Why SkyWalk

Grand Canyon Facts

Facts

  • The construction of the Skywalk cost 31 million dollars, and each glass panel has a value of $250,000 each.
  • The Grand Canyon Skywalk is a unique glass-bottomed cantilever bridge that reaches outwards 70 ft. over the Grand Canyon’s edge, and towers 4,000 ft. above the Colorado River.
  • The walkway can hold 822 people that weigh 200 lbs each, without overstress, but maximum occupancy at one time is 120 people.
  • Astronauts Buzz Aldrin and John Herrington attended the opening ceremony on March 20, 2007.
  • Future plans for the Skywalk complex comprise a movie theatre, museum, shops, and restaurants; including a Skywalk Café overlooking the canyon’s edge.
  • There are larger plans to create “Grand Canyon West,” a 100-mile development along the canyon's South Rim. This area will include hotels, restaurants, a golf course, and a cable car to ferry visitors from the canyon rim to the Colorado River.
  • The Hualapai tribe has concerns for the sustainability of the project, since water is not being taken from the Colorado River, but shipped in. Another fear is for the overdevelopment of the area.
  • To protect the valuable glass the Skywalk bans the holding of any equipment, and provides visitors with fabric shoe covers. They do provide free lockers and have stationary cameras that you can use, and then later purchase photos from.
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