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West Rim (has Skywalk)

If I go to the west rim should I also purchase the ticket for Skywalk?

South rim (no Skywalk but lots of attractions)

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Which spots in the South Canyon are the most beautiful? Don’t miss the South Gorge attractions

Hopi Point

Hopi Point is one of the attractions in the Grand Canyon that offers panoramic views. It combines the wonderful views of the west and east of the canyon compared to any other point on the southern edge. This is a great place to see the sunrise and sunset.

Hopi Point is located on Hermit Drive and can be reached along the Grand Canyon Park to the west. From 3 to 11, this Hermit Drive is closed for private vehicles, but there is a free shuttle bus departing from the west side of Bright Angel Lodge, and you can easily take the bus from the park to the sights of Hermit Drive. The average car 15 is a minute, so you can count the time, stop 15 or 30 minutes at each point and then take the ride to the next point. If you don't have a ride, you can walk slowly and walk along Hopi Point. From the start of Hermit Drive you will need to travel about 2 miles to Hopi Point, but along the way you will pass several nice other attractions.

Powell Point

Not far from the east of Hopi Point, Powell Point has excellent eastern scenery and is a great place to watch the sunrise. Since it is not as famous as Hopi Point, there are relatively few people at this point. You can also take the red line bus to the west with Hopi Point, or you can walk along the trail. (The distance from the west to Hermit Drive is also about 2 miles)

Named after John Wesley Powell, Powell Point was the first person to successfully complete a trip to the Grand Canyon from the Colorado River. The monument to this historic achievement is located at Powell Point.

Yavapai Point

Yavapai Point is just around the corner from the Visitor Center. This point is just in the middle of the park, showing the east to west of the Grand Canyon. In addition, there is a log cabin at this point, which introduces information about the geology and history of the Grand Canyon. Because he is very close to the visitor center and is a well-known hot spot, it is often crowded and crowded.

Mather Point

Also near Yavapai and the Visitor Center, Mather Point is also one of the most visited attractions for visitors. In the points of these tourist centers, you can take the yellow line of transportation vehicles. However, the walking distance is not far away. (10-15 minutes)

Desert View Point

Desert View is at the far east of the park, and it needs to be driven by car. There is no traffic in the park. It is about X minutes by 30-40 from the main park. The feature here is that this watchtower can see the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River from the almost east side. If you are driving to this point, there are quite a few small attractions on the way to stay and take pictures. The scenery of each attraction is different from 10 minutes.

In addition, this point is opened to the Grand Canyon National Park area in the east, and after the road is taken outside, you can drive to Horseshoe Bay, Peggy Town, Antelope Valley. If you plan for the Grand Canyon, Antelope Valley, Horseshoe Bay for two days and one night, then this point can almost be directly included in the itinerary because you can pass by. At the end of the article, we will recommend different multi-day groups that can participate, or the same route. You can also refer to the group's itinerary and then drive by car.

Which spots in the South Canyon are the most beautiful? Don’t miss the South Gorge attractions

Hopi Point

Hopi Point is one of the attractions in the Grand Canyon that offers panoramic views. It combines the wonderful views of the west and east of the canyon compared to any other point on the southern edge. This is a great place to see the sunrise and sunset.

Hopi Point is located on Hermit Drive and can be reached along the Grand Canyon Park to the west. From 3 to 11, this Hermit Drive is closed for private vehicles, but there is a free shuttle bus departing from the west side of Bright Angel Lodge, and you can easily take the bus from the park to the sights of Hermit Drive. The average car 15 is a minute, so you can count the time, stop 15 or 30 minutes at each point and then take the ride to the next point. If you don't have a ride, you can walk slowly and walk along Hopi Point. From the start of Hermit Drive you will need to travel about 2 miles to Hopi Point, but along the way you will pass several nice other attractions.

Powell Point

Not far from the east of Hopi Point, Powell Point has excellent eastern scenery and is a great place to watch the sunrise. Since it is not as famous as Hopi Point, there are relatively few people at this point. You can also take the red line bus to the west with Hopi Point, or you can walk along the trail. (The distance from the west to Hermit Drive is also about 2 miles)

Named after John Wesley Powell, Powell Point was the first person to successfully complete a trip to the Grand Canyon from the Colorado River. The monument to this historic achievement is located at Powell Point.

Yavapai Point

Yavapai Point is just around the corner from the Visitor Center. This point is just in the middle of the park, showing the east to west of the Grand Canyon. In addition, there is a log cabin at this point, which introduces information about the geology and history of the Grand Canyon. Because he is very close to the visitor center and is a well-known hot spot, it is often crowded and crowded.

Mather Point

Also near Yavapai and the Visitor Center, Mather Point is also one of the most visited attractions for visitors. In the points of these tourist centers, you can take the yellow line of transportation vehicles. However, the walking distance is not far away. (10-15 minutes)

Desert View Point

Desert View is at the far east of the park, and it needs to be driven by car. There is no traffic in the park. It is about X minutes by 30-40 from the main park. The feature here is that this watchtower can see the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River from the almost east side. If you are driving to this point, there are quite a few small attractions on the way to stay and take pictures. The scenery of each attraction is different from 10 minutes.

In addition, this point is opened to the Grand Canyon National Park area in the east, and after the road is taken outside, you can drive to Horseshoe Bay, Peggy Town, Antelope Valley. If you plan for the Grand Canyon, Antelope Valley, Horseshoe Bay for two days and one night, then this point can almost be directly included in the itinerary because you can pass by. At the end of the article, we will recommend different multi-day groups that can participate, or the same route. You can also refer to the group's itinerary and then drive by car.

What season is suitable for traveling to the Grand Canyon?

In the summer, the canyon is very hot, sometimes it is raining heavily, and there are a large number of people everywhere. Not only the Native Americans will bring their families to travel in the summer, but also international tourists. If time permits, summer nights are perfect for camping in the Grand Canyon (South Gorge) park, or staying in a log cabin to experience the atmosphere of the canyon from morning to night and the fun of the picnic.

The icy weather in winter scares away most visitors, with the least number of visitors this season. But this time actually has its own characteristics, the snow-covered Grand Canyon is another beautiful view.

Spring and autumn are good seasons to visit the Grand Canyon. The temperature will not be too hot or too cold, the crowd in the park will not be as much as summer, and because it is not the peak season, booking accommodation in the park will be relatively cheaper. If you like hiking, the climate of this season is the most suitable for hiking.

Summary: Summer (6-8 month) is the hottest and most popular, suitable for camping, the most expensive accommodation in the park; less people in spring and autumn, cheaper accommodation; winter people will snow at least, so it can be very cold, but accommodation It is also relatively cheap.

Overnight in the South Canyon, stay in the park, cabins, camping

In addition, if you want to spend a little more time in the Grand Canyon, you can stay in a hotel or wooden house in the park for one night (to be ordered very early). There are supermarkets and breakfast shops in the park, where you can also buy almost all the equipment, food, and simple meals that camping needs, which is quite convenient.

Accommodation in the park is usually booked through the official website: https://www.visitgrandcanyon.comYavapai Lodge is a budget wooden house accommodation in the park.

There are different points in camping in the park. For more information, please refer toGrand Canyon National Park's official website

Table format comparison compares Xixia and Nanxia

West RimSouth Rim
Distance from Las Vegas125 miles275 miles
One-way car time2-2.5 hours4.5-5 hours
Attractions richnessmediumhigh
Best tour length (days)1multiple days
IFunVegas Recommendation 3.5 5
Single-day tour price$79/person$80/person
Other featuresSkywalk, helicopter and boat ride, pass by the Hoover DamThere are camping spots, helicopters ride
Single-day tour booking linkClick hereClick here

Q: Do you need to go to Xixia and Glass Bridge after going to Nanxia National Park?

A: Our advice is: No. Because the South Gorge has seen a very rich view of the Grand Canyon, returning to the West Gorge will be relatively boring and the cost is not low. Instead, I feel that the CP value is very low. Unless you especially want to experience the glass bridge, we will not push the west gorge to the passengers who have been to the South Gorge.

Pros: Lots of attractions and can see different views of the Grand Canyon. Good for camping or RV trip as well.

Cons: It's far from Las Vegas. If you join a one day tour you will spend about nine hours on the bus.

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