- By kevin
- On Jul 11, 2018
- North America
- Travel Tips
Travel to the Grand Canyon—one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World—and let Grand Canyon West provide you with an experience like no other.See the Canyon from every perspective with our variety of vacation experiences.“Walk the sky”4,000 feet above the Canyon floor on our Skywalk,or tour the West Rim on a helicopter ride.To book the Grand Canyon tour packages on the Globerouter.com website with deals nowdays.
About the Grand Canyon Skywalk
The Grand Canyon Skywalk is active and open to the public year-round,hosting approximately 2 million visitors since it opened in March 2007.
The Skywalk is a horseshoe-shaped,glass-bottom structure that allows visitors to walk 70 feet past the edge of the Grand Canyon wall and stand 4,000 feet above the Colorado River.
The phenomenal views are enhanced by glass walls and floor panels so visitors get unobstructed views of the Grand Canyon.Each of these glass panels is custom built to the highest standards for safety and clarity.
The Skywalk is an engineering masterpiece that took four years and$30 million to complete.
The Skywalk foundation is strong enough to support about 71 million pounds–the equivalent of 71 fully loaded 747 airplanes.
It consists of more than 1 million pounds of steel and 83,000 pounds of glass.
In total,it weighs 1.2 million pounds.
The glass walls are approximately five to seven feet high,extending four to six feet above the glass floor–safer than code,yet low enough that guests do not feel confined.
The Skywalk is 10 feet wide.It is located 4,000 feet above the Colorado River.
In 1996,businessman David Jin,from Las Vegas,NV,approached the Hualapai Tribe with the idea of a glass walkway over the Grand Canyon.He won approval from the Tribe in 2003.
The Grand Canyon Skywalk was designed and engineered by Lochsa Engineering&MRJ Architects and built by Executive Construction Management,all based out of Las Vegas,NV.
Engineers conducted tests on the geologic stability of the site and researched the foundation by testing the compressive strength of the rock.
Engineers also conducted extensive testing during the planning and design phase to ensure the Grand Canyon Skywalk could easily withstand the high winds that have been known to blow through the Grand Canyon.