The scenic, mile-long point is an excellent option for visitors in need of some tranquility.
Pipe Creek Vista, Overlook, Parking & Map, Grand Canyon National Park
It marks the first pullout when traveling from West to East on the Desert View Drive. There are two ways to access the viewpoint – either by using the complimentary shuttle bus that follows the Kaibab route or by using your own vehicle.
From the vista, unobstructed views of Pine Creek are visible, which is a key canyon located between the Bright Angel Trail and Kaibab Trail – both popular trails in the region. Other attractions that are easy to spot include the O’Neill Butte and the Brahma Temple.
The O’Neill Butte stands out, thanks to its towering structure and its rugged sandstone surface. Easily one of the most photographed geologic features in the canyon, O’Neill Butte is easily accessible using the South Kaibab Trail.
On the other hand, the Brahma Temple is a dominant feature of the Grand Canyon and is easily viewable from Pipe Creek Vista. Brahma Temple is one of the most challenging hikes in the park and is only recommended for seasoned canyon hikers.