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“Grand Canyon West”
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Grand Canyon West
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Grand Canyon Resort Corporation is owned by the Hualapai Indian Tribe and is located in Peach Springs, Arizona. In 1988, the Hualapai Indian Tribe, which has occupied the land since 1883, established GCRC, welcoming millions of visitors each year to tour the area, including the nearby lodge, ranch, River Runners and Grand Canyon West. To further increase tourism in the area, the Grand Canyon Skywalk was built in 2007. The Skywalk is a glass, horseshoe-shaped bridge that enables visitors to walk beyond the canyon walls at Grand Canyon West, suspending them 4,000 feet above the riverbed and providing an unparalleled view of this natural wonder.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed July 27, 2013

The west rim of the Grand Canyon is a great option if you're travelling on a day trip from Las Vegas. To go to the National Park, you're looking at a 4 hours drive, the Grand Canyon West is just a little over 2 hours from the Las Vegas strip. We travelled on June 24. The road leading into the reserve is under construction but passible. There's a number of miles that are loose gravel - if you're in your own car (not a rental) and you're fond of your paint job I would not recommend it. I'm assuming by next year, it will be smooth sailing the whole way. When you get to the welcome center you'll have to park your car and take one of the busses to the various view points. Leave you're booze and firearms at home. The Hualapai don't allow either on their reserve land; we lost a dozen ice cold beers to the security guards, they wouldn't even let us leave them in the car, a sad sad setback on a 110 degree day. After recovering from the loss of our refreshments, the next surprise was the cost to enter. We went the cheapest way, just taking the bus to the various viewpoints which set us back about 45 dollars per person. If you want any extras, like the skywalk or a guided tour, the price climbs from there. There's even short helicopter rides that you can take on site. So, now for the reason we went, to see the canyon itself. No matter how many pictures you've seen, seeing it in person is breathtaking! If it hadn't been so hot, I could have stayed all day just taking in the views. I was shocked at the fact that there isn't any guard rails; you can literally walk right up to the edge and boy some people are pretty daring! Family's with small children, teetering on the rim, just to get a photo; not my cup of tea, but if you're adventuresome, there's no rules for where you can and can't explore. Overall, I would say it was a great choice for us, a scenic view on the trip in and a spectacular view of the canyon overall.

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Reviewed July 26, 2013

We chose this trip from a tour company (Airbridge..Gray Lines..Viator...who knows?!?!) because it was closer to Vegas than other parts of the GC. We were not aware that it is not part of the National Park, but rather the Hualapai reservation. Our tour package included a bus ride with a stop at the Hoover Dam (about 15 minutes) and lunch. We added the Skywalk and helicopter/boat tour which added close to $500 to the already pricey base tour. The bus ride out was difficult, especially the unpaved part. Our "lunch" was disgusting slop. We felt like we were in a soup kitchen. The Skywalk was a waste of time. The highlight of our tour was the heli & boat ride. Be prepared to wait, wait, wait. The place is staffed by kids, so nothing is very organized or professional. If I had to do it over, I would have gone to Grand Canyon National Park.

2  Thank lizmc1775
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

LOCATION – We brought along our GPS to get directions to the Grand Canyon South Rim, with the SkyWalk “feature”. Our day began at the Hoover Dam, so we were already approximately 45 minutes into the drive when we began to the canyon. It is a long drive to get to the West Rim, but even longer to get to the South Rim. Based on distance, we decided to stick with the West Rim so we didn’t have to spend the entire day driving.

DRIVE – The drive to the Grand Canyon was not only far, but approximately 25 kilometres out, completely bumpy dirt road terrain. We were in a rental SUV, but had originally requested an economy sized vehicle. We were very thankful that the rental car associate at Enterprise encouraged us to upsize, because we would not have felt comfortable driving up and down the steep hills. There was a lot of construction happening when we were driving in, it looked like a company was making either new roads or flattening out some of the existing ones. It was actually kind of fun for a little while on the bumpy road, but 25 kilometres of it got tiresome very quickly. Due to the steep and uneven terrain, the sharp corners and the construction, it was impossible to go very quickly down this section of the drive.

GRAND CANYON – Once you arrived at the visitor centre, you were able to park your car and walk into an air conditioned inflatable white tent-like building. This is where you can purchase your tickets to explore the Grand Canyon. For the lowest ticket option, it says $29.95 plus taxes and fees, which brought the price per adult up to just over $44. In total it cost us almost $90 to explore the canyon. We were given tickets to take the bus out to be dropped off at the first view point. When we were ready to leave there, we went to wait for the bus (which arrived very quickly) to go to the next view point. The scenery was incredible! It was amazing to see and if you’re into photography, lots to potentially photograph. It was a little scary though, as someone with a fear of heights, there were no barricades of any kind. If you got too close to the edge, you could fall off and it didn’t look like there was any safety measures in place at all. If you don’t get too close to the edge, you’ll be fine. There were plenty of spots to view from that were a distance back from the canyon’s edge. There was a shop located at each of the view points and the Sky Walk was there as well. We didn’t purchase this package because you couldn’t bring personal belongings out onto the viewing area to take any photos, and because I’m quite afraid of heights and would probably have passed out due to fear. You could purchase professional photos of yourself or your group out on the viewing area, but I’m not sure how much they were.

OVERALL – It was completely worth the drive. This is really a must see location, and as someone just getting into nature/scenic photography, it was an amazing photo destination. I don’t know that it would be very friendly for individuals in walkers or wheelchairs, due to the bussing situation, but if you’re fairly mobile, it shouldn’t be a problem.

TIP – If you’re driving yourself out to the Grand Canyon, make sure you have plenty of water and snacks in the car. The route we went had miles and miles of mountainous terrain, and very few places to stop if needed.

2  Thank TheAverageTourist
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

We chose this trip as it is a nice day trip with a tour company and its closeness to las vegas.
we choose an additional chopper flight down to the bottom whitch was well worth it ! the sights were amazing and the flights were very frequent and speedy BUT when you get to the bottom expect huge waits! the staff were so unhelpful down there and unorganised ! the boat driver was the saving grace as he had lots of information for us , do this first incase you have an 1hour + wait like we did as there is NO shelter from the heat. The Place is run like a circus with no staff knowing at all what is going on or how to help people. they will send you on a gooses chase to the busses ect. the food is also bad for such a major attraction i would suggest bringing your own food as the food is gross! The sky walk was a great experience but OVEPRICED ! you cant take camers at all !!! this sucks as its a huge experience and you can not even take picture to capurte the moment then they charge $30 !!!!! for ONE photo print off! its plain robbery when they charge so much for a simple photo and you will get no discounts if you purchase more.
Overall it was a great day because of the sights and helicopter ride but everything else was a huge let down the staff were un-trained and un-helpful would not be visiting this part again to expensive and bad service !

1  Thank Justen78
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

They really need to put some signage up on the highway letting people know what lies ahead for both pricing and road conditions before they take the cutoff. Had we known, we'd have done something else and saved the wear and tear on my car and drain on the gas tank. The sign said "road work ahead" and was followed by miles and miles of rough dirt road (nearly 30 miles of it). We drove that long dirt road to find out from the guard shack we would have to pay to see The Grand Canyon and had to turn around. I thought the Grand Canyon was free and accessible to all, like California beaches are. Very overpriced ($15 for a burger, $20 to just see the canyon, and $50 more to check out the Skywalk) and you can't bring a camera onto the Skywalk. Clean restrooms though and very friendly staff at the restaurant on the way up. Cant say the same for the staff at the box office though.

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