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The Grand Canyon – Desert View – East Entrance

September 18, 2017
Grand Canyon Desert View

Grand Canyon Desert View

We recently visited the wonderful city of Flagstaff, Arizona while on a cross-country road trip.  We got an early start on a Sunday morning and headed north to the Grand Canyon.

Grand Canyon Desert View

We decided to take the scenic route on 89N through the Coconino Forest.  Once you arrive in the town of Cameron you turn towards the Grand Canyon on AZ-64.  I believe there was a gas station in Cameron and a few stores but once you turn on AZ-64 there aren’t any gas stations and the road is about 30 miles to the park.  The drive is absolutely beautiful.

Grand Canyon Desert View

The drive takes about an hour and 35 minutes and is 82 miles to the East entrance of the Grand Canyon which is also called Desert View.

Grand Canyon Desert View

When I was doing my research about the Grand Canyon I kept reading that this entrance is less visited so that is exactly why I picked it!  It is still considered the south rim and once you are inside the park you can drive to the more commonly visited village.  However, we didn’t choose to do that!

Grand Canyon Desert View

We loved that we could fill up our water bottles from the billboard display.

Grand Canyon Desert View

There are nice shade canopy areas with benches so you can stop and take a break if you want.  We arrived very early so we practically had the park to ourselves!

Grand Canyon Desert View

There is a trading post and another general store along with bathrooms.

Grand Canyon Desert View

Grand Canyon Desert View

Grand Canyon Desert View

Grand Canyon Desert View

Grand Canyon Desert View

Grand Canyon Desert View

Grand Canyon Desert View

Grand Canyon Desert View

Grand Canyon Desert View

Grand Canyon Desert View

The watchtower is pretty amazing!

Grand Canyon Desert View

Grand Canyon Desert View

Grand Canyon Desert View

Grand Canyon Desert View

Grand Canyon Desert View

There is a small store on the main level and a place for demonstrations.

Grand Canyon Desert View

Grand Canyon Desert View

Grand Canyon Desert View

Grand Canyon Desert View

You can climb to the top of the tower!  The views are stunning from the top!

Grand Canyon Desert View

Grand Canyon Desert View

Grand Canyon Desert View

Grand Canyon Desert View

Grand Canyon Desert View

Grand Canyon Desert View

The inside of the tower is pretty amazing also.  It is very hot inside the tower so that’s another reason to get an early start!

Grand Canyon Desert View

Grand Canyon Desert View

Grand Canyon Desert View

Grand Canyon Desert View

We enjoyed a nice breakfast at the general store before we left the park.

Grand Canyon Desert View

Grand Canyon Desert View

Grand Canyon Desert View

Grand Canyon Desert View

Grand Canyon Desert View

Grand Canyon Desert View

Grand Canyon Desert View

I’m very glad that we visited the East entrance / Desert View part of the Grand Canyon.  Years ago, we did the north rim so I guess all I have left is visiting the village!

I will have more information about Flagstaff soon.  I highly suggest making that part of your trip to the Canyon!

For more of our adventures at the Grand Canyon check here and here!

 

Crystal

Grand Canyon Desert View

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1 Comment

  • Reply Ashley September 18, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    This is so cool! I really need to get out West!
    Ashley @ A Cute Angle // acutelifestyle.BlogSpot.com

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