In the early 1900's, Mary Colter worked as one of the few women architects in a then male-dominated field. She is now often referred to as the architect of the southwest. She is responsible for several structures in the Grand Canyon, but her signature piece is the Watchtower at Desert View.
The Mary Colter Watchtower is near the east entrance (South Rim) of the Grand Canyon. We entered through the south entrance and so had to drive about 20-ish miles. Along the way we stopped off to see the Tusayan Ruins.
Only the foundations are left.
Kiva Ruins --a kiva is a large circular building used for ceremonial purposes.
We continued onto our intended destination and arrived in time to see elk grazing near the watchtower.
It took millions of years, but this is what the Colorado River has created: a very grand canyon! "A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence." - Jim Watkins
Inside are several floors with wraparound views of the canyon:
The first floor consists of a gift shop.
View from the top of the Watchtower.
The first time we visited the Grand Canyon, we had no inkling that there was a Watchtower. In fact, the map/brochure given out doesn't even make any references to it. Perhaps this is done on purpose but it's actually pretty nice --the Watchtower is no where near as crowded as the main entrance and main view points.
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