“There’s no time to be bored in a world as beautiful as this.”
The Yeung family recently went on a road trip from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon West Rim. And it’s majestic.
It’s my very first time seeing the Grand Canyon so I can’t really compare it to the South Rim which I heard is a way different experience. But since we had little time to prepare, and Miss Aria is still small to appreciate it anyways, we decided on going to the West Rim this time. Hopefully we’ll be able to go to the other side someday soon!
Anyways, the view is magnificent. It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen or felt before. Nature really is amazing. I’ll tell you one thing though, looking at the view below kinda makes me want to pee myself. Lol.
So here’s all you need to know during this trip.
1. How long does it take to drive from LV to Grand Canyon West?
The distance from Las Vegas to the West Rim is about 80 miles and the driving time took roughly 2 hours. Along the way you can visit the historic town in Boulder City, Lake Mead, Hoover Dam and tons of photo-ops with Joshua Trees along the way.
My husband said a few years ago you would have to drive through dirt roads to get to the reservation. Due to recent renovations and building of the sky-walk attraction, all the roads have been nicely paved and it really was a stress-free drive.
Once you arrive, you park your car and head on to the white dome to purchase your tickets/package. Right behind the building is the shuttle area that drops you off different points of attractions.
2. How much time and money do you have to spend?
They have different packages that you can avail. Prices will probably change any time. But for our trip, here is a list of their prices at the time.
- HUALAPAI LEGACY: $49.92
- LEGACY GOLD: $82.37
- LEGACY PLATINUM: $94.90
- HUALAPAI VIP: $333.14
As for how much time you will spend at West Rim , this will also depend on the package you avail. The Hualapai Legacy package (Hop-on, hop off) will take you to all 3 stops, spending 45 minutes to an hour at each place. Approximately 3 hours in total. It really depends on you how much you spend on one place since you are basically your own tour guide. This package includes a Hualapai visitation certificate and photo opportunities with Hualapai members.
Legacy Gold includes everything from the Hualapai Legacy package plus Skywalk tickets to walk on the glass bridge and a lunch meal at one of the three casual dining spots. This means you will spend extra time at Stop 2, where the sky walk is located. Approximately 3.5 hours.
Legacy Platinum includes all of the above plus upscale dining at Sa’ Nyu Wa Restaurant for a fine dining experience right beside the Canyon. I reckon these fancy folks spent about 5 hours. However, this is only available from Tuesday to Saturday only.
Hualapai VIP has a minimum of 2 people. This includes a Hualapai tour guide, native american gift, Skywalk ticket, casual dining at viewpoint of choice, Hualapai visitation certificate, photo ops with Hualapai members, and a private shuttle to all the points.
*In addition they offer Helicopter aerial tour, boat ride down the Colorado river, and Zip-line for you adrenaline junkies.
3. What should you bring on the trip?
Since it’s already summertime and it’s getting hot, a few things that I recommend for you to bring are: sunscreen, water, and an umbrella or UV protected hat. It’s a desert for pete’s sake, but don’t worry if you run out of water, they sell them readily at every stop for $3 a bottle. Strollers are not recommended, the grounds can be rough and uneven so I would suggest a baby carrier instead.
Lol. We actually used a stroller but it’s really hard. Especially the 3rd point where you have to hike a little to get to Guano Point. That’s why we suggest using a baby carrier instead.
4. Are there places where you can buy food?
Oh yes they do! We saw a food truck parked right across the parking lot and there are restaurants located at every stop. There is an indoor restaurant at the first stop, fine dining and casual eatery at the second stop and an outdoor tent dining at the third stop.
The pamphlet clearly stated no outside food, but they don’t check your bags so its okay to bring some small snacks with you as long as you respect the property and clean up after yourselves. It seems like they are not strict with this rule, just don’t pull out a full on picnic with mom’s fried chicken and you will be fine.
5. What activities are available that’s kid friendly?
It is a kid friendly place, the Hualapai Ranch offers a few interactive activities such as arcade style gun range, lasso, museum, mechanical bull ride, etc. The sky walk also do not have an age limit, as long as your kid can walk they are allow to get on it. Just NOTE to be very careful when near the canyon, there are no railings or safe guards. You divert your attention of a second to take a picture and your kid gets curious and walk towards to edge. Just remember to be vigilant and attentive at all times.
What other questions or information would you like to add? Leave a comment!