Grand Canyon West is located around two hours east of Las Vegas, NV. It is a pretty easy drive along the interstate and local road. All you have to do is watch for wild cattle along your way. No, I am not kidding. You will see a bunch of cattle on your way to Grand Canyon West.
The drive is scenic and has plenty to offer for your eyes. From an overlook of the Hoover Dam. To some amazing vista to look out at. You will want to take your time on this drive to Grand Canyon West.
Once you get there what will you do? What will you see? Is it really worth the 4 hours away from Vegas? I guess you will just have to continue reading to find out.
Grand Canyon West
As you pull up to the parking lot you are greeted with a large white tent in front of you and a runway to your right. If you are lucky you might even catch a plane taking off or landing. You will need to enter the tent to purchase your tickets to gain access to the rest of the area.
I wouldn’t purchase your tickets online. Of course, you can but it doesn’t seem like it is that busy that you will have to wait too long to get them. Plus you might even be able to get a discount in person like a veteran discount. Plus you may think you want to get the complete package with the food and Skywalk but when you arrive you might change your mind.
We ended up just getting the general admission and the Skywalk. It ended up costing just a little under $100 for the two of us. Boy was it worth it. The views are amazing at both Eagle Point and Guano Point. Of course, one is better than the other but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
Another thing I would like to point out about the main area is the gift shop. There are a ton of unique gifts available and all are at a reasonable price. If you are looking for a unique and interesting gift that is not cheesy. Be sure to pick it up here. Plus you will be helping out an Indian Tribe and not lining the pockets of some rich guys.
Eagle Point and Skywalk
Eagle point is the first stop after you board the buses. This area got it’s name from a nearby rock formation that looks like an eagle. Our bus driver pointed it out to us when we were heading to the second stop. Sadly, I wasn’t able to make it out.
Now the views from Eagle Point are pretty impressive. You can get some really nice pictures looking out over the grand canyon. Just remember to not stand so close to the edge. There are no railings or safety nets to catch you if you fall. Yes, people fall from the grand canyon and we are not talking just 20 or 30 feet.
Now the main draw to Eagle Point is the Skywalk. This glass horseshoe shaped bridge jets out over the canyon. When you look down, you are looking at the canyon floor, 4,000 feet below. If you have a fear of heights, you might want to skip the Skywalk. However, it should be noted that the Skywalk can hold 70 fully loaded 747 planes.
The next thing I tell you is both good and bad. We will start with the bad news first. You can’t bring anything out with you. Yes, that means no camera. No phone. Nothing at all. You have to walk through a metal detector before you can go on the Skywalk.
So what is the good news right? Well they provide free lockers to put your stuff in. There are also photographers that will take your picture. Of course this isn’t free. You can purchase a single photo or get a thumb drive with all of your photos. Being a photographer I know how much it sucks not being able to bring out your own gear.
However, the photographers there do a good job and can even give you great ideas for different poses. When you think about it. Not being able to bring your own gear isn’t a completely bad idea. Just think of how you would feel if you dropped it.
At Eagle Point you will also see a small Native American Village. See what the Hualapai tribe would have lived in. See how sweat lodges, ovens, and houses were traditionally built. It makes for an interesting little break while you are waiting for the bus to come around.
Guano Point at Grand Canyon West is your final stop. You know what they say about the last stop on the line. It’s the best stop on the line. Guano Point is no different. This place is stunning. The views of the grand canyon just can’t be beaten. They will leave you wanting more.
I really can’t tell you how great these views are. Pictures just don’t do it any justice. It will really leave you breathless.
Don’t just stand around the bus drop off area. Walk down the hill towards the point. There is an old abandoned cable head-house. It was used to get back and forth from a cave that was rich in guano. Don’t worry though, the walk back up isn’t too bad.
You will most likely want to spend most of your time at Guano Point. Just make sure you have a full battery on your phone or camera. You will want to take a lot of pictures.
Once you are done and catch your breath you can take the bus back to the gift shop. Really take your time and look around the gift shop. You are bound to find some really unique items your friends and family will love.
While Grand Canyon West might not be apart of Grand Canyon National Park. The views are still amazing and it is only a short drive from Las Vegas. Grand Canyon National park is around four hours from Vegas. With some amazing views and the Skywalk, Grand Canyon West is the perfect day trip from your Vegas vacation.
For me it was the perfect little trip away from Sin City. It has been a few years since I was there before this trip but let me tell you. The views were still stunning and I can appreciate them more now that I am older. It really was amazing to see. Staring out into the vast terrain. No people, no cars, no animals. Absolutely nothing.
Are you planning a trip to Vegas? Check out our Vegas Pandemic review and see if it is really worth it right now. If you are not planning a trip to Vegas but want to visit the Grand Canyon, Zion, Death Valley or any other National Park in the area. Vegas is a great place to fly into and get a rental car.
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