Grand Canyon West Rim on May 9, 2022

On Monday May 9th I took a bus tour from Las Vegas to the west rim of the Grand Canyon. The two major stops on the trip were Eagle Point, home of the Grand Canyon Skywalk, and Guano Point.

I brought my Pentax Kx Camera with a variety of lenses. My plan was to make a series of Panorama photos using Adobe Lightroom.

The Grand Canyon West Rim is on the Hualapai Indian Reservation. They also operate the Skywalk observation platform at Eagle Point. I chose not to go on the Skywalk since you are not allowed to go on the Skywalk with your cell phone or camera. Instead I took photos from Eagle Point and Guano Point.

The views from Eagle Point are pretty good with views looking to the east.

Skywalk at Eagle Point West Rim of the Grand Canyon
Eagle Point Grand Canyon West
Grand Canyon West from Eagle Point

The best views are from Guano Point. Guano Point has an interesting history. As the website says,

In the 1930s, a passing boater discovered a guano cave, and for 20 years after, unsuccessful attempts were made to mine the nitrogen-rich guano for fertilizer. After hearing there was more than 100,000 tons of guano in the cave, the U.S. Guano Corporation bought the property and constructed a $3.5 million tramway system to extract it. The aerial tramway was built from the mine to what is now known as Guano Point, with the cable head-house built on land leased by the Hualapai Tribe. The cableway crossed the river, with a main span of 7,500 feet and a vertical lift of 2,500 feet.

In 1959, all the cave’s resources were exhausted because the predicted 100,000 tons was actually closer to 1,000 tons. Shortly after this, a U.S. Air Force fighter jet crashed into the overhead cable system and permanently disabled it. The remaining structures were left intact as a monument to man’s attempt to mine the canyon.

https://grandcanyonwest.com/explore/west-rim/guano-point/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwvqeUBhCBARIsAOdt45YKFbgczswm0cGvkObM2XKI7PnZ5ugIurQ26TEIb_RBOxkPCbUI5TAaAsOzEALw_wcB
Grand Canyon West from Guano Point
Grand Canyon West from Guano Point
Grand Canyon West and the Colorado River from Guano Point

This is a great way to see the part of the Grand Canyon if you find it challenging to put together a trip to the South Rim of the canyon.

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