How to Drive to the Grand Canyon
A drive to the Grand Canyon can be fun and exciting and Very Free! You can choose your way and follow your own path when you get there. Plus the ride in is SO gorgeous, it can be a breathtaking, memorable experience to take with you for a lifetime.
But driving to a place you’ve never been before, FROM a place you don’t know very well, can be a little scary. Especially when there are few places to stop for help along the way. Plus there are a some twists and turns that will put you way off track if you happen to miss them.
This video from GrandCanyon.com wonderfully shows you what to expect on your drive in to the West Rim, and how to get to the Skywalk.
If you’re still not totally ready to go it on your own, never fear, Google’s here.
Good ole Google
If you need some assurance while you’re driving your way in, just turn on your GPS or use google maps on your phone for live directions as you go. Here’s what the trip will look like from above.
Woah, slow down, I Won’t have a car in Las Vegas!
Right, right. First things first. If you’re vacationing in Las Vegas, you’ll probably have to rent a car. We got you covered.
Car Rental Tips for your Grand Canyon Drive
First you’ll need to find a car rental company in Las Vegas that works for you. There are a bunch to choose from, so try to compare at least three.
Make a list of rental companies that look good and contact each directly. Find out what types of vehicles are available, pickup dates, times, locations, and rates. Always ask if they have any special package deals.
When you’ve found the right company, make sure you reserve the vehicle ahead of time. You don’t want to be stuck without a car the day you plan to drive to the Grand Canyon!
And then of course, there’s insurance. It is important to choose the best insurance package, despite the cost. Anything can happen and some of the drive in the Grand Canyon might be rough. Choose insurance coverage that covers those unexpected little accidents, tire blowouts, and repairs along the way.
To sum up. Pick the right car rental company. You dont want this to happen to you!
Ugh, tell me I don’t have to go through all that!
Actually, you don’t.
You can book a rad Self Drive SUV Tour to explore the West Rim on your own. Check out all that’s included.
“See the Grand Canyon West Rim at your own pace when you hire a SUV for a self-drive day trip from Las Vegas. You will be supplied with a map, driving directions and a full tank of gas. Throw away the timetables and forget about other people’s schedules as you explore the Grand Canyon your way.”
There’s a complimentary hotel pickup and shuttle to your SUV for the day. You’ll get a map with directions for your drive to the Grand Canyon.
- All entrance fees included
- Customize your own itinerary
- Lunch included
- Free snacks included
Once you pick up your SUV you’ll be off! You’ll pass Boulder City and Lake Mead to Hoover Dam. You won’t be able to see it from the road, so if that’s an important landmark to you, find out how to visit the Hoover Dam. You will also drive through a 900-year-old Joshua Tree Forest! Then you’ll turn onto the road to the Grand Canyon West Rim and the lands of the Hualapai Tribe. Explore Guano Point and Eagle Point at your leisure – no timetables, no schedules – it’s all up to you.
If you want to know some other great ways to see the Grand Canyon and learn a ton about it, Visit our Ultimate Grand Canyon Tour Guide