Grand Canyon, Arizona – USA
The visually stunning sequence of ancient layers of rocks and the intricate landscape of the canyon is said to have been carved out due to erosion from the Colorado River. The canyon is known for its overwhelming size and is one of the great wonders of the world!
Due to its close proximity to Las Vegas (2.5 hours drive approx) we chose to visit the West Rim of the canyon. The West Rim isn’t part of the national park (which is home to the North and South Rims), the land is privately owned by the Hualapai Tribe but that’s not to say the views from the West aren’t absolutely stunning because they totally are!
There is a fee to access Grand Canyon West, our tickets included transport to the rim (there was about 22km of unpaved road at the time we went) entrance to the skywalk, and lunch. The West is remote, there are no stores to get food in this area so make sure you purchase a ticket where the meal is included or bring your own food!
The main viewing areas are Eagle Point and Guano Point, there is a free shuttle bus that takes you between the two.
- Eagle Point – The canyon from this view point is carved out in the shape of an eagle, it really is quite amazing!
Eagle Point is also home to the Skywalk, a horseshoe shaped glass bridge that extends 21 metres out from the edge of the canyon – Standing and looking through the glass floor you’ll be able to see the Colorado River running 4000 ft below you! If you’re easily freaked out by heights, this may not be for you! You’re required to take your shoes off before walking on the bridge and will be given a pair of foot covers to wear, cameras are not allowed but there are staff on the bridge that take photos of you which you can collect at the end of the walk, for a fee of course! While I think the Skywalk was a great experience – the view was stunning, I did feel a little let down by it. The walk was very short and from all the hype I’d heard about the bridge, it didn’t live up to what I was expecting.
- Guano Point – I Think Guano is the better viewing point of the two…
You do have to climb up slightly rough terrain to get to the top of the pyramid point (“highpoint hike”) but it’s definitely worth the 360 degree panoramic view of the canyon! Here you’ll also see the remnants of the historic tram that once stretched across the canyon on an old mine.
The shuttle bus also stops at the Hualapai Ranch and Cabins, where they have various cowboy entertainment and horseback riding (you can even stay the night) but we chose to spend most of our time at Guano Point and admire the extraordinary view before heading back to Vegas.
No matter which Rim you go to the Grand Canyon should not be missed!
Happy Travels, Priti x