The Grand Canyon Skywalk is a tourist attraction in Arizona near the Colorado River on the edge of a side canyon in the Grand Canyon West area in the main canyon.
Located at the canyon’s west rim, the Grand Canyon Skywalk allows visitors to “Walk the Sky” with its unique glass bottomed cantilever U shaped observation deck that spans 70 feet (21.34 meters) over the canyon’s rim and sits 4,000 feet (1,219 meters) above the Colorado River.
A construction masterpiece, the glass – which is the only element that separates visitors from the deep canyon floor – weighs 1.2 million pounds. Completed in March 2007, the Skywalk is located on the Hualapai Indian Reservation in northwest Arizona and is the only architectural wonder of its kind that allows visitors to truly take in the experience of this beautiful and majestic place.
Grand Canyon West is owned by the Hualapai Tribe. Consisting of approximately 2,000 Hualapai members, the tribe owns nearly one million acres of land throughout the Grand Canyon’s western rim.
The history isn’t a long one. The Skywalk has been functioning since March of 2007. Commissioned by the Hualapai Indian tribe, the Grand Canyon Skywalk sits high above the Colorado river on the edge of the Grand Canyon. The glass walkway is hanging 4000 feet over the Colorado river , higher than some of tallest skyscrapers in the world: Sears Tower, Empire State Building, Sydney Tower, and the Bank of China.
The walls and floor of the bridge are all made of glass, thus allowing you to look straight down into the canyon. Capacity is limited to 120 persons, so there’s little time to dawdle on the bridge or sit and enjoy the view for more than ten minutes. Extremely fashionable booties are given to every person to wear while they walk over the bridge so they don’t fall and to lessen scratches on the glass. The bridge has incredible resistance and can withstand 100 mile per hour winds and a magnitude 8 earthquake.
The Grand Canyon Skywalk has been under lots of controversy. Opponents within the tribe see the Glass Bridge and future plans as a disturbance on sacred ground. Complaints from visitors include over pricing and over managing.
Cameras aren’t allowed in order to lessen scratches on the bridge, so a Hualapai member takes your photographs which you can later purchase
Grand Canyon visitors
Carved by the Colorado River over 15 million years and spanning approximately 277 miles long the Grand Canyon captures the hearts of visitors around the world with its epic views of majestic mountain peaks and valleys, clear skies that soar into deep shades of blue, and the awesome biological diversity of Mother Nature.
You can see a significant part of this majestic beauty from the Grand Canyon Skywalk which is a must see engineering marvel if you travel to Grand Canyon.