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.

Guano Point at Grand Canyon West

Bat Cave Mine at the Grand Canyon

Estimation were that the cave held 100,000 tons of guano with a net worth of $12 to $15 million as fertilizer. Read about elaborate schemes to mine the cave. Read More...

Hualapai Diamond Creek Restaurant

Grand Canyon West – Diamond Creek Restaurant

A perfect place to enjoy a bowl of Hualapai stew while browsing the internet on their free wi-fi. Stop by after touring the Grand Canyon Skywalk. Read More...

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

Grand Canyon West vs. the South Rim

What’s the difference? To start, they are in opposite corners of Arizona. The west is operated by the Hualapai Tribe, and the South by the National Park Service. Read More...


Hualapai Tours at Grand Canyon West

Enjoy an Indian village, helicopter tours, Grand Canyon rafting, horseback rides, and the famous Skywalk glass bridge. Read More...

Aerial view of Hoover Dam and the Colorado River Bridge.

Las Vegas to Grand Canyon West Driving Tour App

Feel like you’re touring with a local in your car. The Gypsy Guide app uses your phone or tablet’s location to play commentary about attractions as you drive. Read More...

The Grand Canyon Skywalk, a glass bottom bridge. Photo courtesy Haulapai Tribe.

Stand on the Grand Canyon Skywalk

Visitors on the Skywalk peer over the railing or down through their stance to see the Canyon and all of its 4,000 feet of vertical abyss. Read More...

Guano Point at the Grand Canyon's West Rim

Top 2 Grand Canyon West Viewpoints

Outside of the Grand Canyon National Park on the Hualapai Indian Reservation lies the Grand Canyon Skywalk, Eagle Point, and Guano Point. Read More...