- Aug. 10, 2018
-- There are distinct and different areas of the Grand Canyon. It is quite long and is dramatic over much of it's span, however only one specific area has been designated as protected by the national parks service, and is the area that most people visit. Our national parks are protected by the government against encroachment and development so as to preserve their natural beauty, and while the Grand Canyon is protected within the boundaries of the national park, it is not protected outside of it. The land is actually owned by states and Indian tribes that see it as portions of their reservation land.
Several years ago, Navajo Nation realized that there is a large portion of tourists every year that come to Las Vegas on vacation, and travel from there to the Grand Canyon for a short period of time. These people have come to the southwest United States, and are using their vacation in Las Vegas as a starting point for a road trip to one of the most photographed and famous places on earth. The Grand Canyon National Park is about 4 hours from Las Vegas, and these tourists were literally driving right past their land to get there. To attract some of these tourists to the Navajo land instead of the national park area, they built a tourist attraction in the form of a glass bridge, and suspended it above the canyon floor. There is nearly nothing else in the area, and it is quite desolate and brown, but the attraction of the glass bridge did draw tourists to it. Unfortunately, many of these tourists were there accidentally.
Tours from Las Vegas that go to the Grand Canyon South Rim are the ones that are going to the scenic area you have seen in books and magazines. Tours to the West Rim are going to the Navajo area with the glass bridge. If you are interested in hiking and exploration, make sure you are going to the South Rim because it is far more developed for tourism than the West Rim.
If you are interested in a guided tour of the Grand Canyon South Rim, book through Bindlestiff Tours at https://www.bindlestifftours.com/package/grand-canyon-ove...