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

South Rim GC West
$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

South Rim GC West
Park ranger talks Hualapai exhibits, performances

Closest Lodging

South Rim GC West
Camping and lodging at rim Haulapai Ranch near rim

Photography

South Rim GC West
Personal photography allowed No cameras on the Skywalk

Unique Attraction

South Rim GC West
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.

Want to know more?

Learn more about the South Rim.

Learn more about Grand Canyon West.

There’s also another rim… Learn more about the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

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