Reviews & ratings from fellow travelers
Read what other travelers think about the Self-Drive to the Grand Canyon West Rim with Optional Skywalk, Helicopter & Boat Tour (Self-Drive). We only accept reviews from actual, confirmed travelers who purchased the tour / activity from us, so you can be sure the reviews are unbiased and authentic.
I highly recommend this trip. It was amazing! The company rep met us at our hotel promptly in the morning and drove us to the Hard Rock to pick up the SUV. He even walked in with us and made sure everything was OK before leaving us. Then we were off to explore.
The drive was only about 2 hours and for us was very scenic because we are frm Alabama and dont have mountains. The directions were very detailed and easy to follow. They actually should be updated because the road that is referred to as "off-road" is actually almost completely paved at this point so its easy to drive on. When we reached the West Rim we immediately went in and arranged for our helicopter ride. There was an approx. hour and 15 minute wait. It was fine as we were able to grab a bite to eat and explore the gift shop. When it was time for our ride we were located by staff and lead to the helicopter. The ride was incredible. I know a lot of people like to hike the canyon, but I dont think you can feel the enormity of it unless youre flying down the center. When we reached the bottom there is a tent w_here you can get water and get out of the sun. The workers were so nice! They offered to take photos of us and took several...with our own camera I might add! We then made our way down to the river bank w_here we waited for approx 15 minutes for our boat ride. The guide was friendly and knowledgeable. He stopped the boat at one point and allowed us to get to the front of the boat to take photos. We rode back up in the helicopter and proceeded to explore the other parts of the tour.
The last thing we did was the skywalk. It was very impressive. Our guide was Brett and he was so funny! They take photos of you that you can view in the gift shop. My advice on the photos is that you just buy the thumb drive for $60. They take at least 12-14 photos so its worth it. After several hours of exploring we headed back to Vegas!
Lastly, Id like to say that the Hualapai people were very nice and accommodating. They do not harass you to purchase anything. That being said, we made sure to tip for good service!
Take this trip. You will love it!
Reviewed by:Samantha C., USA, July 2014
after previous visits going to the canyon via helicopter 2 times the self drive was by far the best option it gave more time at the canyon and hoover dam on the way back your team at the pick up and return were very good i will recommend this to friends thanks for a great day
Reviewed by:phil F., Australia, October 2012
THIS is the way to go. The self drive tour including the helicopter, boat & lunch was absolutely the only way Id do it. We had the freedome to move at our own pace, stop & go to take in scenery and the trip seemed to go very fast. We were able to dtop at teh Hoover dam on the way back, and made it there by sunset. With the car back in Vegas, we were able to drive up & downthe strip - all the way downtown and took advantage of the freedom. The Grand Canyon and surrounding area is breathtaking and would be a sin if you missed it when in the area. This trip is quite cost effective for the three in our party - when broken down, each element of the trip would add up to more than we spent in the package. JUST DO IT !!
Reviewed by:Diane S., USA, March 2012
Absolutely awesome...If you are staying in Vegas there is no excuse not to go. You have to drive yourself. Very easy and painless travel. We were skeptical at first but they were a first rate organization from start to finish. We highly recommend this company. We chose the self drive with skywalk and that was more then enough to keep us busy. No busses to wait for or other people slowing you down and ruining your experience!!
Reviewed by:Gordon E., USA, June 2011
Tour was outstanding. Highlight of the trip. Definitely would recommend. Went out on the Skywalk and enjoyed the amazing view. Not scary at all.
The self-drive was well worth it also. We were on our own time while at the Grand Canyon and driving to and from, which allowed us the opportunity to see and do other things off the Las Vegas strip.
Driving on the road to the Grand Canyon was actually kind of run. Was definitely an "off road" adventure.
Only problem encountered was at pick up because the booking listed us as being picked up at our hotel (Palazzo) but the driver was told to pick us up at the Venetian, which we were unaware of. When we picked up our vehicle, the computers were down at Hertz, so all the forms had to be filled out by hand, which cost us some additional time.
Reviewed by:David B., USA, October 2010
We enjoyed self-driving to the West Rim. With a limited amount of days in Vegas, it was wonderful to be able to travel on our own schedule. Our Chevy Traverse was perfect for the trip and the GPS system/folder of information was an excellent asset. The cooler of water was a nice touch as well. We enjoyed the Skywalk and Guano Point. We did not tour the ranch. We spent approximately 3 hours at the West Rim. We found the Hualapai to be gracious hosts! We had done "research" prior to booking this tour so we knew what to expect with both the drive and the experience once at the West Rim.
Reviewed by:Megan V., USA, June 2010
It was great! Once in a lifetime experience. We are so glad we did it. Our children didnt believe us that we took a helicopter to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. I am glad we recorded it. Thank you for everything.
Reviewed by:Benjamin J., USA, June 2010
An amazing and unforgetable experience. Driving the SUV was fun, great scenery, and we get to travel at our own pace. Absolutely loved it!
Reviewed by:JEREMY M., USA, March 2010
My husband and I absolutely loved our SUV Rental experience. We would highly recommend this travel option. It was wonderful to be picked up at our hotel and then driven to the car rental site where our journey would begin. The liaison person at the car rental company explained our trip/itinerary very thoroughly and was personable and friendly. It was so nice to be able to drive ourselves and be able to stop along the way when and if we wanted. The car was clean and performed well. The only thing I would suggest is that customers be given an introduction on the dash board workings. My husband couldn't easily find how to turn the lights on or off. We had the front and back windshield wipers going! Too funny!
Reviewed by:Eusevio A., USA, October 2009
This says it all “Absolutely Loved It”. The only thing that could have been better was if it was possible to drop the car at the airport at Hertz. We had to walk to the nearest hotel to catch a cab, should work on that.
Reviewed by:Ashenafi W., USA, August 2009