary Colter. Colter also designed many other buildings in the Grand Canyon area.
There are several lookouts from the tower and some inside are some interesting rooms and original furniture from the 1930s. It’s a hike to the top, and you need to get a timed entry ticket, but it’s worth the effort!
After the Desert View area, we stopped at several other gorgeous viewpoints along the 20 mile drive.
We ended the day near dusk at Grandview Point where we were able to catch some beautiful sunset shots!
If you want to stay away from the crowds at the main south entrance and Grand Canyon village – head east!