A room with a view. A view to die for. A bird’s eye
view. Different point-of-view. But which one is
the best? How about combining them all into
How about combining them all into one? The
Grand Canyon is choc-a-bloc with lookout points
that let you gaze upon its magnificence. But which
are the ones the leave you filled with an
omnipresent sense of awe; of childlike wonder
and a sense that the world is so much bigger than
our own little bubbles?
Points to Ponder
Grand Canyon's Top 10 Lookout
Which are the lookout points that
truly make you ponder?
Let us help you on your quest, for here are a few Grand Canyon Attractions that will create
“quite the scene”, if you can pardon our pun.
Standing tall at 7,400 feet (2250 meters),
Grandview Point is one of the highest
points on the South Rim.
Head east to the Yaki Point, the first marked
view point on the East Rim. Get an unobstructed
glimpse the east side of Grand Canyon.
For heart-hy and rustic views, head to the lookout studio. Perched at the Canyon’s edge near Bright
Angel Lodge in the South Rim, The lookout Studio provides plenty of photo opportunities of the endless
photo ops of the panoramic vistas which lie ahead.
From the South Rim, look down onto to the serpentine Colorado River and spot the Phantom Ranch.
This popular lookout point offers views of the North Kaibab and Bright Angel Trails as well. For a closer
look into the canyons various Geological delights, there is an array of observation scopes places along
Along the South Rim is a point where you can get unobstructed views of two prominent pinnacles -
Vishnu Temple and Temple of Zoroaster. Excellent for viewing sunsets, this lookout points affords a view
of almost quarter of the entire Grand Canyon.
Moran Point gives you fantastic views of the Red Canyon. Further along, you can glimpse on the
swirling waters of the Hakatai Rapids, a famous stretch of white water. Make sure you lookout for the
Sinking Ship, a fascinating geological formation which appears to do just that when silhouetted against
the setting sun.
The Desert View & Watchtower are structures built by Mary Colter way back in 1932, which almost
seem to blend into the landscape. With its natural architecture, the tower blends in beautifully with the
backdrop and provides fantastic views of the River, The San Francisco Peaks and the Painted Desert.
Desert View & Watchtower
Further across the Desert View point is Marble Canyon, part of the Vermillion Cliffs National
Monument. Watch swirling ripples of dynamic color transform the thousand foot cliffs, daubing brush
strokes of orange, vermillion, red and purple as the sun sets.
Overlooking the eastern Grand Canyon and Painted Desert, this viewpoint is the highest on the North
Rim overlooks Point Imperial and is a great spot for the shutterbugs as well as zealous hikers to capture
the sun as it awakes.
What’s great about this point is its amazing package deal – View a spectacular sunset, a winding
Colorado River, the inner Gorge with its interesting geological layers, and the Grand Canyon Supergroup
– a collection of mesmerizing sedimentary rock formations. It can’t get better than this.
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