Located outside the National Park on the western area of the main canyon, the Skywalk is owned by the Hualapai Indian Tribe, and opened in March of 2007. It is a cantilevered horseshoe bridge with a glass surface, allowing visitors to walk 4000 feet above the Canyon floor and 70 feet away from the rim.
The Hualapai tribe’s site at Grand Canyon West features other attractions such as a traditional Native American Village, the Hualapai Ranch, and whitewater tours. Overnight accommodations are also available.
The Hualapai have lived along the Grand Canyon for centuries, and have recently developed tourist areas to showcase the Canyon and their tribe’s culture and ways of life. You must purchase a package through the Hualapai tribe in order to experience the Skywalk and the tribe’s other attractions.
Grand Canyon Skywalk
The Grand Canyon Skywalk is truly something else. Built in 2007 on the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, which is operated by the Hualapai Nation, the Skywalk is an architectural marvel. For that reason, we highly recommend a stop here the next time you’re in Arizona; it doesn’t take long, and you’re sure to make a memory to last a lifetime.
So what makes the Skywalk so special? Start with the fact that this U-shaped bridge extends 70 ft. beyond the edge of a cliff. Walk to the end of it, and you’re looking at a 4,000-ft. drop! Continue with the fact that Grand Canyon Skywalk is composed largely of glass, meaning that you don’t have to look over its edge into order to see down to the red rock crags beneath. In fact, you can look between your feet and get a crystal clear view right down to the canyon floor. It’s no coincidence that 300,000 people visit this marvel of modern engineering every year!
Now, you may be thinking to yourself, “A glass bridge? That can’t possibly be safe.” Well, guess again. The Grand Canyon Skywalk weighs nearly 500 tons, and can support over 800 people who weigh 200 pounds each. Accordingly, it is capable of withstanding natural disasters that would decimate most other structures, including earthquakes. In other words, it ain’t gonna budge!
Adding to the attractiveness of the Grand Canyon Skywalk is it proximity to other destinations. You can easily take a shuttle to Guano Point, where you can find an incredible, 360-degree view; or to Eagle Point, where you can discern a rock formation that resembles a swooping bird of prey! Also nearby is Hualapai Ranch, an excellent spot to participate in some Wild West activities, like horseback riding and tomahawk tossing. It’s great fun for the whole family.
So the next time you’re at the Grand Canyon, make your way west to the Skywalk. Like the Mandy Moore movie, this is one walk to remember.