When you want to plan a trip to the Grand Canyon, it is important to decide which specific area will be the best option for you. There is a variety of factors that set each area apart, such as distance, accessibility, available services, weather, time of year and transportation options. Each rim or area has advantages and unique features. Grand Canyon West may surprise you with what it can offer.
Walk on the Sky
Have you ever walked on a Glass Bridge? What about over the edge of the Grand Canyon? You can enjoy this breathtaking experience at Grand Canyon West. You can literally walk past the edge of the canyon wall, suspended on a glass walkway that curves out over the side. You can look down below you right through the glass floor. You will feel suspended in the air and enjoy a feeling you have not had before, but will always remember. Join a Grand Canyon Tour to walk on glass over the edge of the Grand Canyon!
Grand Canyon West is a section of the Grand Canyon that is part of the Hualapai Nation, and includes a variety of cultural and historical aspects in addition to amazing views along the rim. You can walk around and inside of typical dwellings in the Native American Village. The Hualapai Bird Singers offer storytelling through song, dance and beautiful costumes to carry on the traditions of the Hualapai Nation. Shop for Native American treasures, including handcrafted jewelry and weavings made by the Hualapai, Mojave and Hopi tribes.
Short Drive from Las Vegas
Grand Canyon West is the closest section of the Grand Canyon when driving from Las Vegas. This makes it a natural choice for many visitors who would like to experience one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, with an easy Day Trip from Las Vegas. The one-way drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon West is about 2.5 hours, instead of the 4.5-hour drive to the South Rim or the North Rim.
Experience the Grand Canyon Sunset
Since Grand Canyon West is a closer journey from Las Vegas, it makes a perfect setting for a visit during Sunset. National Park Express offers a unique Grand Canyon Sunset Tour which is touted as “The Best Show in Las Vegas.” The way to improve the scenic views of the majestic canyon, is to add the light of sunset. Arrive before the sun goes down, and look around in the daylight for a time, before settling down into a comfortable camp chair to watch the grand finale.
See the Colorado River Below
From other areas of the Grand Canyon, it is often difficult to see the Colorado River at the bottom of the canyon. But at Grand Canyon West, you will enjoy views of the famous river far below. The river’s headwaters are in Colorado and meander through the Southwest United States and end in the Sea of Cortez in Mexico. The river is the center of the canyon, and it is exciting to view it from the rim at the West Rim.
To add another level of excitement as well as superb views from above, you can choose to add a helicopter ride above the Grand Canyon. You can even select a tour that includes landing at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, to be able to look up the canyon walls and see the Colorado River up close.
Cabins at Grand Canyon West
Choose to stay overnight in a rustic cabin, and enjoy a sunset and sunrise from your porch. In this peaceful setting you can marvel at stars in the dark skies and enjoy the peaceful night time setting at the Grand Canyon. Cabins are available for single through quad, or up to six people in a cabin suite.