Friday, 10 August 2018

The Grand Canyon West - A Once in a Lifetime Trip with Big Horn Wild West Tours

It’s great to escape the craziness of Las Vegas for a day and experience some culture. It would be simply crazy to travel from as far as Europe and not visit the Grand Canyon. Now the logistics of it, the Grand Canyon is quite a distance from Las Vegas and certainly deserves a full day trip.

While in Las Vegas we toured the Canyon with Big Horn Wild West Tours. The day started early at 6am. Randy, our wonderful tour guide picked us up right outside our hotel in a H2 Hummer – so ideal. It’s hard to describe the size and feel of this car accurately. Hummers were originally made for military use only so as you can imagine they are large and very solid. The large width made for a very comfortable journey. The Hummer is also ideal for taking off-road, which we did later on in the day.

Randy made the car trip fly, filling the time with interesting stories about the Grand Canyon and the sights along the way. As we began climbing and increasing in altitude Randy pointed out the wildlife and pants that live at each altitude. We discussed the big horned sheep and even saw a coyote!

After driving through the historic Boulder City, the first stop was the famous Hoover Dam. The 6am start proved worth it has we were the only people at the Dam when we stopped for photos.

Upon arriving at Grand Canyon West first stop was Eagle Point in the Hualapai Reservation. It’s here at Eagle point that you can walk the Skywalk, a glass horseshoe above the canyon. The Hualapai people believe that the Eagle protects them and this is why you can stand right on the rim of the canyon at Eagle Point and no one has ever fallen.

After exploring Guano Point we enjoyed lunch with a view at the Hualapai tribe’s famous ranch restaurant. This place is so majestic and vast that it is no surprise it is one of the seven wonders of the natural world. I must say photos don’t do the Grand Canyon justice. There is no camera that will be able to capture the immense size of this wonder and the awe that one feels when standing at the rim.

On our way back from the Grand Canyon we went off road in the Joshua Tree forest and pulled over so we could get a better look at the trees U2 made famous.

We were on the road home and had yet to see a big horned sheep. Randy was determined we see one of these rare creatures so he pulled into a park in Boulder City on the off chance that there may be a few grazing. And sure enough we were able to get up close to the big horned sheep!

One of the biggest perks of going with Big Horn Wild West Tours is the abundance of complimentary cold bottled water. It might sound like a small thing but when you are two Irish girls that are used to a temperate climate and you find yourselves in 35+ degrees celsius heat it’s surprising how much water you need to drink to stay hydrated.

Next time you’re in Las Vegas be sure to visit the Grand Canyon! But don’t do a bus tour that’s packed with people and takes ages to get you there and back. It is definitely worth paying the extra and going this way with Big Horn Wild West Tours. It'll be a day you never forget!

To book your tour with Big Horn Wild West visit their website.



  1. Wow this is incredible, this is at the top of my bucket list. I can't wait to visit there one day xxx

  2. What an incredible day trip! When I went to Vegas, we saw the Grand Canyon by Helicopter, but having a day out and driving there seems great too xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush


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