Grand Canyon: The World Famous Skywalk
The Grand Canyon Skywalk is a horseshoe-shaped walkway that extends almost 70 feet out into the Grand Canyon.
The Grand Canyon Skywalk is a glass-bottom “U”-shaped bridge that overlooks the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon’s West Rim. And did we mention it’s also the world’s highest man-made structure by more than 2,300 feet (700 meters)!The glass, 70-foot (21-meter) long, open-air Skywalk is suspended 4,000 feet (1,219 m) above the canyon floor, providing 720-degree views on all sides. Needless to say, the Grand Canyon Skywalk is an exhilarating experience. The cantilever design was created by David Jin and can support the weight of 71 fully loaded 747 airplanes (that’s a whopping 71 million pounds – 32 000 tons!), withstand winds up to 100 mph (160 kmh) and survive a magnitude 8.0 earthquake.
History of Grand Canyon Skywalk
Located at Grand Canyon West on the Hualapai Indian Reservation, the new Grand Canyon Skywalk opened to the public on March 28th, 2007. The structure, consisting of a U-shaped cantilevered glass walk jutting 70 feet past the rim of the Grand Canyon, was dreamt up by Las Vegas businessman David Jin while taking part in a Grand Canyon
tour in 1996. With the help of Las Vegas design firm Lochsa Engineering, Jin’s creation will be sturdy enough to hold the weight of a dozen fully loaded 747’s, and strong enough to withstand winds up to 100mph. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin lead the first walkers on the Grand Canyon Glass Skywalk in a private ceremony on March 20th, 2007.It is hoped that Grand Canyon West’s Skywalk Project will give an economic boost to the Hualapai Indian Tribe. Grand Canyon West, in development since 1988, offers Grand Canyon touring opportunities not available elsewhere, such as helicopter rides to the Colorado River, cowboy cookouts, horseback rides on the canyon rim and one-day Grand Canyon white water rafting trips.
Grand Canyon Skywalk Location
Grand canyon skywalk You might be under the impression, that the Most Famous Skywalk is close to Grand Canyon Village, inside the National park. In fact, it is located at the West rim, which is a native American tribal park owned and operated by the Hualapai Indian tribe. The park is quite distant from Grand Canyon Village and about 3 hours away from Las Vegas, NV.
Best Time to Visit Grand Canyon Skywalk
December is a great time to visit the Grand Canyon Skywalk if that’s something you’ve been thinking about. At only about 4,000 feet of elevation, the summer can be blazing hot. So much so, that if you’re traveling in the heat of the summer.
Where to Stay at The Grand Canyon
If you plan to stay overnight while visiting the Grand Canyon, you’ll need a place to stay. You can choose from four locations. The map above will help you understand where each one is located.
National Park Hotels
Located inside the park, these six hotels are the most convenient, especially if you want to be really near the rim. You’ll save time and gasoline by not having to drive in every day. Nightly rates cover a wide range, from inexpensive places with shared baths to suites at the El Tovar.
Just outside the south entrance, this place is basically just a collection of hotels, motels and restaurants. It’s convenient, but uninteresting and room rates are higher because of the convenience.
About an hour’s drive south of the entrance, Williams is a charming, old-fashioned, small town. The Grand Canyon Railway leaves from here, and they also have a couple of renovated Route 66 motels. In all, there are 35 properties here with about 1,500 rooms and a wide range of prices.
The furthest away from the park (81 miles), but you’ll make up some time by going in the east entrance instead of sitting in lines at the south one. Flagstaff is a little bigger town than the others, and offers more choices for lodging and dining. Nightly rates range from $50 to $150.
How to Reach to Grand Canyon Skywalk
It can be an adventure to get there, and it’s not cheap. Still, it’s a one-of-a-kind way to experience the country’s most famous natural wonder. By personal car or rental car, go to Kingman, AZ, in northwestern Arizona, which can be accessed by Interstate 40 or Highway 93. At Kingman, follow Highway 93/E Andy Devine Ave/B-40/Historic 66 for three or four miles, then continue on W Beale St/US-93 for a little more than 29 miles. Turn right at W Pierce Ferry Road and travel seven miles to Dolan Springs, where the Grand Canyon West Welcome Center is located. From there, it’s 14 miles to the Skywalk.