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West rim and the skywalk

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West rim and the skywalk

We're planning to visit the west rim of the grand canyon and the skywalk as its a shorter drive from Laughlin than it is to the South rim. Ive read lots of reviews about the west rim, mostly negative because people felt the prices were too high. I know the skywalk isn't above the actual canyon, but a side canyon.

But...is there really a big difference in scenery between the west and south rim? Im assuming theyre both amazing? Is the west rim quieter and less touristy than the south rim? Have you had a good experience at the west rim?

Would love to hear your thoughts and experiences.

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1. Re: West rim and the skywalk

Oh please take the time to go to the REAL canyon. I have been to both, and the "west rim" did not compare in any way. If you can spend a night at the South Rim the crowds will be minimal. In any case,it seems one can always find solitude in this special place. Please don't get ripped off and miss an amazing experience. It's worth whatever time and effort it takes to experience the Real Grand Canyon!

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You will be hard pressed to find anyone who will recommend the so-called "west rim" over the REAL Grand Canyon National Park -- south rim or north rim. For the price of a 2-3 hour visit to the west rim, you will be able to get admission to the south rim AND overnight lodging -- with money left over for dinner. Even if you are paying for a room that night in Vegas, it will be very much worthwhile to stay overnight at the south rim.

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The drive to South Rim GC NP will be about 1 hour or so longer than the drive to West Rim (much of the drive is on slower highways and unpaved or marginally paved roads) so not saving that much time. Plus to get into West Rim, see overlooks, lunch and then Skywalk you will be paying close to $90 per person!!!. And you can't take photos on the Skywalk!

The views are totally different and West Rim is a total tourist attraction, GC South Rim is a national park and plenty of places to get away from the other visitors. If this looks to be the only time you will ever see the canyon, I would go with the best views at South Rim.

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The so called west rim is pure touristy. Is there a difference? Only about 3,000 feet of elevation and 150 miles of river.

If your time is so precious and limited that you can't spare an hour of drive time between gcw and the real Grand Canyon, then stick with your plan. But if you want to see and experience the real Grand Canyon, make your plans to visit the Grand Canyon National Park at the south rim.

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"But...is there really a big difference in scenery between the west and south rim?" Absolutely, beginning with 30 miles of rim roads with 20+ overlooks versus 2 overlooks, one at the Skywalk and the other at Guano Point..... Bat Poop Point.

If you have seen photos of the Grand Canyon, you won't see that at "Grand Canyon West."

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>>Is the west rim quieter and less touristy than the south rim? Have you had a good experience at the west rim?<<

The West Rim was specifically designed *as* a tourist atraction. The South Rim merely *is*.You can find oodles of quiet places at the Grand Canyon. You'll get to Mather Point and think "madness!" but go beyond that and you'll find quiet.

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Thanks for the comments. I'm getting the message that the 'West Rim' isn't worth visiting - we'll head to the South!

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You won't be sorry. Come back after your trip and let us know how it was.

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Thanks for the information this will help me out with my trip plans for May.

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