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Overnight Drive From Las Vegas To Grand Canyon

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1. Posted by lordotis (Budding Member 11 posts) 10y

We plan to drive from Vegas to the South Rim on Saturday morning in time to arrive for sunrise.

I'm concerned that we'll be driving 280 miles at 3am through a desolate desert and we might not have enough fuel in the tank to make it in one go.

Does anyone know if we are going to be able to find a petrol station open along the route at that time in the morning.

Also, how fast can we travel without incurring the wrath of the Highway Patrol (I know people who've been stopped on this route for going too fast, but I don't know how fast they were going).

2. Posted by nvbirdman (Budding Member 42 posts) 10y

Don't worry.
The area between Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon is somewhat more populated than the moon. You WILL find gas stations.
The speed limit will probably be 70mph, which according to my calculator is 112kph.

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 10y

You will be able to refuel in Kingman & Williams AZ. Truck stops are open 24HRs. The speed limit varies on where you are on the route. Very slow across Hoover Dam, 55mph after the dam and before the highway divides. Put your cruise control at speed limit plus 5mph and you will not be stopped. Anything over that and you may be ticketed.

4. Posted by lordotis (Budding Member 11 posts) 10y

Thanks for the responses.

It wasn't so much that I was concerned about a lack of population, I just didn't want to have to travel 20 miles off the Interstate in order to find a gas station that was open and waste 40 minutes.

What I hadn't appreciated was that, even when they are closed, that it was possible to put your credit card into the pump and get fuel that way (something that we don't have here).

Anyway, we had a great trip and the view at the GC lived up to expectations (and more).

As it was, I set the cruise control to 85 as most of the trucks were doing 80 anyway at 3 in the morning, and as everyone else was doing 100mph on the final stretch up to the Canyon (to catch the sunrise), we decided to follow them as they seemed to know what they were doing!