The Grand Canyon of Colorado is located in the state of Arizona (United States). It is 446 km long, 29 km wide and 1.6 km deep. Its popularity is due to its vastness and great beauty, created thanks to its combination of colors and shapes that have been created over millions of years due to erosion. It is one of the most impressive natural wonders in the world.
There are three areas that can be visited. In this post I tell you which areas you can visit, how to visit the Colorado Canyon, how to get there, where to stay, travel tips...
HOW TO VISIT THE GRAND CANYON OF COLORADO
You have several options to visit the Grand Canyon, either for free arriving here by rental car and staying in the area or on an excursion or hiring an excursion that usually leaves from Las Vegas, which will take you to see the Canyon with a guide in speaking in Spanish.
Areas of the Grand Canyon of Colorado
1. West Rim
The western part of the Grand Canyon (West Rim or Grand Canyon West) is the most popular part if you want to get there from Las Vegas, since it is the closest point to the city, which is about 180km away.
This area is owned by the Hualapai Indian tribe and is characterized by its incredible cliffs, narrow and with the maximum depth. It is also famous for being the site of the Skywalk, the glass-bottomed viewpoint perched on a 1,300-meter-deep cliff.
2. South Rim
South Rim is located in the heart of the Grand Canyon National Park, and is the most visited area of the three that make up the Grand Canyon. Its closest towns are Phoenix, Las Vegas and Albuquerque.
3. North Rim
The northern part of the Grand Canyon is the least visited of the three, since it is more isolated and its views are less interesting. Being the highest area, it is usually covered in snow and can only be visited between May and October.
To be able to visit the Canyon in this area head to the nearest city, Flagstaff. Being a more isolated area, it is also the quietest and the least touristy.
How to get to the Grand Canyon
You can arrive by land or by air. Choosing a guided excursion or going on your own.
How to get there by car for free from Las Vegas
The easiest and most common option is to get to the Colorado Canyon from Las Vegas. Currently, there has been a bridge over the Hoover Dam for a few years now, which reduces travel time. So it will take you a little over 2 hours from Las Vegas.
This option is great for those who want to do a free day trip and return to Las Vegas in the afternoon/evening to stay.
The closest area to Las Vegas is West Rim.
For those who do not want to go by car, you can take an excursion from Las Vegas.
If you are doing a road trip and you are going to spend a few days in Las Vegas, a great option is to add an excursion that includes transportation and a guide in Spanish. In these tours you can add helicopter flight and some additional activities.
Even if you have a rental car with which you have arrived in Las Vegas, going with an excursion guarantees that you will be taken to the exact places where you will have fantastic views of the canyon, in addition to having a guide who explains all the history about the canyon. canyon and surroundings.
It is the most comfortable option.
Colorado South Rim Grand Canyon Tour from Las Vegas
If you prefer to visit the South Rom of the Colorado Canyon, from Las Vegas there is an excursion that includes a guided tour and transportation, as well as various activities that you can add, such as a helicopter flight...
Complete Grand Canyon with Skywalk from Las Vegas
If you want you can also live the full experience and book an excursion that includes visiting the Colorado Canyon by flying over it.
You will see from the air the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Boulder City and the Colorado River, until you reach the west side of the Grand Canyon.
Then you will tour the Grand Canyon area by land, visiting the most spectacular viewpoints and places.
This excursion is not the cheapest, but it is the one that includes a more complete experience.
How to get there by car from Phoenix
If you are not in Las Vegas, you can arrive from other areas of Arizona. If you are in Phoenix you can rent a car and make the route to the city of Flagstaff. From this city, you can take a day trip to the Canyon, visiting the North Rim area and return to Flagstaff at night to stay.
Other activities to do in the Grand Canyon of Colorado
If you decide to go on your own and stay at a campsite or hotel in the nearby cities, you can do some activities around the Canyon:
There is the possibility of taking walks or walks guided by rangers for free. Departures are made every day of the year, although they may be canceled due to unfavorable weather conditions. You can see all the information on the Grand Canyon Association page where guides and more detailed information are offered.
If you like to go by bike, this place offers the possibility of doing many trails and routes. You can rent a bike and go for free or hire a guided tour.
You can see more information about all the options on their official website: Bright Angel Bicycles.
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