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    Glass skywalk to offer 'Grand' view of Canyon


    Businessman David Jin developed the idea of a glass walkway over the Grand Canyon nine years ago. The Skywalk at Grand Canyon West is scheduled to open to the public Jan 1. The pictures are an artist's rendering of the attraction.
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    Rendering: http://us.news3.yimg.com/us.i2.yimg....QOSEQCzrgy3g--

    Erica Sagon
    The Arizona Republic
    Aug. 23, 2005 12:00 AM

    The Grand Canyon's coming attraction is not for the easily queasy: Beginning next year, tourists are expected to be able to glimpse the Canyon's floor through a glass-bottomed walkway jutting 70 feet from the Rim.

    The horseshoe-shaped skywalk, which is planned to open in January, is part of the Hualapai Tribe's efforts to turn 1,000 acres of reservation land into tourist operations that someday could include a high-end resort, golf course and campgrounds.

    The destination, known as Grand Canyon West, also will feature an Indian village and Western-themed town, which are scheduled to open Sept. 1.
    The $40 million project in northwestern Arizona could create competition for the touristy South Rim.

    Visitors to the skywalk will pay $25 for a bird's-eye view of the Canyon. By comparison, the entrance to the national park's South Rim, about 200 miles by road to the east, is $20 per car.

    The skywalk could help double the number of visitors to Grand Canyon West to 500,000 a year, said Sheri Yellowhawk, chief executive officer of the Grand Canyon Resort Corp., a tribal-owned company that oversees the project.

    "You're basically looking 4,000 feet down. It's a whole new way to experience the Grand Canyon," Yellowhawk said. "We think that that's what's really going to make the destination bloom."

    The skywalk, which is under construction, will accommodate 120 people comfortably, Yellowhawk said, although it is designed to hold 72 million pounds. The walkway has a glass bottom and sides and is supported by steel beams.

    Las Vegas-based architect David Jin came up with the idea for the skywalk in 1996 during a trip to the Canyon.

    He teamed up with Lochsa Engineering, also from Las Vegas, whose portfolio includes Mandalay Bay Hotel and Hard Rock Hotel.

    Jin calls the skywalk "very safe" but said an insurance company has yet to sign on.

    "It's pretty scary," Jin said. "You see 4,000 feet below. You can see the Colorado River."

    For visitors who want to stay on terra firma, a nearby center will house a cafe with patio seating and indoor meeting rooms.

    The Indian village will feature a self-guided tour through dwellings and tepees. In the Western town, people can stroll past old storefronts or sign up for horseback rides along the Canyon's Rim.

    The Hualapai Tribe is also positioning itself to be able to handle more visitors by improving its airport. It will use a $2 million grant from the federal government to build a solar energy project to reduce costs at the airport, which now runs on diesel generators.

    But to make Grand Canyon West a major tourism site, the tribe will need to improve the roads and water and electricity infrastructure, Yellowhawk said.

    She added that turning the reservation into a tourism destination has been a long-time goal of the Hualapai Tribe, which today has about 2,000 members, most of whom live on the reservation in Peach Springs.

    Talks of a resort and a tram began in the 1950s, but it wasn't until 1988 that the tribe opened the area to bus tours, Yellowhawk said.

    Visitors now tour the Canyon by helicopter, boat and bus.

    The reservation attracted 220,000 people last year, and 250,000 are expected this year. Once the skywalk opens, the western end could see up to 500,000 tourists a year, Yellowhawk said.

    By comparison, about 4.3 million people visited the Grand Canyon in 2004, according to the park's Web site.

    But Yellowhawk said the tribe is not competing for tourism from the South Rim.

    "We wouldn't be taking from them, we would be supporting them," Yellowhawk said.

    Janet Balsom, spokeswoman for the Grand Canyon National Park, said the Hualapai's Grand Canyon West will attract visitors looking for a themed attraction while the national park attracts those looking to see the wilderness.

    "I don't think that the Grand Canyon National Park will see any change in visitation," Balsom said. "(The Hualapais ) really do tap into a different visitor base."

    The reservation is not part of the national park, but the tribe has shared some of its long-term plans.

    "It's a great opportunity for the tribe," Balsom said.




    Fast facts: Las Vegas resident David Jin came up with the idea and worked with other architects and engineers on the project. He said the skywalk was designed to:

    • Support the weight of about 70 Boeing 747 jets.

    • Withstand winds of 100 mph coming from eight directions.

    • Withstand an earthquake with an 8.0 magnitude.

    Where: The attraction is 120 miles east of Las Vegas and 72 miles northeast of Kingman.

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    March 28, 2007 - The Official Public Opening Of The Skywalk



    Grand Canyon West, a destination owned and operated by the Hualapai Tribe at the Grand Canyon’s western rim, announces March 28, 2007 as the official public opening date of The Skywalk. The Skywalk will be the first-ever cantilever shaped glass walkway to suspend more than 4,000 feet above the canyon’s floor and extend 70 feet from the canyon’s rim.

    Access to The Skywalk will run from dawn to dusk and will cost $25 per person in addition to the cost of a Grand Canyon West entrance package. One hundred and twenty people will be allowed on the bridge at a time. Admittance is first come, first serve for walk up visitors; however, reservations can be made. Guests will enter and exit the walkway via temporary buildings while the adjacent visitor’s center is being completed. Grand Canyon West plans to issue numbered shoe covers – in order to avoid scratches and slipping - to each visitor that enters the open-air walkway.

    Prior to the public opening in March, Grand Canyon West will host a “First Walk” event for media and VIPs. The name of the first public figure to step on The Skywalk will be announced closer to the opening.

    The historical rollout of The Skywalk structure, with the glass in place, is scheduled for February 27 to March 2. The initial part of the rollout process involves jacking the structure up off of the supports and then subjecting the structure to several days of thorough tests that replicate the conditions of final placement. After the final testing is complete, the multi-million pound steel enforced structure will be rolled out across the canyon’s edge, which takes multiple days. Immediately after the structure is in position, it will be seated and attached to the foundation. Details for a media event during the rollout will be revealed closer to the event.

    Located at Grand Canyon West’s Eagle Point, The Skywalk facility will also include a 6,000 square-foot visitor’s center on three levels – underground, first story and second story – which will contain a museum, movie theater, VIP lounge, gift shop, and several restaurants and bars, including a high-end restaurant called The Skywalk Café that will offer outdoor patio and rooftop seating on the edge of the canyon. The second story will be where visitors can access The Skywalk glass walkway. The visitor’s center will also offer private indoor and outdoor facilities for meetings, special events and weddings.




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    Constructing the Grand Canyon Skywalk ...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdxUhVyzLRM

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    Very interesting, but I would get the heebee jeebees if I looked down from the glass enclosure hehe.

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    You Tube Video - Grand Canyon Skywalk

    http://www.the-grand-canyon-info.com...n-skywalk.html

    This You Tube video was filmed while visiting Eagle Point at Grand Canyon West. As we walked through the Indian Village, to the right was the construction site of the Grand Canyon Skywalk. At that time the Grand Canyon Skywalk was welded together and sitting on stands, waiting to be installed into the bedrock.

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    Skywalk sliding out over Grand Canyon


    Photo courtesy of Robert Bravo Jr./Hualapai Tribe
    The Hualapai Tribe began rolling its million-pound Skywalk over the edge
    of the Grand Canyon on Tuesday and plans to finish the job today.

    The Arizona Republic
    Stephanie Paterik
    Mar. 7, 2007

    The Hualapai Tribe began rolling its million-pound Skywalk over the edge of the Grand Canyon on Tuesday and plans to finish the job today.

    When complete, the glass-bottom walkway will jut 70 feet beyond the Canyon's West Rim. Tourists who pay $74.95, strap booties over their shoes and walk across the U-shaped lookout will see the Canyon beneath their feet, an unprecedented view.

    A VIP event is set for March 20 and the public grand opening March 28.

    Crews assembled the Skywalk out of steel and glass on the Hualapai Reservation, 253 miles northwest of Phoenix. They jacked it several inches above ground, placed it on a concrete runway and began wheeling it over the Canyon's lip. The tribe says the drop-off is 4,000 feet.

    Daniel Kay, a public relations account executive for the project, said the job would be 30 percent complete by sunrise.

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    i think i'll give this a miss - i'm terrified of heights.

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    Buildings in the shape of cliff walls: very clever and well done.

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    I have always wondered, call me ignorant, but from what i understood native americans desired to live from the land as they did before us british etc arrived so why now do they build casinos and million dollar skywalks, not exactly living off the land is it?

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    Wow........viewing those spactacular images this moring was a real kick. A big thanks for posting those LOFTY graphics. Pun intended!

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