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Who Owns the Grand Canyon Skywalk?

Last Update on January 01, 2024
by Marko Milin
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When you visit the Grand Canyon, one of the most breathtaking experiences you can have is walking out onto the Grand Canyon Skywalk. This architectural marvel, a glass bridge that extends 70 feet out over the rim of the Grand Canyon, offers an unparalleled view of this natural wonder. But have you ever wondered who owns this incredible structure? In this blog post, we'll delve into the ownership of the Grand Canyon Skywalk and what you can expect when you visit, especially if you're considering a tour like the Grand Canyon West, Hoover Dam, and Seven Magic Mountains Day Tour offered by MaxTour.

The Hualapai Tribe: Owners of the Skywalk

The Grand Canyon Skywalk is owned by the Hualapai Tribe, a federally recognized Indian tribe in northwestern Arizona. The Skywalk is located on the Hualapai Indian Reservation, which encompasses a large portion of the Grand Canyon and Colorado River. The tribe owns and operates the Skywalk as part of the Grand Canyon West tourist destination.

The Creation of the Skywalk

The idea for the Skywalk was brought to life by David Jin, a Las Vegas entrepreneur, who envisioned a glass walkway extending out over the canyon. The Skywalk was designed by architect Mark Johnson and the engineering firm Lochsa Engineering. It was opened to the public in 2007, quickly becoming one of the most popular attractions at the Grand Canyon.

Experiencing the Skywalk

Visiting the Skywalk is a unique experience. As you step onto the glass floor, you can see right down into the canyon below, with the Colorado River visible some 4,000 feet beneath you. It's a thrilling and somewhat surreal experience to be suspended over this ancient geological formation.

When planning your visit, keep in mind that personal belongings, including cameras and phones, are not allowed on the Skywalk. This policy is in place to protect the glass floor from scratches and damage. However, there are professional photographers on the Skywalk who can capture your experience.

The Hualapai Tribe and Tourism

For the Hualapai Tribe, the Skywalk and the broader Grand Canyon West area are more than just tourist attractions. They are a significant source of revenue and employment for the tribe. The development of these attractions is part of the tribe's efforts to create sustainable economic development while sharing their culture and the beauty of their land with visitors from around the world.

Visiting with MaxTour

If you're interested in experiencing the Grand Canyon Skywalk along with other highlights of the area, MaxTour offers a comprehensive day tour that includes the Skywalk, Hoover Dam, and the Seven Magic Mountains. This tour is a convenient way to see some of the best sights in the region without the hassle of planning and driving.

The tour includes transportation from Las Vegas, entry to the Grand Canyon West area, and ample time to explore and enjoy the views from the Skywalk. Plus, with stops at the Hoover Dam and the Seven Magic Mountains, you get a full day of diverse experiences, from engineering marvels to natural wonders and contemporary art.

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Conclusion

The Grand Canyon Skywalk is a testament to the vision and entrepreneurship of the Hualapai Tribe and their partners. It offers a unique way to experience the grandeur of the Grand Canyon, providing visitors with a perspective that is both exhilarating and unforgettable. And with tours like the one offered by MaxTour, you can experience the Skywalk along with other must-see attractions in the area, making for an enriching and hassle-free adventure. So, are you ready to step out over the canyon and see this wonder for yourself?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Marko Milin

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