Grand Canyon Skywalk (Video Included)

The Grand Canyon Skywalk is a tourist attraction in Arizona near the Colorado River on the edge of a side canyon in the Grand Canyon West area in the main canyon. USGS topographic maps show the elevation at the Skywalk’s location as 4,770 ft (1,450 m) and the elevation of the Colorado River in the base of the canyon as 1,160 ft (350 m), and they show that the height of the precisely vertical drop directly under the skywalk is between 500 ft (150 m) and 800 ft (240 m).

    

Commissioned and owned by the Hualapai Indian tribe, it was unveiled March 20, 2007, and opened to the general public on March 28, 2007. It is accessed via the Grand Canyon West Airport terminal or a 120-mile (190 km) drive from Las Vegas, which includes a 10-mile stretch of dirt road which is currently under development. The Skywalk is east of Meadview and north of Peach Springs with Kingman being the closest major city.

The overall Skywalk width is 65 feet (20 m). The Skywalk length extending out from the post supports closest to the canyon wall is 70 feet. The outer and inner 32-inch-wide (810 mm) by 72-inch-deep (1,800 mm) bridge box beams are supported by eight 32-by-32-inch (810 × 810 mm) box posts having four posts on each side of the visitor’s center, once completed. The eight posts are anchored in pairs into four large concrete footings that are in turn anchored to the bedrock by ninety-six 2+1⁄2-inch-diameter (64 mm) DYWIDAG (acronym pronounced Doo-Wee-Dag) high strength steel threaded rod rock anchors grouted 46 feet deep into the rock.

  

The deck of the Skywalk has been made with six layers of Saint-Gobain Diamant low iron glass and DuPont SentryGlas. Deck width is 10 feet 2 inches (3.10 m). The Skywalk glass railings were made with the same glass as the deck, but fewer layers (three) bent to follow the walkway’s curvature. The glass railings are 5 feet 2 inches (1.57 m) tall and have been designed for high wind pressures.

Footnote: I have learned that you can no longer take a camera out onto the skywalk, if you would like pictures taken from the actual skywalk you have buy them.

Learn more in Wikipedia.

Wikimedia:- For more photo’s or larger versions of the photo’s above.

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8 Responses to Grand Canyon Skywalk (Video Included)

  1. Sue says:

    That does look a bit scary I have to admit, but what a thrill I think it would be to look down through the glass to the canyon bottom.

  2. travelrat says:

    Have to say … it doesn’t occupy a high position on my ‘bucket list’, although the Grand Canyon does.

    I did hear they had the same trouble as they had with the glass-floored viewing gallery on Blackpool Tower … they just couldn’t convince many people it was safe to walk on.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi travelrat,
      I noticed the people in the video all wearing a covering over their shoes, I assume they have to put these on to protect the glass, it does make one wonder. But still there have been heaps of people on this since it was built, I don’t think I would have a problem walking out onto it, although you don’t really know until you confront it I suppose.

  3. bronxboy55 says:

    The CN Tower in Toronto, which I think is still the tallest structure in North America, has an observation deck with a partial glass floor. It was pretty amusing to see how terrified people were to step onto the glass and look straight down to the ground. Amusing, that is, until it was my turn. The mind really goes to battle with itself. I’d imagine similar conflicts taking place on the Grand Canyon’s Skywalk.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi bronxboy55,
      I haven’t heard about the Tower in Toronto, so I looked it up:-
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CN_Tower
      Oh yes it is tall 553.3 meters tall, yes I can see how that would be scary up there looking through glass at your feet. I think it may even be worse than the Grand Canyon in a way, as I assume you would be looking down onto cars, people, other buildings, I don’t know which would be worse. 🙄

  4. Hinal says:

    it is very nice . watch it carefully.

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