West Rim of the Grand Canyon

This past Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013  I was in Las Vegas and booked a tour to Grand Canyon West.  But because of the partial government shutdown, the Grand Canyon National Parks were not open until this past Saturday, Oct. 12!   It so happens that we lucky tourists could go to the Grand Canyon West.   This section of the Grand Canyon is owned and operated by the Hualapai Tribe which is independent of the U.S. National Park system and is located on their Indian reservation.

It was SO COLD there, around the very low 50’s; the day was overcast so I didn’t get great photos!  But the place was teeming with busloads of tourists.   Some tourists came unprepared for the cold temperature and bought Indian blankets from the gift shop to wrap themselves in!   The best thing for me was having a cup of hot cocoa with whipped cream from the snack shop!

A WORD OF CAUTION:  The West Rim is the least safest place to photograph the Grand Canyon  unless you go directly to the Skywalk to take your pictures!  Unlike other Grand Canyon Parks, there are no barriers or hand rails to keep visitors from falling over the edge of the rim and into the canyon!!!   HANG ON TO YOUR CHILDREN!  I saw SO MANY foolish visitors going too close to the edge, some losing their balance on the rocks, some crawling to get close to pose and take a photo.  IT WAS SCARY, INSANITY!!!  There are more deaths at Grand Canyon than any of the other 398 national parks in the U.S.   When I got home I looked up how many people may have fallen to their deaths from the rim and found a short blog post:

Here are some photos and video of the Grand Canyon West Rim and Skywalk.

Here I am wearing a light hooded shirt!

Here I am wearing a light hooded shirt!

This is EAGLE'S POINT with the eagle and its outstretched wings.

This is EAGLE’S POINT with the eagle and its outstretched wings.

This guy is getting a good photo while blocking my view!

This guy is getting a good photo while blocking my view!

An agile senior citizen clamors over the rocks!

An agile senior citizen clambers over the rocks!  See how close she is to the EDGE!!!

Busloads of Chinese tourists explored the West Rim.

Busloads of Chinese tourists from Shanghai explored the West Rim.  Look at the close up.

This is the Skywalk glass bridge suspended 4,000' above the Colorado River on the very edge of the Grand Canyon!

This is the Skywalk glass bridge suspended 4,000′ above the Colorado River on the very edge of the Grand Canyon!

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About Shofar

Retired Teacher/Administrator, Christian missionary. Enjoy playing ukulele and guitar, oil painting, swimming and snorkeling, travel photography. Author of 'Sounding the Shofar-Exhortations for the End Times' eBook published Jan. 2012 available at Amazon.com or find it in Side Bar 'From Journal and Shofar eBook.'

Posted on October 14, 2013, in About Me And My Family, America and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I have been to the Grand Canyon way back in the early 1970’s with my parents!! I would be too scared to walk on the Sky-Walk Bridge as I am, afraid of Heights!! Those Pictures above are Great!! God Bless ya!!

  2. It’s good to see this wonderful place through again your pictures. Seen it’s grandeur in summer of 2009. It was lovely. You will feel God in this place. Great post! 🙂

    • Thanks so much for your read! I regretted not getting better photos but was glad to be able to visit the awesome Grand Canyon, carved by the mighty hand of God!
      God bless you!

  3. where did you do you research on deaths at west rim?? I spoke with the rescue squad who said there were ZERO deaths in 20 years. They explained that the barriers actually give a false sense of security.

    • Sorry for late reply. I forget to look here for comments. I only know that link caught my attention, but believe me, the West Rim is a treacherous place to visit!

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