Grand Canyon Skywalk – In the past, the most amazing view you could get from the Grand Canyon was standing on its rim. In 2007 all that had changed, the scene gets even better with the opening of the Skywalk at Eagle Point. A 10-foot-wide glass bridge in the shape of a horseshoe extends 70 feet above the canyon rim. You can look down through the thick glass platform, over 4000 feet from the bottom of the Grand Canyon. For more details, read the article below.
Complete Vacation Guide to Grand Canyon Skywalk
Arrive and Buy Tickets to Gand Canyon Skywalk
The security guard escorted the driver to the large parking lot in front of the Welcome Center, a large white dome that seemed to protect the grounds. Here you’ll purchase tickets for activities and attractions, starting with the Legacy ticket ($50), a mandatory purchase that admits you to Grand Canyon West, specifically the Eagle Point, Guano Point, and Hualapai Ranch areas.
The ticket also includes your ticket to the shuttle bus, which arrives every 10-15 minutes at four stops. Other activities cost extra, including Skywalk ($20), zipline ($40), and helicopter tours ($145-$263). Packages are also available that include special meals or tours.
Grand Canyon Skywalk (no cameras allowed!)
It is the main tourist attraction of Grand Canyon West. Get off the shuttle car at Eagle Point and head to the visitor center which houses the Skywalk, a restaurant, and a gift shop.
With tickets in hand, your first stop is a set of lockers where you must store all your belongings, including your cell phone and camera. The camera ban has drawn a lot of complaints on travel review sites from people upset about having to buy photos taken by Skywalk’s official photographers. Photo packages start at $16.
Once your gear is stored and you’ve slipped free protective boots into your shoes, you’re free to stay on the Skywalk as long as you like. Enjoy the view were five layers of glass stand between you and the stone shelf 2,000 feet below.
Early morning is the best time to go before the tourists from Las Vegas start arriving at 11 am. The low sun illuminates the canyon walls, giving you a clear view of the stunning descent.
The afternoon casts shadows into the canyon, the view beneath your feet obscured by reflections in the glass. The lighting, however, is more dramatic throughout the canyon, bringing out textures that are not easily visible in the morning or evening.
Grand Canyon Zipline
The Grand Canyon West zipline adventure includes two courses. The first rider glides 1,100 feet before ascending the second tower to ascend 2,100 feet with slightly steeper terrain. This experience takes about 50 minutes including the bus ride.
Helicopters abound in Grand Canyon West, where tourists take advantage of one of the few places in the Grand Canyon where pilots are allowed to fly under the rim. (Forbidden inside Grand Canyon National Park). Helicopters take off and land every few minutes on the runway.
Tours range from 12 minutes to 2½ hours, and some include landings inside the Grand Canyon. One of the most popular is the Helicopter / Pontoon tour, a 10-minute flight to the canyon, a 15-minute boat ride on the Colorado River, and a flight back to the airport.
Head to the Trading Post at Hualapai Ranch to sign up for horse riding. Time ranges from 10 minutes (around the arena) to a 90-minute trail ride. Riders walked along a wide path to a place overlooking the West Rim.
Even those who have never ridden a horse will find it comfortable thanks to the slow, steady pace. Experienced bosses lead the way, making sure everything goes well. Riders must be 7 years old or older, and those younger than 18 must wear a helmet and be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Riders must not weigh more than 250 pounds.
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Colorado River Rafting
Hualapai River Runners offers one- and two-day trips that launch from Peach Springs (91 miles south) and include helicopter flights out of the canyon. On the Grand Tour, you fly in and out of the canyon, with a 21-mile raft trip down the Colorado River in between. The journey took just three hours from check-in to return.
Eagle Point (Grand Canyon Skywalk)
This view is on the edge of a cliff that plunges thousands of feet into a side gorge. Look towards the jagged ridge across from the Skywalk to see the formation whose name is mentioned. An eagle, its wings outstretched as if it landed, had been carved into rock by wind and water for thousands of years. Those with a fear of heights stay away from cliffs, while daring visitors crawl to the border between flat terrain and nothingness.
If you approach the edge, be careful. One misstep can be disastrous. With nothing between you and a few thousand feet away, the scene is scarier from the Skywalk, with fences and barriers.
Guano Point offers the best views of the Grand Canyon West. Guano Point is located at the end of a small peninsula jutting into the canyon. A quarter-mile walk over the land bridge takes you to intimate views within the canyon. The Colorado River enters and exits through majestic cliffs as if it were in a game of hiding and seek. – Grand Canyon Skywalk-