Something we always enjoy doing whenever we are in Las Vegas is renting a car and going somewhere on a day trip. Nothing really planned. We just pull out a tourist map and choose a destination. Yes, sometimes the simplicity of pleasure is simply not having to be anywhere other than where you presently are.
During one of our Las Vegas sojourns, we ventured off on a day trip to visit the Grand Canyon Skywalk. Located at Grand Canyon West on the Hualapai Indian Reservation, the Grand Canyon Skywalk opened to the public on March 28th, 2007. Sturdy enough to hold the weight of a dozen fully loaded 747’s, and strong enough to withstand winds up to 100mph, the Grand Canyon Skywalk is a unique U-shaped glass-bottomed cantilever bridge that spans 70 feet (21.34 meters) over the Grand Canyon’s rim and sits 4,000 feet (1219 meters) above the Colorado River.
The Skywalk at Grand Canyon West has quickly become one of the best day trip destinations from Las Vegas, Nevada and Kingman, Arizona and has become the most recognizable cantilever structure in the world. While the Skywalk offers a truly amazing experience, be forewarned that the owners do not allow you to take pictures while standing on the bridge. There are photographers there to take your picture for posterity, for a hefty fee, of course.
Would we go back? Yes, for the first time experience, but have no desire to return for a second visit due to their draconian policy of banning cameras and cell phone cameras on the Skywalk. Hey, like Bob Dylan once sang, “To live outside the law, you must be honest.” We obtained our pictures of the Grand Canyon from the overhang next door to the Skywalk property.
For a video segment and more information: www.grandcanyonskywalk.com