Skywalk Grand Canyon opened on March 28, 2007. This fun attraction is located at Grand Canyon West Rim on the Hualapai Indian Reservation.
Step out onto a glass-floored, 70-ft long open-air Observation Deck that juts out 4,000 feet above the canyon floor and the Colorado River. Before venturing out from the canyon’s rim onto the transparent U-shaped 3-inch-thick glass platform, visitors must slip on special non-scuff, non-slip booties. Build to withstand hurricanes and earthquakes, the Skywalk is sure to become one of the most fun and visited attractions in Arizona.
Fun Facts About Skywalk
- Located on the Hualapai Indian reservation – 90 miles West of Grand Canyon National Park
- Originally opened on March 28, 2007 – Construction was started in March 2004
- It extends 70 feet beyond the edge of the Canyon
- Skywalk is 4,000 feet above the Colorado River – twice as high as the world’s tallest buildings
- There is a Skywalk Entrance Fee
- Access to the Skywalk runs from dawn to dusk
- Maximum of 120 people at a time. However, the architect said that it can support a few hundred people and winds of up to 100 mph
- It can withstand the weight of 71 fully loaded Boeing 747 airplanes and an 8.0 magnitude earthquake within 50 miles
- It is equipped with shock absorbers to keep it from bouncing like a diving board
- A Las Vegas developer spent $30 million to build it
- Warning: It is a twisty drive on unpaved roads through rugged terrain. You may want to take one of the tours
In the future, the Skywalk facility will also include a 6,000 square foot Visitor’s Center on three levels, housing a museum, movie theater, gift shop and several restaurants and bars. The Skywalk Cafe will offer outdoor patio and rooftop seating on the edge of the canyon. Private indoor and outdoor facilities for meetings, special events and weddings will also be available.
Don’t forget to add an amazing Skywalk Tour to your plans if you are visiting the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas or Phoenix this year.
Note: Because the West Rim is located much closer to Las Vegas than the South Rim, most of the tours originate from Las Vegas. However, some tours depart from Phoenix, Flagstaff, Sedona and Los Angeles, so be sure to check departure locations when booking your Grand Canyon and Grand Canyon Skywalk Tours.
The Grand Canyon is located about 120 miles east of Las Vegas, so it makes a great day trip!