The two areas of the Grand Canyon that receive the most visitors are the South Rim (Grand Canyon National Park) and West Rim. Therefore, most bus tours in Grand Canyon travel packages are directed to one of these two locations. Tours usually originate from Las Vegas, as the city is the closest location to the canyon. Las Vegas travelers who wish to diversify their vacation like taking a day trip to the South Rim or West Rim to experience a whole new adventure.

Where to Visit in the Canyon

Many first-time visitors who review the packaged tours in Grand Canyon buses want to know which rim they should see first. Usually, most tour operators, such as Grand Canyon Destinations, take first-time passengers to the South Rim on their first Grand Canyon trip.

Grand Canyon National Park

That is because the South Rim features visitor services and more family-oriented events and activities. Sitting at 7,000 feet above sea level, this part of the canyon features picture-perfect weather in the spring and fall. Afternoon highs range around 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Compare that with the summer season when the temperatures can soar into the 90’s, especially in July and August.

The Skywalk at the West Rim

If you want to see the amazing Skywalk, however, you need to direct your sights to seeing the West Rim of the Grand Canyon. This glass sky bridge is the major attraction in this area. Because it is close to Las Vegas, this part of the canyon is the second most visited spot after the South Rim.

Grand Canyon West is situated on the tribal lands of the Hualapai Indian tribe. Therefore, this area is not part of the US park system, or Grand Canyon National Park. As a result, the entrance fee for the West Rim is separate from the entrance fee assessed for a National Park Pass.

Buying a Ticket Before You Arrive

The entrance charge that the Hualapai tribe requires is solely for Grand Canyon West. If you want to visit the Skywalk through a tour operator, such as Grand Canyon Destinations, you can pay for the admittance fee when you take the tour bus. Doing so will prevent you from standing in the long line to pay for the attraction when you arrive.

Learn More Before You Tour

Learn more today about tours in Grand Canyon National Park and to the West Rim by contacting Grand Canyon Destinations and booking a day trip now. If you are traveling to Vegas soon, you won’t want to miss this chance to see one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

About the Author

Kyle Gooverton

Kyle Gooverton

A Grand Canyon enthusiast! A local Las Vegas resident that loves the flora and the fauna of all things Southwest.