The Grand Canyon West Rim is not part of the Grand Canyon National Park. It is located on the Hualapai Indian Reservation at the western Grand Canyon corridor. It is about 120 miles east of Las Vegas and 72 miles northwest of Kingman, Arizona. Many of the tours of the West Rim are concentrated out of Las Vegas due to its proximity to the West Rim.
The Skywalk is located on the Grand Canyon West Rim. It is important to note that this is a very remote and isolated area. There are no gas stations or convenience stores or fast food services. If you are driving in your own car be prepared for a very rough 14 mile drive to the Skywalk. Make sure that your car is in good condition.
There is a park and ride in Dolan Springs, Arizona which is about an hour drive from Las Vegas. You can park your vehicle and take a shuttle to the West Rim.
Other attractions include the Indian Village with authentic dwellings and the Hualapai Ranch which is a western theme town that has horseback and wagon rides.
There are tours and rafting trips through the West Rim of the canyon. Hummer tours are available that take you along the Rim and through private areas on the reservation that are not open to the public. These tours can be booked through Las Vegas, Phoenix, or Sedona.
Who are the Hualapai Indians? Glad you asked...
The Hualapai (WALL-uh-pie), the "People of the Tall Pines," have lived in the Southwest for untold generations. Traditionally their homelands stretched from Grand Canyon to the Bill Williams River in west-central Arizona and from the Black Mountains bordering the Colorado River to the San Francisco Peaks. Primarily nomadic hunter-gathers, they also traded with nearby tribes. The Hualapai Reservation of just less than 1,000,000 acres was established in 1883.
Today the tribe counts about 2,300 members. Peach Springs on Highway 66 is the tribal headquarters. The tribe operates a hotel, restaurant, and gift shop in Peach Springs. While limited ranching, timber harvest, and guided hunts provide some income, the tourist industry offers the best opportunity for employment of tribal members. They have a very high unemployment rate and much poverty. The Skywalk has been an enormous economic help to their tribe.
How to drive to the Grand Canyon West Rim
To drive to Grand Canyon West, take I-40 to Kingman, Arizona. Turn north on US 93 and proceed about 30 miles to the Pierce Ferry Road; turn right. After 28 miles on the Pierce Ferry Road, turn right on Diamond Bar Road. It is then 14 miles of really rough dirt road and 7 miles of paved road to Grand Canyon West.
Shuttle service is available from the reservation boundary for a fee. Be aware...
The Hualapai Tribe collects fees to enter any part of the reservation as certain parts of the reservation are restricted to the general public. All fees are subject to change at any time.