Grand Canyon West
Unlike the South and North Rim, Grand Canyon West is not part of the Grand Canyon National Park. It is located on the Hualapai Indian Reservation at the western Grand Canyon corridor about 120 miles east of Las Vegas and about 72 miles northwest of Kingman, Arizona. Because the West Rim is located much closer to Las Vegas than the South Rim, a great many tourists and tours originate from Las Vegas. However, since the opening of SkyWalk at Grand Canyon West, tourist visits have dramatically increased from many directions.
Tours that include group transportation are usually most convenient since the area is in a remote wilderness region. There are no gas stations, convenience markets or fast food services at Grand Canyon West. There is also about a 14 mile stretch of unpaved road leading into the Hualapai Reservation at the the West Rim. It is an anticipated that the road will be paved in the near future. If you elect to drive your own vehicle, make sure it is in good working order.
There is also a "Park & Ride" from Dolan Springs, Az which is about a one hour drive from Las Vegas. Just park you vehicle and a shuttle will take you the rest of the way to the West Rim.
Grand Canyon West Attractions
Grand Canyon West is a travel destination that promotes the cultural experience of visiting the Hualapai Reservation and the striking views at the western rim of the Grand Canyon. Its most known attraction is the recently built SkyWalk which is a glass bridge that juts out into open space from the canyon edge. With nothing but glass under your two feet, it's almost like walking out into "air" suspended 4,000 feet above the canyon floor and the Colorado River. It is an amazing sensation with 360 degree, incredible views.
Other attractions include The Indian Village with authentic dwellings. It also features The Hualapai Ranch, a western theme town with horseback and wagon rides. Grand Canyon West is the place within the Grand Canyon where visitors can access the Colorado River at the bottom of the canyon on a helicopter.
Tours and River Rafting
The Hualapai operates the only one-day rafting trip through the western portion of the Grand Canyon. Hummer tours are available along the canyon rim and through private reservation areas that are not accessible to the public. There are also over 30 tour and transportation services that feature guided tours and/or group transportation from Las Vegas, Phoenix and Sedona including airplane, helicopter, bus coach, SUV and Hummer convenience.
Accommodations & Lodging
The Hualapai has a lodge on Historic Route 66. Call 1-877-716-9378 for inquiries and reservations. Kingman hotels and motels are the nearest accommodations about 72 miles from Grand Canyon West.
Directions To Grand Canyon West
From Flagstaff Az. About 225 miles. Take I-40 West to Kingman and then North on Stockton Hill Road to Pierce Ferry Road. Take Pearce Ferry North to Diamond Bar Road. Go East on Diamond Bar which will end at the Grand Canyon West Airport where you can take the Park & Ride Shuttle to the West Rim and the SkyWalk.
From Las Vegas. About 120 miles. Take US 93 Southeast across Hoover Dam. Continue to Pierce Ferry Rd, between mile markers 41 & 42, and turn left. Take Pierce Ferry Rd 29 miles to Diamond Bar Road. Turn right (east) on Diamond Bar which will end at the Grand Canyon West Airport where you can take the Park & Ride Shuttle to the West Rim and the SkyWalk.
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