The Indian Watchtower sits out on a promontory overlooking the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. From a distance, the building's silhouette looks like the Anasazi watchtower it was meant to mimic. As Virginia L. Grattan wrote in Mary Colter Builder Upon the Red Earth, "The Indian watchtower at Desert View was not a copy, but what Colter called a 're-creation' of an Indian watchtower." Standing at 70 feet, with a 30-foot base, the tower is unique in having a concrete foundation and steel framework well-hidden in the stones of the tower. The ground level of the tower is a large, round observation room with a spectacular view of the Grand Canyon. Upstairs, the Hopi Room presents paintings by Hopi artist Fred Kabotie, who took the room's theme from the Hopi Snake Dance. An outdoor observation deck is directly above the observation room.
Photo captured May 8, 2013.
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