Grand Canyon Skywalk: A Bridge With An Added EssenceNovember 28th, 2009 - 1:33 pm ICT by GD
By Ranjan Bhaduri,
Nov. 28, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Grand Canyon Skywalk has never been just another bridge, but soon it will be including a theater, museum, VIP lounge, restaurants, cafes…you name it. As per the reports, the future plan shows that a cable ferry will also be started to take the tourists from the rim of the canyon to the river itself. The bridge is reached by the Grand Canyon West Airport which is around a 120 mile stretch being developed now.
However, the worst part of the sky-walk lies in the fact that the bridge will be closed down at the merest hint of thunderstorms. There is also a carpet that is available in case of rains, which makes the sky-walk views a bit translucent.The sky-walk is not without controversies itself, the owners of the ground- the Hualapai tribe considers this to be a sacred ground and some members of the tribe say that the ground has been disturbed by the construction. Located on the Grand Canyon West, near Las Vegas (120 miles from Vegas) and Arizona, the sky-walk is U in shape and emerges form the Grand Canyon itself.
Weighing around 1.571 million pounds, the bridge is located around 4000 feet above the Colorado River and can take the weight of a whooping 71 million pounds. The bridge has been open for the general public/tourists since early 2007 and up-to-date it is recorded that around a million people have already experienced the glories of the skywalk. For those who are thinking of visiting soon, let us remind you that the tickets cost $29.95 per adult and $22.46 per child (3 years to 11 years) plus the taxes and the fees.