The Grand Canyon Skywalk was built for $30 million by the Hualapai Indian tribe in collaboration with Chinese-American billionaire David Jin. It opened to the public on February 26, 2008.
The 1,200-foot-long (370 m) glass-bottomed structure is suspended over the canyon floor. From its opening, visitors can see straight down into Havasu Canyon, about 3,000 feet (900 m) below. The skywalk connects two sections of the Hualapai Reservation's new casino complex, which also includes a hotel and shopping center.
It costs $24 to go on the skywalk itself, but you can also buy packages that include tickets to attractions like the Grand Canyon Railway or helicopter rides.
The skywalk has been criticized for being an expensive way to get close to nature. However, it does provide access to places along the rim that would otherwise be inaccessible.
And perhaps more importantly, it gives people a reason to stay in town after dark!
4,000 meters The $30 million Skywalk, a horseshoe-shaped glass walkway, towers 4,000 feet above the Grand Canyon. It is the world's first skywalk and opened to the public in February 2007.
It takes about 10 minutes to walk from one end of the bridge to the other. However, there are no safety features such as guard rails or doors that would prevent someone from falling off the bridge.
The bridge was built by the DuPont company for its commercial enterprise division, which closed down not long after the bridge opened to the public. The company gave the bridge a try but it wasn't profitable so they sold it to Grand Canyon National Park for $1.
In 2010, the bridge received new lights that change color with the flow of the wind and music when the wind blows certain ways. They also play classical music at specific times during the day and night.
These are just some of the many innovations put into place by the park service with funds donated by local businesses in order to make the experience on the Grand Canyon Skywalk more enjoyable for everyone who visits.
The bridge has been named one of the top ten wonders of the world by several publications including National Geographic.
Grand Canyon National Park's Hualapai Tribe and Skywalk (U.S. National Park Service)">Grand Canyon National Park's Hualapai Tribe and Skywalk (U.S. National Park Service)
The Hualapai Indian Reservation is a reservation of about 2,000 acres (8 km2) in northwestern Arizona, near the border with Nevada. It is mostly land but also includes parts of both states.
The reservation was created by the 1882 Fort Defiance Treaty for which the United States paid $300,000 to the Hualapai people. The treaty provided that the land would be used for farming and hunting and that any gold found on the land would be owned by the federal government and the miners would become citizens of the United States. In 1999, the tribal income was $1 million and its expenditure was $500,000. The balance of $500,000 was spent on non-Indian businesses and activities outside the reservation.
Skywalk or Sky Bridge is an outdoor glass-floor pedestrian bridge that crosses the Grand Canyon between North Rim and South Rim viewing areas. It was built by the Hualapai Indians as part of their casino project. The bridge opened to the public on February 17, 2008.
Prices, hours, and location of the Grand Canyon Skywalk Tickets for the 2021 Season are already on sale (March 15-October 31, 2021). Prices begin at $49.99 for a one-day pass or $249.00 for a three-day pass.
The price of tickets increases as you purchase more days in advance of your visit. Three-day passes will be available for purchase beginning at $299.00.
There are no discounts offered for groups of 10 or more, but children under 12 years old go free when accompanied by an adult ticket holder.
You can also take a tour from one of the many tour companies that offer trips to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas. The majority of these tours include a stop at the Grand Canyon Skywalk to give visitors a better understanding of what it takes to build a bridge over such a large chasm.
The tours usually last between four and six hours and cost anywhere from $60 to $80 per person. It's a good idea to book in advance if you want to go on a tour since they get booked up quickly during the summer months.
Skywalk security badges are free but there is a limit of two tokens per person. You can buy additional tokens for $10 each.
The $82 Legacy Gold package includes entrance, the Skywalk, and a lunch. The greatest value is a Legacy Pass, which includes entrance to the Skywalk and zipline for $115. The Hualapai VIP trip, which costs $333, includes a tour guide, private transportation, the Skywalk, a lunch, and a Native American gift.