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, rather than taking one of the shuttle vehicles or planes, make sure it’s in good working condition, as there are no gas stations or fast food stops along the way. Any way you get there though, the remote vistas and unique Skywalk make the West Rim memorable. Visiting the West Rim requires the purchase of a tour package for entry.
Native American Culture
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
36 miles from North Rim, Ariz.
121 miles from Las Vegas, Nev.
216 miles from Flagstaff, Ariz.
242 miles from South Rim Visitors Center
253 miles from Phoenix, Ariz.