What is Skywalk?
Skywalk, is Arizona’s newest and probably most controversial attraction. Since it’s opening in march 2007 misconceptions about its location, logistics and cost have abounded, which has left some visitors with a less than favorable impression of the Grand Canyon.
The key to a positive experience with the Grand Canyon Skywalk is information about its location, what it takes to get there, and how much it will cost.
Grand Canyon Skywalk is a glass walkway platform with the shape of a horseshoe. It is located on the edge of the Grand Canyon West at Eagle Point, 4000 ft. above the bottom of the canyon. Its height makes it possible for people to experience a view and adrenalin rush that no other constriction can provide.
Where is it located?
You might be under the impression, that the Skywalk is close to Grand Canyon Village, inside the National park. In fact, it is located at the West rim, which is a native American tribal park owned and operated by the Hualapai Indian tribe. The park is quite distant from Grand Canyon Village and about 3 hours away from Las Vegas, NV.
How to find it on a GPS
Skywalk’s coordinates are 36° 0? 44? N, 113° 48? 40? W. Unfortunately, it does not have an address that can be plugged into a GPS device, because it is located in a remote area. It is strongly recommended that you DO NOT rely on navigation from online map-creation systems.
At the present time, the primary access road into the tribal park isn’t paved. Though it is regularly graded, it is still very bumpy and deeply ruded at some areas, especially after rain storms or snow storms. It is not a good idea to take a rental car on this road. The insurance policy of the rental car may become void as this is considered an “off road”. Instead, you are better off taking advantage of the “park and ride” shuttle, offered near the turn off to Grand Canyon West, at Leap view.
Ticket prices and entrance fees
Upon entering Grand Canyon West you will be required to pay a tribal park entry fee per person. The price includes a rip-top narrated bus transfer. There is also a vehicle permit fee plus an entrance fee to the Skywalk. As a whole, this experience could end up costing you anywhere from 70 dollars to 90 dollars per person. If you wish to have meals or other activities, such as a Hummer excursion, or helicopter ride to the bottom of the canyon, that will cost extra, too. This might sound a bit of a hustle. That is why you might have a better time by taking part in one of the several package tours to Grand Canyon West offered out of the Las Vegas area.