|Destination: Grand Canyon West – Skywalk|
Distance from Point of Origin: 125 miles.
Estimated (One Way) Travel Time: 3 hours and 25 minutes.
Directions: From the Stratosphere Casino head northeast on Las Vegas Blvd about 3 miles and bear right to merge onto US-515/93/95 south towards Boulder City. Follow US-93/95 for 20 miles and turn left to stay on US-93 South. Go over the by-pass bridge into Arizona and stay on US-93 South for 53 miles. Turn left onto Pierce Ferry Rd. After 29 miles turn right onto Diamond Bar Rd. Stay on Diamond Bar Rd for 16 miles until you cross into the Indian reservation land where you continue straight onto Buck and Doe Rd/Co Rd 7 for another 6 miles.
General Description: The Grand Canyon Skywalk is located at Grand Canyon West Rim, on the Hualapai Nation. The skywalk itself is a horseshoe shaped cantilever bridge on the edge of a side canyon in the Grand Canyon West area of the main canyon. In addition to ‘Walking the Sky’ at the Skywalk at Eagle Point where you can watch traditional performances by Hualapai tribe members, you get to go to Guano Point where there is a “Highpoint Hike” that offers some nice panoramic canyon views of the Grand Canyon and Colorado River and the remnants of a historic tram that stretched 8,800 feet across the canyon to a guano mine discovered in the 1930’s.
Special Attraction or Points of Interest: The Skywalk at Grand Canyon West is a unique glass-bottomed cantilever observation deck that spans 70 feet over the canyon's rim and 4,000 feet above the canyon floor. Its elevation is about 4,783 feet; while the elevation of the Colorado River in the base of the canyon 1,160 feet. The height of a vertical drop directly under the skywalk is between 500 feet and 800 feet. The bridge deck is made of diamant low-iron glass and structural interlayer glass consisting of (6) layers. The bridge glass railings are made with the same glass as the deck but fewer layers (3) bent to follow the walkway’s curvature. The glass railings are 5 feet 2 inches tall and have been designed for high wind pressures. The bridge, including its counterweights, weighs around 1.6 million pounds. Even though the bridge was designed to carry (822) people that weigh 200 pounds each without overstress, maximum occupancy is limited to 120 people.
Primary Activity: Photographing Nature.
Secondary Activities: Hiking
Elevation: 4,783 feet.
Best Time To Visit: Open year round. Try to avoid the heat of the summer months.
Facilities: Restroom and Food.
Estimated Round-trip Time: Driving time is slowed due to the fact that the last 25 mile is on a graded dirt road. One should plan 9 hours, giving a couple of hours for picture taking.
|More Info On: http://www.grandcanyonskywalk.com/|