Grand Canyon Skywalk

Written by on October 6, 2009 in AZ Attractions - 1 Comment

Ever wondered what it would feel like to look 4,000 straight down with nothing below your feet without falling? Well now you can find out! The Grand Canyon Skywalk, near Grand Canyon West, projects 70 feet out over the canyon. The curved bridge of the Grand Canyon Skywalk has a glass bottom allowing you to view the near vertical walls and offers a perfect view 4,000 feet straight down towards the Colorado River. This experience is not for anyone who suffers from vertigo, because the glass bottom truly gives the illusion that you are walking on air. But if you have a good head for heights, there’s no better way to get an amazing view of the canyon.

The Grand Canyon Skywalk is located at Eagle Point at Grand Canyon West on the Hualapai Reservation. It is a sacred location to the Hualapai tribe, with a fantastic view of a rock formation that looks like a majestic eagle with wings stretched out in flight.

This Grand Canyon Skywalk structure weighs an astonishing 1.571 million pounds and was constructed of a 2-inch thick steel frame that is bolted into the canyon walls by piles driven 46 feet into the solid bedrock. The floor of the bridge is created using 46 panes of glass — actually five layers of glass bonded together and laminated, weighing in at 1,200 lbs a piece, making the glass incredibly strong while still providing a crystal-clear view of the canyon below.

Guests are not allowed to take photographs from the bridge itself (dropping anything onto a glass surface will mar the view). All personal items must be left behind as well to prevent anything from dropping on the bridge. The cost of this experience is a little steep … around $30 per person, but the view is well worth it.

Grand Canyon West offers several other unique adventures. You can take a one-day river rafting ride in the Grand Canyon — most tours are several days or more since there aren’t many places to put in and take out along the river. Grand Canyon West is also one of the only places you can drive into the Grand Canyon (Peach Springs access). You can also explore an authentic Native American Village and visit the amphitheater seating 250 that features ongoing daily Native American presentations and performances.

More stories in the Grand Canyon Series include:

Formation of the Grand Canyon
South Rim of the Grand Canyon
North Rim of the Grand Canyon
Inhabitants of the Grand Canyon
River Rafting the Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon Railway
Grand Canyon Skywalk
Condors Make a Comeback in the Grand Canyon
Top 10 Things To Do at the Grand Canyon
Legend of Egyptian Artifacts in the Grand Canyon
The Ghost of Crash Canyon
Phantom Ranch at the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon West
16500 E. Highway 66, PO Box 359
Peach Springs, AZ 86434

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