Grand Canyon National Park Cloud Inversion from Desert View: November 29, 2013 photo 0801
A rare total inversion was seen on November 29, 2013 by visitors to Grand Canyon National Park. This view is of the Desert View Watchtower near Desert View Point on the South Rim. Cloud inversions are formed through the interaction of warm and cold air masses. NPS photo by Erin Huggins.
The Watchtower is located at Desert View, the eastern-most developed area on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Recognized as a National Historic Landmark, the tower was constructed in 1932. Architect Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter’s design takes its influences from the architecture of the ancestral Puebloan people of the Colorado Plateau. She collaborated on the design with Native American artisans of the time, including well-known Hopi artist Fred Kabotie whose murals adorn much of the second level of the tower.
View historic photos of the watchtower here:
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