Grand Canyon West, Home of the Skywalk and Rafting-Helicopter Trips

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Guano Point at the Grand Canyon's West Rim

Dollar Photo

Attracting more than 1 million visitors per year, the Hualapai tribe manages Grand Canyon West, home of the Skywalk, as well as rafting along the Colorado River. Grand Canyon West sits along the western edge of the Grand Canyon but is separate from Grand Canyon National Park that is managed by the National Park Service.

Distance From Grand Canyon West Entrance to  Cities and Grand Canyon National Park's South Rim:

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 Skywalk

People on the Skywalk at Grand Canyon West.

Photo by Caitlin Madison Kirkman/courtesy of Leibowitz Solo courtesy of Grand Canyon West

Just 120 miles east of Las Vegas, Grand Canyon West is home of the Skywalk, the glass walkway that hangs 4,000 feet above the canyon floor. Opened in 2007, this magnificent structure cost $30 million. The Skywalk offers multiple viewpoints of the canyon and the Colorado River. 

In 2017, the Sa'Nya-Wa Restaurant opened on the second floor of the Skywalk building. It offers panoramic views of the top of the canyon and Southwest, Asian and Hualapai cuisine. 

Beyond the Skywalk, you can visit a replica Native American village with representative dwellings from Hualapai, Navajo, Hopi, Havasupai and Plains Native Americans. You also can watch daily Native American live dance performances in the amphitheater. There are snack stations and gift shops in the area, as well. 

River Runners and Helicopter Flights

Helicopter waiting to take rafters back to the top of the canyon. 

Tori Peglar

Grand Canyon West is the only place in the entire Grand Canyon where you can take a helicopter flight 4,000 feet up after rafting the Colorado River with the Hualapai River Runners. The helicopter ride is an exhilarating 8-minute adventure up past the Grand Canyon's colorful walls.