Experience The Grand Canyon Skywalk
You’ve seen it in movies and online, but to experience it for yourself? Indescribable. 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. You’re not limited to the rim of the Grand Canyon - you can venture beyond it on the world-famous Skywalk Bridge!
About the Skywalk
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 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.
The Hualapai people have inhabited the Grand Canyon West and Peach Springs, AZ area for centuries, and as the Skywalk Bridge is owned by the Hualapai Indian Tribe, a great sense of environmental importance is placed on its existence. When visiting the Skywalk, it is important to remember that you are wandering ancient lands, and must respect the peaceful nature belonging to this friendly people.
While visitors to the West Rim are not permitted to enter the Hualapai Indian Reservation, you can often meet local tribespeople at the canyon or even watch a thrilling traditional dance performance near the Skywalk.
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!
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 the 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, or pay a visit to Hualapai Ranch - a Wild West-inspired village. 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.
What To Know Before You Visit the Grand Canyon Skywalk
Are you ready to experience the Skywalk for yourself? Here are a few more helpful tips while you prepare for the adventure of a lifetime.
There are unlimited photo opportunities at the Grand Canyon West. However, it is important to know that cameras and cell phones are not permitted on the Skywalk Bridge. Lockers are provided for guests to safely store their belongings, and professional photographers are stationed along the bridge to snap pictures of your group. Additionally, selfie sticks are an ideal way to capture the Grand Canyon in the background of your photo, but they cannot be used or opened on a helicopter or airplane tour.
The rugged nature is what draws so many people to the Grand Canyon West. Unlike the South Rim, the West Rim is significantly less developed; which also means that there are no guardrails or paved walkways along the rim. For visitor safety, it is important to wear sturdy walking shoes. It is also advised to pack sunscreen, sunglasses, and to dress in layers due to frequent temperature changes in the area.
West Rim Skywalk FAQs
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.
With Papillon's world-class helicopter, airplane, or bus tours, you'll receive a complimentary VIP pass to skip the lines at 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!
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.
Discover more about the West Rim Grand Canyon
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.
Where is the Grand Canyon Skywalk located?
The Skywalk is located at Eagle Point on the West Rim of the Grand Canyon.