Grand Canyon

National Park.

Northern Arizona.

Established in 1919

    “The greatest example of erosion and the most sublime spectacle in the world.”

                                           National Park Service report, 1920

L. Wing and his Metz 22 Speedster at El Tovar Point in 1914. Photograph courtesy of the National Park Service, Grand Canyon National Park.

Visitors to the Lookout Studio in 1915

   “The approach roads to the Grand Canyon National Park are a disgrace to the State of Arizona and Coconino County. While they can be called fair roads in this locality and among persons accustomed to desert travel, they seem almost impassible to the Californian and eastern tourists. On account of these roads probably 60 per cent of the transcontinental auto tourists do not come to the park.” National Park Service report, 1920


Located 25 miles east of Grand Canyon Village, the Watchtower at Desert View is literally the high point on the South Rim Drive. The eight mile road west of the village, to Hermit’s Rest, was opened in 1913 by the Santa Fe Railroad. The Watchtower and Hermit’ Rest, as well as the Hopi House, Lookout Studio, and Bright Angel Lodge, were designed by Mary Colter

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