Imagine standing on a deck made of glass amidst the magnificence of one of the most fascinating natural wonders of the world – Grand Canyon, where your vision stands riveted on the mysterious layers that showcases billion years of history at a glance. The rim of the Grand Canyon is 70 feet behind you. Then it’s time to look down and see….nothing, nothing but 2,000 feet of air between you and the bottom of Grand Canyon. If you want to get mesmerized by this sensation of nothingness, so surreal and dreamy, it’s time to walk the Skywalk.
Located at Grand Canyon West on the Hualapai Indian Reservation, the new Grand Canyon Skywalk was opened to the public on March 28th, 2007. The architectural wonder that consists of a U-shaped cantilevered glass bridge jutting 70 feet past the rim of the Grand Canyon was envisioned by Las Vegas businessman David Jin in 1996 to offer unparallel views of the canyon and enjoy its beauty in a unique manner. With the help of architect Mark Ross Johnson and Las Vegas design firm Lochsa Engineering, Jin’s creation is sturdy enough to hold the weight of a dozen fully loaded 747’s, and strong enough to withstand winds up to 100mph. The U-shaped glass-bottom, open-air bridge that overlooks the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon's West Rim, is the world’s highest man-made structure. It is suspended 4,000 feet (1,219 m) above the canyon floor, providing 720-degree views on all sides. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin lead the first walkers on the Grand Canyon Glass Skywalk in a private ceremony on March 20th, 2007.
Today over a million visitors travel to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon every year, as a part of their Grand Canyon Tour, just to experience the feeling of uniting with the canyon in the truest sense by walking on the Skywalk.