This is the secondary South Rim NP campground. It is at the eastern end of the park about 25 miles from Mather and the main village. Elevation is 7,469 feet. It has a Visitors Center, gas station, rest room, general store and snack bar adjacent to the CG. They are near the famous Watchtower designed by Mary Colter. This complex and the CG are closed in winter. The CG usually opens for the season in mid-May and closes in mid-October. Desert View is FCFS and has 50 sites on one big loop. (Take a site on the outside of the loop so you dont face neighbors across the way.) Roads and site pads are paved with asphalt and are fairly level. The sites are reasonably sized and privacy is good for sites on the outside of the loop. Vegetation is primarily juniper and pinyon pine. The cost is $12 per night (automated self-pay kiosk). There are no hook-ups. Maximum vehicle length is 30 feet. Each site has a table and fire ring. Water is available via spigots on the loop and the rest rooms have flush toilets. The CG does not have showers or a dump station but it does have trash facilities. Generators are permitted between 8:00-10:00 AM and 6:00-8:00 PM. Quiet hours are 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM if I remember correctly. Pets are allowed but be leashed at all times and never left unattended. The CG usually fills by early afternoon. Stays are limited to seven days. Checkout is 11:00 AM. I arrived at 9:38 AM. The place was mostly empty so I could pick a good spot. I took Site 13, which is a pull-through on the outside of the loop and has a lot of space away from the road. The CG was full each night. I liked this place better than Mather because, being smaller and off the beaten path a bit, it was quieter and more relaxed. Here is my campsite at Desert View. Here is the Watchtower, near the Visitors Center.