L is not sure she’d been to Desert View before. Certainly not when she was there 30 years ago but more possibly when she was there when she was around 12. The site was on the way out of the Park for D and L, so they stopped.
Arizona State University’s coverage of the Canyon’s cultural history explains just what Desert View is: “Near the eastern edge of Grand Canyon National Park, where the Colorado River begins to turn north and the Painted Desert stretches toward the Navajo and Hopi Reservations, a 70-foot-tall circular stone structure perched on the South Rim draws visitors’ attention. What at first glance appears to be an ancient Native American ruin, made with reddish sandstone, this tallest structure on the South Rim is actually a well-planned, relatively modern building  that architect Mary Colter designed for the Fred Harvey Company.
Photo of Watchtower by Dennis Nugent; photo of L and D but fellow tourist