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West Rim of the Grand Canyon Tours

The Grand Canyon hosts millions of visitors each year, but many do not realize that there are multiple regions - or rims - of this Wonder of the World. Each rim differs greatly in its unique rock formations, wildlife, sightseeing opportunities, and activities available. When planning a Grand Canyon tour, it is important to determine which rim you and your family would like to experience.

Read on to discover the incredible sightseeing opportunities available at the West Rim of the Grand Canyon.


Visit the bottom of Grand Canyon

A helicopter provides transportation from the rim at Grand Canyon West down to the riverside boat dock.

Over the Edge Helicopter & Boat with Park Entry

See the West Rim from above on a helicopter tour, then from below on a smooth water boat tour.

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GCW Helicopter Landing with Park Entry

Board a helicopter and land at the bottom of the canyon, you'll have ample time to explore and capture photos, before heading back up to the top of the rim, where the journey continues with breathtaking viewpoints including Eagle Point and Guano Point.

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Grand Canyon West Rim FAQs

What is the closest city to the Grand Canyon West Rim?

  • Las Vegas is the closest city to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon. The West Rim is approximately a 2-hour drive from Las Vegas and a 3.5-hour drive from Flagstaff, Arizona.

    Why drive when you can fly? Papillon offers multiple helicopter and airplane tours from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon. We even offer convenient hotel pick-up and drop-off at most major Las Vegas hotels.

What is the climate of the Grand Canyon West Rim like?

  • The West Rim experiences a much more consistent desert climate than other rims of the canyon. The West Rim receives approximately 300 sunny days each year.

    The temperature here ranges between 90-100 F (32-37 C) in summer and 30-40 F (-1-4 C) in winter. The canyon floor at the West Rim is often a higher temperature than the surface due to the heat retention within the canyon walls.

Can I access the Grand Canyon floor at the West Rim?

  • Absolutely! Visitors wishing to experience the canyon floor can do so at the West Rim. The West Rim is the only region of the Grand Canyon that allows helicopter landings on the very bottom. Daily helicopter tours operating at the West Rim transport passengers to the canyon floor near the bank of the Colorado River.

Can I see everything at the Grand Canyon West Rim in one day?

  • Yes! The West Rim is the best option for travelers on a tight schedule. All the major viewpoints and activities at the Grand Canyon West Rim can be accomplished in a single day!

    A convenient shuttle service can transport guests free of charge to all the best viewpoints, the Skywalk Bridge, Hualapai Ranch, and the Native American Cultural Center. On West Rim helicopter tours with Papillon, visitors can also land on a private plateau of the canyon floor with plenty of time to explore.

Is there an entrance fee for the Grand Canyon West Rim?

  • If you are not booking a tour through Papillon, the minimum price to visit the West Rim is $47.74 per person.

    With Papillon's world-class helicopter, airplane, or bus tours, you'll receive a pass to the West Rim. Plus you'll get to experience once-in-a-lifetime views during your tour. That's a price you just can't beat!

    The price of each tour of the West Rim Grand Canyon is listed online next to the booking location. With Papillon what you see is what you get. Our lowest prices are available online - taxes and fees included!

Is the Grand Canyon West Rim Skywalk worth it?

  • We definitely think the Skywalk is worth adding to your West Rim tour. Picture yourself gazing out over the expanse of the Grand Canyon while suspended 4,000 feet above its floor.

    Since opening in 2007, this glass cantilever bridge has quickly become one of the most talked about activities at the Grand Canyon. If you're visiting the Grand Canyon West Rim, the Skywalk will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour.

What is there to do at the Grand Canyon West Rim?


Discover Grand Canyon West Rim Tours

The Grand Canyon West Rim is known as the rugged, less-trafficked alternative to the Grand Canyon National Park. This region is the home of breathtaking lookouts like Eagle Point and Guano Point as well as the famous Skywalk Bridge, whose glass floor provides views straight to the canyon floor.

Helicopter Tours

At the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, daily helicopter tours allow passengers to land at the very bottom of the canyon. You can even choose a helicopter tour that features champagne and a light picnic on a private plateau of the canyon floor.

There's a reason Papillon is the largest and most experienced Grand Canyon helicopter tour company. Safety, comfort, and service are our priorities. We are proud to fly the most advanced tour helicopters available. Our fleet represents 50+ years of superior service while transporting guests to the Grand Canyon.

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Airplane Tours

Experience magnificent aerial views soaring over the West Rim of the Grand Canyon aboard one of Papillon's first-rate airplane tours. Our aircraft are equipped with headphones for tour narration in multiple languages, climate-controlled cabins, and ample space for passengers to sit comfortably and enjoy the magnificent desert scenery.

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Bus Tours

Climb aboard a state-of-the-art motorcoach or luxurious Mercedes Sprinter and embark on a tour to the Grand Canyon West Rim. West Rim bus tours are daylong excursions that depart from Las Vegas. While cruising across the Southwestern desert, you can catch sights of the Hoover Dam, Mojave Desert, the 900-year-old Joshua Tree Forest, and spectacular West Rim lookouts. You can even upgrade to include the Grand Canyon Skywalk or a helicopter/bus/boat combo tour.

Motorcoaches come equipped with multiple televisions, windows, an onboard restroom, personal climate control, and a PA system for tour narration.

Platinum sprinter tours each seat up to 12 passengers, making them the ideal ground excursion for families and small groups. These custom touring vehicles feature air conditioning, plush seating, and individual headsets with multilingual narration.

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Adventure Tours

Make the most of your Grand Canyon West Rim vacation with a Papillon adventure tour. Imagine yourself embarking on a whitewater rafting trip along the roaring waters of the Colorado River. If you're looking for something a little more relaxing, check out a tour package that includes a peaceful pontoon boat cruise between the mighty canyon walls. Adventure tours of the West Rim Grand Canyon are sure to be excursions that you'll never forget.