Grand Canyon Tours
With so many Grand Canyon tours operating right out of Las Vegas, there’s just no excuse for missing out on one of the Seven Wonders of the World when you’re in southern Nevada. And whether you get there by car, motorcoach, Hummer or helicopter is entirely up to you.
Flights over the Grand Canyon offer stunning eagle-eye views of both the chasm’s vastness and the Colorado River snaking far below. Choose from a simple flight over the canyon and back again, or consider airplane and helicopter tours that include landings at spots like the South Rim. From there, you can continue with a guided tour of the area that includes sightseeing locales like Mather Point and Bright Angel lodge. Chopper tours on Grand Canyon West, situated on the Hualapai Indian Reservation, drop 4,000 feet to the banks of the Colorado River and give passengers quite a perspective on the enormous canyon. Other air tours at the Grand Canyon offer combo packages that include bus tours, boat trips on the river, even barbecues and champagne picnics.
For those who prefer to do their own driving, consider self-drive tours via Jeep, Hummer or SUV. Many include overnight stays, entrance to tribal lands, souvenirs and maps of all the sights to see. Most of these trips out of Las Vegas include pickup and return to your hotel. And if you arrive in your own vehicle, your tour options are just as varied. Visitors can take guided mule trips, trail rides and bus tours too.
If your Grand Canyon excursion has you exploring on foot or by vehicle, keep the season in mind. Summer temperatures at the South Rim are pleasant with highs in the 80s at the upper elevations, while at the river it can reach 100 degrees. The South Rim sees snow in the winter, but plentiful sunshine can mean daytime highs in the 40s. Fall and spring weather can be unpredictable but often pleasant, with highs ranging from the 50s to 60s. The North Rim, at an elevation of 8,000 feet, has summer temperatures in the 70s but closes in winter due to heavy snow. The weather at Grand Canyon West is very similar to that of Las Vegas. Spring and summer temperatures run about 10 degrees warmer, while fall and winter months are about 10 degrees cooler.