Grand Canyon National Park in Coconino County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
"No language can fully describe, no artist paint the beauty, grandeur, immensity and sublimity of this most wonderful production of Nature's great architect. [Grand Canyon] must be seen to be appreciated."
C.O. Hall, Grand Canyon visitor, 1895.
Reports like this from early tourists aroused curiosity and stimulated Grand Canyon tourism.
The year is 1898, and you have come to decide whether the lofty reports you've heard about Grand Canyon are true. Pete Berry, miner-turned-hotel-manager, greets you here at his Grand View Hotel and escorts you to the canyon rim. Awestruck, you quickly forget your bone-jarring, 12-hour stagecoach ride from Flagstaff. You begin to ponder tomorrow's mule ride into the canyon.
Thus began Grand Canyon tourism. Mining proved only briefly profitable, so a few entrepreneurs like Pete Berry turned to tourists for profits. In 1893 Berry offered crude lodging in a cabin here at Grandview, and began guiding eager, mule-riding patrons into the canyon. In 1897 he built a two-story log hotel, and later added a large frame building.
Until 1901 Grandview was Grand Canyon's most popular
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Natural Features • Roads & Vehicles.
Location. 35° 59.892′ N, 111° 59.27′ W. Marker is in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, in Coconino County. Marker is at Grandview Point, about 0.6 mile NNE of Desert View (East Rim) Drive (Arizona Highway 64). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Grand Canyon AZ 86023, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mining on Horseshoe Mesa (here, next to this marker); Spanish Discovery (approx. 3.6 miles away); Tusayan Museum and Ruin (approx. 6.9 miles away); Tusayan Ruin Trail (approx. 6.9 miles away); The Tusayan Lookout Tree (approx. 8.6 miles away); Horace M. Albright (approx. 8.9 miles away); Mission 66 (approx. 8.9 miles away); Albright Training Center History (approx. 8.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grand Canyon National Park.
Also see . . .
Pete Berry and the Grandview Hotel. (Submitted on January 11, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Grandview Trail. (Submitted on January 11, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Desert View (South Rim) Drive Map. (Submitted on January 11, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 11, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 988 times since then and 56 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week January 11, 2015. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on January 11, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 9. submitted on December 23, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.