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.