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West Canyon (with glass bridge)

Should I go to the Glass Bridge to go to West Canyon?

South Canyon (national park, no glass bridge)

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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 with panoramic views.It combines fantastic views to the west and east of the canyon more than any other point on the South Rim.This spot is famous as a good place to watch the sunset.

Hopi Point is located on Hermit Drive, and you can enter this route by walking along the Grand Canyon Park to the far west.From March to November, this Hermit Drive will be closed, and private vehicles are not allowed in and out, but there is a free shuttle bus line in the park, starting from the west of Bright Angel Lodge, you can easily take this shuttle bus Walk around the sights on Hermit Drive.Usually every 3 minutes, so you can calculate the time, stop at each point for 11 minutes or 15 minutes and then ride to the next point.If you don't have a car, you can also walk slowly and follow the walk to Hopi Point.From the start of Hermit Drive you will need to walk about 15 miles to Hopi Point, but you will also pass a few nice other attractions along the way.

Powell Point

Powell Point is just east of Hopi Point and has excellent eastern scenery, making it a great place to watch the sunrise.Since it is not as famous as Hopi Point, there are relatively few people visiting this point.Like Hopi Point, you can take the red line shuttle bus to the west, or you can walk here along the trail. (It is also about 2 miles from the west into Hermit Drive)

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

Bright Angel Point

Bright Angel is on the east side of Powell Point, and when visiting Bright Angel, must-sees include the El Tovar Hotel and Kolb Studio. El Tovar Hotel has hosted many stars, celebrities and dignitaries from all over the world. If you are considering staying in the Grand Canyon, you can try to book El Tovar Hotel for a celebrity-like experience. Kolb Studio is one of the earliest buildings in the Grand Canyon National Park. It was built by the Kolb brothers on the edge of the Grand Canyon in 1902. It was originally built as the home and photo studio of the Kolb brothers. It was bought and later used as an art gallery, bookstore and consultation center.

Kolb Studio at Grand Canyon National Park

Yavapai Point

Yavapai Point is near the visitor center.This point is right in the middle of the park, with a view of the east and west of the middle of the Grand Canyon.In addition, there is a cabin at this point, which introduces information about the geology and history of the Grand Canyon.Because it is very close to the visitor center and is a well-known and must-see attraction, it is often very crowded and crowded.

Mather Point

Also near Yavapai and the Visitor Center, Mather Point is also one of the most popular tourist attractions.Among the points of these visitor centers, you can take the yellow shuttle bus to reach them.But actually it's not that far. (10-15 minutes)

Desert View Point

Desert View is at the easternmost point of the park, and you need to drive there by yourself. There is no shuttle bus provided in the park to reach it. It is about 30-40 minutes away from the main park by car.The special feature here is this lookout tower that can see the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River from a nearly easternmost point of view.If you drive to this point by car, in fact, there are quite a few small attractions on the way to stop and take pictures. The scenery of the scenic spots every 10 minutes by car is very different.

In addition, if you drive east from this point, you can leave the Grand Canyon National Park area, and after connecting to the outside road, you can drive north to Horseshoe Bend, Page Town, and Antelope Canyon.If you plan the Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend 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 you can join, or you can also refer to the itinerary of the group and play by yourself on the same route.

 

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 Rim South Rim
Distance from Las Vegas 125 miles 275 miles
One-way car time 2-2.5 hours 4.5-5 hours
Attractions richness medium high
Best tour length (days) 1 multiple days
IFunVegas Recommendation 3.5/5 5/5
Single-day tour price From $120 per person
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From $115 per person
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small plane group From $299 per person
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From $559 per person
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Helicopter regiment From $429 per person
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not applicable
Other features Skywalk, helicopter and boat ride, pass by the Hoover Dam There is a park for camping.Valley Helicopter

 

Q: Do I still need to go to the West Canyon and the Glass Bridge after going to the South Grand Canyon National Park?

A: Our advice is: no.Because the South Canyon has seen a lot of Grand Canyon scenery, returning to the West Canyon will be relatively boring and the cost is not low.On the contrary, it will feel that the CP value is very low.Unless you particularly want to experience the glass bridge, travelers who have been to the South Canyon will usually not push the West Canyon again.

Pros: Plenty of sights to see the Grand Canyon from different sights and angles.The park's transportation and facilities are abundant and complete, suitable for staying in hotels, cabins, inns, tents or RV camping.It is suitable for two days and one night or three days and two nights groups (in addition to the South Canyon, you can also go to Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Baoweihu and other areas).

Disadvantages: The location is far from Las Vegas, and the one-day group ride takes a long time.

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