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Why Can't You Take Pictures on the Grand Canyon Skywalk?

Last Update on April 22, 2023
by Sunny Samaroo
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If you're planning a trip to the Grand Canyon, you've probably heard about the Grand Canyon Skywalk. Grand Canyon tours from Las Vegas, specifically those to the West Rim, include a stop there. It's a glass-bottomed platform that juts out from the edge of the Canyon, allowing visitors to get a thrilling bird's-eye view of the landscape below. 

But if you're hoping to snap some amazing photos while you're out there, you might be disappointed to learn that visitors are not allowed to take photos on the Skywalk. So what's the deal? Why can't you take pictures on the Grand Canyon Skywalk?

About the Grand Canyon Skywalk

First of all, let's clarify what we mean by "the Skywalk." The Grand Canyon Skywalk is a specific structure located on the Hualapai Indian Reservation, which is situated on the Grand Canyon West Rim.

Related Reading: West Rim vs. South Rim of the Grand Canyon (Easy To Follow Guide) 

The platform extends 70 feet out from the edge of the Canyon and is made of glass panels that are 4 inches thick. It's an impressive feat of engineering, and it offers visitors a unique way to experience the majesty of the Grand Canyon. 

Photography Policy at the Grand Canyon Skywalk

Now, let's talk about the photography policy. The Hualapai Tribe, which owns and operates the Skywalk, has a strict rule against visitors taking photos on the platform itself. This means that you can't use your phone or camera to snap pictures while you're standing on the glass panels.

There are a few reasons why the Hualapai Tribe has implemented this policy. First and foremost, it's a matter of safety. 

You don't have to worry about the glass floor of the Skywalk breaking, but the possibility of scratching it is a concern. When you are about the Grand Canyon Skywalk, you are given booties to wear over your shoes in order to protect the glass.

In the same vein, visitors aren't allowed to bring any belongings onto the Skywalk. That includes backpacks, purses, cell phones, and cameras — anything that could fall and scratch the glass. It's also an issue of the added weight that these things put onto the glass floor.

Of course, there are plenty of opportunities to take pictures of the Grand Canyon outside of the Skywalk. Visitors are welcome to bring cameras and take photos from other vantage points throughout the park. In fact, some argue that the best way to experience the Canyon is by taking a hike down into the gorge or booking a helicopter tour that offers stunning aerial views.

So, while it might be a bummer that you can't personally snap photos on the Skywalk itself, there are still plenty of ways to capture the beauty of the Grand Canyon.

How You Can Still Take Photos on the Grand Canyon Skywalk

Don't worry about not having any photos at all to commemorate your visit to the Grand Canyon Skywalk. There are professional photographers stationed on the Skywalk who can take the perfect shots of you and your group against the stunning backdrop of the Canyon. 

This does, however, cost a fee. Check the Grand Canyon Skywalk's website for the most up-to-date information but, as of publication, it is $69 for all digital photos or $17 per printed photo.

It's kind of a bummer but that's just how it is. Plus, purchasing a photo from one of these professionals supports the Hualapai Tribe, which owns and operates the Skywalk. So if you really want a high-quality souvenir of your time on the walkway, it's definitely worth considering getting a photo taken by one of the professionals on-site.

The Bottom Line

The Grand Canyon Skywalk is a unique and thrilling attraction that offers visitors a one-of-a-kind perspective on one of the world's most magnificent natural wonders. 

It's disappointing that you can't personally take pictures while there but you don't have to go home empty-handed. You can have stunning professional photos taken. You should also still pack your camera to take photos of the rest of the canyon! There are plenty of opportunities to capture the awe-inspiring beauty of the Grand Canyon.


Sunny Samaroo

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