There are really four points of interest at Grand Canyon West, including the Skywalk.
- The “Terminal”;
- Eagle Point;
- Guano Point;
- Hualapai Ranch.
Most tour companies who bring people to Grand Canyon West from Las Vegas allow for 3-1/2 to 4 hours from arrival to departure.
This means there is roughly 45 minutes to 1 hour available for each stop; plan on 45 minutes, which will allow for any lines or queues waiting for the next bus and the actual travel time on the bus.
is the entry to Grand Canyon West.
You will see 3 buildings in front of you as you walk from the parking lot.
- The igloo-shaped white building – known as “The Terminal” is the main entrance.
- The middle building is where flyers check-in for helicopters.
- The building closest to the airport runway is a gift shop and small snack-bar / deli.
- The igloo – “the Terminal” – is where visitors buy their ticket to get in.
- The gift shop at the Terminal is the largest in at Grand Canyon West. Restroom facilities are here, of course.
- The Terminal is where you get on the shuttle bus to begin the journey to Eagle Point and Guano Point.
- All the shuttle buses start here and circle from one point to the next, and they all return to the Terminal.
This where you will find the Skywalk – the Glass Bridge over the Grand Canyon.
- You can get right up to the edge of the Grand Canyon here, and I mean literally and absolutely right to the edge.
- There are no guard-rails or safety chains for protection, so be aware of where you are and also be aware of the people around you.
- This is an exciting, thrilling, amazing adventure for you – impossible to clearly describe, you have to see it and feel it for yourself.
- Behind the Skywalk is a covered Amphitheater. This is where there are seasonal and special events are held; native dancers are here, and from time-to-time you’ll see ‘first-people’ – natives from all over North America perform here.
- There is a smooth, paved walkway around the amphitheater that leads you to examples of native dwellings from around North American. Navajo, Hopi, Plains and other native peoples are represented here.
- There is a stand-alone building beside the amphitheater. Restrooms are located here, as well as a ‘high-end’ gift store with some very nice pieces of native art – certainly worth a few minutes to explore.
- A smoking area is located behind this building.
- If your entry package included a meal voucher, you may use it here at one of two places – the Chinese cafe or next door at the Skywalk Cafe.
- Meals are available for purchase if your entry package did not include a meal. Outdoor eating areas only; one large eating area is sheltered.
- Guano Point is another area where you may use your meal voucher.
- The Guano Cafe serves western-style cowboy fare in cafeteria style, not-too-fancy-but-plenty-tasty. Outside eating area only, mostly sheltered.
- Walk through the middle of the eating area and you will see a path on the right, up a gentle slope; you’ll also see a slightly more adventurous scramble up the rocks to the left of the path. Either way will get you to the same place.
- Take the time to go up to that viewpoint. From there you can visually explore some of the possibilities of Guano Point, and you’ll see one of my own favorite views of the Grand Canyon – and I have seen a lot of them.
- From this viewpoint you can see the Colorado River as is bends around the final part of the Grand Canyon.
- Just barely out of site, and less than 20 miles from where you are standing the Colorado River flows into Lake Mead, the man-made lake created by Hoover Dam.
- From this viewpoint, looking north, with the Guano Cafe behind you, you can see a wide path on the right that seems to go around a small mountain.
- Looking straight across to the top of the mountain, you can likely see people standing on the peak, at roughly the same elevation as you. There is no path to the top, just a scramble up the rocks. If you have bad knees, it may be a challenge for you to come down.
- On the other side of the mountain, just out of sight from where you are, is an old building a the remaining structure of a cable-way system.
- It takes about 25-35 minutes for the round trip from where you are standing (at the viewpoint just above the shelter at Guano Cafe) to the mountain top, or around the right side to the buildings, and back to Guano Cafe.
- When you have finished exploring Guano Point, you will ‘Hop-On’ the next bus, which will take you back to the Terminal.
- If you are going to Hualapai Ranch, you will transfer to the Ranch Bus. Ask your driver, they will show you where it is.
is an 8-year-old replica of a western town. It is one of my own favorite places at Grand Canyon West.
- If you still have a meal voucher, you may use it here.
- Meals are available for purchase here.
- Meals are served at the Dance Hall; inside and outside seating is available.
- Similar to the meals at Guano Cafe, they are served cafeteria style, western-type cowboy grub, not-to-fancy, good plain food.
- Inside the Dance Hall, you’ll find a card-sharp /magician at one end,
- and a cowboy with a guitar, singing songs of the old west as you enjoy your supper.
- If you have a window seat, you will be able to watch the cowboy games in the street.
- You’ll see cowboys showing your fellow travelers how to use a lasso to rope a cow, how to win the quick-draw against their friends, or how to shoot an arrow into a bale of hay.
- The cowboy games are great fun, but if you don’t want to rope the cow, you may want a photo of your friends in jail or at the gallows; both are at the other end of town.
- If time permits, there is a free wagon ride that takes you out into the desert; this wagon ride takes 20 minutes, round-trip, from when the horses start pulling the wagon.
- Horse-back rides are available for an additional fee; go into the Hotel (beside the Yellow Hair Trading Post) to register.
- The Ranch Bus will take you back to the Terminal
- Most tour companies instruct their guests to meet at the Terminal – where they started – for the return trip to Las Vegas at the end of their tour.
Some folks have told me the Hualapai Ranch has nothing to do with the Grand Canyon, but I disagree.
The Ranch is on the south side of the Grand Canyon, on the high plateau leading to the edge; from the western town you can see the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Many tour companies do not mention the Hualapai Ranch because of the additional time it takes to include the Ranch in their tour.
We think it shouldn’t be missed, and we can tell you how to manage your time so you can include the Hualapai Ranch in your own tour.