Updated November 19, 2010Ready to step onto the Skywalk and look through the glass floor at the base of the canyon some 4,000 feet below? Well, here's how to plan your Skywalk trip.
Getting to Grand Canyon West and the Skywalk
Since the opening of the Grand Canyon West Skywalk, the world now knows about Grand Canyon West and its unique beauty. However, confusion about how to get there is common. First, it's important to know that the location is not near the Grand Canyon National Park South Rim or North Rim. If you are flying to the Southwest, select either the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX), or the Las Vegas Airport(LVS). Have a look at our article and website links that will help you with planning a trip to any of these three separate Grand Canyon locations.
Grand Canyon West is owned by the Hualapai Tribe. Consisting of approximately 2,000 Hualapai members, the tribe owns nearly one million acres of land throughout the Grand Canyon’s western rim. The capitol of the Hualapai Reservation is Peach Springs, Ariz. Peach Springs is not far from Kingman, Arizona and is on Route 66. Map
Grand Canyon West is accessible from Peach Springs via freeway and the infamous Diamond Bar Road. 14 miles of Diamond Bar Road are graded and maintained and about a third is now paved. RV’s will not be able to use that road. We recommend using the Park and Ride Coach Service for visitors driving RV’s and other low lying vehicles. If you do that, you will park at the Grand Canyon West Welcome Center on Pierce Ferry Road which is one mile past Diamond Bar Road. Please call to reserve your round trip seat on the Park and Ride service. There is a nominal fee for either driving and parking your own vehicle or parking and taking the bus. Reservations: (702) 260-6506
Once you reach the airstrip terminal, you can purchase a package to tour Grand Canyon West.
Enjoying the Skywalk
Your basic tour once at Grand Canyon West is the "Hualapai Legacy Tour" - this is the basic per person admittance to Grand Canyon West and costs $29.95 per person. With this ticket you will have access to all Points of interest. To go out on the Skywalk, it will cost an additional $29.95 (2008 pricing).
You won't be able to take personal effects out on the Skywalk as if visitors dropped things, the sensitive plexiglass would soon be scratched. Visitors are asked to store all personal effects in lockers. There is a professional photographer on the walkway and those photos are available for purchase in the visitors center.
Hours of Operation
Winter hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. As daylight extends, you will find the closing time extended. The summer hours effective May 1st are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Of course if you have purchased an overnight package, you will not have to leave and can enjoy Hualapai Ranch on the canyon rim.