Grand Canyon West, an attraction owned by the Hualapai Indian tribe 120 miles east of Las Vegas, is also known as the grand canyon walkway, has a new visitors center and air terminal, which opened Saturday.
The site is best known for its 3-year-old Sky walk, a $30 million glass-and-steel platform that juts 65 feet off the canyon’s rim, enabling a bird’s-eye view of the canyon 4,000 feet below.
Exciting View of the Grand Canyon
The 22-year-old tribal tourist enterprise also sports reproduction Indian dwellings, an Old West town with Western entertainment (think cowboy shootouts — ironically, sans Indians) and Hummer tours alongside the grand canyon walkway..
But its remote location has limited visitation, at least compared to the Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim tourist hub, which lies about 250 road miles east of the attraction.
The tribe says it will open a wider runway by the end of 2010 year, making air tours from Southern California possible.
As you can see from the picture to the side here, the grand canyon walkway looks like it is just suspended in midair and from people I have talked to in the past it was pretty short of amenities so these additions are very welcome indeed.