Grand Canyon West Rim Bus Tour
West rim bus Tour Details
This Tour Includes:
- We offer a delicious breakfast snack and fresh deli box lunch.
- Spend 4 hours exploring Grand Canyon West rim and Skywalk. (Skywalk optional)
- We provide pick-up and drop-off near and around most hotels. Don’t see your meeting spot for pick up on the list? Please contact us at (866) 717-8687 to help arrange for transportation to a convenient meeting spot for pick-up.
- Separate tour guide and driver on every tour providing excellent guest service
- Plenty of water is provided on tour.
- Drive on iconic Route 66 on the way.
- NEW EXCLUSIVE GRAND CANYON CAVERNS 1 hour bonus stop added in 2020
- All prices are subject to change without notice.
- Free cancellation up to 24 hours from the start of tour.
- We DO NOT use a check-in terminal; we leave directly after hotel pickups.
- There are no additional fees on the day of tour.
- No fuel surcharge.
- A restroom is located on the tour bus.
- Movies and entertainment are provided.
- Times are approximate and are subject to change.
- Pick-ups will begin approximately 7:00 AM.
- Duration – Approximately 11 hours
2020 Tour Itinerary:
- 7:00 AM begin pickups for the Grand Canyon West rim bus tour
- Brief restroom and stretch break
- 1 hour stop at the Grand Canyon Caverns and lunch pickup
- Spend 4 hours at the Grand Canyon West Rim and Skywalk
- Short stop for restroom break on the drive back to Las Vegas
- Return to Las Vegas from the Grand Canyon West Rim
- Arrive around 5:30 PM from your Grand Canyon bus tour
P.S. – All times are approximate and are subject to change.
Are food and beverages included in the Grand Canyon West rim bus tour?
On our day trip to the Grand Canyon, a light breakfast snack and lunch are included. The water it’s on us. All you can drink!
Is a gratuity expected?
Tips are accepted and appreciated for a job well done. We suggest a 10% tip minimum, which is industry standard.
What items should we bring?
Bring your camera to capture and preserve beautiful memories. A government-issued photo ID is required for all flight tours. Other helpful things to bring are beverages with a screw-on cap, sunscreen, sunglasses and cash or credit cards if you’re planning to purchase anything such as souvenirs!
What should we wear?
We recommend comfortable walking shoes, and, for the summer months, wear sunblock and hats for protection. Dressing in layers is also suggested as summer monsoon storms are common. For the winter months, dress in warm clothing.
What is your cancellation policy?
We offer free cancellation up to 24 hours from the start of the tour. Cancellations received less than 24 hours from the start of the tour will not be refunded. To be considered for a refund, please email email@example.com.
Are there any additional fees or surcharges?
There is no fuel surcharge, and there are no other charges on the day of the tour.
Grand Canyon West Rim Bus Tour
Grand Canyon West can be explored in many ways. Air tours will fly high above the canyon while boat tours cruise on the Colorado River. However, for your first West Rim and Grand Canyon Skywalk adventure, it is best to plan a day trip by bus. This way, you can take advantage of the ground tours offered by our luxury bus service from Las Vegas.
The Grand Canyon Destinations Difference
All tours include a mouth-watering morning snack and a fresh deli box lunch. We provide pickup and drop-off close to or at most Las Vegas hotels. We truly care about you, as do our tour guides. They are all professional, friendly, and knowledgeable.
The standard Grand Canyon tour companies use a driver and tour guide in one. This person then has to check guests in, narrate the tour, pass out lunches, answer questions, and drive a 40,000 pound vehicle safely. At Grand Canyon Destinations, we value safety and customer service. That is why we have a separate driver and tour guide on every tour bus. Your dedicated tour guide will be there to guide you, share facts and stories, answer your questions, and help you with any needs throughout the tour.
Also, don’t worry about the desert heat. On the way to Grand Canyon West, you ride in an air-conditioned luxury bus. We also provide plenty of water so you can re-hydrate. Wherever you go in the surrounding area, you will see plenty of scenery to marvel and rave about. Just make sure to prepare, because this journey is like no other in the world.
How Long Does It Take To Get To The Grand Canyon
Our Grand Canyon West tour begins at 7:00 AM with a pick-up from or near your Las Vegas hotel. From Las Vegas to Grand Canyon, the overall distance each way is around 130 miles. However, you won’t even notice the distance once you sit back in our soft and cushiony seats. Our luxuriously equipped buses feature adjustable seating, which makes this day trip from Las Vegas extra comfortable.
It takes about three hours to drive to the West Rim. However, you can prepare to be entertained as you drive through the amazing desert landscape. Your dedicated tour guide will also share facts and history about the area as you pass through as well.
Stop Off At Grand Canyon Caverns
One major attraction that makes Grand Canyon Destinations unique from other tour companies is our stop at Grand Canyon Caverns. The caverns were discovered nearly 100 years ago and hold amazing history. During your time at the caverns, you will be able to add an optional caverns tour, or you can enjoy exploring the grounds and the time to stretch and take a break.
If you do decide to add a caverns tour, you will not regret it! This tour takes guests 210 feet below ground in an elevator to explore the natural wonder of the Grand Canyon Caverns. You have to see the huge caverns for yourself to truly experience them. You will take a 45-minute guided tour of the caverns to learn all about their impressive history and features. Once the group is done at the caverns, tours will continue along Route 66 and towards the Grand Canyon for the main attraction of the day.
Route 66 Is Part Of The Journey
The drive to the West Rim is as much of an adventure as the Grand Canyon itself. On our tour to the West Rim, you will get to drive along over 50 miles of the historic Route 66 roadway. Between Kingman, Arizona and the Grand Canyon Caverns, you get the chance to see the views and experience the nostalgia of the first U.S. highway across the country. Much of the early success of the Grand Canyon Caverns was due to it being located directly off of Route 66 and attracting a multitude of passerby. Along Route 66, your tour guide will tell you about the history of the area to give you a deeper appreciation for the landmark as well.
Arriving At The West Rim
Once you arrive at the canyon, your Las Vegas day trip to the canyon begins at the Welcome Center. You will have up to four hours to enjoy the landscape and sites of the Grand Canyon. This rim is unique because it is part of the Hualapai Reservation. This means that there are endless opportunities here to learn about Hualapai culture and history. There are also a number of exciting things to do here. If you seek an adrenaline rush, schedule one of the helicopter tours or a pontoon boat trip. Each of these excursions can easily be added to west canyon tours.
For a more leisurely day trip experience, you can take the free shuttle to Eagle Point and the spectacular Skywalk. The Skywalk is one of the main, if not the primary, attraction that draws people to this Grand Canyon destination. You cannot miss seeing this glass bridge when you take a Grand Canyon West bus tour. The three main places to stop by while here are Eagle Point, Guano Point, and Hualapai Ranch.
What Is The Skywalk
The Skywalk is a glass-framed cantilever style bridge that sits 4,000 feet above the Grand Canyon and Colorado River. Its horseshoe-shaped frame floats over the canyon, allowing visitors to feel like they are walking on air. You can see clear down to the canyon floor from the Skywalk, so it is a truly unique view.
For anyone concerned with the safety of the Skywalk, it is so sturdy that it can hold 71 fully loaded 747 aircrafts. Still, only 120 people are admitted on the Skywalk at one time. The Skywalk is indeed durable and was built to last. The bridge can withstand 100 mph winds and earthquakes that register 8.0 on the Richter scale. It should be noted that Skywalk tickets are an add on to your tour package.
Taking In The View At Eagle Point
When you visit the Skywalk, you will already be at Eagle Point. This viewpoint is named for the rock formation seen from the overlook that resembles an eagle. With widespread wings, the rock sculpture actually appears to be soaring over the Grand Canyon. This is one of those attractions that calls for photographs.
Another place to see on west canyon tours is Guano Point. This lookout has been featured in both old and new Hollywood films. The view from this point is a must-see photo opportunity. Here, you can see the historic remains of a tram that once ran through the area. It spanned 8,800 feet across the canyon to a guano mine that was used for fertilizer at the time.
Additionally, you can dine at the edge of this viewpoint at the Guano Deli. If you love hiking, you will want to set your sights on traveling Highpoint Hike. When you reach the top, savor the 360-degree views of the surrounding canyon as well view the Colorado River below.
Try Zip Lining Too
Another exclusive activity to do here is zip lining. Like the Grand Canyon Skywalk, zip lining is for guests who love an adrenaline rush. The zip line featured at Grand Canyon West soars 1,000 feet over the Grand Canyon. You can fly as fast as 40 miles per hour while traveling about 3,200 feet. If you like adventure, you will love this part of your canyon day trip.
Experience The Colorado River
Maybe you want to see the Colorado River up-close. If so, you can take a pontoon boat tour and experience the canyon in its depths. This boat tour follows your helicopter ride down to the bottom of the canyon. Your pontoon boat will provide a smooth cruise along the river while a guide points out interesting spots.
If you are the more adventurous type, you can book a whitewater rafting trip on the Colorado as well. However, this must be done in advance and requires a longer stay at the canyon than just a few hours.
Helicopter Rides And Air Tours
You can also opt for Grand Canyon helicopter rides or helicopter tours from Las Vegas. If seeing the Grand Canyon rim is not quite sufficient, you can arrange a helicopter ride or air tour. You can take amazing aerial pictures of the canyon and the Colorado River from this point.
What makes the West Rim special is that visitors can see the canyon from up high in the air, on land at the rim, or below on the canyon floor.
Home To The Hualapai Tribe
Grand Canyon West is part of the Hualapai Indian Reservation. This area is home to the Hualapai River Runners, who offer boat rides, the Haulapai Lodge, and Hualapai Ranch. All these sites and attractions at the canyon are part of the home of the Hualapai tribe.
You cannot see natural wonders like you can on west canyon tours in any other part of the world. While the Western Rim is owned and operated by the Hualapai tribe, the nearby South Rim is owned by the U.S. government and is part of the national park system.
There are plenty of fun activities for everyone in the family at the Hualapai Ranch. Here you will find cabins, restaurants, gift shops, and exciting events. One fun way to spend your time is by getting the old fashioned experience on a wagon ride. Or try your hand at a standoff with the animatronic Shootin’ Gallery.
Throughout the day there is also free live entertainment. Stick around for a magic show and a thrilling gun fight show. For a more relaxing time, take a leisurely horseback ride.
No matter what you like to do, the West Rim has something to offer you.
Leaving The West Rim
At the end of your day trip, your tour leads back to the Welcome Center where you started. Now you can sit back, relax, and review the day’s exciting events while your driver takes care of the travel. Your drop off will be at or near your hotel in Las Vegas between 5:30 and 6:30 PM that evening.
Other Travel Options
If you choose to stay more than one day, Grand Canyon Destinations can assist you with accommodations. If you book a stay at one of the canyon hotels in the area, you can still travel with us from Las Vegas. This way, you still get the benefit of a bus tour, but have more time to experience the Grand Canyon.
We aim to meet all your travel and dining goals while you are staying in Las Vegas. Once you take a West Rim adventure, you may be interested in seeing more of the canyon. You can do this by taking an air tour or even visiting the Grand Canyon Caverns. You can use this trip as an introduction to visit Grand Canyon National Park or Grand Canyon North Rim later on.
Grand Canyon Destinations offers various tours and trips to other top spots in Arizona and Utah as well. Our tour featuring Zion National Park is one that can’t be missed when visiting Las Vegas. Zion is located just a three-hour drive from Vegas. Seeing the 2,000-foot-high sandstone cliffs and driving along the historic scenic highway is an experience any traveler will remember.
The Hoover Dam
If you are set on seeing the Hoover Dam while in town, you should make the time to visit it. Hoover Dam tours are available daily! We understand that this engineering marvel is high on many visitor’s lists to see. That is why we make it a priority to provide this tour option.
If you want to get a full Hoover Dam tour, we offer half day tours from Las Vegas. You will travel one hour from Las Vegas to the Hoover Dam. From there, you will get to see the dam from the top and underground, as well as from the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge across from the dam. This is the perfect tour if you love to learn about history and engineering marvels.
Grand Canyon National Park
The national park at the Grand Canyon South Rim is another one of the Grand Canyon tours offered by Grand Canyon Destinations. The South Rim bus tour is popular and affordable for Las Vegas visitors. On the South Rim tour, guests leave Las Vegas at 6:00 AM and return later that evening. Many Grand Canyon visitors choose to explore the national park before taking a trip to the Grand Canyon’s West Rim.
Whether you take a Grand Canyon western excursion or choose to take one of our Grand Canyon tours to the South Rim, you will never forget the experience. Add one of the helicopter flights to your itinerary or a horseback ride. You will be sure to have plenty of stories to tell your friends on Facebook and Instagram.
Choose Grand Canyon Destinations For Your West Rim Tour
Grand Canyon Destinations is a premier provider of Grand Canyon West Rim tours. We offer more west canyon tours than other competitors. You can take a West Rim bus tour, a walking tour, or west rim small group tour. Whatever your preference, we have the perfect tour for you.
Our friendly tour guides will provide you with travel information as you ride in our spacious bus. The tour package we offer can be established to fit your exact trip planner needs. Once you take a trip from Vegas to the Grand Canyon, you will want to come back and take the trip again.
How to Contact Us
When you visit the Grand Canyon, west or south, you will have a trip to remember for a lifetime. Plan your West Rim tour now through our website. You can contact use easily by phone or directly online. Call us toll-free anytime at 866-717-TOUR (8687) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can also be reached at our convenient contact form.
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