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The Grand Canyon - The Watch Tower

Updated on January 3, 2015
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The author is an amateur artist and photographer that loves to travel with her husband of 35 years.

The Grand Canyon - The Watchtower

The Grand Canyon

For those of you that have read my Bucket List, you know that it has long been a dream of my husband and I to see the Grand Canyon. We finally did it, we made it to the Grand Canyon in mid March of 2009!

The Grand Canyon is absolutely incredible. It is so immense, it is absolutely huge. You gaze across this massive expanse of canyon and can not even take in how far you are actually looking. Mountain peaks that seem just a few miles across are over 70 miles in the distance.

The colors of the Canyon are just incredible and ever changing. Even though so many take pictures from the same view points along the way, the different times of day change it. The different seasons and weather patterns change the Canyon.

Even as you look down into the Canyon, you continue to see more and more of it.

You realize way down at the bottom, that muddy river is the Colorado River. The river that played such a huge part in carving this massive expanse through the rock. The river looks so tiny from a mile above.

You see the square hole in the side of a Butte and discover that hole is actually the opening to a mine.

A yellow dot on a smooth green grass and dirt covered flat top of one of the walls of the canyon, turns into a tent through your looking glass, be it binoculars or your camera's lens. Closer inspection reveals the trail that leads to that tent and a hiker moving along it. You imagine the return trip they will have coming back up the nine mile switchbacks to the top of the south rim. One wonders just how warm it is down at the bottom in March, as you stand in 60 degree F, and just read that the bottom of the Canyon is on average 30 degrees warmer than the top of the rim. Is it really 90 degrees already?

What looks like a completely uninhabited Canyon at first glance, changes as you look further and realize there is a few old buildings of a camp in that little crevice between two walls. We read that people make reservations one to two years in advance to camp there.

Come join me on this photo series of tours of the Grandest of all Canyons. But if you think that through these pictures you have seen the Grand Canyon in full, I will honestly tell you that nothing can compare to standing on the rim of the Grand Canyon and experiencing the silent awe of looking across its beautiful span, millions of years of layers of rock, miles of distance, a palette of colors painted by the Colorado, the wind, the weather and time.

We begin our tour from the East Entrance to the Grand Canyon's South Rim. The Watch Tower on this page. Then off to the Peaks of Grand Canyon, to The Tusayan Ruins, the Colors of the Grand Canyon, and the last in the Series is the Museum at the Grand Canyon. Links shown at the end of this page. Enjoy this unique perspective of the Grand Canyon.

The Watch Tower
The Watch Tower

The first view of the Watchtower

As you approach the Watchtower, this is the first view of it. Honestly it looked a little unstable, I think it is the way they built it with the rocks jetting out of it.

The holes on the top rim of the roof almost look as if it is falling apart. But on closer inspection it seems quite sturdy, and well built.

The WatchTower

The WatchTower
The WatchTower
My favorite view of the watchtower
My favorite view of the watchtower

The Watchtower in Grand Canyon

The Watchtower in Grand Canyon

This is my favorite photograph of the Watchtower backlit by the sunshine, towering over us as the Watchtower stands tall, like a sentinal watching the Grand Canyon.

The structure is amazing.

Architect drawings of the Watchtower

Architect drawings of the Watchtower
Architect drawings of the Watchtower

Inside wall of the Watchtower

Inside wall of the Watchtower
Inside wall of the Watchtower

Paintings on the wall of the Watchtower

Paintings on the wall of the Watchtower
Paintings on the wall of the Watchtower

Old photographs of the artist at work in the Watchtower when it was built

This is a photo of Hopi artist, Fred Kabotie at work in the Watchtower when it was created. In this photo he is painting the Snake Legend, just one of the many murals he painted that you see in the above photo's and those below.

Old photographs of the artist at work in the Watchtower

Old photographs of the artist at work in the Watchtower
Old photographs of the artist at work in the Watchtower

Antique furniture inside the Watchtower

Antique furniture inside the Watchtower
Antique furniture inside the Watchtower

Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter, the designer of the Watchtower

Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter, the designer of the Watchtower
Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter, the designer of the Watchtower

Looking up from the bottom floor towards the second story of the Watchtower

Looking up from the bottom floor towards the second story of the Watchtower
Looking up from the bottom floor towards the second story of the Watchtower

The ceiling of the Watchtower

The ceiling of the Watchtower
The ceiling of the Watchtower

The ceiling of the Watchtower

Looking up through the 1st and 2nd parapets of the Watchtower to the ceiling painted by Hopi Artist, Fred Kabotie.

Old pottery and paintings in the Watchtower at the Grand Canyon

Old pottery and paintings in the Watchtower at the Grand Canyon
Old pottery and paintings in the Watchtower at the Grand Canyon

The San Francisco Peaks

The San Francisco Peaks
The San Francisco Peaks

The San Francisco Peaks

As you leave the watchtower area this view of the San Francisco Peaks opens up between the trees. It is a gorgeous mountain that overlooks the Grand Canyon area.

Humphreys Peak is the tallest point you see in this picture. It is 12,633 feet high. It is part of the San Francisco Peaks, a mountain range which were once active volcano's. They were formed in the past six million years, and the last known volcanic activity was around 1000 years ago.

The Hopi Indians (modern spiritual descendants of the ancient Pueblo Indians that once inhabited the Grand Canyon) view these mountains spiritually. They believe they are the dwelling place of their ancestral spirits, the Kachinas.

The Watchtower from a distance at the next view point

The Watchtower from a distance at the next view point
The Watchtower from a distance at the next view point

Thank you for taking the time to stop by to learn a few facts about visiting the Grand Canyon, I really appreciate you! Please drop a note below so that I know you were here.

Thank you,

Linda

© 2009 Linda Hoxie

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      nightbear lm 8 years ago

      Extraordinary! Just love it, Your pictures are as usual stunning. Great job, Glad you had a good time, Linda.

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      rewards4life info 8 years ago

      I felt like I was there with you. An amazing place!

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Very unusual pictures. I was at the Grand Canyon years ago. The Watch Tower is amazing.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I am so pleased that you realised your dream of visiting the Grand Canyon Linda - I do envy you!

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      Debbie 8 years ago from England

      I'm so glad you had such a wonderful trip. I'll read the other lenses about your wonderful journey in the coming days :)

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      Debbie 8 years ago from England

      I'm so glad you had such a wonderful trip. I'll read the other lenses about your wonderful journey in the coming days :)

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      AlisonMeacham 8 years ago

      A beautiful lens. Squid Angel Blessings to you,

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      Jimmie Lanley 8 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Oh, this is so fun, I'm going to the Grand Canyon with you! It's like I've stowed away in your camera bag.

      Off to #2...

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      I'm in awe of this lens! And there's four more?? I'm really impressed by this!

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      I'd love to see your Grand Canyon and other National Parks lenses added to the National Parks group!

      http://www.squidoo.com/groups/national-parks

      Thanks, hope to see you there!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      A must see when you're planning to visit The Grand Canyon.

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      TerriLorah 8 years ago

      This is a really nice lens and the photos are astounding. Thankyou for sharing such beautiful work. 5*****

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      klaird 5 years ago

      I've read all your Grand Canyon lenses, and I've featured them on "My Grand Canyon Hike to the Bottom" lens. Great Job, love all your pictures! Isn't it so beautiful!

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