Reason to build Skywalk
Skywalk is located 200 kilometers East of Las Vegas, in one of the most desert areas of the Unites States. The climate here is very rough. Temperatures vary from 46 degrees Celsius in the summer to minus 2 degrees Celsius in winter. The winds blowing here reach speed of 160 km an hour. This unlovable landscape is home of the Hualapai tribe. The tribe has opened its reserve for tourists visitations for decades. That way they are securing resources for the tribes existence. The main tourist attraction here, the Colorado river rafting, does not bring enough profit.
In 1996 the entrepreneur David Jin presented the Hualapai Nation with a very brave business proposition. David Jin is a tour operator who had brought tourists to the Grand Canyon for many years. He suggest for the building of something new that will attract many tourists: an alley with a glass bottom or an observation deck overhanging the west ledge of the Grand Canyon.
The Hualapai tribe, who own the land accepted the proposition with ambiguity, because the delicate balance between commercialization and nature preservation is threatened. On one hand building the Skywalk would bring more jobs, but on the other it will endanger the natural beauty of the canyon. Even members of one family have different opinions on whether Skywalk should be build.
“I said that we need income for the needs of our people, and that is why we had to build it” says Wilfred Whatoname, Sr. – Chairman of the Hualapai Nation
“In the beginning I was against the project, because I grew up surrounded by this natural beauty. I thought that building the Skywalk will disturbed the spirit of the place.” remembers Wilfred Whatoname, Jr. – PR. Grand Canyon Resort Corp.
After years of debates, the Hualapai tribe accepts David Jin’s propositions, but sets the following restrictions:
- No underground rooms or excessive excavation works;
- No drilling in the canyon’s walls;
- The color and the type of the structure should be in harmony with the surrounding nature.