Grand Canyon- West Rim Tour
The Grand Canyon is an amazing experience. It really is an incredible moment when you’re stood at the edge of the canyon, looking over the beautiful Grand Canyon National Park, carved by the Colorado River, with a camera in one hand and a bottle of water in the other. Because let’s face it, it’s the Middle of Arizona and it’s boiling.
We arrived in Las Vegas in the middle of March and met our mum at the airport, for a week’s holiday! The three of us checked in to Polo Towers hotel, along the famous Las Vegas strip and we hit the rooftop pool on the 23rd floor of our hotel, in gorgeous heat.
The morning of the 21st March we got up nice and early to begin our West Rim coach Tour to the Grand Canyon and the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge and it was brilliant. After researching helicopter tours or hiring a car for the day, we decided the coach tour was our best option. I can imagine a helicopter tour would be amazing, but it’s very expensive and from my research I found you only fly over these areas and don’t actually land and step foot on them. If you’re like me, I really wanted to say “I’ve stepped foot on the Grand Canyon”. The tour begins visiting the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge, which is an arch bridge that spans the Colorado River, between the states of Arizona and Nevada. The bridge is incredible to see, I would definitely recommend a visit if you’re passing through either one of these States. It’s quite fascinating actually; you can walk a couple of steps and be in either the State of Arizona or the State of Nevada. Ever wanted to stand in two States at the same time?
After the Hoover Dam Bridge, the coach continues to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon. You can also visit the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, which is the most popular point to visit, or if you prefer hiking and long walks, you can visit the North Rim. However, I believe there are time restrictions visiting the North Rim, as it’s only accessible in summer months and not winter months.
The West Rim is fantastic. We had 3 hours at the West Rim to explore different areas of the Grand Canyon and to learn about the history of the Hualapai Indian tribe. The West Rim is known for its brand new, modern Grand Canyon Skywalk Glass Bridge. The glass floor extends 70 feet over the edge of the Grand Canyon rim, allowing visitors to physically walk over the Grand Canyon. As you walk across the glass floor, you can look down beneath you, 4000 feet above the Grand Canyon. I will warn you, if you are afraid of heights (like my sister) this might be quite challenging for you. But face your fears with this one, my sister did and she walked round the whole glass edge. Although she absolutely hates heights, she is so pleased she did it!
The West Rim is run by the Hualapai Indians, created back in March 2007 and attracts over 700,000 visitors each year. There are a few restrictions on the glass rim: number one, you have to wear blue plastic covers over your shoes, to avoid scratching and weakening the glass. So I would recommend wearing comfortable and flat shoes, to make this easier. Number two, you are not allowed to take any personal belongings on the platform: handbags, mobile phones, and cameras (etc), again because of weakening or scratching the glass, if you were to accidentally drop an item. However, there are lockers provided to keep your personal belongings safe. Of course, this is annoying if you wish to take personal photographs on the platform however, you can buy the professional photos, taken by the photographers on site. To be honest, the professional photos are beautiful so I would recommend having them taken. For the three of us, visiting the Grand Canyon was a once in a life opportunity and experience. I can’t imagine the three of us will ever go back here again! So the professional photos are a great souvenir to take home. As you walk round the glass edge, you stand in four different spots to have your photos taken. They turned out perfect; they are taken from different angles, so you can see the Canyon beneath you, behind you, and beside you.
Part of the West Rim Grand Canyon Tour was visiting two areas of the Canyon: the Skywalk and an area which has been named “Eagle’s Point”. The title very much gives it away, but there is a section in the Canyon rocks which is shaped and sculptured like an Eagle. It’s a beautiful natural feature of the Grand Canyon. This point, alongside the Skywalk Glass Bridge attracts thousands of visitors and helps draw people to the world of the Hualapai Tribe culture.
The Grand Canyon is a place I would definitely recommend visiting; it is a natural wonder in this world and is so beautiful. I personally really enjoyed my experience on the coach tour to the West Rim and I would recommend it to anyone. I would suggest taking plenty of water with you on this visit, sun cream and of course, like I say in most of my posts, a camera!
I hope you like this information about the Grand Canyon, if you have any questions I am happy to answer them and I’ll write soon.
Bye for now, Sadie Chillingworth