Quick Facts: South Rim vs. Grand Canyon West

By Staff ,
Mathers Point at the South Rim; Grand Canyon West Skywalk

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. Grand Canyon West is 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

National Park Service

West

Hualapai Tribe

Entrance Fee

South

$30/vehicle

West

$82.37/adult (includes meal and Skywalk)

Hours from Las Vegas

South

Nearly 5 hours (278 miles)

West

Just over 2 hours (122 miles)

Cultural Bonus

South

Park ranger walks

West

Hualapai exhibits, performances

Closest Lodging

South

Camping and lodging at rim

West

Hualapai Ranch near rim

Photography

South

Personal photography allowed

West

No cameras on the Skywalk

Unique Attraction

South

Inner canyon hiking trails

West

A glass bridge suspended over the Grand Canyon

One-day rafting trips

South

Start in Page, Ariz.

West

Start near Peach Springs, Ariz.

More information

South

South Rim Overview

West

Grand Canyon West Overview

For more detail: 3 Rims of the Grand Canyon: North, South and West