From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon West Bus Tour
- Pickup available
- Duration options: 11 - 12 hours
Whether you see it from above by helicopter, below by boat, or choose to tour its hiking trails by foot, Arizona's Grand Canyon is one of North America's most breathtaking sights. Here's a step-by-step guide on how it came to be!
When the Kaibab plateau was forced upwards 35 million years ago, the ancestor of what is now the Colorado River was diverted away from its previous route towards the Pacific Ocean.
The river's new route saw it empty into the Gulf of Mexico. Volcanic activity caused this river to become obstructed as well, creating a vast lake.
Eventually a path was eroded through the Kaibab plateau, accelerated by the last ice ages, and the old Pacific-ward segment of river was reconnected to the rest of it.
With a steeper route heading west now open, the waters of the ancient Lake Bidahochi were drained, leaving just a deep crevice through which the Little Colorado River now runs.
Though the bulk of it formed during this epoch, continued erosion and rock falls have expanded the canyon further still. It may look very different in another 35 million years!
April to early June is a great time to visit the Grand Canyon, arriving just in time to make the most of the rising temperatures before the intense heat and bursts of rain that come with summer. September and early November are also good times to go if you want to avoid the peak-season crowds before it gets too cold!
The weather can be unpredictable so pack rain gear even if it's gorgeous when you set out. In summer, the cool canyon breeze can also disguise the heat of the sun's rays, so be sure to wear sunscreen even if it doesn't feel necessary. Bring plenty of water, too, of course, and light snacks. Trust us, you'll be better off topping your energy up as you go rather than setting out after a heavy meal!
When it's hot, cover up in light, airy fabrics rather than revealing tops and shorts, as you'll be highly exposed to the sun. Sunhats and sunglasses are also a must in summer, and comfortable walking shoes are essential at any time of year. Make sure your feet don't slip around in them either, or the steep canyon trails may result in bloody toes!
I loved that they were able to pick me up from my hotel on the strip. The buses were comfortable and clean. They agreed to the mask mandate. Dierk was our guide and he was simple fantastic. He was funny and full of cool facts and knowledge. Going to Eagle Point, walking the Skywalk and Guano Point will forever be some of my top experiences. It's just mesmerizing. I paid $65 extra to the cashier's at Skywalk bridge to purchase 20 photos their staff took with professional cameras. Well worth it. You can preview the pics and choose to buy singles too. They used professional cameras. Our tour group made adequate stops on the way to the canyon and back for pictures along the way at Joshua Tree forest and for restroom breaks. The breakfast provided included fruit, muffins, breakfast bar and OJ or water. It was plenty for me. Lunch was choice of various sandwiches you choose ahead of time. It was better than expected. In summary, I HIGHLY recommend this tour.
This was the BEST experience ever. Matt and Kevin were great tour guides. They helped us get so many great photos and build memories. Our original tour canceled on us last minute, and boy am I glad they did! I booked after 6pm the day before and thankfully Max Tours was able to accommodate us. They were extremely punctual, professional and the van is super clean and well maintained with hand sanitizers. With stops at seven magic mountains, Hoover dam, and Grand Canyon.. plus a few bonus stops for great photos! I definitely recommend Max Tours to EVERYONE. 10/10. Thank you so much for making our trip so memorable!
I HIGHLY recommend this tour. My son and I had already done 2 days “on our own”, and within the first 15 minutes I knew more about Arizona than I had learned in 48 hours. Eric was AMAZING. His knowledge of Arizona history, vegetation, culture, folklore, traditions - just to name a few, was invaluable! This is a MUST DO especially if you can get Eric as your driver/guide/expert.
The whole experience was fantastic and absolutely breathtaking! Our Tour guide was phenomenal and extremely knowledgeable! Made the experience that much better!!! Would highly recommend Buck Wild tours to anyone that is looking for a great Grand Canyon experience! Will most definitely be back!
Walter was the best guide ever! Not only was he very knowledgeable about the Grand Canyon but talked about living in Vegas. Great guy & great day trip. We certainly will take another day with them.