Grand Canyon Skywalk Tours
Grand Canyon West Rim Helicopter Tours And Skywalk Tours
Why Take a Grand Canyon Skywalk Tour
- Defy gravity as you walk out 70 feet past the rim of the Grand Canyon on a horseshoe-shaped translucent pathway.
- The Skywalk, comprised of 44 glass-deck panels that cost $250,000 each, gives visitors the chance to stand nearly a mile over the Colorado River Valley.
- Nicknamed the “Glass Bridge,” the structure is an architectural feat that can only be experienced in person.
- Located in Grand Canyon West, the Skywalk is the closest, most accessible section of the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas.
- Profiled by the National Geographic Channel, The Today Show and CNN, this engineering marvel is strong enough to hold the weight of seventy 747 passenger jets.
Grand Canyon Skywalk Tours
While a walk down the impressive Skywalk is certainly one of the West Rim’s most alluring features, there are several other incredible sights and activities to discover at Grand Canyon West.
Begin your adventure from Las Vegas as you climb aboard a helicopter or airplane. Fly over Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, the Mojave Desert and, finally, the enticing West Rim. After a breathtaking landing, head to the Skywalk. Peer through the translucent glass platform beneath your feet and feel the adrenaline build up inside you. For those looking to dive even deeper into West Rim, hop back in a helicopter and make the 4,000ft descent to the canyon floor! This top-to-bottom tour is the only way to fully experience the Grand Canyon.
Grand Canyon West Rim Skywalk - Practical Information
Best time to visit the Grand Canyon Skywalk
Peak season for the Grand Canyon is during the summer months, from June to September. While these months attract large crowds throughout the park, the West Rim, including the Skywalk, remains significantly less crowded than the South Rim. Spring and fall are the most pleasant times to visit the Grand Canyon West Rim, with daytime temperatures at around 70 degrees F.
Grand Canyon West Rim weather
Given its close proximity to Las Vegas, weather at the West Rim is generally similar to that of Las Vegas. Spring and fall months average daytime temperatures of about 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit. Summer can get quite hot, peaking at 110 degrees F. During the winter, it can get quite chilly with daytime temperatures floating at around 40 degrees F. However, unlike the North Rim, the West Rim remains open year round, even during the winter.
Grand Canyon West hours
April - August: 7 am - 7 pm
September - March: 8 am - 6 pm
Grand Canyon West Rim Skywalk FAQs
Absolutely! In fact, the Skywalk can support the weight of 71 fully loaded 747 airplanes. To put this into perspective, that’s equivalent to more than eight hundred 200 lb. people. It can also withstand winds up to 100 miles per hour and magnitude 8.0 earthquakes. Still not convinced? The red limestone that anchors the Skywalk can support 16,000 pounds of pressure per square inch.
Unfortunately, no. To protect the glass paneling from scratches, personal items including cameras and cellphones are not allowed on the Skywalk. But, you can purchase a souvenir photo from a professional photographer. You’ll also be required to wear fabric shoe covers to prevent scratching.
Grand Canyon West is privately owned and operated by the Hualapai Tribe and requires the purchase of a Legacy Tour Package for entry. It includes a self-guided tour of all points of interest at Grand Canyon West, as well as unlimited use of the hop-on hop-off shuttle to Eagle Point, Guano Point and the Hualapai Ranch. If your Headout tour includes landing at the West Rim, it is safe to assume the tour price includes your Legacy Package. In addition, some tours include a meal coupon, which includes a meal at any of the on-site canteens, excluding the Skywalk Restaurant.
Grand Canyon West Rim Skywalk Fast Facts
- The peach-colored frame of the Skywalk is bolted to the rim of the canyon and could support the weight of more than 70 Boeing 747 passenger jets, according to engineers.
- The walkway is paved with 90 tons of strengthened glass imported from Germany.
- The project was funded by Las Vegas developer David Jin at a cost of around $40 million.
- Skywalk is built on the ancestral lands of the Hualapai Indian nation.
- All visitors are required to wear special slippers (provided on-site) when they walk out onto the platform.
- The Grand Canyon itself runs 277 miles east to west, and ranges in width from a few hundred yards to 15 miles.
- The plunging valley is home to several Native American tribes including the Havasupai, the Hopi, the Navajo and the Paiute peoples as well as the Hualapai.