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Grand Canyon Railroad Excursion
"Journey through beautiful countryside on your way to the magnificent Grand Canyon named one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World by CNN. Take in the awesome views and have a bite to eat on the train. Sit back as the crew members share engaging commentary about the train it's history and many journeys. The ride takes you across open countryside with mountain views before reaching the Grand Canyon by noon.Upon arrival you'll have free time to explore before your guide meets you for your Grand Canyon rim tour. After the tour enjoy drop-off back at your Flagstaff hotel. """"Take a step back in time as you travel on the historic Grand Canyon Railroad. Each car of this Arizona railroad which made it's maiden voyage in 1901
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"25-minute Grand Canyon Dancer Helicopter Tour from Tusayan
"25-minute Grand Canyon Dancer Helicopter Tour from Tusayan Arizona""You will depart from Tusayan Arizona located at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon on the safest and most comfortable tourism-based helicopter in the world. On your 25-minute helicopter flight enjoy the luxurious comfort and wraparound windows which offers breathtaking views of the Canyon. You will first fly over the 1.6 million-acre (6500 km²) Kaibab National Forest which borders both the north and south rims of the Grand Canyon. The Kaibab National Forest is home to the world’s largest ponderosa pines. Fly north through the Dragon Corridor
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"45-minute Helicopter Flight Over the Grand Canyon from Tusayan
"45-minute Helicopter Flight Over the Grand Canyon from Tusayan Arizona ""You will depart Tusayan Arizona located in the South Rim of the Grand Canyon on the safest and most comfortable-tourism based helicopter in the world. On your 45-minute helicopter flight enjoy the luxurious comfort and wraparound windows which offer breathtaking views of the Canyon. Enjoy the fantastic views of the Canyon as you fly over the 1.6 million-acre (6500 km²) Kaibab National Forest which borders both the north and south rims of the Grand Canyon. The Kaibab National Forest is home to the world’s largest ponderosa pines. Upon reaching the edge of the canyon
From $256.00

West East Rim Tips (22)

Different Points to the Canyon West Rim

First, I took a bus tour which left from Las Vegas en route to the Grand Canyon. On the way there we stopped at different points to take pictures. We stopped at the first scenic point where I took a picture of a beautiful back drop. Then the bus was off to Joshua Tree; Not Joshua National Park, but along the empty desert we stopped and it was full of Joshua trees. I had never seen anything like that before. Next, we made our way up a small rode very curvy and steep which took about 20 minutes and we arrived at Eagle Point. The view was spectacular. I walked around the Native American store. The place had wonderful things to buy but it was a bit expensive. I also did a dance with the Native American Indian and took pictures with them. I visited the teepees and huts.It also has the Sky Walk but I was to scared to walk out on that wonderful piece of scenery; so I keep my foot on solid canyon (ground). I would recommend a hat; which I left behind, the sun was bright and the tour got started in the early morning and finish by midday afternoon. Its hard to put the Grand Canyon in words and the pictures just doesn't capture its true beauty. Next, we were on our way to Guano Point. This view much more exciting; it was breath taking and it allowed me to take much more in depth pictures. I had a greater view of the Grand Canyon with the Colorado River flowing through it. Up high the River did appear muddy but I knew if I was down close to it I could see the clearness in the water. I visited that old Guano cave. This cave was once home to millions of bats the cave is no longer that just part of it frame work. We ate a wonderful lunch prepared the reservation then finish the tour and we were on our way back to Las Vegas.

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Aug 11, 2013

Hualapai Ranch

Hualapai Ranch simulates the old west with some activities like a tom a hawk throwing, bow and arrow shooting, horse back riding (extra charge), wagon ride (extra charge), and food.

Honestly, it was a pretty poor example of an old western town...

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kris-t
Mar 17, 2013

Guano point

Sounds good, doesn't it? Guano Point was named after old guano (bat droppings, which are extremely rich in minerals and make a great fertilizer) mine that operated in the 1950's. The ruins of the mine and pulley system still remain, you can walk right up and touch them.

Be prepared to spend some time at Guano point. It's a view you made a trip for. Eagle Point is just a beginning and The Ranch is more about entertaining...

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kris-t
Mar 15, 2013

Skywalk

Probably the latest attraction at the West Rim of the Grand Canyon is the glass bridge called the Skywalk.

We didn't do the Skywalk and we were kind of happy we didn't.
It don't think we were missing much.
We had only 4 hrs in Grand Canyon but we were aware that waits in line of about 30 minutes are common and did not want take a chance.

The clear glass on the floor looks cool but they do not allow you to bring a camera or any personal effects on the Skywalk. You'll have to store your belongings in the lockers.

You have to pay extra for the photo on Skywalk (about $30).

Note: If children are old enough to walk on their own, they are permitted to walk on the Skywalk.

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kris-t
Mar 10, 2013
 
 
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Eagle Point

Eagle Point named for the landscape's resemblance to an eagle. It is one several spectacular view points of West Rim and the home of the world famous Skywalk bridge.

Representatives from the Navajo, Havasupai, and Hopi haul in materials from their reservations and build their tribe's traditional dwellings in the very interesting "Indian Village" for all of us to explore.

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kris-t
Mar 10, 2013

Native American Dance

Enjoy demonstration of traditional Hualapai ceremonial Dance at Eagle Point.

Dancers from the Navajo, Havasupai, and Hopi tribes perform daily for the visitors.

Video 1

Video 2

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kris-t
Mar 10, 2013

Eagle Point

Whilst having a walk around at Eagle Point, the Hualapai's have built examples of the type of houses they used to live in.
There are examples of houses made from brick, material, wood, mud and large shrubs. You can walk in and around them; see how big they are; imagine yourself in that living space. It makes you realise what you take for granted.

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Benson35
Jan 26, 2012

The Hualapai Indians dance

I experienced this in 2007. From my last trip the the Grand Canyon in 2011, some of the Hualapai Indian Tribe have had an amphitheatre built for this demonstration.
It's a little insight into the culture and traditions of the Hualapai tribe. You are given a small explaination as to why the dance is preformed and the clothes worn.
Music is played on drums and somebody sings/chants while others dance.
It's interesting to watch.

This is a free display to watch.

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Jan 26, 2012

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The helicopter ride

The Grand Canyon is a long affair and as such it offers different experiences. Most importantly it is divided between the National Park Service and several Indian tribes who have been living around it for eternity. One of them, the Hualapai offers a unique access to the bottom of the canyon by allowing helicopter flights to land by the river bed. While there is helicopter service in the so-called South Rim, it only consists of overflying the canyon or in the case of the neighbouring Indian tribe where access to the river is allowed it is prohibitively expensive. The best option is to choose “Papillion” helicopters as a company with the most “sorties” as opposed to the firm “Maverick”, who have one a day. The experience is thrilling and worth every cent of the 152USD that it costs. The helicopters can take up to six people plus the pilot and the seating is carefully chosen based on the individual weight of the passengers. If lucky, you can get to sit beside the pilot with a panoramic view horizontally and vertically! If terribly unlucky, you get to sit on the side lit by the Sun and have the majority of your pictures overexposed by the reflections of the windows. Some sources suggest not wearing bright coloured clothes but really this is not going to help much.

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Assenczo
May 18, 2011

Taking in the View with Maverick's Wind Dancer

There is no better way to really soak in the view and get a real perspective of this natural masterpiece but to see it from above. One can appreciate the vastness of this place, the hues of browns and reds that shines from it's cliffs, the river that carved this visually awesome piece of nature, the blue lakes in contrast with the dry arid desert that they are in! Time wise I recommend flying over the Grand Canyon and opt for one that lands and allows you to touch and experience the canyon in a personal kind of way. Our pilot was great apart from being the tall not so dark and handsome pilot that he was! There was enough time to walk around (although in the name of safety they do advise you not to wander too far from their sight), enjoy a healthy snack and a drink. The one we did was the Wind Dancer Air and Landing Tour by Maverick. We did
scrap the flight over the Strip part that was why we did not pay the full online price.

I would recommend best to book directly from their website: http://www.maverickhelicopter.com/tour-wind-dancer.aspx

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Kaikoura
Apr 17, 2010

Hualapai tribe dances

At their amphitheater, the Hualapai people offer a show where they show some of their traditional dances, wearing their traditional clothes and singing their music. They have several shows during the day and they're very entertaining to see, especially the dances that have quick foot work. At the end of the show, they ask for a donation (the amount is up to you) or you can buy their CD, and you can take your picture with them too.

You can see a video of one of the dances here.

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marielexoteria
Jan 04, 2010

Eagle Point

The first stop of interest in the West Rim is Eagle Point. Upon arrival we saw some Native American women doing some of their traditional dances. Eagle Point got its name because there's a cliff that makes a shape of an eagle with its wings open, as if flying down to pounce on a prey.

This is where I really started appreciating the wonder that the Grand Canyon is.

On Eagle Point you'll find the Skywalk, but I didn't go there so I can't comment on the experience, and the one store selling Hualapai crafts and postcards. There's also a native village and their amphitheater where you can see their traditional dances.

Note that there's no hand rails on the Grand Canyon, so be careful when walking close to the edge so that you don't fall down 4000 feet to the "belly" of the canyon.

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Jan 01, 2010

Things to Do Near Grand Canyon

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Lookout Studio

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Mather Point

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South Rim

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Hopi Point

The houses of the Hopi shelter, storage and work and ceremonial practices. The stone and mortar is coated with plaster and painted with whitewash. The clay is used to connect the strusture elements....
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