I had promised one of my zealous reader that I would come up with a post giving all the details about our Grand Canyon trip. Well there was a delay in me coming up with the report… better late that never 🙂
We had visited the Grand Canyon during the last Thanks giving holidays. In order to avoid the eleventh hour rush, we had booked the tickets for the Skywalk well in advance.
Grand Canyon West is located in the Hualapai reservation in Arizona. Here is the site to book the Grand Canyon Skywalk tickets. There are various options to explore the Grand Canyon West Rim. Travel packages are available for the Skywalk, Skywalk with helicopter ride, helicopter and the pontoon boat ride etc. We chose “The Skywalk Package“. This is the least expensive package which costs about $81 per person.
Here are the Directions to reach the Grand Canyon West Rim – Skywalk from the Las Vegas:
Take US 93 South for about 32 miles to Hoover Dam. Cross Hoover Dam and continue South on US 9 for about 40 miles. Turn left (north) on Pierce Ferry Road and drive for about 28 miles. Turn right (east) on Diamond Bar Road for about 21 miles until you reach the entrance to Grand Canyon West Rim.
The road to Grand Canyon Skywalk is horrible for a stretch of 14 miles. It’s really scary to drive on this road. Incase you like to spare your car from the rough road; there is an option to park your car at the Welcome Center at the Dolan Springs. From there you can take the Park and Ride coach service on to the Grand Canyon West Rim. It costs $10 per person. For reservations, email email@example.com. If you plan to rent a vehicle, then SUV (or any 4-wheel-drive) is a good option.
We are not allowed to take our camera on the Skywalk. But cameras are mounted on the rails of the Skywalk… We have to look for the camera and pose. The snaps can be got at the lounge.
We have to leave all our belongings including purse, handbag, cell phone etc in a locker before we start moving towards the Skywalk. All our items were safe. Do keep some cash in your pocket 🙂 We had hot chocolate at the Grand Canyon Skywalk, it was worth the money.
Update: I was honored to receive a comment from the marketing department of the Grand Canyon West, Destination Grand Canyon. They had mentioned about a couple of information that I would like to share with my readers. Vegetarian food is now available at all the viewpoints in Grand Canyon West Rim. That’s indeed gr8 news for us the Veggies!! And one more update… no fees for the locker at the Skywalk! Wow…. The locker to store all our items is not only safe but cost free too 😉
During our entire trip we took rice cooker and rice with us. Am sure parents would find it hard to take pizza and sandwich. It’s better to take chapattis / tortillas incase you have the microwave oven in hotel u stay at. Some suites provide a kitchenette! Do confirm these data before planning your meal.
Make sure that your vehicle has enough fuel as you pass the gas station… coz you may find the next one at least 50 miles away!!
The Grand Canyon West Rim – Skywalk is open through out the year. The timings may vary for the summer and the winter months. It’s better to visit the Grand Canyon during the spring or fall and avoid the scorching heat of the summer.
Do check this out before planning your trip. Grand Canyon West – Skywalk offers unique and wonderful viewpoints of the great Grand canyon. Explore the Grand Canyon… Have a safe and enjoyable tour. Good luck!
Update: Please visit Grand Canyon West Rim and South Rim to know more about our experience.
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