Most of the time you’re on the road, you’ll be visiting beautiful places off the beaten path. That also means you most likely won’t have service in a lot of spots.
An RV GPS is really helpful because it helps you get around, but also takes into account things normal drivers don’t have to worry about, like steep grade, sharp turns, RV parks, low clearances, etc.
Our guide takes you to the ET Highway from Las Vegas where you’ll be traveling east to west. If you happen to be coming from the west, just flip the guide.
Directions: Getting to the Extraterrestrial Highway is easy. From Las Vegas, head north I-15 N. Continue onto U.S. 93 and follow that for roughly 107 miles. You’ll see ET Fresh Jerky on your right, which is the start of the highway.
Address for the Starting Point: 12600 US-93, Hiko, NV 89017, map
Routes to Take: If you’re only doing the ET Highway from Las Vegas, I recommend turning around once you reach Rachel, NV, and coming back the same way. It will save you a lot of time driving through the desert landscapes.
The great thing about this trip though, is that you can add it to other classic Nevada Road Trips. If you have a few days and plan on visiting Great Basin National Park, you can take a short detour onto the ET Highway on your way up the Great Basin Highway.
You can also add on the portions of the Free-Range Art Highway to create a big loop from Las Vegas (or head up to Reno). We don’t have a guide on that trip yet but check out Travel Nevada for everything you need to know.
I’ve listed out notable stops on each of these routes below.
How Long Does the Drive Take: You can make it up to Rachel, NV in 2 hours and 15 minutes, so it’s an easy day trip if you just want to do the ET Highway. But if you’re going to make the trip up there anyway, check out some of the other road trips to see what you’re interested in and making it an overnight getaway.
As we mentioned before, driving yourself is our preference because you get to control your itinerary and make changes along the way.
Driving to the West Rim (5001 Diamond Bar Rd, Peach Springs, AZ 86434, map) is the shortest trip at roughly 2 hours each way. Once you arrive, there is a free parking lot where they will have shuttle buses to take you to different points. To access anything else you will have to purchase a ticket.
The drive to the South Rim (S Entrance Rd, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023, map) takes roughly 4.5 hours each way. You are driving on major highways or roads the whole way making it an easy drive. When you arrive, you pass through a pay station, where you can either use your Annual National Parks Pass ($80) or purchase a vehicle pass ($30). Once you pay, you can park in the village and take a shuttle, or park directly at specific viewpoints. Keep in mind that during the busy season, parking is hard to find at viewpoints.
The North Rim (AZ-67, North Rim, AZ 86023, map) is the longest drive at roughly 5 hours. It’s slightly closer distance-wise, but towards the end of your drive, you’ll be driving through smaller, windy roads in Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. Similar to the South Rim, you’ll pass a pay station then you can park in any of the designated spots.