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A trip to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon go hand in hand. Maybe you’re doing some research for an upcoming trip to Vegas and you keep seeing mentions about visiting the Grand Canyon while your there. Based on this you may be thinking that the Grand Canyon must be somewhere nearby the city but you’re not quite sure where exactly it is.
Is the Grand Canyon in Las Vegas? No, the Grand Canyon is not in Las Vegas. Las Vegas is located in the state of Nevada, while the Grand Canyon is located in the state of Arizona. Fortunately, the city of Vegas is located very near the Arizona state border and at its closest, Las Vegas, Nevada is just a 2.5-hour drive away from the West Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Where is The Grand Canyon Exactly
The map above shows the four western states of California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona along with the boundary lines of the Grand Canyon. You can see that while Las Vegas is close to the Nevada and Arizona borders, the boundary lines of the Grand Canyon shows it is entirely located in the State of Arizona.
The map also shows that Grand Canyon National Park is just a part of the Grand Canyon. The National Park Service only controls the section in the maps above and below marked in green. The rest of the Grand Canyon is primarily comprised of Native American tribal lands.
Las Vegas Day Trip to The Grand Canyon
A close-up of the map helps better show the border and boundary lines more clearly. See where the Skywalk is noted on the map. This is the West Rim of the Grand Canyon which is the part of the Grand Canyon that is closest to Las Vegas.
It’s just a 2.5-hour drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon West. So while the Grand Canyon is not in Las Vegas, it can be reached by car from Vegas very easily.
Note: The Grand Canyon West Rim area is owned and operated by the Hualapai Tribe.
In fact, many visitors to Las Vegas leave the Strip in the morning for a day trip to the closest rim (Grand Canyon West) and are able to be back on the Strip by evening.
We have an in-depth article on our website here covering everything you’ll need to know about visiting the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas. In the article, I talk about the three different rims of the canyon and how far each rim is from Las Vegas by car.
It’s very easy to drive yourself to the Skywalk at Grand Canyon West but it may be even easier to take one of the tours from Las Vegas.
On a tour, you can sit back, relax and enjoy the journey without having to figure out everything yourself.
Now that you know that the Grand Canyon isn’t in Las Vegas but is in fact very close by, you can start planning your Grand Canyon getaway via Las Vegas as part of your next trip!
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