What is the distance from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon?
While in Las Vegas be sure to take an opportunity to visit the Grand Canyon! It is closer than you think and more magical than you can imagine.
So how far exactly is Las Vegas from the Grand Canyon?
If you are driving yourself or renting a car, the world-renowned National Park, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, is just a short drive away from Sin City.
The closest part of the canyon is a two and a half hour drive each way from Las Vegas. Locations further afar within the 1,900 square mile National Park can add a few hours to your trip each way.
More expedited options exist to get from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon as well. Many flights to Grand Canyon and tours from Las Vegas can make this trip shorter, more scenic, and bundle other adventurous and exciting excursions.
Distance from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon
The distance from Las Vegas, NV to the Grand Canyon depends entirely on which part of the canyon you would like to visit.
There are three different and unique rims – two (North Rim and the South Rim) that are part of Grand Canyon National Park and one (West Rim) that is not – that are available for touring, hiking, and other activities.
Here are distances to each rim from Las Vegas:
- The West Rim is the closest rim to Las Vegas. It is located about 130 miles from the heart of Las Vegas. On average, the drive takes approximately two and a half hours.
- Both the North Rim and South Rim are located over 270 miles from the Las Vegas Strip. On average, both drives take approximately four and a half hours. The National Park is so massive that if you want to drive from the North Rim to the South Rim, it is a 4.5 hour drive of 220 miles!
Why drive when you can be whisked away on a world-class tour of the Grand Canyon? There are daily nonstop private Las Vegas helicopter flights from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon and a number of private aircraft flights as well.
Papillon offers daily helicopter tours, airplane tours, and Grand Canyon from Las Vegas tours. Departing Las Vegas by air really offers the most options for your Grand Canyon vacation getaway and gives you more time to explore the park's most interesting sites.
Discover just a few of the once-in-a-lifetime excursions offered on Papillon Grand Canyon tours:
- Soar over the world-renowned landscapes of the Grand Canyon on an exhilarating airplane or helicopter tour.
- Enjoy a champagne and light picnic on a private plateau 4,000 feet below the Grand Canyon's rim at sunset.
- Float between the enormous walls of the Grand Canyon on a pontoon boat cruise of the Colorado River.
- Get your adrenaline pumping as you navigate the rapids of the Colorado River on a whitewater rafting adventure to the Grand Canyon.
Discover more about Las Vegas trips to the Grand Canyon.
Las Vegas to Grand Canyon West Rim by Car
The most popular rim to travel to from Las Vegas is the Grand Canyon West Rim. This is where you will head to if you are going to take a trip from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon Skywalk.
It takes between two and two and a half hours to get to Grand Canyon West rim, which is privately owned and operated by the Hualapai Tribe.
Don’t expect the drive to be on smooth or fast freeway! It’s an adventure with most of the drive on 2-lane roads, a few miles of bumpy dirt road with 25 MPH speed limits! The drive is remote and beautiful.
You can bypass this arduous drive by booking one of many tours Papillon runs daily to this magical destination.
Driving Directions to the Grand Canyon West Rim
Follow these step-by-step instructions to learn how to get to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas by car.
Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim by Car
The drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim by car is approximately 280 miles and takes about four and half hours.
You’ll travel over Route 66 and pass Hoover Dam, Kingman, Arizona, and historic Williams, Arizona. The route is full of sweeping Mojave desert landscapes and rises up into high mountain vistas of the Kaibab National Forest.
Driving Directions to the Grand Canyon South Rim
Follow these step-by-step instructions to drive from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon South Rim.
How long does it take to get to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas?
The distance from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon depends entirely on which rim of the canyon you would like to reach.
- West Rim: Approximately 130 miles or two and a half hours driving
- South Rim: Approximately 280 miles or four and a half hours driving
- North Rim: Approximately 270 miles or four and a half hours driving
Is the Grand Canyon a day trip from Las Vegas?
Absolutely! Each of the Grand Canyon rims are within between 2.5 and 4.5 hours from Las Vegas.
Even better, Papillon offers daily helicopter, airplane, bus, and adventure tours of the Grand Canyon.
Which part of the Grand Canyon is closest to Las Vegas?
The West Rim is the closest section of the Grand Canyon to Las Vegas. It is located about 130 miles from the heart of Las Vegas. On average, the drive takes approximately two and a half hours.
How far is Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon Skywalk?
The 4,000-foot high Grand Canyon Skywalk is located only 2 ½ hours away from Las Vegas. This Grand Canyon glass bridge is located at Grand Canyon West.
What is the distance from Hoover Dam to Grand Canyon National Park?
It is a 250 mile drive to get from Hoover Dam to Grand Canyon National Park. On this drive, you’ll travel over historic Route 66, through Kingman, Arizona and Williams, Arizona, and before arriving at the South rim.