National Park Experience
A great day trip – you won’t want to miss our trip to Grand Canyon National Park with a stop at Grand Canyon Caverns. Grand Canyon National Park is home to the South Rim of the canyon. Canyon Vegas Tours travel along Route 66 for a large part of the bus journey. On the way, you can enjoy a morning snack and buy some souvenirs, if you like. The first stop is Grand Canyon Caverns.
Luxury Bus Travel to the South Rim
You will love your ride, as our buses are equipped with panoramic windows and TVs. Whether you want to sit back and enjoy the scenery or take a look at what is on TV, you will experience the ultimate in comfort. Lie back in our cushioned and adjustable seating and experience a truly comfortable journey. Allow our knowledgeable and friendly tour guides to give you information about the sights along the way as well as provide facts about your destination.
Beginning Your Day Trip
You don’t want to miss out on a South Rim journey through Canyon Vegas Tours, as we make pickup from and drop off to your Vegas hotel easy. Your journey begins in the early morning, around 6:00 AM. That is when pick-up to Grand Canyon National Park and the South Rim begins.
Grand Canyon Caverns
One of the fun stops that Canyon Vegas Tours schedules on a South Rim tour is at Grand Canyon Caverns. This unique 45-minute visit allows you to see inside the underground cave and explore the largest dry caverns in Arizona. Take an elevator down 210 feet into this interesting cave system.
Features of the Caverns
Besides being the largest dry caverns in Arizona, Grand Canyon Caverns are the largest dry caverns in the US. The environment inside the caverns remains at a constant temperature of 57 degrees Fahrenheit or 14 degrees Celsius, and 2% humidity throughout the year.
The most popular walking tour in the caverns is just under one mile or 1.21-kilometers-long. It takes guests through a natural and winding tunnel. Tour visitors also can witness a cache of rations placed in the cave during the Cold War in the 1960s.
The Caverns’ Discovery
The history of the caverns is one that is ancient and mysterious. Therefore, a stopover always invites guests to return when they have more time. Discovered in 1927, the caverns became a tourist attraction shortly thereafter. However, at that time, guests were charged 25 cents to be lowered inside a large hole in the ground by a rope. They also had to bring their own light source. Today, the caverns are well-lit and an elevator is the preferred entry point.
Revamping The Caverns’ Entrance
During 1935, the Civilian Conservation Corps or C.C.C. and the Works Progress Administration (WPA) established work camps and built a new cavern entrance. At that time, a 30-foot wooden staircase was built to access the first part of the caverns, followed later by (3) 15-foot ladders.
The last 60 feet of the caverns was accessed by a suspension bridge. The admission price jumped to 50 cents after this new entry was built. This was the only way visitors could access or exit the caverns until 1962. At that time, workers blasted a 210-foot shaft for the elevator used today. The natural and original entrance was shut off and sealed forever.
Ghost sightings have been reported at the Caverns. The caverns, which once were used as an Indian burial ground, have had reported sightings of apparitions dancing as well as soft sounds of chanting. The caverns, which were used as a burial ground by the Hualapai tribe until 1927, were discovered by a woodcutter, named Walter Peck. Peck literally stumbled upon a hole to the caverns – the caves’ natural entrance. Today, ghost tours are also featured for anyone who has extra time to visit the site.
Naturally, you cannot miss any South Rim Day trip featured by Canyon Vegas Tours that includes a Route 66 stop at Grand Canyon Caverns. This fun stop is about two hours from Grand Canyon National Park and the South Rim – one of the reasons why you should book luxury bus travel through Canyon Vegas Tours. We make it possible for you to see some terrific sites along the way to the South Rim.
Continuing On To The South Rim
While it is always a good idea to visit the South Rim for the first time by bus, you may also want to choose another mode of travel in the future. Besides going by luxury bus, you can choose to take the Grand Canyon train from Williams, Arizona, or travel by plane or helicopter. Any of these forms of transport will make your Grand Canyon adventure exciting and memorable.
Arriving At The Park- Major Viewpoints To See
While you can access a large number of viewpoints along the South Rim, you cannot see them all in just a few hours. The main viewpoints that you can see on a day journey include Mather Point which is located close to the Visitor Center and entrance. You can also see Yavapai Point, and the Lookout Studio at Bright Angel Lodge. Most first-time visitors choose to see the views from Mather Point and Yavapai Point. To learn about even more viewpoints and current park information, you can check the Grand Canyon National Park website.
Most of the visitors who visit the South Rim first look over the canyon at Mather Point. While other viewpoints may be slightly better for viewing, Mather Point’s location makes it a popular viewpoint. Not only is it closer to the entrance, it is near the Visitor Center.
The view here is quite panoramic. The viewpoint features two railed platforms for viewing the rim. To the west, the Rim Trail features more scenic vistas until you come to the next viewpoint – Yavapai.
Part of the panorama from Mather Point includes the lower part of Garden Creek, some of the Bright Angel Trail, the canyon and Pipe Creek, Cedar Ridge and the O’Neill Butte – all which span along South Kaibab Trail. Kaibab Trail begins at the next viewpoint to the east. You can also see part of the Tonto Trail close to Pipe Creek. Bright Angel Creek, which runs among red ravines and tall outcroppings, flows along the North Rim.
Yavapai Point is directly west of Mather Point, and therefore is often visited on a daytrip to the South Rim of the canyon. Like Mather Point, Yavapai Point sits close to a Visitor Center, or the Yavapai Observation Station and Geology Museum. This site sells books and other items that relate to the history and geology of the Grand Canyon.
Because this point is northerly and close to the Colorado River down below, you can see more unobstructed views of the canyon. You can see the river winding from the end of Pipe Creek close to Plateau Point, which meets a section of the Bright Angel Trail.
When you look the other way, you can see a thin and long ridge spanning from Yaki Point. Far off peaks can be seen that lead to Desert View and the Palisades of the Desert.
Book a Trip to the South Rim Now through Canyon Vegas Tours
As you can see, the Grand Canyon truly lives up to its name in terms of its terrain, trails, and beauty. If you want to book travel, contact Canyon Vegas Tours now for a day trip of a lifetime. We regularly pick up from Las Vegas. Take a day out of your Vegas vacation to visit the surrounding sites. Contact Canyon Vegas Tours for a South Rim trip like no other today. Call now to book a reservation.