Monday, June 22, 2015

Watch Tower, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Perched near the east edge of the Grand Canyon is a 70' tall tower made of local stone. It was built in the 1930s in the style of Indian pueblos, kivas and other dwellings of the southwest. It contains four stories, with a winding staircase on the inside walls.


The tower is decorated with various recreated petroglyphs and pictographs, wall paintings, all recreated from Indian dwellings. The tower was designed by Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter, who also designed another building in the Grand Canyon National Park.


The ceiling on the top floor has many reproductions of paintings and other Indian-like drawings and can be seen from the bottom floors.


A few chairs that were made from natural products, wood and animal hides, were inside the structure, with strict signs not to sit in them.

It was a wonderful structure and a great view of the Grand Canyon from inside. This National Park takes days to explore, if you want to see the highlights.


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