Grand Canyon Skywalk
Grand Canyon West
Each year hundreds of thousands of people visit the Grand Canyon Skywalk in the western part of Grand Canyon (also called Grand Canyon West). The Skywalk is a horseshoe-shaped bridge with a glass bottom that extends 70 feet out over the Grand Canyon giving a view straight down into the canyon at a location called Eagle Point.
On the Hualapai Indian Reservation, the Skywalk sites 3610 feet above the Colorado River with dramatic vistas of Grand Canyon and the Colorado River. Since it’s opening on March 28, 2007, the sky bridge has been a common stop for people wanting to experience the Grand Canyon.
Bird’s Eye View of Skywalk and Guano Point
Best Time to Visit the Skywalk
While the Skywalk is open daily from 9 AM to 5:30 PM, most visitors come between 11 AM and 4 PM Arizona Time. To avoid the crowds and the heat of the day, it is best to come in the morning before the mid-day rush. The Skywalk is closed from November through February.
Surprising Requirements at the Skywalk
Everyone is required to put their belongings in free lockers before heading out on the walkway. Shoe covers are provided as part of the cost to be worn while on the glass bridge to minimize scraping.
There are no personal photographs and cellphones allowed on the Skywalk. Instead Grand Canyon West provides photographers that take photos that can be purchased for $16 per print or $69.90 for a USB drive of all the photos.
The costs at Grand Canyon West can be a little confusing. As of February 2021, the cost to experience the Skywalk is $59 per person. There is a Grand Canyon entrance fee to Grand Canyon West for $45 and an additional $14 fee for the Skywalk, it is called the Sky Experience Bundle. Confirm current Skywalk rates and buy a ticket.
However if you pay for the Skywalk after paying the entrance fee it will be more expensive. It is also best to order your tickets at least a day in advance to get the cheaper online rates. The Sky Experience Plus Bundle includes entrance fee, skywalk and a meal is $78. See below for break down of the individual costs versus when part of a package.
Table of Skywalk Costs
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Video About the Construction of the Grand Canyon Skywalk
Other Activities at Eagle Point
The Skywalk sits on the side of Eagle Point, a formation named after the fact it looks like an eagle. In addition to the glass bridge there are other attractions to see while in the area. Included in the general admission is the hop-on hop-off bus which connects all these attractions within the Grand Canyon West.
The Native American Village
Grand Canyon West has built a traditional Native American Village for this area that includes homes, sweat lodges, and ovens by many local tribes including the Hualapai, Hopi, Navajo, Plains and Havasupai Indians. Entrance is included with the general admission.
Native American Dance Performances
At Eagle Point, Hualapai Bird Singers performances take place from 11 AM to 3 PM on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Also include with general admission.
Creations By Native Hands
The gift shop is located in the building attached to the Skywalk. Items include jewelry and weavings handcrafted by the Hualapai, Hopi and Mojave tribes. They also sell t-shirts and hats.
Sky View Restaurant
The restaurant has incredible views of the Grand Canyon. The meal tickets above gets you a selection from your choice of the Sky View Cafe or Guano Point Cafe.
More View Points
A shuttle can be taken to more view points at Guano Point and the Hualapai Ranch (close to the Cabins at Grand Canyon West).
Video Overview of Other Activities at Grand Canyon West
Skywalk, Helicopter and Grand Canyon Rafting in One Day
A popular option is to raft the Colorado River for a day. After rafting take a helicopter flight out of the canyon and then visit the Skywalk. These trips start and end in Peach Springs Arizona.
Getting to the Skywalk
The Skywalk and Grand Canyon West are 120 miles from Las Vegas and 4 hours (242 miles) from the South Rim. There is a large parking area where you leave your car and catch the shuttle bus.
Concluding Thoughts on the Skywalk and Grand Canyon West
Grand Canyon West and the Skywalk are a nice alternative to the chaos of the South Rim. The area isn’t as built up as the South Rim and you are supporting the Hualapai Tribe. The views are still spectacular while being closer to California and Las Vegas than the classic road trip to the South Rim.
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