The Grand Canyon is massive, at over 280 miles (450km) long. Over this vast length, there are many options to see this UNSECO world heritage site and wonder of the natural world. One of the best jumping-off points to the Grand Canyon is Las Vegas. You probably wonder then, how far is Las Vegas to Grand Canyon?
Short Answer: Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon is 127 miles (204 km) at its shortest.
Long Answer: There are many different areas to visit the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas and they all have different distances. Let’s get into it!
For travelers to the Grand Canyon, there are 3 different areas, or rims to choose from: The West Rim, The South Rim, and the North Rim. Note that you may come across reports of an East Rim, but this generally refers to the area to the east of the Grand Canyon, including Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, but it doesn’t actually have any views of the Grand Canyon, go figure.
Let’s break down how far is Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon by rim.
If traveling by road from Las Vegas to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, it is 127 miles (204 Km). This road is fairly baren without many services, so make sure to bring plenty of water and food, a paper map, and fill your fuel tank often, leaving the driving to us on one of our Grand Canyon tours from Las Vegas.
If traveling by air, it is 75 miles (120 km) to the West Rim. There are not any commercial flights that fly this route, but there are plenty of airplane and helicopter tours that will fly you out there.
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If traveling by road from Las Vegas to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, you will cover a distance of 278 miles (447 KM). That would be taking the shortest route, but there are other routes, through Flagstaff at a distance of 327 miles (526 km), or Page at 387 miles (622 km).
Once you get out to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, there are many other world-class attractions to visit, including Antelope Canyon at 109 miles (175 km) from the South Rim, Sedona at 112 miles (180 km), and Monument Valley at 152 miles (244 km) from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
If traveling directly by air, Las Vegas to the South Rim is 167 miles (270km). There are very few flights connecting Las Vegas to the South Rim, your best bet for transportation out there is to rent a car and drive or join a scheduled tour.
The North Rim is the least crowded and the least accessible of the 3 rims. If traveling by car, the total distance from Las Vegas to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is 270 miles (434 km). Note that the road to the North Rim is closed half of the year due to snow, make sure to double-check that the road and the rim are open before you set off.
There isn’t an airport at the North Rim. But if you were to fly there from Las Vegas out to the North Rim, you would be traveling for 166 miles.
There is a fun old train that goes to the Grand Canyon. It departs from Wiliams, AZ, and ends in the Grand Canyon Village at the South Rim. The train trip measures 65 miles. When getting off the train, you can transfer to the Grand Canyon National Park shuttle system to get around to the different viewpoints, making having a car unnecessary for this train journey. The trip to Williams, AZ from Las Vegas measures 219 miles. From there, jump on the train and enjoy the view!
There are many different distances from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon. If you are short on time, a quick day trip to the West Rim is going to be your best bet. If you are looking for more adventure and have more time to work with, making the long drive to the South Rim or the North Rim is a great idea, as the views are a bit better out there and these are the only sections that have any hiking. They also have skydiving, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, and bike riding among other activities. Due to the lack of public transportation options in the area, you will be best off renting a car and driving yourself to whichever section you choose for your Grand Canyon vacation.