Adventures written by the VAMONDE Team
For good reason, the Grand Canyon National Park ranks in the top five most visited parks in the United States. Its yawning gorge cuts a mile deep into the earth, exposing millions of years of red rock. The turquoise water of the Colorado River flows at the bottom.
The entire canyon is massive. It is 10 miles across on average, and 277 miles long. Visitors can view the canyon from several locations, including the South Rim, the North Rim, and the West Rim. Each site is distinctly different from the others, with its own ecosystem and microclimate. Although the South Rim is drivable from Las Vegas, the four-and-a-half-hour journey makes it more of a weekend trip than a day trip. The West Rim is less than 200 miles from the city, and the route includes other notable checkpoints for the road warrior.
One distinction of the West Rim is the Grand Canyon Skywalk. This attraction is not for the faint of heart! It has a plexiglass floor that extends 70 feet over the edge of the canyon. Brave travelers will be able to look down and see the rolling river 4,000 feet below them. However, be aware that personal photography equipment is not allowed from the Skywalk. The YouTube video below from Maverick Helicopters will give you an idea of what to expect if you decide to take a quick stop at the Skywalk during your road trip.
Instead, Instagrammers and other social media influencers will want to check out Guano Point to share their experience with followers. The best panoramic view of the Canyon is by following the “Highpoint Hike” trail from Guano Point. Guano Point is accessible as the stop on a Hop-On-Hop-Off shuttle, which circulates continuously throughout the day.
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