Grand Canyon West is the name of the destination at the West Rim. This is not part of the National Park, and is located within the Hualapai Reservation. This is the location of the Skywalk glass bridge. Admission to Grand Canyon West must be purchased at the entrance and is not associated with any National Park fees or passes.
Grand Canyon West is managed by the Hualapai Indian tribe. It is located 240 miles west of the South Rim, about a 4.5 hour drive. When traveling from Las Vegas, this is the closest part of the Grand Canyon, with a drive of just over 2 hours. Many day visitors from Las Vegas choose this destination due to its proximity. Grand Canyon West Tours are available from Las Vegas.
Inside Grand Canyon West, there are different viewpoints such as Eagle Point and Guano Point, as well as recreations of Native American Dwellings with arts, crafts and jewelry on display and for sale. There is also Hualapai Ranch, offering food, mechanical bull riding and zipline. The Ranch also offers a number of cabins for overnight guests.
The Skywalk is a glass bridge about 10 feet wide and stretches 70 feet out over the edge of the Grand Canyon. Guests cannot bring bags, purses or cameras on the Skywalk, but these items can be secured in a locker. Professional photos are available for purchase after your Skywalk visit.
West Rim Highlights
- Optional upgrade to include Skywalk Glass Bridge
- Separate admission fees
- Closest drive from Las Vegas
- Optional zipline and mechanical bull riding
- Native American cultural displays