maybe a bit of a random question, ive been looking at tours that go here and some go to the south rim, some go to the west rim etc etc - is there a better area to go to or doesn't it make much difference?
[ Edit: Edited on Jun 26, 2008, at 8:13 AM by han27 ]
South rim or north rim are best--west rim means they get you close, but not actually where the main national park (and deepest part of the park are).
Most people go to the south rim because it is easier to get to--and you can drive along the rim for about 8 miles. At the north rim, there are campgrounds and a large lodge (something they don't have at the south rim), but you only get to the edge at one spot.
Personally, I find the "Sun Room" at the north rim to have the best view of any of the spots, but it's kind of neat to be able to drive close to the edge for a few miles. Also, the north rim is about a 1,000 feet higher in altitude than the south rim (meaning it is slightly cooler)--and is also closer for driving over to the other national parks (Zion, Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley, Lake Powell). So if you are just going for a day from Las Vegas, go to the south rim--but if you are touring the whole area, go to the north rim (or both the north and south rim).
[ Edit: Edited on Jun 27, 2008, at 4:25 PM by Calcruzer ]
Gary has given you excellent advide. I have been to both south & north rim, both trips starting in Vegas. I like the north rim better, just for the reasons Gary stated. Cooler, less people, a real lodge on the rim and beautiful parks closeby. If you have time, choose the north rim. This would be a great place to rent a car and do it on your own. You can rent a car in Vegas for a pretty good price, midweek. Then lay out a tour to includes, Zion, Bryce, perhaps Monument Valley, Arches, Canyonlands, etc.
Good luck to you and let me know if you need any help with Las Vegas.
Thanks for the advice, will take it into consideration when we plan our trips Thanks!