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Grand Canyon West

Updated: Mar 29, 2023

Grand Canyon West is a popular destination for visitors to the Grand Canyon area, offering a unique experience that cannot be found elsewhere. While it's important to note that Grand Canyon West is a privately-owned business on Hualapai tribal land and should not be confused with the Grand Canyon National Park, visitors can still enjoy many of the same stunning vistas and breathtaking natural beauty that the area is known for.

One of the main draws of Grand Canyon West is the Skywalk. This horseshoe-shaped glass bridge extends out over the canyon's edge, offering a thrilling view straight down into the depths below. While the experience can be exhilarating, visitors should know they cannot bring cameras or cell phones onto the Skywalk. Visitors who want a photo of themselves on the Skywalk must pay at least $25 for one picture. The prices go up for packages that include multiple shots. In our experience, the photos were not particularly impressive, and the photographer seemed rushed and disinterested in providing a quality product. We ended up paying $65 for 15 photos, which we felt was quite steep.

The Skywalk is located in Eagle Point, named after the natural rock formation that resembles an eagle with its wings outstretched. This unique geological feature offers visitors a breathtaking view of the canyon from a height of 1,311 meters (4,300 feet).

Guano Point is another must-see destination at Grand Canyon West. This viewpoint offers a 360-degree panoramic view of the canyon, showcasing its vastness and majesty. Visitors can take in the breathtaking views while enjoying a picnic lunch or simply basking in the beauty of the natural surroundings. There are also hiking trails that offer a closer look at the unique rock formations and geological features of the area.

Another place to visit at Grand Canyon West is the Hualapai Ranch. This working cattle ranch offers some attractions like ziplines, horseback riding and hiking trails.

One thing to remember when planning a visit to Grand Canyon West is the cost. Visitors will need to pay a $50 entry fee to get into the park and an additional $20 fee to access the Skywalk. Despite the expense, visitors cannot bring their own cars and must instead use the shuttle service provided by the company. Unfortunately, while the shuttle buses are generally reliable, some appear to be quite old and in need of repair, which can be disappointing.

Despite these drawbacks, visiting Grand Canyon West can be an unforgettable experience. From the stunning views to the chance to learn about Hualapai culture and history, there is something for everyone at this unique destination. Just be prepared to pay a premium for the privilege, and don't expect everything to be in top-notch condition.



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