Grand Canyon West Rim

Guano Point at the Grand Canyon's West Rim

Guano Point at the Grand Canyon’s West Rim

Located outside of Grand Canyon National Park, the West Rim is privately owned and operated by the Hualapai Tribe in a remote part of Arizona’s wilderness. If you opt to drive yourself, make sure your vehicle is in good working condition, as there are no gas stations or fast food stops along the way. There are also shuttles and flight tours to Grand Canyon West. Any way you get there though, the remote vistas and unique Glass Bridge Skywalk make the West Rim memorable. Visiting the West Rim requires the purchase of a tour package for entry.

Map showing North, South, and West Rims of the Grand Canyon

Native American Culture


Grand Canyon West with the Skywalk. Photo courtesy of Hualapai Nation

The Grand Canyon’s West Rim offers a chance to explore the Hualapai nation’s culture in addition to the stunning beauty of the Grand Canyon. Traditionally hunter-gatherers, the tribe, whose name means ‘People of the Tall Pines,’ once roamed more than five million acres. Now the Hualapai American Indian Reservation covers nearly one million acres, including 108 miles of the Colorado River and Grand Canyon. After struggling with economic hardships, the Hualapai people opened their land to the public in 1988, deeming it Grand Canyon West.

Distance From National Park Entrances and Cities

121 miles from Las Vegas, Nev.
216 miles from Flagstaff, Ariz.
242 miles from South Rim Visitors Center
253 miles from Phoenix, Ariz.

Grand Canyon West vs. the South Rim

Mathers Point at the South Rim by Grant Ordelheide; Grand Canyon West Skywalk by Tori Peglar

Mathers Point at the South Rim by Grant Ordelheide; Grand Canyon West Skywalk by Tori Peglar

What’s the difference between the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and Grand Canyon West? A lot. To start, they are in opposite corners of Arizona, with the South Rim closest to Williams and Flagstaff and Grand Canyon West closer to Las Vegas, Nevada. Grand Canyon West is operated by the Hualapai tribe, so it has a completely different history and vibe than the South Rim, which is operated by the National Park Service. Learn more below.

Managed By

South Rim GC West
National Park Service Hualapai Tribe

Entrance Fee

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$30/vehicle $71.68/adult (includes meal and Skywalk)

Hours from Las Vegas

South Rim GC West
Nearly 5 hours (278 miles) Just over 2 hours (122 miles)

Cultural Bonus

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Park ranger talks Hualapai exhibits, performances

Closest Lodging

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Camping and lodging at rim Haulapai Ranch near rim


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Personal photography allowed No cameras on the Skywalk

Unique Attraction

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Inner canyon hiking trails A glass bridge suspended over the Grand Canyon

One-Day Rafting Trips

South Rim GC West
Start in Page, Ariz. Start near Peach Springs, Ariz.

Las Vegas Road Trip