Want to see the world from 4,000 feet above the Grand Canyon? The Grand Canyon Skywalk is a cantilever bridge in Arizona near the Colorado River at the edge of the canyon on its western side. The horseshoe-shaped bridge features a glass walkway, so visitors can look straight down to the base of the canyon, with a vertical drop between 500 and 800 feet.
To get here, fly into the Grand Canyon West Airport terminal or take the 120-mile drive from Las Vegas via Highway 93. Today, the Skywalk is owned by the Hualapai Indian Tribe, who commissioned the bridge in 2007. Architect Mark Ross designed the U-shaped walkway with an overall width of 65 feet, extending out from the canyon wall on supports for 70 feet.
If you can stomach it, this is the hands-down best view of the Canyon available--looking down 4,000 feet to the floor below. Nervous? Never fear, the Skywalk was built to withstand the weight of 747 passenger jets.
Beyond the Skywalk, Eagle Point offers an array of attractions, including Native American dances in the amphitheater daily at 1 and 5 p.m. Shuttle busses to points within Grand Canyon West are offered by Eagle Point from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day, or you can purchase a shuttle package and day pass from the airport.
Self-guided tours through the Native American village offer an authentic look into the local and regional heritage of area tribes. Visitors can talk a walk through traditionally built housing, ovens, and sweat lodges, which still amaze with their architecture, style, and functionality.
With an array of tour packages available, there is something for every family. The Hualapai Legacy Day Pass is $44, providing a hop-on/hop-off shuttle service and access to all three viewpoints, not including the skywalk. You can also upgrade to the Legacy with Meal, which includes lunch at the viewpoint of your choice. Of course, for the grand attraction, choose the Legacy Skywalk, for $62, which includes all three viewpoints and a Skywalk ticket. There are also VIP tours, Canyon tour add-ons, and additional attractions like Zip Line Grand Canyon West. Note that it is not possible to buy a ticket for the Skywalk only.
For those staying in Sin City, opt for a Grand Canyon bus tour from Las Vegas, which includes a full day at Grand Canyon West, Hualapai Ranch, and the world-famous Skywalk. Or, if you're really feeling fancy, opt for a helicopter tour and view the Canyon from the sky. River tours, rafting tours, and paddle rafting tours are all available as well, as are added ranch experiences like horseback riding or mechanical bull rides.
One more thing to note: you might have to pay for that perfect Instagram. Personal cameras or cell phones are not allowed on the Skywalk itself, and must be stored in a locker before entering. You can, however, purchase professional photos at the end of the day. And for record likes? Totally worth it.