Grand Canyon Skywalk

Grand Canyon Skywalk

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A new project is sure to attract some world wide attention. The Grand Canyon Skywalk (http://www.grandcanyonskywalk.com/) is currently being constructed. The skywalk is a horseshoe shaped viewing platform with a steel frame and glass all around it.

This won't be for the faint of heart, standing out 4000 ft above the ground.

The skywalk will be opened during the forth quarter of this year (at least thats the plan).

Andre

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looks

From the looks of it, it doesn't look stable. Somehow I would feel awkward with lots of people out there. I guess I couldn't concentrate on the view for fear of the thing breaking off under the weight of all those people.

That looks very scary, only

That looks very scary, only people who are very adventurous would have the heart to go on that.

Gee very interesting. But I

Gee very interesting. But I agree it does look pretty scary. I think I would be to nervous to use it.

Can you imagine the view

Can you imagine the view from there?  It would be absolutely breathtaking.  But, definitely not for anyone who is afraid of heights.  I'm sure its not going to be dangerous.  You know they're going to have stiff safety standards to meet with something like that.  I can't wait to see it.

When I first read about it,

When I first read about it, I thought its some kind of joke.

Well I defenitely would go out there, but you have to trust that the engineers did their calculations right. I see nothing to support it, and the bending forces due to the leverage of the long skywalk will be tremendous.

Either way, I'd like to see it. Wonder how much they will be charging though.

Andre

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I sure do love to go there

I sure do love to go there and watch the breathtaking view but also wish that there's something that supports it just for our peace of mind, but of course, Andre has a point that the engineers must have known better. I guess that there will be a limit to the no. of persons who can be there at a time and other rules to be followed.

You'd think they'd have

You'd think they'd have support beams running diagonally from the mountain to the bottom of the structure.  It would at least give people a little more peace of mind, and it wouldn't take away from the view.  Still, I'm confident that the engineers know what they're doing.  I definitely want to see it.

Me too and I want to see it

Me too and I want to see it also. But then again, engineer is not a synonym for never failing. It has happened before that there was a miscalculation and there could be again.

The Ariane Rocket exploded once because engineers mixed up inches and cm and the Space Shuttle blew up because money was saved on a project.

 

andre wrote: Me too and I

andre wrote:

Me too and I want to see it also. But then again, engineer is not a synonym for never failing. It has happened before that there was a miscalculation and there could be again.

The Ariane Rocket exploded once because engineers mixed up inches and cm and the Space Shuttle blew up because money was saved on a project.

That's true.  People do make mistakes.  But you can't spend your whole life worrying that somebody's mistake could cause you harm.  I live in the basement apartment of my in-laws home.  The builders could have made a mistake here and this whole house could come crashing down on my head.  I really doubt that's gonna happen (I certainly hope that doesn't happen) but it could.  

Update

I am bumping this old post for an update:

The Skywalk is scheduled to be opened on March 28th. It is located at the West Eagle Point.

I don't know, but I think I would want to check it out.

The Entrance fee will be $25. A bit steep for just another angle, but then again you are also paying for the thrill Wink

Andre

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News

The Grand Canyon Skywalk is making big waves these days. I just saw the unveiling being shown on CNN on TV.

Here are the latest news:

  • The fee will be $25 as mentioned by Andre.
  • Up to 120 people are allowed on the platform at any given time.
  • The leaders of the Hualapai Indians were the first official visitors on the Platform, they own the land and there was a lot of discussion since this is their holy land. Worries about nearby burial sites sparked a heated discussion among the Hualapai (pronounced: wall-uh-pie), but hopes for economic development prevailed.
  • Buzz Aldrin (He and Neil Armstrong were the first people on the Moon) was opening the Skywalk together with the Indians
  • The Skywalk will open to the Public on March 28th
  • The Skywalk has a glass bottom and glass walls
  • The Viewing Platform extends 70 feet (21m) beyond the Grand Canyon Walls with a vertical drop of 4000 feet (1220m, 0.76miles). It is anchored 46 feet into the limestone of the rim of Grand Canyon.
  • The bridge can sustain winds in excess of 100mph (160kmh) and earthquakes with a magnitude of up to 8.0 on the Richter Scale
  • The Skywalk is equipped with shock absorbers
  • It is a 90mile drive from the Grand Canyon Park itself on Indian Territory.
  • Construction took two years.

Currently there is a lot of public interest in this, so I am keeping this thread updated with news as they become available.

TT 

More News

First off, if you are wondering how the thing looks like (remember, people are standing on glass):

Grand Canyon Skywalk

 

In case you were wondering how to get there:

[gmap |id=map |center=36.012089596569275, -113.81121933460236 |zoom=16 |width=300px |height=300px |control=Large |type=Hybrid |markers=36.012089596569275,-113.81121933460236 + 36.012089596569275,-113.81121933460236]

The GPS location of the marker is:

Latitude: 36.01222978468913

Longitude: -113.8118199669291

You should be able to punch this exact location into your GPS navigators Laughing

Obviously the satellite imagery is not updated yet, however this is the exact spot.

TT

 

toptraveller wrote:It is a

toptraveller wrote:
It is a 90mile drive from the Grand Canyon Park itself on Indian Territory.

90 mi drive??? or 90mi bird flight?

Is there some road between Crand Canyon Park and West Rim? Or it needs to go via Kingman as Googlemaps advices? By Googlemaps the distance is about 240 mi.

Hm

I don't really know. I was trying to find out how to input the gps coordinates into Google Maps. I guess I should try with Mapquest.

 

I can explain how to find

I can explain how to find the Skywalk location with Googlemaps without GPS coordinates.

1) Find Kingman AZ
2) Take 93 to North-West
3)After about 30 mi turn right to Pierce Ferry Road (to North-East)
4) At the cross with 149 (Anteras Road) go straight and take 25 (N Pierce Ferry Road)
5) After about 6 mi turn right, take 261 (Diamond Bar Road) and go to North-East leaving southern Meadview at left.
6) 261st will gradually turn to South-East and after 8 mi at the fork turn left, take Diamond Bar / Grapevine Canyon Road to North-East
7)Go to North-East, enter Indian territory, join Buck and Doe Road and at the fork turn right (to North-East) continuing Buck and Doe
8) At the next fork turn left, taking "7" going North and leaving airport at left.
9) At the fork after airport turn right. The destination is in about 2000 ft.

By satellite pictures, the road from 93 to Indian territiry seems to be no good.

There is no evidence of a road between Grand Canyon and Skywalk along Colorado river. If it is really absent, you should go from Grand Canyon to south, take 40th etc.

Corrected: East for West and West for East a few times.Embarassed
 


It's the glass that woud scare me

It's the glass that would scare me.  I used to go to the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and the terrace in front of it is cantilevered out over a highway.  I never worried about it.  Cars drive there, and I also figured if the Secret Service lets the President walk there, I should feel pretty safe.  A more paranoid bunch never lived.

However, I get heart palpitations walking over those glass insets they sometimes put in floors of modern office buildings, or walking on grates I can see through.  I'd be scared to death.  So, of course, I'm trying to figure out when I can visit.

I actually think it is a great idea.  I've done the mule trip, which gives you a whole different perspective of the canyon, and I'd done an overflight, which does the same.  I'm sure this feels totally different.  I would imagine it gives you a real sense of the depth of the canyon.

Out of the way

I think I wouldn't mind walking on it, but I am not sure why they even built it this far out of the way. As Alex points out its not just around the corner.

Also why built it so far off and then have to fight the resistance from the native Indians when they could have built it inside the park, where everyone would have been happy about it.

Andre

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The other way around,

The other way around, Andre.   The Indians built it on their reservation, at the edge closest to the tourists.  They are hoping it will produce income for their tribe.  The environmentalists are objecting.

From the LA Times:

 Tribal officials say the development, which may eventually include hotels, restaurants and a golf course, is the best way to address the social ills of a small reservation, where the 2,000 residents struggle with a 50% unemployment rate and widespread alcoholism and poverty.

Skywalk.. =.=

The trip to skywalk was amazingly “FUN”:: sarcasm::!! (Please continue reading, you will understand what I mean!! )

Before you arrive to the skywalk, you will HAVE TO go through a 20 miles rocky road (this is the only road to your destination!). The road was so bumpy that you can’t talk in normal tone, and by the time you arrive, your body would probably be half numb like me. After that, you will arrive at the skywalk parking lot.

The staff there will tell you nicely that you will park your car there at no fee, and the bus will take you to the skywalk after you purchase the ticket. The ticket cost $50 per person that includes a visit to the natives and a buffet. If you want to walk on the skywalk, you will have to pay additional $25 which is a total of $75.

IF you want a helicopter ride, the total price would be $100+, you can totally spend hundreds of dollar here if you want to, totally a rip off.

The bus ride has 2 stops, first at Eagle Point and second at the buffet place. The bus ride was only 2 minutes, and then you will see the Eagle Point (a mountain with the shape like Eagle) on your right hand ride.

And then you will see the skywalk (a total disappoint). The skywalk looks nothing like the picture they designed; it’s basically a SMALL, SHORT “U” shape bridge hanging out the cliff. There was no building that connects to the bridge (the design shows that they were suppose to have a building).

Anyways, he bridge looks like a walkway on huge pieces of steel, very crappy. The bridge is made of three layers of glass on top of those steels, but the view from it was not that much of a difference from looking down from the Grand Canyon cliff. (It’s a bit scarier, but definitely not worth $75).

There was suppose to be native tribe and dance you can visit, but the tribe was right by the bridge, and it’s basically a few native white tents. The tent has a lot of modern stuff in it, mostly beach chairs. The native dance was basically 2-3 kids (age 5-12) trying to demonstrate their native dance (no one was watching). After they did their “dance”, the mom asks people to give them tips for their effort. By the way, there’s a signing wall, most of the comments on the wall was “THIS PLACE SUCK!!”

Anyways, after watching the Indian dance and the skywalk, you get in line to wait for a bus that was suppose to comes every 15 minutes to take you to the next stop, “the buffet”. The bus did not come every 15 minutes as promised, it came every 30 minutes. The line waiting for the bus was super long, but when the bus came, the Chinese tourists that were never in line get to enter first (everyone was complaining at this point!)

Most of the people waited average 45 minutes under the hot Arizona sun, others waited longer. Everyone was complaining, here is the conversation of a couple that everyone totally agreed on:

Husband: “Instead of 15 minutes, I could spend the whole day at the Grand Canyon at no cost!”

Wife: “sheesh.. honey, you are way too loud!”

Husband: “Well darling, it’s okey, I am sure everyone is enjoying their trip, I mean Grand Canyon never lies to us, just look at the line waiting for the bus! You know we are never coming back!”

The ride to the buffet was also 2 minutes, the buses were so late that people decided to stand and ride the bus to their next destination, the buffet restaurant (instead of restaurant, I would rather call it a shack). The buffet restaurant was horrible.

First you wait in line for at least 30 minutes because there was no food, and then you enter to get food. The menu was: peach pie, cold slaw, Mexican red bean (it taste Mexican to me, maybe it’s Indian), chicken thigh, corn bread, and corn (taste like refrigerator). You get a small amount of each on a plastic plate from the server (no self serve so you can’t get more). The table was located outside the restaurant, a few tables were under a tent, but most of them were under the sun. For those of you thinking that buffet isn’t that bad, let me tell you, you definitely won’t go for a second round because there’s a line of starving people that hasn’t got food yet.I am not even sure if you can go for a second round. By the time I finished my food, I was still starving.

After that is another long wait for the bus. Everyone looks unhappy, and the bus driver drives recklessly on the road trying to get people back to parking lot. And after a long day trip, what comes later is 20 miles drive on the entertaining bumpy dirt road.

What a day!! I personally would definitely not recommend this place for family because kids won’t remember what they see after you pay for their outrageous ticket.

I would definitely not recommend this place for elders as well because the sun would just dehydrate them. I wouldn’t recommend this place for couples as well, because long bus waits under the blazing hot sun would only increase the chance of argument. For those looking for a great trip, Grand Canyon is definitely a great place to visit, but “skywalk” is definitely a NO!

Huh

That sounds really horrible. I wasn't even aware that there were other charges besides the $25 entrance to the skywalk itself.

magicxkoala wrote:

And then you will see the skywalk (a total disappoint). The skywalk looks nothing like the picture they designed; it’s basically a SMALL, SHORT “U” shape bridge hanging out the cliff. There was no building that connects to the bridge (the design shows that they were suppose to have a building).

I see what you mean, looking at the Artist rendering: 

Skywalk Artist Rendering 

And then at the real thing: 

Skywalk real photo

 

BTW: I have added some line breaks to your article to make it readable.

TT

Reminds me

magicxkoala wrote:

What a day!! I personally would definitely not recommend this place ...

Somehow this seems to be a common problem with attractions on Native American Land.

I visited Antelope Canyon in 2000 or 2001 and I remember that I paid $10 for parking on a dusty field and $35 per person for a visit to the Canyon. We rode on the back of a pickup truck to the canyon while we were engulfed by a huge dust cloud. After we were through the canyon, we also had to wait in the heat for the truck to return. Fortunately we could wait in the shade of the Canyon (Arizona gets really hot in Summer). However I still recommend people to visit the Canyon, since it is simply beautiful:

Antelope Canyon

Another Native Indian Park is Monument Valley. You also have to drive an unpaved road (so most Sedans can't even go there), you pay a lot of money (since you pay per person, you pay a lot more then for a National Park), you are not allowed to walk anywhere without a guide ...

All of this I could live with, if those guys wouldn't give me a stinky eye all the time and be so unfriendly. Then again, Monument Valley is a must see.

Monument Valley Tribal Park, AZ, USA

Since the parks are on the Land of the Native Americans, I can respect their conditions for a visit. If I don't like it I don't have to go there. I am pretty sure the guys at Monument Valley are not as poor as they are portrait, seeing that they drove around in their big SUV. 

Andre

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OK, scratch that one off my

OK, scratch that one off my list of things to do before I die.  The whole situation is, sadly, reflective of one I have seen a lot.  Towns, countries, or companies decide they want tourist money, and they want the high end market.  They charge Hawaii luxury hotel prices, but don't provide the same level of facilities or service.  Especially service.  They think that you have the money, so why shouldn't you give some to them?  Why should they have to provide more than the minimum?

 I've seen restaurants open that were ugly, full of sullen serving staff, with grubby bathrooms and dull food, but charge the same price as a very nice place across the street.  Then I've heard the owner talking as I walked by, telling someone he didn't understand why no one came to his restaurant.   I'm sure this tribe will be equally befuddled, and will blame it on discrimination.

 I've notice that people rarely complain about experiences thar aren't up to standard.  They just never come back, and tell all their friends to stay away.  That's obviously what is going to happen at this Grand Canyon non-attraction.

Thanks, but no thanks

Thanks for the report, magicxkoala. I think I'll pass. I wasn't too interested in seeing it to begin with, but reading what you had to say definitely convinced me to give it a pass.
And I agree with andre. I had similar experiences when I visited Antelope Canyon and Monument Valley. The difference being that there is no other way to visit these two places and it's kind of worth it to spend the money, whereas I can visit Grand Canyon NP and do not have to see the Skywalk.

I would love to go out on

I would love to go out on this. I would think the views would be awesome. Yes it does seem a bit scary but I wouldn't let that stop me considering I would probably only ever been on it one time.

There is a new article

There is a new article about the skywalk in the on-line New York Times.

 http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/19/arts/design/19sky.html?pagewanted=1&th&emc=th

 It's interesting that it looks like it will make money for them.  I thought for sure the distance and the complaints would keep people away in droves

HOLY COW!  I am so friggin

HOLY COW!  I am so friggin scared of heights, so I just honestly don't know how I would handle something like this.  It certainly would be the experience of a lifetime!  Maybe... I'll venture out onto the glass walk one day...

One of the reasons I though

One of the reasons I though this sounded intriguing is that although I'm not at all afraid of heights, I really don't like anything with see-through floors, open grates, that kind of thing.  The scene in one of the Indiana Jones movies with the invisible bridge really freaked me out.  So I thought it would be interesting to see if I could force myself out on this thing.  But not at those prices.

This would give a good view

This would give a good view of the grand canyon. This would attract more tourists.

First you wait in line for

First you wait in line for at least 30 minutes because there was no
food, and then you enter to get food. The menu was: peach pie, cold
slaw, Mexican red bean (it taste Mexican to me, maybe it’s Indian),
chicken thigh, corn bread, and corn (taste like refrigerator). You get
a small amount of each on a plastic plate from the server (no self
serve so you can’t get more). The table was located outside the
restaurant, a few tables were under a tent, but most of them were under
the sun. For those of you thinking that buffet isn’t that bad, let me
tell you, you definitely won’t go for a second round because there’s a
line of starving people that hasn’t got food yet.I am not even sure if
you can go for a second round. By the time I finished my food, I was
still starving.

Skywalk

Some friends and I are driving from Las Vegas to Zion, to Bryce Canyon then the Grand Canyon North Rim. We were contemplating seeing the Skywalk, but after reading your post we have changed our minds...won't be going there.

Thanks for the information.

unseen skywalk

I know this is a old post but I crack up when people change there plans based on a forum post....come on people, some folks are just old farts and don't like anything!!! If something looks interesting go check it out....life is short.