The Skywalk celebrates its 10th Anniversary
IMAGINE THE SENSATION OF WALKING THE SKY. That’s the essence of a visit to Grand Canyon Skywalk. Visitors who walk this glass platform literally venture forth beyond the edge of the West Rim, with the floor of the Canyon some 4,000 feet below. The view across this gorgeous natural span seems to stretch forever, past the opposing rim and up into the sky. Each step brings a new rush of adrenalin as you step out into breathtaking beauty.
If you have previously visited the Grand Canyon, you know of its magnificence. You have witnessed how its colors and shapes change before your eyes with the movement of the sun. At night, the twinkling of millions of stars produce a natural light show that extends to the far reaches of the canyon during a full moon.
If you have yet to stand on the Grand Canyon Skywalk, rest assured you are missing out on an incredible “bucket list” memory.
If it’s true that a picture is “worth a thousand words,” then the view in person from the Skywalk resides in a place where the number of words necessary to describe it cannot be tallied!
THE SKYWALK STORY: The Grand Canyon Skywalk is a horseshoe or u-shaped cantilever bridge with a glass walkway, positioned 4,770 feet (1,450 meters) above the floor of the canyon. Between its massive height above the canyon floor and the sensation of venturing past the edge, many visitors report the feeling of “walking in space” out on the viewing platform. That also helps explain why Astronaut Buzz Aldrin led the first walkers on the Grand Canyon Skywalk during its opening ceremony on March 20th, 2007.
The Grand Canyon Skywalk is the result of an amazing feat of human thought and engineering. The Skywalk is made of 500 tons of steel and 29 tons of glass. The structure is strong enough to hold the weight of 70 jumbo jet 747 airplanes. It is sturdy enough to withstand winds exceeding hurricane force and up to 100 miles per hour. The foundation can withstand an 8.0 magnitude earthquake.
The Skywalk took nearly four years to build, at an investment of more than $30 million dollars. The Skywalk was assembled on top of the canyon wall and moved into its final position by a jack and roll rig. The infrastructure itself weighs a bit over 1,000,000 pounds (450,000 kg). The walkway could carry 822 people weighing 200 pounds each, but maximum occupancy at one time is cut off at 120 people. The deck of the Skywalk was manufactured and imported from Saint-Gobain Deutsche Glas and Glas Döring in Berlin, Germany.
SEIZE THE ADVENTURE! The Skywalk is located approximately two hours’ drive from Las Vegas, or a five hour drive from Phoenix. The time required to get there is well worth the opportunity to experience one of the world’s natural wonders from the deck of a human engineering marvel!