LAS VEGAS, March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Almost 2,000 people visited Grand
Canyon West, home of the new Skywalk, on Wednesday. The Skywalk is the
first ever cantilever-shaped glass walkway suspended more than 4,000 feet
above the canyon's floor and extending 70 feet from the canyon's rim.
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The first excited visitors lined up to watch as members of the Hualapai
Tribe and founder David Jin cut a ribbon to officially open The Skywalk.
After a celebratory countdown, guests were then welcomed onto the glass.
Awed reactions ensued, with guests declaring The Skywalk to be amazing,
beautiful and the experience of a lifetime. At the Grand Canyon West
Airport terminal, visitors from all over the world lined up to purchase
tour packages and be among the first to take a walk on the Skywalk.
Located at Grand Canyon West's Eagle Point, The Skywalk is open from
dawn to dusk, seven days a week. The cost of walking on The Skywalk is $25
in addition to the purchase of a Grand Canyon West tour package. The Spirit
Package, $49.95, is the lowest-priced option and includes the Hualapai
visitation permit, access to all points of interest at Grand Canyon West
including Guano Point, Hualapai Ranch and Eagle Point, choice of an
all-you-can-eat buffet or cowboy cookin' and photo opportunities with
Hualapai Members. To maximize visitors' experience, a limit of 120 people
are permitted on The Skywalk at any one time. To avoid scratches and
slipping, shoe covers are handed out prior to walking and guests are not
allowed to bring carry-on items on the glass. Although cameras may not be
taken on The Skywalk, photos are available. Lockers are provided for guests
to store personal belongings.
Upon completion, the visitor's center will include a museum, movie "The
Making of the Skywalk," a VIP lounge and gift shop as well as private
indoor and outdoor facilities for meetings, special events and weddings.
Several restaurants and bars will be available, including The Skywalk Cafe,
a high-end restaurant with outdoor patio and rooftop dining on the edge of
the canyon. The second floor of the visitor's center will provide access to
The Skywalk glass walkway.
Any media who would like to visit Grand Canyon West are invited to
attend a guided media tour, offered every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. Media tours
will accommodate a limited number of people and reservations must be made
in advance. Stock photos and footage are available by request. All media
inquiries should be directed to Amanda Hill at 702-254-5704 or
Grand Canyon West is located approximately 120 miles east of Las Vegas,
Nev., and 72 miles northwest of Kingman, Ariz. Attractions available at
Grand Canyon West include The Indian Village with authentic dwellings
depicting multiple tribes, The Hualapai Market, and The Hualapai Ranch, a
western town with horseback and wagon rides. Grand Canyon West is the only
location throughout the entire Grand Canyon where visitors can access the
river and water recreation activities at the bottom of the canyon via
helicopter tours. In addition to boat tours on the river, Hummer tours are
available along the rim of the canyon and through private areas that are
otherwise inaccessible to the public. There are more than 30 tour and
transportation companies that service Grand Canyon West from Las Vegas,
Phoenix and Sedona by airplane, helicopter, coach, SUV, and Hummer. In
addition, Park & Ride services are available from Dolan Springs, Ariz., a
one-hour drive from Las Vegas. The Hualapai operate the only one day white
water rafting trip through the Grand Canyon as well as a Lodge on Historic
Route 66. To book reservations, view a complete list of activities or
receive maps and directions, visitors may log on to
www.destinationgrandcanyon.com or call 1(877) 716-WEST (9378). The Hualapai
Tribe, consisting of approximately 2,000 Hualapai members, owns nearly one
million acres of land throughout the Grand Canyon's western rim. The
capitol of the Hualapai Reservation is Peach Springs, Ariz.
SOURCE Grand Canyon West