How Do I Drive to Grand Canyon West?
You’ve read about the plethora of Grand Canyon West touring options, but that’s not your thing. That’s understandable! Doing a self-drive tour to Grand Canyon West offers the most freedom, flexibility and cost savings of all the options available to you. Below are driving directions from the most popular starting points in the Southwest U.S.
From Las Vegas:
Head Southeast on I-515 toward Henderson and Boulder City, NV. This will eventually turn into US-93. You can proceed directly over the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge, or stop at Hoover Dam. A 30-minute detour to this man-made wonder will give you a greater appreciation for just how monumental an accomplishment this structure was, especially considering the time in which it was built.
Continuing down US-93 for another 40 miles, you’ll come to a turn-off for the Pearce Ferry/Dolan Springs Road. Turn left (East) on this road and continue driving for another 30 miles or so. This will bring you to the entrance of Grand Canyon West Hualapai Indian Tribal Park, and site of the Grand Canyon Skywalk.
Upon entry to the Tribal Park, you’ll then be briefed on your choice of activities in addition to the Grand Canyon Skywalk, such as helicopter tours to the canyon floor (with or without a pontoon boat ride), horseback rides, a meal of your choice, and a walk-through of an outdoor museum featuring replicas of the traditional dwellings of several Native American tribes who call Arizona home. All Grand Canyon West tour packages include tickets to the hop-on, hop-off shuttle around the tribal park.
Total drive time one-way (going direct): 2.5 hours
Head North on I-17 for 25 miles. Just South of Anthem, AZ, get off on exit 223A and head due West on AZ-74 (aka the “Carefree Highway”).
Travel West on AZ-74 for 30 miles to Morristown, then head Northwest on US-93 for 170 miles. This will bring you to the turn-off for the Pearce Ferry/Dolan Springs Road.
Turn right on the Dolan Springs/Pearce Ferry Road. This part of the drive takes you through a very scenic stand of Joshua Trees, so no doubt you’ll be stopping to take pictures! The entrance of Grand Canyon West Hualapai Indian Tribal Park is approximately 30 miles East of the turn-off.
After entering the Tribal Park and parking your vehicle near the Welcome Center, you’ll choose your Grand Canyon West tour package. In addition to the Grand Canyon Skywalk, you can take part in other exciting activities such as helicopter tours to the canyon floor (with or without a pontoon boat ride), horseback rides, and a walk-through of the Eagle Point Indian Village. All Grand Canyon West tour packages include tickets to the hop-on, hop-off shuttle around the tribal park and most include lunch.
Total drive time one-way (direct): 4.5 hours
From Grand Canyon South Rim:
Head South on AZ-64 from Grand Canyon Village or Tusayan to Williams (approximately 50 miles).
In Williams, get off on I-40 and head due West for 115 miles to Kingman, AZ.*
*If you’re a Route 66 buff, you may enjoy spending time in Williams or Kingman, or making the slight detour to Seligman to explore some landmarks of the “Mother Road” that still stand, frozen in time.
From Kingman, go Northwest on US-93 for 35 miles until you come to the turn-off for Pearce Ferry/Dolan Springs. Turn right here and follow the instructions above to get to the Grand Canyon Skywalk!
Total drive time one-way (direct): 4 hours
Take 89A North (30 miles) OR take AZ-179 South to I-17 North (approximately 60 miles) to Flagstaff
Get off on I-40, head due West for approximately 150 miles to Kingman, Arizona
From Kingman, go Northwest on US-93 for 35 miles until you come to the turn-off for Pearce Ferry/Dolan Springs. Turn right here and follow the signs to Grand Canyon West.
Total drive time one-way (direct):
Via 89A to I-40 to US-93: 4.5 hours
Via AZ-179 to I-17, I-40 to US-93: 4.75 hours
From Los Angeles:
Follow I-10 East for approximately 40 miles. Get off on exit 58A and head North on I-15 for 235 miles to Henderson, NV.
In Henderson, NV, turn Southeast on US-93. After passing over the Hoover Dam Bypass bridge (or making a short detour to visit the Dam), proceed to the Dolan Springs/Pearce Ferry Road turn-off and turn left. Continue driving for another 30 miles or so and you’ll arrive at the entrance of Grand Canyon West Hualapai Indian Tribal Park, site of the Grand Canyon Skywalk.
Purchase your tour tickets and enjoy.
Total drive time one-way (going direct): 6 hours, 15 minutes