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Discover the West Rim of the Grand Canyon with Papillon

West Rim of the Grand Canyon Tours

When you visit the Grand Canyon, you have many options. North Rim, South Rim, West Rim, national park or tribal land.  Grand Canyon West, only 125 miles from Las Vegas, is the rugged, less-trafficked alternative to the Grand Canyon National Park. On trips to this rim,  you can take a Grand Canyon West Rim helicopter tour and land just above the Colorado River, hike to beautiful lookout points, and visit the Grand Canyon Skywalk. See all Papillon’s incredible sightseeing trips to the Grand Canyon West Rim here.

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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.

starting from
$299.00
per/person

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.

starting from
$294.00
per/person

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Grand Canyon West Rim Frequently Asked Questions

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 Grand Canyon West. Since it is not part of a national park but, instead, tribal land, 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 Grand Canyon Skywalk,, 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, you’ll pay a stand-alone entry fee to enter the West Rim. Since the West Rim is not inside the Grand Canyon National Park, all visitors must pay the fee and National Park passes are not valid. Current fees are listed here.

Is the Grand Canyon West Rim entrance fee included with my Papillon tour?

  • Yes! With Papillon's world-class helicopter or airplane 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 Skywalk worth visiting the West Rim for?

  • There is a reason why the Grand Canyon Skywalk is the most popular tourist attraction at the Grand Canyon! Picture yourself gazing out over the expanse of ancient rock while suspended 4,000 feet above a glass bridge you can see through the boom of; all the way to the Grand Canyon floor! There is nothing quite like the Grand Canyon Skywalk and, since opening in 2007, this glass cantilever bridge has quickly become one of the most talked about activities in the entire Southwest. If you're visiting the Grand Canyon West Rim, the Skywalk will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour.

 

Grand Canyon West Rim Tour

The Grand Canyon West Rim is owned and operated by the Hualapai Indian Tribe. This region is the home of breathtaking lookout points such as Eagle Point and Guano Point, the Grand Canyon glass bridge, along with the other West Rim attractions. You can also take a self guided tour of Eagle Point’s authentic Native American Village, head to the bottom of the Grand Canyon aboard a Papillon helicopter or raft the Colorado River!

Grand Canyon West Rim Helicopter Tour

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 and have more than 50 years of superior service transporting guests to the Grand Canyon.

Discover all West Rim helicopter tours today.

Grand Canyon West Airplane Tours

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

Discover all of the Grand Canyon airplane tours with Papillon.

Grand Canyon Skywalk Tours

Eagle Point at Grand Canyon West houses the Hualapai’s famous Grand Canyon Skywalk. This horseshoe shaped, glass bottomed structure floats over the canyon. You feel as if you are walking on air thousands of feet above the Canyons and river below. 

The Grand Canyon Skywalk Experience is the perfect trip to check out this attraction!

Grand Canyon West 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.