See the Grand Canyon from a different angle at Grand Canyon West. Owned and operated by the Hualapai Tribe (pronounced Wal-lah-pie), Grand Canyon West offers unparalleled panoramic views of the canyon’s west rim from hiking and biking trails, river rafting, a zip line and the famous skywalk. Whether you're looking down into the canyon through the glass floor of the gravity-defying skywalk or looking up at the cliff tops from a raft below, the view is always spectacular.
History & Nature
The Hualapai people, which means the 'People of the Tall Pines' have inhabited this area since A.D. 600 and culturally identify as part of the Pai Yuman which includes the Havasupai and Yavapai.
Grand Canyon West is not part of Grand Canyon National Park but instead sits on Hualapai Tribal lands—108 miles of which run along the western end of the Grand Canyon and Colorado River. This side of the canyon is more desert-like with elevations that average 4,000 feet, and it remains warmer in the summer. (If you're thinking of exploring the entirety of the Grand Canyon, keep in mind it can average 5 hours to drive from the south rim to Grand Canyon West.)
Things to Do
Grand Canyon West lets visitors explore one of the Seven Wonders of the World from its west rim. Hike or bike one of the many designated trails, or head to Hualapai Ranch for 30-, 60-, and 90-minute trail rides along the rim for an up-close look at the Grand Canyon. For those not looking to walk like a cowboy, wagon rides are also available for a more comfortable tour.
Perhaps the best way to experience the Grand Canyon is on the Skywalk, a glass, horseshoe-shaped bridge 4,000 feet above the canyon's riverbed that offers visitors a bird's eye view of the Grand Canyon. Another way to see the canyon from up above is via a helicopter tour. Start high above for an expansive view as far as the eye can see and then sink into the canyon to soar between the sculpted walls.
Those looking to splash down into the Colorado River need only look to Hualapai River Runners for one-day white water adventures. For the full experience by land and water, sign up for a flight-and river-tour combo package, which includes helicopter tours and river cruises on pontoon boats.
Where to Stay
Want a taste of the Wild West? Hualapai Ranch delivers with cowboy activities in a dude ranch setting. Take trail rides and listen to cowboy tales by the campfire while roasting s'mores. Accommodations include cozy cabins decorated in Southwestern fashion and delicious cowboy cuisine.
Sitting off of the iconic Route 66, take a classic road trip to the Grand Canyon via the historic highway then make the Hualapai Lodge your Grand Canyon adventure basecamp. Hualapai Lodge accommodates visitors with spacious rooms, a restaurant, and a salt-water pool to ensure a relaxing stay in the desert with modern amenities.
Route 66 Days
Location: Peach Springs
Location: Peach Springs
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PO Box 179
Peach Springs, AZ 86434