Facts About Grand Canyon Skywalk Glass Bridge

The Grand Canyon Skywalk is a transparent horseshoe-shaped cantilever bridge and tourist attraction in Arizona near the Colorado River on the edge of a side canyon in the Grand Canyon Skywalk West area of the main canyon. USGS topographic maps show the elevation at the Skywalk’s location as 4,770 ft (1,450 m) and the elevation of the Colorado River in the base of the canyon as 1,160 ft (350 m), and they show that the height of the precisely vertical drop directly under the skywalk is between 500 ft (150 m) and 800 ft (240 m).

Grand Canyon Skywalk

Grand Canyon Skywalk

The Skywalk is operated by the Hualapai Tribe, which owns and protects more than one million acres of land throughout the Grand Canyon’s Skywalk western rim. During construction of the Skywalk, architects and engineers were concerned not only with safety, but also with creating a structure that would balance well with its natural surroundings and protect the values held by the Hualapai.

History of the Skywalk Bridge

The Grand Canyon Skywalk cost $30 million to construct and was funded by Hualapai Indian tribe in partnership with Chinese-American businessman David Jin. Built to withstand 100 mph winds, the Skywalk’s frame was constructed with 100 million pounds of steel.Founder Jin describes his vision for the Skywalk this way: “Just like an eagle can fly into the Grand Canyon Skywalk, my vision was to enable visitors to walk the path of the eagle, and become surrounded by the Grand Canyon Skywalk while standing at the edge of the Glass Bridgeand tourist attraction in Arizona.

Grand Canyon Skywalk Facts

  • Entrance to Grand Canyon Skywalk West is $25 per private vehicle. (Please note this is a 7-day pass and is the same pass offered at the South Rim and North Rim. So as long as your visit is within 7 days of when you purchased a pass for one of the aforementioned entrances, you will not be charged again).
  • Although Grand Canyon Skywalk West is open and accessible year-round, and the Skywalk is open from dawn until dusk, hours of operation for Skywalk vary depending on time of year. During Winter (mid-October to mid-April), the Skywalk is open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. During Summer (May 1 to mid-October), the Skywalk is open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.
  • The skywalk was completed on March 20, 2007. However, the general public was not allowed to preview this masterpiece until March 28, 2007.
  • The skywalk is the world’s highest man-made structure standing at 2,300 ft.
  • The skywalk is a glass bottomed structure on the west rim of the canyon that extends over the canyon and you can peer down at the canyon below.
  • When you look at the floor you can see a thousand foot drop below the glass walkway.
  • You will also enjoy the incredible views around the building south of the entrance where you have the opportunity (that is if you are a thrill seeker) to walk up to the very edge of the chasm with no guard rails. (An acrophobia person should skip this one).
  • Photography is strictly prohibited. The claim is that they don’t want anything falling into the canyon. However, the reason may be more related to their attempt to up sell you some of their own “home-made” photo. Either way it is quite an experience. Read more adventurous travel.
Advertisements

Most Famous Backpacking Accommodation in Europe

The best Backpacking Accommodation in Europe is a rite of passage for most students and travellers. But it’s such a vast place that many end up hopping between the most famous cities (London, Barcelona, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, Rome sound familiar?) and never delve beneath the surface into what this continent, particularly the Eastern fringes, really has to offer.

Europe is one of the premier budget and backpacking destinations in the world. Every year, and especially when temperatures rise in the summer, thousands of people go backpacking accommodation in Europe and as they do they have one thing on their mind. No, not museums. Parties. Europe in the summer is one of the most festive regions of the world and the continent is bursting with parties, nightlife, and festivals from end to end.                   Backpacking places

Paris, France

Aside from being stereotyped as a city with artists walking around wearing beret’s and eating croissants, Paris has a lot more to offer you. You definitely don’t want to miss the hotspots that include The Louvre, the Notre Dame Cathedral, The Arc de Triomphe, The Sun Palace and of course the Eiffel Tower. But did you know that Paris is also home to their own Disneyland?! Disneyland Paris is a definite must see.

Peru

The Inca Trail has been very high up on the list of backpacking Must Sees for many moons. Although it’s frequently criticised for being overly commercialised, Machu Picchu is every bit as mysterious and beautiful as the pamphlets say you just have to share the view with a few other people. But there is so much more to this wonderful South American beautiful destination than the fabled ruins which are still worth seeing, along with plenty of other sites that will also blow your mind.

Barcelona

Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the whole country. From family travelers and cruise ships that dock in the port to the hordes of young travelers that descend upon this city during the summer months, Barcelona has a little bit of everything for everyone.

Oktoberfest

Though it takes place mostly in September, Oktoberfest is the annual drinking festival in Munich, Germany. There’s not much more to explain. For about two weeks, thousands of people descend on this city to drink, party, wear lederhosen and eat giant pretzels.

Amsterdam

My favorite city in Europe, I’ve been to Amsterdam countless times and even lived there briefly in 2006. I won’t lie the first time around, I came for the parties, the fun, and the “coffee shops,” but I stayed because of the canals, beautiful buildings, great scenery, and friendly locals.