Grand Canyon Places


Grand Canyon West

Getting Here and Around

The West Rim is a five-hour drive from the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park or a 2½-hour drive from Las Vegas. From Kingman, drive north 30 miles on U.S. 93, and then turn right onto Pierce Ferry Road and follow it for 28 miles. (A shorter, more scenic alternative is to drive 42 miles north on Stockton Hill Road, turning right onto Pierce Ferry Road for 7 miles, but this takes a bit longer because Stockton Hill Road has a lower speed limit than the wide, divided U.S. 93 highway.) Turn right (east) on to Diamond Bar Road and follow for 21 miles to Grand Canyon West entrance.

The dusty, bumpy 10-mile stretch of unpaved road leading to Grand Canyon West isn't recommended for RVs and low-clearance vehicles. For a gentler approach to the West Rim, visitors can park at the Grand Canyon West-Sky Station Welcome Center on Pierce Ferry Road and take a shuttle to the West Rim for a nominal fee; reservations are required.

Visitors aren't allowed to travel in their own vehicles to the viewpoints once they reach the West Rim, and must purchase a tour package—which can range from day use to horseback or helicopter rides to lodging and meals—from Hualapai Tourism.