Louise Speaks: While on a trip to Kingman we decided to go see another rim of the Grand Canyon. Only until recently was I aware that there were 4 separate sides reachable of the Grand Canyon. The South Rim is the side that is visited the most and is the most commercialized. The North Rim is the furthest away and the less populated. The East Rim is actually part of the South Rim but has it’s own entrance and attractions. I have blogged about each side separately so you’ll have to read all the blogs and then you can decide which side is best for you when you plan your trip to the Grand Canyon.
The West Rim is the newest attraction of the Grand Canyon and this is where the new Skywalk is located. The Skywalk is on the Indian Reservation so has different rules and regulations. As I had mentioned earlier, the Sky Walk is operated by the Hualapai (WALL-uh-pie), Indians, also known as the “People of the Tall Pines”. The Tribe chose a site at the far western end of Grand Canyon, about 250 miles by road and a five hour drive, from the South Rim of Grand Canyon to build the Sky Walk. In addition to the incredible feeling of walking on the Sky Walk, they are able to offer a variety of visitor services including native American dances, food, and a gift shop.
The Skywalk, , consists of a horseshoe shaped steel frame with a glass floor and sides that projects about 70 feet from the canyon rim. While the Skywalk is the most famous attraction at Grand Canyon West, tours also include other points of interest and unique canyon views. The down side to the Sky Walk is that in order to view the Sky Walk you must take a tour. You park your car in a parking lot and then are transported by bus to each of the three stops on the tour. One stop features Indian dancers and sometimes even the famous hoop dancers, as well as different types of Indian dwellings like mud huts. Another stop is a western town with lodging, covered wagons, and a bit of the west. The final stop is the Sky Walk. While on the sky walk, which is entirely made of glass, you are unable to take photos. They even take your cell phones so that there is no chance of taking a photo with your phone. However, they do take photos and for a very expensive price you may purchase the photos. By the way, this “tour” is $85.00 per person, regardless of age, but does include lunch.
I can see why the Skywalk would be of interest and something to see. However, in my opinion it has the least impressive views of the Canyon. It doesn’t seem as high because you can actually see the river very clearly. The tour guides point out various formations on the canyon walls and are very informant of the Indian culture around the Canyon. The Sky Walk, besides being extremely expensive, has very poor views of the Grand Canyon. But walking over the canyon, with the feeling of no floor beneath you is a very adrenaline feeling. However, I don’t think it was worth $85.00. Still another view of the Grand Canyon, I’m going to once again rate it an A.