Grand Canyon Skywalk Opens at the Hualapai Reservation, Arizona
by Joseph A. Sprince - Photography by Gerald B. Allen
The Grand Canyon Skywalk recently opened to the public on the Hualapai Reservation in northern Arizona. The Skywalk is a unique horseshoe-shaped structure which extends 70 feet beyond the edge of the Grand Canyon. Its glass-bottomed pathway allows visitors an opportunity to peer thousands of feet straight down into the Grand Canyon, and is the only such view available without an airplane or helicopter. The structure holds 120 visitors at one time and is safely held in place by steel footings drilled into limestone bedrock.
The Skywalk actually extends over a side canyon a short distance from main gorge holding the Colorado River. It is 3,600 feet above the elevation of the Colorado River which is clearly visible from here. While more spectacular views may be seen at Grand Canyon National Park, most visitors will be excited by the unique perspective of this vista.
To see the spectacle on the Grand Canyon Skywalk, visitors must purchase an activity package from Grand Canyon West, the tourist center of the Hualapai Nation. Activities include guided tours, horseback rides, jeep tours, cookouts, and more. The Hualapai reservation also features the only road by which a vehicle can reach the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
Grand Canyon West is located in the remote far western section of the Grand Canyon, about 53 miles from Peach Springs, Arizona, on historic Route 66, and 70 miles from Kingman, Arizona on Interstate-40. Both drive include significant stretches of unpaved road, some of it rough. The ride from Kingman, though longer, is said to be considerably easier. A wide variety of lodging is available in Kingman. The Hualapai Lodge offers rooms in Peach Springs which is the capital of the Hualapai Nation. There are a limited number of cabins available near Grand Canyon West.
Information on lodging, tours, and other activities at Grand Canyon West (Hualapai Nation).
NOTE: Grand Canyon West owned and operated by the Hualapai Nation and is not affiliated with Grand Canyon National Park. Information on Grand Canyon National Park is provided below.
About Grand Canyon National Park
For detailed information visit our Grand Canyon Area Travel Guide.
Grand Canyon National Park is in northern Arizona about 80 miles north of Flagstaff, Arizona. Most visitor activities center on the South Rim and North Rim villages on either side of the canyon. The South Rim is is the destination of most visitors, 80 miles north of Flagstaff, and convenient to Interstates 40 and 17, 210 miles from Phoenix and about 275 miles from Las Vegas. The more remote North Rim is accessed by secondary roads, about 350 miles from Phoenix and 275 miles from Las Vegas. The two rims are only about 10 air miles apart but 215 miles by road.
The South and North Rims offer visitor services such as food, lodging and camping, as well as access to the most popular trails into the canyon. The South Rim is open all year but at 7,000 feet elevation experiences winter. Many of its vista points offer views of the Colorado River and the Inner Canyon. At 8,000 feet, the North Rim offers cool summers but must close from November to May due to harsh winters. It is far less crowded than the South Rim but offers limited views of the Inner Canyon.
The Phantom Ranch sits in the bottom of the canyon between the two rims. It offers rental cabins, bunkhouses, meals and snacks. There is also a nearby campground.
Almost all Grand Canyon activities must be reserved well in advance, including lodging, camping, backpacking, mule trips, and white water rafting, as well as meals at the Phantom Ranch.
Havasu Canyon with its beautiful falls and travertine pools is outside of Grand Canyon National Park. For information, visit the Official Website of the Havasupai Tribe.
The scenic Grand Canyon Railway runs from Williams, Arizona to the South Rim and offers a variety of services.
For more park information and visitor services, visit the Grand Canyon National Park (NPS) website.
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