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Thursday, September 13, 2007

The SkyWalk over Grand Canyon West is Now Open....

THE SKYWALK, is the latest tourist main attraction in Grand Canyon West. The cantilevered walkway, which is made its media debut Tuesday, is a mere 4,000 feet above the bottom of the canyon. It opens to the public on March 28, 2007.
It cost approximately $30 million to build over a couple of years.

The open-air skywalk extends 70 feet out from the rim of the canyon, where it's anchored deep in the rock landscape. It will be open from dawn to dusk, and the price of admission is $25 per person. As many as 120 people will be allowed on the bridge at any given time; each will have to wear special shoe covers to prevent slipping and scratching.

The skywalk and Grand Canyon West are owned and operated by the Hualapai tribe, which is hoping for an economic boost from the new landmark. The site is in Arizona, about 70 miles northwest of Kingman, and about 120 miles east of Las Vegas.

The U-shaped structure can safely withstand 100-mph winds from eight directions and an 8.0-magnitude earthquake within 50 miles.

Most people will go out onto the skywalk to look down. Here's an unexpected view, looking up from below the glass platform. The 2-inch-thick glass floor is a joint effort of industrial giant DuPont and manufacturer Saint Gobain.

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