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.
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.
Spectators rave about the magnificent canyon views seen from the remote stances on the West Rim.
Guano Point features panoramic views of the Grand Canyon and Colorado River. You can also head over to what’s left of a historic tram that once stretched 8,800 feet across the canyon to a guano mine.
The Hualapai people consider Eagle Rock‘s beautiful and aptly named formation sacred.
Look down through the glass beneath your feet to the canyon’s bottom on the Skywalk.
Try a day-long whitewater rafting adventure with the Hualapai River Runners that starts with a hike to a natural waterfall, includes rafting and lunch along the Colorado River and ends with a helicopter ride.
Visit the Hualapai Ranch for horseback and wagon rides in a western town.
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.