The first thing that caught my eye was the ample parking lot with plenty of space for vehicles, and the round watchtower made of stone. It was so hot that I went at once to a large store that had a little of everything...but what I really wanted was the air conditioning. After buying a bottle of cold water, I dared to venture out again. Under the burning sun, I found spectacular views of the Grand Canyon where the Colorado River twists as it changes its course to the north. The watchtower was designed by Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter, who also designed many other buildings around the area, earning her the nickname of the Official Architect of the Grand Canyon.