Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Grand Canyon West Rim Self-Drive SUV Day Trip from Las Vegas. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
The drive to the Canyon was closer to Vegas than I thought -- only 2 1/2 hours. It was breathtaking. The helicopter ride was a blast, and the Escalade was very comfortable. Being able to schedule our own time at the stops was priceless to us! We all enjoyed the Skywalk and got some excellent photos.
We loved it. The only small hitch was that on Viator we booked a Hummer. On arrival they were going to give us a Jeep! We said we booked the hummer and within minutes they gave us one. This is the only way to see the Grand Canyon! Driving through the Joshua forrest was great. There really is nothing around for miles and miles. The 20-mile dirt track at the end was also an experience on its own. It is really easy to get to the Grand Canyon. You only use four roads. The helicopter ride was the best of all. You have to do this trip! We were picked up in an Escalade on time and the driver was very chatty. The host who explained the trip to us on arrival was also great. I would recommend this trip to anyone.
Note from Viator: Please note: Hummers are no longer offered on this tour package.
We are 4 girlfriends who decided to take a self-drive tour...what fun...we all shared the wheel separately I might add to drive there and back. People were friendly, canyon was easy to find. We even had the hummer over night in Vegas - how cool is that, so we decided to drive to the old Vegas Fremont experience. Would definitely recommend. I would definitely do this again, and maybe go off route and explore more. We did not see too much wild life, and would have loved more, but maybe it was the time of year Weather was coolish, so we all ended up buying the same sweatshirts....check out our pics.
Everyone should book this trip! It's well worth it! My fiance and I had such a great time, with no worries since every detail was already planned. Also, having the Hummer for 24 hours allows for much more traveling and exploring.
Perfect day out! This trip has lots of brilliant aspects. Firstly you have the great Hummer H2 to drive around in (at your leisure, one of my favourite points). Secondly, you get to see the amazing route of Nevada / Arizona pictured just like in the films and you get to see the Hoover Dam en-route! Thirdly, the Grand Canyon is amazing once you get there. You get three fun trips in one! The food at the Canyon ranch was like homemade and plentiful. The route is very easy too. At the Grand Canyon Ranch we got to ride horses. The morning pickup was prompt and a very nice car. The representative was also very helpful. Finally, not only do you get to do all of this, you keep the car for the entire 24 hours, so good fun driving the Strip at night. Having booked via Viator, this allows you to skip some waiting lines at the Canyon. This trip is as good as it sounds!
The whole trip was wonderful! We actually skipped the buffet and did the helicopter pontoon boat ride. The staff was so warm and friendly! I'm going to recommend this to everyone!
Brilliant way to see the Grand Canyon, the Hummer drive was great fun and it was good to have our own timetable. We did the Skywalk which was brilliant, awesome views, and we also did the optional helicopter/boat which was fantastic. My first time in a helicopter so a little scary but well worth it and very exciting.
Awesome Adventure! Loved driving the hummer (not nearly as scary as I thought it would be) - the only way to comfortably drive the 14 mile dirt road near the rim. Driving ourselves was a great way to go as it gave us the time to enjoy the beauty of the canyon - and the magnificent Skywalk - without rushing to meet a bus to get back to Las Vegas. We were picked up, taken to the rental place, given drinks for the ride, a map and our vouchers for the west rim. Would absolutely recommend this to anyone going to the Grand Canyon!
Driving a hummer is an experience of its own. It was the perfect vehicle for our journey to the Grand Canyon - easy and fun to drive, the experience would not have been the same without it...It has to be part of the package!
The Grand Canyon was just wonderful. It feels like leaving civilisation to enter a whole new world. Being there was just amazing and helicopter flight, off road hummer tour and Skywalk just add what it needs to be mind-blowing.
The family liked this trip so very much. Driving ourselves allowed us to take our time walking around at the grand canyon. The lunch was hot and very good. Driving ourselves allowed us to stop where we wanted to. The only downside was trying to get out of town and then later returning the car.
Enjoyed my day, pick up from hotel good and prompt, directions easy. Didnt enjoy not being able to take own camera onto skywalk just so that photographers wanted you to make stupid poses so that they could sell their own pictures. There was no consideration for those frightened of heights, the photos went on.
The downside was not knowing that we would have to make our own way back to the hotel, another expense.
This is the best option for doing a tour of the Grand Canyon West Rim. Taking the tour bus puts you on a defined schedule and you miss some of the great stops along the way. Booking - this was very simple and you receive all your information immediately. There were no hiccups or delays with the booking process. Rental - the driver who picked us up for the car rental was fantastic. He had great information on how to get out of Vegas and making sure to stick to the speed limit signs through Boulder City. He also recommended great places to see in Vegas with our remaining days. The driver was not only pleasant but also brought our coffee back to us as we left it in the vehicle when we went into pick up our rental. When we got to Hertz, the check in was relatively quick but we questioned what we were given as an "off-road SUV". We were assigned a Toyota RAV4??? I question whether this is really an off-road vehicle as it is a compact SUV set on a car frame. I called the tour operator and was told Hertz's response is that it is categorized as an SUV and would be fine. This is where I feel we were ripped off on this tour. We paid for an "off-raod SUV" only to be given a vehicle that has the same frame as a car. We could have rented a car in that case and saved some money. I really did expect a better SUV for the cost. Tour - Directions given were very easy to follow and it is really difficult to get lost. I know some commented on the dirt road you must take to get to the West Rim however; we did not think it was that bad. We did not do the Skywalk and did not see bad wait lines as indicated. The only wait line (45+ minutes) was for the bus from Eagle Point. I would say the only improvement that needs to be made is directions for getting back. We had a hard time finding which exit for the rental car return.
The four star rating really is related to the rental. You pay a lot for this package and feel it is deceptive to give a RAV4 as an off-road SUV.
The trip was great. Had a nice car. Made sure when you go to eat at the ranch! VERY GOOD and Friendly . I would NOT recommend the other two places on the list. When you get there you will see why.
AMAZING The booking process was easy, the vehicle was a crossover,the tour was excellent! The only disappointment was we couldn't take the camera on the skywalk.
We booked this trip so that we did not have the hassel of time watching as with the coaches tours. The vehicle was lovey a big 4 x 4 but if you are doing a self-drive it might be an idea to ask the following questions - Can you please run through the controls on the car it will save you time trying out all the knobs to find out what they operate (they also all seem to be automatic) also the map included with the trip did not guide you out of Las Vegas (this was also a problem getting back due to one way streets) but was fine once you found the 93 road, also double check your lift back to your hotel (if you get back out of work hours then there is no-one there at the desk, keys can be dropped off in a safe box) Our trip inclubed the Skywalk tour - you leave your vehicle at the small airport near the Skywalk then coaches take you between the 3 points in the area, they work really well here and do pick ups every 10 mins so you can stay for as long as you want at each stop (the views were breath taking and must be seen) I would use them again but would ask the extra questions and be taken to the car