To experience the Skywalk at Grand Canyon National Park one needs more than just passion for all travel related things. Hanging high above the deep chasm, the Skywalk is an activity not for faint-hearted.
Experience the Skywalk at Grand Canyon
4000 feet above the bottom of the Grand Canyon, a horseshoe-shaped glass bridge, takes you to the realm of weightlessness. Furthermore, it makes you feel like an eagle spreading its strong wings and majestically soaring above one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World. Like a visit to the Canyon, the experience at the Skywalk is nothing short of the world’s wonder. Opened in 2007, the 10-foot-wide Skywalk extends 70 feet out over the edge of the Grand Canyon and is capable to hold weight of seventy 747 passenger jets.
Bearing this in mind, you don’t need to worry about walking on the glass surface towering over one of the deepest canyons in the world. But let’s be honest, you completely forget all these impressive facts as soon as you put your feet on the bridge. When you experience the Skywalk for the first time, fear and uneasiness fill your heart. Standing on the bridge, I couldn’t let go of its railing until an Asian lady not willing to move forward forced me to cross to the opposite side. But it was exactly what I needed to let go of the fear and experience the Skywalk to the fullest.
The thrilling Skywalk experience comes in a package. While you might enjoy the west side of the Grand Canyon by purchasing less expensive tours, only the Legacy Gold Package ensures your entrance to the glass bridge. Besides admission to Hualapai tribal lands, for about $83 you get to appreciate the convenience of hop-on-hop-off shuttle to 3 main viewpoints. Here you have the opportunity to take pictures with Hualapai members. Moreover, the package includes lunch at one of small cafes at the viewpoints. And certainly, the highlight of the tour is the opportunity to experience the Skywalk hanging over the deep chasm.
To avoid any accidental drops of personal items in the canyon or on the bridge, you need to leave all personal belongings in locker rooms before entering the bridge. Unfortunately for both skilled photographers and amateurs, all cameras and camera gears go in that safety deposit box as well. Any kind of photography on the Skywalk is strictly prohibited. This rule also applies to always handy iPhones and smart phones.
Despite the strict regulations, in no way, you’ll be left without photo memories of the incredible Skywalk experience. Combining your preferences with their professional skills, a few professional photographers accommodate you with capturing the Skywalk experience. By now, they know exactly how to provide you with the pictures that can easily pass Instagram’s high standards.
Even if you try to stay on budget, take advantage of this opportunity and make sure to ask to take as many pictures of you as you only wish. Here’s why. After taking a quick glance at your pictures at a gift shop located near the exit of the bridge, you have two options. First, all visitors can purchase single printed pictures for approximately $16 a piece. Second, you can get USB flash drive (the price of the USB flash drive is included in the total amount) with all your pictures together with a bonus pack of 20 pictures of the Skywalk for a little bit over $65. Not a big price for such a worthy experience! Someday you’ll enjoy going through these pictures and experiencing the Skywalk over and over again.
Still fired up by the images of the deep abyss underneath my feet, I encourage you to experience the Skywalk at least once. However, at the same time, I have to admit that with all its uniqueness and adrenaline rush the Skywalk is not for everybody. If you’re one of those people who prefer to keep their feet on the solid ground, just stick to admiring the glass bridge from the distance.