Do you have a list of the 1000 things you should do before you kick the bucket? If not, you should write one now starting with the Grand Canyon Skywalk.
Being officially opened in March 2007 at the Grand Canyon West, this glass-floor, horseshoe shaped bridge that’s supported by cantilevers, lures all types of tourists in ridiculously huge numbers.
Why Is The Grand Canyon Skywalk Such A Big Deal?
The Grand Canyon Skywalk is not just a big deal; it is a massive deal. Can you imagine standing 70 feet (20 meters) from mainland, the west rim of the Grand Canyon, onto a glass bridge that’s 4,000 feet (1,220 meters) above the ground? This is insane even for adrenaline driven individuals.
Even more incredible is the fact that the design of this massive structure makes it possible for it to miraculously sustain more than 71 million pounds of weight, unforgiving winter conditions and turbulent winds. The skywalk is so strong that rumor has it that it can carry 71 airplanes each with 747 passengers without any crack!
How to Get To the Grand Canyon Skywalk?
The Grand Canyon Skywalk is only 45 minutes flight away from Las Vegas, or 2.5 hours if you’re travelling by road. So the most convenient entry way is to purchase a skywalk ticket in Las Vegas. The ticket is a package that also includes a breathtaking helicopter tour, a trip to Hoover Dam, a boat ride on the Colorado river (optional) and visiting the Hualapai tribe members (also optional).
Since the Skywalk is part of the Grand Canyon West, which is a rather far-flung area governed by members of the Hualapai Native American Tribe, you cannot visit it solely. So you will have to buy the whole tourist package to visit the bridge.
What Is the Best Time to Travel to the Grand Canyon Skywalk?
There is no such thing as bad timing when it comes to touring the Grand Canyon Skywalk. Package options from Las Vegas include both full and half day options. Apart from the helicopter rides, you can also opt for hop-on-hop-off shuttle that is a complete package with Colorado River pontoon boat rides, Canyon floor helicopter landings and horseback riding.
The Grand Canyon West that houses the sky walker is opened daily from 7:00am to 7:00pm, from April to September, and 8:00am to 8:00pm from October to March. This includes all holidays and weekends. You should purchase a ticket 1.5 hours before closing time and expect your tour to last for 3-4 hours.
Most people prefer touring during the late fall till spring. The weather temperature at this time is always about 60 to 90 degrees, favorable for dawdling in the great heights.
Rules for Visiting the Grand Canyon Skywalker
Some items that are a must-have when visiting the Skywalk include sunglasses, high SPF sunscreen, a wide-cover hat and 1 liter of water. Also don’t expect to go in with cameras or cell phones, although you can have your photos taken while on the glass bridge and buy them afterwards.
The Grand Canyon Skywalk is a majestic adventure that awaits you. Make sure to add this to your bucket list and you won’t regret it.