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Grand Canyon West

There are many places in America that people should see at least once in a lifetime and the Grand Canyon is one of them. Why? Because the natural beauty of the canyon is unlike anything you've seen before. However, there are ways in which to enjoy this scenic gem that are more exciting than others and this is where Grand Canyon West comes in.

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Things to Do at Grand Canyon West

Grand Canyon West, while part of the Grand Canyon, is just a fraction of it. Much of this natural wonder is inside Grand Canyon National Park and can be accessed via the South Rim and the North Rim. However, if you are looking for something more than wonderful and breathtaking views, then you might want to consider Grand Canyon West.

At Grand Canyon West, you'll get the exclusive opportunity to interact with members of the Hualapai Indian Tribe, partake in their unique culture, enjoy their delicious cuisine and shop their prized handicrafts. Lodging is available for those interested in extending their visit.

Grand Canyon Skywalk

One of Grand Canyon West's finest attractions is the Skywalk Bridge. This glass-bottomed, cantilevered walkway is the most unique viewpoint in all the Grand Canyon. The bridge extends 70 feet out over the ledge while rising 4,000 feet above the Colorado River. The sensation you get from viewing canyon's base through a transparent floor is both thrilling and intimidating. Unless you're able to fly, you'll be hard pressed to find a view of the Grand Canyon equal to this one.

Grand Canyon West is also home to some spectacular natural lookouts. Eagle Point, located just south of the Glass Walkway, is a must-do. The ridge directly east of the lookout resembles an eagle with its wings spread. The area is peppered with deep crevasses that are identified only by pylons. There are no guardrails here, either. Great place for pictures but use caution.

grand canyon west guano point

Guano Point is the other famous lookout. Bat guano, which is used in fertilizer and gunpowder, was successfully mined here for years. Today, you'll find relics of this mining operation, specifically the rigging for a cable car that transported workers across the gorge. The point is great for short walks, and it's also the place where many tours stop for a buffet-style lunch.

Cowboy Up at Hualapai Ranch!

The other noteworthy attraction is Hualapai Ranch. Named after the tribe that operates Grand Canyon West, this place is a ranch that recreates the Old West, replete with gun-toting cowboys, spirited horses and lumbering cattle. Wagon rides, dining and shopping are available. The 19th Century feel of the place makes Hualapai Ranch a must-see when visiting Grand Canyon West.

The basic cost of admission to Grand Canyon West starts at $29.99 per person. You can self-drive but don't take the 120-mile trip from Vegas for granted. The final 10 miles are on a rough dirt road. If you do this, I highly recommend you rent a Sport Utility Vehicle with some clearance. Get insurance on the vehicle and make sure your gas tank is full when you turn off the main highway.

Best West Rim Tours

Frankly, I tell my readers to consider taking an all-inclusive tour. It's safer, cheaper and more fun. These trips typically come with a guide, lunch and pre-paid Park fees. Bookmark these links as you shop the Internet:

  1. Grand Canyon West Rim Bus

  2. Grand Canyon West Rim Helicopter

  3. Grand Canyon West Rim Airplane

grand canyon west sky walk

I hope you make it out to the West Rim. The area is rugged, beautiful and vast. There are plenty of things to do for the entire family, too. Make sure to bring sunscreen, water and a brimmed hat. It gets hot out here. Then get ready to enjoy a part of the canyon that can charm the most experienced traveler.

Parting Words...

I hope you make it out to the West Rim. The area is rugged, beautiful and vast. There are plenty of things to do for the entire family, too. Make sure to bring sunscreen, water and a brimmed hat. It gets hot out here. Then get ready to enjoy a part of the canyon that can charm the most experienced traveler.

Have a Grand Day,

P.S. The best multi-dimensional Grand Canyon West experience? Try the West Rim smooth-water rafting tour. It starts with a helicopter ride to the bottom of the canyon followed by an 11-mile float trip to Willow Beach.

 


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