Travel Tip 28 – Are Any Events or Festivals Going On?
Lots of them, and not just at the Grand Canyon! The many charming and friendly small towns surrounding the Grand Canyon have concerts, fairs, lectures and other family-oriented events that celebrate everything from Route 66 to rodeos and more. Spring, summer and fall, predictably, are when most events occur. Activities do tend to taper off during the winter months, but then again there are lots of Christmas craft shows and holiday lighting displays. Everyone is invited! For more information about events taking place during your vacation, visit www.azreporter.com, www.arizonaguide.com ,
www.gatewaytosedona.com or www.flagstaffcentral.com hotel front desk when you arrive in the area, check the local
You can also inquire at your newspapers, or tune in to local
TV or radio stations (photo November 3rd, 4th and 5th).
Travel Tip 29 – What is “Grand Canyon West?”
Grand Canyon West (not to be confused with “the West Rim Drive,” which is on the South Rim) is another developed area of the Grand Canyon located on the Hualapai Indian Reservation just North of Peach Springs, Arizona. If you have limited time for a Grand Canyon trip, and you’re going to be passing through Las Vegas, Phoenix, Page or Sedona, a trip to Grand Canyon West may be just what you’re looking for. Grand Canyon West offers opportunities like helicopter trips to the bottom of the canyon, where you can take a float trip, even have a champagne picnic, or not. If you’re content to enjoy the view from the rim,
GrandCanyon.com has tours for you, too. Take a look at your Grand Canyon Top Tours
Brochure for suggestions of tours to Grand Canyon West. Grand Canyon West also has an Indian Village, cowboy town and a brand-new amphitheatre where you can watch Native American cultural performances by tribe members in full ceremonial regalia. This is also the site of the Grand Canyon Skywalk, opened in March of 2007.
Remember that Grand Canyon West is lower in altitude than the North or South Rims, which means that it’s VERY hot in the summertime. Also, one of the main access roads to Grand Canyon West is unpaved but heavily traveled by buses and other commercial vehicles. Most rental car companies strongly discourage you from taking their vehicles to this area and you could be liable for any damage sustained by doing so. A “park and ride” shuttle bus is offered from the Grand Canyon West Welcome Center in Meadview for a nominal fee.
Grand Canyon West is an Indian Tribal Park, which means your America the Beautiful Federal Access Pass or Grand Canyon Park Entrance Pass would not grant you access to this area. An entrance fee is still required, unless you are going there as part of a Grand Canyon tour, in which case your entry fee is included.