Francine In Retirement
Seeing Life Through Photography





There are many lookout points or observation areas located in The Grand Canyon National Park.  All of them provide a magnificent view of the canyons.  On our tour through the canyons we encountered a sudden rain storm of lightening and thunder.  We sought shelter within the Watchtower at Desert View a 70-foot (21 m)-high stone building located on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon that still offered us a inside view of the canyons below.

The tower rises as an open shaft lined by circular balconies overlooking the central space.  Access from balcony to balcony is provided by small stairways.  At the top the space is decked over, creating an enclosed observation level with large glazed windows. An open observation area on the roof of this space is now closed to visitors and is used for radio equipment. The steel and concrete structure of the observation level is concealed behind plaster, stone and wood. The tower is decorated by bold murals by Hopi artist Frank Kabotie, with other, petroglyph-style decorations by Fred Greer. Small windows in the tower’s shaft let beams of light into the lower space.  The four-story structure, completed in 1932, was designed by American architect Mary Colter, an employee of the Fred Harvey Company who also created and designed many other buildings in the Grand Canyon vicinity including Hermit’s Rest and the Lookout Studio

Next stop Jerome and Sedona.  Be on the watch




  1. You’ve made me want to go back to Grand Canyon, and spend a bit more time than I was able to, the last time we were there. Great photos, Francine.

  2. Interesting side of Grand Canyon

  3. What an amazing place. Thanks for sharing the photos, Francine. Very nice.

  4. I love the arrtwork!

  5. What a remarkable place to visit! Hard to believe it is here, on Earth, and not some distant planet. As always, Francine, your photography is beautiful.

  6. Everything is very open with a clear clarification of the
    challenges. It was really informative. Your website is very useful.
    Many thanks for sharing!

  7. Francine, this is a much nicer and more modern-day version of my watchtower at Misfat al Abriyyin! At least you can go inside of it without fear of it toppling down on top of you! And it has an observation area and stairways inside. I love the video and that snappy little song too! 🙂

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