I'm heading to Vegas with friends for a few days on Monday. I've planned to book a car for a day and check out the Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon. In regards to the Canyon, I see that the Grand Canyon West is nearest to Vegas. I also see that it's on a reserve and "requires the purchase of a permit and Legacy tour package for entry" which is $43. All I want to see is a canyon.
I know many of you have biked in the area, and I'm sure many of you have gone here from Vegas. I'm curious where the best area to go would be on a day trip. I don't want to buy a package so that I can meet tribal members, see native jewelry, and learn how to throw a tomahawk.