This review is for the West Rim Bus Tour, was deciding between the West and South Rim and chose the West Rim for the shorter bus ride (getting back to the strip around 6pm), longer duration at the West Rim (about 4 hours), and to see the spectacular direct drops that the West Rim had to offer. I agree, it is more touristy and expensive than South Rim, but it was worth it to get back to Vegas earlier. As for the tour, it included the shuttle from your hotel, snack and drink, and shuttle bus and meal vouchers for usage at the site. Tour bus driver was also the guide, her name was Kathy and I found she went above and beyond stopping the bus so we could get a good look at Big Horn Sheep and at the Lake Meade Lookout point. She shared stories which is nice and gave some good advice on where to spend those meal vouchers when we arrived. She gave us exactly the info we needed to know and made sure that everyone understood the meeting place and time.. by quizzing everyone on that before handing over the shuttle bus tickets! I thought it was responsible of her to do that, I can imagine she had a lot of past experience with ppl not listening to her not matter how many times she repeated that info and it benefits everyone at the end. Basically she dropped us off at the area where all the tour buses drop off, from there you do have to take the shuttles on your own to the 3 different sites. I was concerned about that at first, but the rides are short, and lines are not too bad, plus with 4 hours there you have PLENTY of time. I think you can really see the whole place in 2 1/2 hours so don't worry about spending time with shuttles. Finally Kathy's recommendation to eat at the ranch was right, choice of a 1/4 chicken leg or 4 large pork ribs, with your choice of 2 sides, cornbread, cookie, and unlimited fountain drink. The Eagle point only had rice and some kind of curry/stew, and the Guano point had some chicken or pulled pork. Take your time at the sites and just relax and have your lunch at the ranch. Ride home unfortunately a freak accident on the road prevented us from going to the Hoover Dam lookout or crossing the Hoover Dam. We did see it while driving from the bus and Kathy slowed down for us. For the price, considering we got a nice hot meal, ride, and plenty of time to see what we had to see I would recommend this tour.
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