Tours to Grand Canyon West are the best way to visit this section of the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, which is owned and operated by the Hualapai Tribe as opposed to the National Park Service. We recommend booking a West Rim tour for three reasons: 1) It makes getting to this remote location easier and often faster, particularly if you take a helicopter or air tour; 2) Because all visitors are required to purchase an entrance package to this privately-owned attraction, booking a tour simplifies that process and has the added benefit of giving you VIP access to skip the line for the Grand Canyon Skywalk; and 3) This is the only place in the Grand Canyon at which you can land a helicopter at the bottom of the Canyon alongside the Colorado River, and it's also the only place you can go on a one-day whitewater river rafting trip.
Look for Grand Canyon West tours that offer free hotel pickups and let you build your own experience. The simplest tour, which may fly or drive you to the West Rim, will include a basic entrance package fee. From there, you can add on experiences such as a walk on the Grand Canyon Skywalk, horseback riding to and along the Rim, a pontoon boat ride on the Colorado River, and a champagne picnic on the Canyon floor. You can take a 4–6-hour half-day for a West Rim tour, or upgrade your activities and make it a full 11–13-hour day.