Grand Canyon – Getting There
Both the North and South Rims of Grand Canyon National Park, as well as Grand Canyon West on the Hualapai Indian Reservation, are accessible from southern Nevada. Most travelers coming from the Silver State depart from Las Vegas and enter the park at the South Rim, which is where the majority of visitor facilities can be found. The drive, via U.S. 395, I-40 and Arizona 64, takes between five and six hours and includes a trip over Hoover Dam. But your options aren’t limited to road tripping it yourself. A bevy of bus and helicopter tours are available from Las Vegas and make for a memorable way to visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Those heading to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, where the few developed viewpoints offer a greater sense of looking across the vast gorge rather than down to its depths, can make it from Mesquite in about four hours. There are no air or train services to this area, but the road trip is enjoyable and final destination definitely worth the drive. On I-15, you’ll cross a corner of Arizona on the way to St. George, Utah, then take Utah 9 to Utah 59, merge onto Arizona 389 to U.S. 89, then exit onto Arizona 67/Rim Parkway.
Grand Canyon West, situated on the Hualapai Indian Reservation, offers the shortest driving time from Las Vegas at about two and a half hours and includes a trip across Hoover Dam. However, the last 14 miles or so are over rough, unpaved roadway, so a high-clearance SUV or four-wheel-drive is recommended. Another option? Join one of the many all-inclusive tour packages via motorcoach, van or helicopter that depart from Las Vegas and take passengers on the sightseeing trip of a lifetime!