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Self-Drive to the Grand Canyon

Self-Drive to the Grand Canyon

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Why Take a Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour without Transfers


  • Kick start your Grand Canyon Helicopter tour with a road trip from Las Vegas.
  • Travel along the original American Mother Road - Route 66.
  • Sit back and relax as you take in sights from your window as you drive through the Mojave Desert.
  • Stop at the O’Callaghan - Tillman Bridge, the new Hoover Dam bypass that gives you magnificent views of the dam.
  • Experience a taste of culture at Joshua Tree Forest where you can watch dance performances and cultural ceremonies of the Hualapai tribe.

Getting from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon by Road


The journey from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon takes anywhere between 3 - 5 hours, depending on which rim you want to drive to.

 

West Rim

North Rim

South Rim

Distance from Las Vegas

130 miles

270 miles

280 miles

Estimated drive time

2 hours 20 minutes

4 hours 30 minutes

5 hours

Pros and Cons

Because of its close proximity to Las Vegas, as well the road quality, the West Rim is the ideal Grand Canyon location to drive to. Once you reach the Grand Canyon, you can opt for a helicopter or airplane tour. The West Rim is also home to the infamous Skywalk. In addition, it’s the only rim where you can fly to the canyon floor. Check out our full collection of Grand Canyon tours to the bottom of the West Rim.

The North Rim is considered to be the ‘quiet rim’. It receives only one tenth of the visitors as the South Rim. But don’t let this deter you; the North Rim is home to incredible viewpoints, including the 8,803-foot Point Imperial, the rim’s highest point. Bright Angel Point is also popular, with stunning views of the Roaring Springs. Keep in mind, the North Rim is only open from mid MArch to mid October. It’s the only area that closes during the winter months.

If you were to close your eyes and try to imagine the Grand Canyon based on photos you’ve seen, the picture in your head most likely resembles the South Rim. The most popular section of the Grand Canyon, it is said to have to the best views. With more lush terrain than the arid West Rim, it’s a great place to hike.

Directions to the Grand Canyon

From Las Vegas - 2.5 hours

1. Take US-95/US-93 South towards Kingman, AZ
2. Turn left and take Pierce Ferry Road
3. Turn right onto Diamond Bar Road and stay on this road
4. Continue on to Buck and Doe Rd
5. Turn Right onto Airport Service Road to Grand Canyon West Airport for shuttles to the rim and Skywalk

Things to know about the West Rim

Grand Canyon West is not part of the Grand Canyon National Park. It is owned and operated by the Hualapai Indian Reservation.

The West Rim is home to the incredible Skywalk, a tremendous U-shaped glass bridge that juts out 70 feet from the canyon’s rim, giving guests the chance to stand 4,000 feet in the air.

The road leading to the Skywalk is not fully paved. Some rental companies exclude driving on this road, so be sure to check your rental agreement contract.

If interested in visiting Grand Canyon West from Las Vegas by airplane, helicopter or coach, browse our full collection of Grand Canyon tours to the West Rim.

Directions to the South Rim

From Las Vegas - 5 hours

1. Take US-95/US-93 South towards Kingman, AZ
2. From Kingman, take I-40 east to Williams, AZ
3. From Williams, take Highway 65 north to the South Rim

Directions to the North Rim

From Las Vegas - 4.5 hours

1. Drive north on I-15, just past St. George, UT to Rt 9
2. Drive east on Rt 9 to Rt 59
3. Continue east on Rt 59 (at the Utah/Arizona state line, the highway changes to Rt 389)
4. Continue east on Rt 389 to the junction with US 89a
5. Continue east on US 89a to the junction with Rt 67
6. Drive south on Rt 67 directly to the North Rim

Get more information on tours from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon, including FAQs and insider tips.