Embark on a full-day adventure, complete with a luxury ride to the majestic Grand Canyon, a stop at the Hoover Dam, VIP access to the world-renowned Skywalk Bridge, and a picnic lunch at the Hualapai Ranch. This is a complete day of exploration that you won’t want to miss.
A luxury Mercedes Sprinter whisks you away from the Strip and through the Mojave Desert on your way to the impressive Hoover Dam. Your guide shares fascinating facts about the dam’s innovative construction and engineering.
Arrive at the striking Grand Canyon, and marvel at one of the "Seven Natural Wonders of the World." Enjoy the Skywalk Bridge and walk along the horseshoe-shaped bridge extending 70 feet (21 m) from the canyon’s edge. At 4,000 feet (1,200 m) above the Colorado River, the Skywalk Bridge is an extraordinary feat of engineering. A experience you will never forget!
Savor a picnic lunch at one of the canyon’s breathtaking viewpoints; both Guano and Eagle points are within walking distance from the West Rim. Before heading back to the Strip, visit the Hualapai Ranch to discover the story of the Native Americans who once called it home
- Professional guided tour of the Grand Canyon
- Stop at the Hoover Dam
- Admission to the Skywalk Bridge
- Picnic lunch
- Roundtrip transportation to and from your hotel on the Strip in a luxury Mercedes Sprinter
- Live tour commentary in English (Spanish available)
- Visit to Hualapai Ranch
VIP Skywalk West Rim Experience
Besides the posh and glam of Vegas, you can also add an exciting day trip to your Vegas vacation by taking a trip to Grand Canyon West. Grand Canyon West, which is part of Hualapai land, features the renowned Skywalk at Eagle Point. The Skywalk is a unique see-through bridge that is as strong as it is transparent. Made with reinforced glass and steel, the platform permits visitors to see down into the canyon as well as view the surrounding scenery.
A Sturdy See-through Platform
Don’t worry about the glass floor of the platform breaking, as it can withstand a large volume of weight. As many as 800 200-pound people can walk on the bridge at one time. However, only 120 people are permitted on the Skywalk at a time. The Skywalk’s glass is indeed strong, as it weighs approximately 80,000 pounds. Moreover, the red limestone that anchors the cantilever bridge can hold 16,000 pounds per square inch.
Because the Skywalk extends over the west rim of the canyon, you may wonder how it stays in place. The bridge rests on a base of eight columns. These columns support six-foot high box beams that are 32 inches wide and feature 2-inch thick walls. The bases for the box beams measure 45 feet deep and serve as counterweights for the Skywalk’s horseshoe design. The bedrock reinforced bridge also includes dampers that lower vibrations caused by visitors and the wind.
How Thick is the Skywalk’s Glass?
The see-through glass deck of the Skywalk initially was made of four low-iron glass layers that each measured 4 inches thick. Each of the panels weighed about a ton. However, in 2011, four years after the Skywalk opening, a 150-foot crane was used to replace the original glass with 5-layer glass panels. Each of the panels weighed 1,800 pounds and measured 2.5 inches thick.
When the Journey Begins
To embark on this popular Canyon Vegas Tours trip, you will begin your journey at 7:00 AM in the morning. We will pick you up at or near your hotel and whisk you on your way in a Mercedes Sprinter luxury van. We will also provide some nourishment and plenty of water.
Begin your day by traveling in comfortable, adjustable, cushioned seats with panoramic window views. The journey takes about 3 hours and spans about 130 miles, so you will get to your destination in no time. Our friendly and professional tour guides will clue you in on more details about your trip, and provide information about sights along the way.
Arriving at Grand Canyon West
Once you arrive at Canyon West, plan to spend about four hours at the site. We will take you back around 5:30 PM that evening. Therefore, you have plenty of time to view the sights and the depths of the canyon from the Skywalk bridge as well as eat at one of the West Rim restaurants.
Hiking and Visiting Guano Point
You might also consider taking Highpoint Hike to the highest elevation at the West Rim. This point is also known as Guano Point. Besides being a beautiful lookout point, Guano Point is also the site of a once-thriving guano mining operation. You can see evidence of the former activity, as the remains of a tram can be seen that stretches 8,800 feet across a section of the canyon landscape.
Guano Point’s History
The history of the guano mining operation began in the 1930’s when a passing boater discovered a cave holding nitrogen-rich guano. Guano is used as fertilizer for growing crops. The property was purchased for mining by the U.S. Guano Corporation, which also built a tram system, costing around $3.5 million. The aerial tram went from the mine to Guano Point.
However, in 1959, when most of the cave’s resources had been depleted, a U.S. fighter plane crashed into the cable system, thereby disabling the tram. The tram still sits today – a monument to a once-lucrative mining venture. The Guano Point Café can also be accessed at the site. If you drop in at the cafe, you will also be rewarded with 360-degree canyon views.
Another must-see site at Grand Canyon West is Hualapai Ranch. This entertainment venue features Wild West shootouts and magic shows daily. You can also see how you do at the animatronics shoot-out featured at the ranch. If you visit the ranch with your family, you may also want to inquire about the wagon rides.
Zip Lining at Grand Canyon West
If you want to feel the breeze and experience an adrenaline rush, you won’t be disappointed if you visit Grand Canyon West’s zipline. You can go as fast as 40 miles per hour over a distance of 3,200 feet.
No Need to Wait in Line to Buy Skywalk Tickets
What is nice about this day adventure is that you can visit the popular Skywalk attraction without waiting in line. Canyon Vegas Tours will include Skywalk tickets in a Grand Canyon West VIP package. Therefore, you can go directly to the Skywalk at Eagle Point.
The Eagle Point viewpoint is also memorable, as it features a rock formation that looks like an eagle spreading its wings. Once you’ve visited the Skywalk platform, check out the menu selection at the Skywalk Café.
Book More than One Trip through Canyon Vegas Tours
If you have not already done so, contact Canyon Vegas Tours about your day trip plans today. If you have time, you may even want to book a day tour to see Grand Canyon National Park and the South Rim. Both the West Rim and South Rim offer unique attractions, so you can enjoy two different travel experiences.
Give Us a Call to Book Day Trips to the Grand Canyon
Our VIP tour of the West Rim includes a small group travel experience and a walking tour of Grand Canyon West, if you so choose. Again, we will return you to your hotel between 5:30 PM and 6:30 PM in the evening in our Mercedes Sprinter deluxe luxury bus.
If you are planning a trip to Vegas in the near future, extend your travel experience by seeing the Grand Canyon by bus. Contact Canyon Vegas Tours for all the details today. We look forward to hearing from you soon and serving your canyon travel needs.