Experience the Grand Canyon Skywalk
The mile deep Grand Canyon is breathtaking in of itself. But when you add to this grandeur a horseshoe-shaped glass bridge, suspended over the Colorado River below, that extends its 10-foot-wide path an incredible 70 feet out over the rim you have one of the most thrilling experiences in the world!
The Grand Canyon Skywalk opened in March 2007 and was certified by Guinness World Records as the world’s highest observation deck at 4,000 feet above sea level.
Luckily, the most popular tourist attraction in all of the Grand Canyon is easily accessible to those traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon Skywalk.
Stepping across the transparent glass floor of the Grand Canyon Skywalk, seeing the ground drop from beneath your feet as the Colorado River below comes into view, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for adventurers and sightseers alike.
About the Skywalk at Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon Skywalk construction took more than four years to complete and cost approximately $30 million. Commissioned and owned by the Hualapai Indian Tribe, the Grand Canyon Skywalk was opened in March of 2007, and surpassed one million visitors by 2015. The Skywalk is a true engineering marvel. Its reinforced construction contains 1.2 million pounds of steel and glass drilled nearly 50 feet deep into the Grand Canyon rim bedrock. This makes the Skywalk strong enough to hold seventy fully loaded 747 passenger jets! The floor of this spectacular bridge was constructed from four layers of low-iron glass, offering a perfectly-transparent view of the canyon floor and the Colorado River 4,000 feet beneath you. The U-shaped bridge extends 70 feet beyond the canyon’s edge, which allows visitors to soak in a breathtaking 180-degree view of the canyon expanse. While the Grand Canyon National Park may be the more “famous” destination, this gravity-defying bridge can only be experienced at the Grand Canyon West Rim, which is owned and operated by the Hualapai Reservation.
The Grand Canyon Skywalk is open seven days a week from 9:00am – 5:00 pm, with extended hours in the summer months. Admission fees vary depending on whether you purchase tickets in advance or on the day of your visit. The Grand Canyon Skywalk is a popular attraction and can be quite busy, especially during peak hours. It is recommended that you arrive early to avoid the crowds.
Visitors should also note that there are restrictions on the type of items that can be taken onto the Grand Canyon Skywalk. No personal items, including bags, photos, food and beverages, are allowed. Lockers are provided for personal items before stepping out onto the Skywalk glass. In addition, visitors are required to wear special shoe covers before entering the Skywalk, in order to protect the glass from damage and keep it safe for future visitors.
The Hualapai people have inhabited the Grand Canyon West and Peach Springs, AZ area for centuries. The Hualapai tribe, a sovereign Indian nation federally recognized since 1883, holds the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River sacred. Tribal members share their culture, tribal heritage, and traditions at the Grand Canyon West self-guided Native American village tour located at Eagle Point. This location also contains a fantastic gift shop. When visiting the Skywalk, it is important to remember that you are wandering ancient lands, and must respect the peaceful nature belonging to these friendly people.
Getting to the Grand Canyon West Rim Skywalk
The Skywalk Bridge is approximately an hour and a half drive from Kingman, Arizona via the US-93 N. Follow the US-93 N and Pierce Ferry Road for 58.8 miles to Diamond Bar Rd. After 23.6 miles on Diamond Bar Rd, turn left on Eagle Point Service Road and continue straight until you reach the Skywalk.
The distance from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon West is just short of two and a half hours. Take the 515 S to the US-93 S to the US-95 S. From there, take the I-11 S and US-93 S for 76.6 miles to Pierce Ferry Road in Mohave County. Follow Pierce Ferry Rd and Diamond Bar Road for 52.4 miles to the Eagle Point Service Road, where you will dead-end at the Skywalk Bridge.
Of course, you can skip the driving altogether and reach the West Rim in less than half the time if you travel from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon by helicopter or airplane! With Papillon’s West Rim of the Grand Canyon Tours you can find packages that include all the exciting sightseeing opportunities Grand Canyon West Rim offers. With Papillon’s Grand Canyon Skywalk Experience, your flight from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon West includes entry to the Skywalk Bridge and plenty of time to wander and explore.
Visitors are not allowed to drive private vehicles into Grand Canyon West. Instead, guests landing at Grand Canyon West airport, or those self-driving themselves to West Rim, board a complimentary, hop-on, hop-off, air-conditioned shuttle to explore points along the rim of Grand Canyon West. On the shuttle route, you can visit the Grand Canyon Skywalk, Indian Village at Eagle Point, and take in the scenic beauty of Eagle Point and Guano Point, both of which are some of the most dramatic viewpoints in the entire Grand Canyon.
Popular Grand Canyon Skywalk Tours & Experiences
Papillon offers sightseeing tours to experience the Grand Canyon West from top to bottom, like the canyon floor helicopter landing with a boat ride along the Colorado River. Best of all, Papillon guests will skip the line for entry on Skywalk tours.
West Rim Helicopter Tours
Whether you’re a sightseer, photo fiend, or adrenaline junky, the best way to travel to the Skywalk Bridge from Las Vegas is by helicopter. Along the way, you’ll catch sights of Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, the Colorado River, the Black Mountains, and Grapevine Mesa. This Grand Canyon Skywalk helicopter tour is an adventure all on its own - but even more surprises await when you land at the West Rim, home of the Skywalk Bridge.
West Rim Bus Tours
Maybe you are interested in driving from Las Vegas to the Skywalk - but you don’t want to do the driving yourself. Papillon Grand Canyon bus tours whisk you off in a state-of-the-art touring vehicle complete with air conditioning, plush seating, and oversized windows to watch nature pass you by. Drive through the magnificent desert landscape en route to the West Rim, with informational headset narration available in multiple languages. If you’re a fan of the scenic route, a Grand Canyon Skywalk bus tour is right for you.
West Rim Airplane Tours
Once can also travel from las Vegas to Grand Canyon West via airplane. These small aircraft offer passengers headset narration, air conditioning, and fantastic aerial views of the surrounding scenery. Capture bird’s-eye views of Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Colorado River, and the Grand Canyon itself before touching down just minutes from the Skywalk. Take your Grand Canyon Skywalk Experience to new heights on a state-of-the-art airplane adventure!
Other West Rim Experiences
The Skywalk Bridge may be a favorite stop for visitors, but it certainly isn’t the only activity awaiting you at the Grand Canyon West. Explore stunning viewpoints like Eagle Point and Guano Point, watch Native American performances, shop for gifts, or send your adrenaline into a tailspin on a whitewater rafting tour or on a ziplining experience! Special touches are what make Papillon Grand Canyon tours so memorable. Helicopter flights to the Grand Canyon floor include a champagne toast with an upgrade option to include a boat tour along the Colorado River. Other upgrade options include privatizing your helicopter, Skywalk admission with front-of-the-line entry, and an added flight over the Las Vegas Strip.
West Rim Skywalk FAQs
Where is the Grand Canyon Skywalk located?
The Skywalk is located at Eagle Point on the West Rim of the Grand Canyon.
How long does it take to do the Grand Canyon Skywalk?
The Grand Canyon Skywalk typically takes around 1-2 hours to complete, depending on the size of your group. Located on the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, it is a great way to experience stunning views of the area. The glass bridge extends 70 feet beyond the canyon's edge and offers 360-degree views across one of nature’s most majestic landscapes.
How long are the lines at the West Rim Skywalk bridge?
The lines at the Grand Canyon Skywalk vary in length depending on the time of day and season. Lines are longest during peak season in June - August.
Never fear! When you book a West Rim Skywalk tour through Papillon you'll receive a complimentary VIP pass to skip the lines at the Skywalk. With Papillon, you'll always beat the crowds.
How much does it cost to go on the Skywalk at the Grand Canyon?
If you are not booking a tour through Papillon, the minimum price to visit the West Rim and experience the world-famous Skywalk is $79.00 per person.
Included in Papillon's world-class Skywalk helicopter, airplane, or bus tours, you'll receive a complimentary pass to the Skywalk. Plus, you'll get to experience incredible views of the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, the Grand Canyon West Rim, and more. That's a price you just can't beat!
The price of each tour of the Skywalk at Grand Canyon is listed online next the the booking location. With Papillon what you see is what you get. Our lowest prices are available online - taxes and fees included!
Why is the Grand Canyon Skywalk famous?
The Grand Canyon Skywalk allows visitors to experience spectacular views of the canyon, with nothing to obstruct the views. The Skywalk is a unique experience, as visitors can walk over the edge of the canyon and look down directly into the depths below.
How much does the Grand Canyon Skywalk cost?
The Grand Canyon Skywalk, located at the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, cost a total of $30 million to construct. Designed by the Hualapai Tribe and built by an engineering team led by Beckett & Raeder Inc., the glass-bottom platform is made up of 1.5-inch-thick panels and can hold up to 120 people at once. While access to the skywalk is included in general admission to the Grand Canyon West Rim, visitors must pay an additional fee if they wish to walk on the glass platform. Visitors are also encouraged to take photos from the Skywalk and purchase souvenirs from a nearby gift shop.
What is there to do at the West Rim of the Grand Canyon?
The West Rim of the Grand Canyon offers tons of fun activities and magnificent lookouts.
- Walk along the Grand Canyon Skywalk
- Cruise in a pontoon boat on the Colorado River
- Engage with the local Native American culture at Hualapai Village
- Gaze out at breathtaking lookouts like Guano Point and Eagle Point
- Soar over the West Rim aboard a Papillon helicopter or airplane tour. Bonus: some tours even land on a private plateau 4,000 feet below the Grand Canyon’s rim.
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