If you want to have some adventure with some thrilling experience and you have decided to visit The Grand Canyon Skywalk than I should congratulate you for your choice preferences. Situated at Eagle point in Arizona (USA) the Grand Canyon Skywalk is a horseshoe-shaped glass bridge which is similar to a meander. This cantilever bridge is 10 meters wide and is extended 70 feet outwards over the rim of Grand Canyon; through this glass bridge, you can see 4000 feet downwards approximately.
Interestingly this bridge can hold weight equivalent to 70 fully loaded 747 passenger jets. Amazing! Isn’t it?
So in this blog, I am going to give you a complete tour guide about The Grand Canyon Skywalk including its price and the best time to visit along with some tips as well.
Location – How to reach?
The Grand Canyon Skywalk is situated at Eagle point in Arizona is an easy place to visit and have a viewpoint from Las Vegas. If you are driving from Las Vegas than it will be 3-hour drive (including traffic) and the distance will be 209.215 kilometers. Just keep following these points and you will easily reach the Grand Canyon Skywalk.
- Take Highway 95 from the outskirts of the Las Vegas which will eventually become Highway 93 before you will reach the Boulder City, NV.
- Drive over the Colorado Bridge through the Boulder City.
- If you want to view the Hoover dam then you can park your vehicle in the parking lot a few kilometers before the Colorado bridge.
- Don’t worry! The parking lot will have access to the pedestrian walkway. You will not be able to view the Hoover Dam while driving or in the car because the cement walls are too damn high.
- Now you have covered 117 kilometers since you left Las Vegas, take a left turn on the Pearce ferry road. You will see a Grand Canyon Skywalk signboard just along the road only, turn left from there only.
- From there take the Diamond bar road and travel 34 kilometers towards Grand Canyon West and Skywalk tour center.
- Park your vehicle at the available space in the parking lot.
- Take the Shuttle bus to reach the Skywalk as you are not permitted to drive in the Grand Canyon Skywalk and the tour center is several kilometers away.
NOTE: 1. The address of Grand Canyon Skywalk on google is 808 Eagle Point Rd, Peach Springs, AZ, USA but it is close to 5001 Diamond Bar Rd. Meadview, AZ 86444 as per the visitors who faced the problem. They shared this issue on Google.
2. Some visitors also suggested to stick with Google map to go to this point but don’t copy the address and plug in the GPS. Then it may be a problem.
Tip – Reach early as possible as you will be able to view Hoover dam if you want plus you will find a place in the parking lot, as well as the rush, starts to reach till 1100 hours.
Price and Tickets
You will have to purchase the tickets from the Visitor center; here you can buy tickets for activities, sometimes the queue can make you wait for 30 minutes to one hour. You can also buy these tickets online in advance.
You will have to purchase a Legacy Pass which will admit you into the Grand Canyon West and especially the Guano Point, Eagle Point, and Hualapai Ranch area. It will cost you around 50 dollars and yes it is mandatory!
Legacy Pass will not only provide you the permission to enter the area but this pass is also the ticket for the Shuttle buses which arrive every 10 minutes.
But wait crunch part is still there!
You cannot enter the Skywalk by purchasing the legacy pass only but you will have to purchase any of the three available packages as mentioned.
1. Hualapai Legacy package – 43.42 dollars
2. Legacy Gold package – 80.94 dollars
3. Legacy VIP tour – 337.49 dollars
You will have to purchase the legacy gold package to visit the skywalk or it should be mentioned in the tour package you which you have purchased from the Las Vegas.
Best time to travel
If you talk about Grand Canyon then you will have to keep in mind about the extreme variation in the temperatures of the region. It can rise to 85 degrees in the daytime from -40 degrees in the night time.
The best time to experience The Grand Canyon Skywalk is either March to May or September to November when days are cool and the crowd is not that much thick.
March to May
It is a suitable time to visit the Grand Canyon as the temperature is still rising and the tourists who want to visit the place in summers have yet to come.
September to November
Till this time autumn comes and makes it a suitable time to visit the Canyon Skywalk for the solo travelers. Generally, kids will be at school and parents at the work making more space for you in the skywalk. Especially at this time, the crowd will be thin, but you will have to take some precautions as well. Make sure to carry some warm clothes to counter the cold breezes, in case if there is an event of snowfall many areas will be decommissioned. So make sure to plan your fall back options before you visit to deal with the worst-case scenario.
Points to remember
- Photography from your cell phones and cameras are not allowed if you want some pictures to for your wall frames than you can purchase them from the shop but they are too costly.
- Eatables are not allowed which means if you are hungry then you will have to eat from the restaurants available there but again they are too costly.
- You will have to park your vehicle at the Visitor Center.
- You will have to keep your belongings in the lockers which are free of cost.
Some facts about the Grand Canyon Skywalk
- The Grand Canyon is the world’s highest man-made structure at 2300 feet.
- The Skywalk is a glass bridge which is purely transparent; you will have a crystal clear view. Unlike other glass bridges, it doesn’t have any scratches or marks on it as the authorities will give you shoe cover so that it can’t get damaged from your shoes.
- This bridge is not hanged by wires but is extended on the edge. Don’t worry you are safe!
Read More, List of largest canyons of the world
It is recommended to have a study of the region before you visit such places as you will have a better experience and for the safety purposes as well.
I hope you find this article informative and helpful.
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