Grand Canyon Skywalk to Open to the Public on March 28 at 10 a.m.
THIS WILL BE LAST DAY FOR MEDIA TO BRING CAMERAS ON THE SKYWALK AND LAST DAY FOR FREE MEDIA TOURS
WHO: General public, Skywalk ticket winners and eBay auction winners.
WHAT: First chance for public to experience the Grand Canyon Skywalk and last photo opportunity for media to film from actual Skywalk glass. Winners of the ?Walk the Skywalk Before the Public? tickets will be able to walk before the Skywalk opens to the public. Interview opportunities with Hualapai tribal leaders and representatives available.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 28, 8 a.m. for Skywalk ticket winners, 9 a.m. for eBay auction winners and 10:00 a.m. for the general public.
WHERE: Grand Canyon West, Arizona (parking at GCW terminal/media check-in)
The Grand Canyon Skywalk is the first ever cantilever-shaped glass walkway to suspend more than 4,000 feet above the canyon?s floor and extend 70 feet from the canyon?s rim. Located at Grand Canyon West?s Eagle Point, the Skywalk is open from dawn to dusk, seven days a week. Purchase of The Spirit Package, $49.95, includes the Hualapai visitation permit, access to all points of interest at Grand Canyon West including Guano Point, Hualapai Ranch and Eagle Point, lunch at an all-you-can-eat buffet and photo opportunities with Hualapai Members. It is an additional $25 to walk on The Skywalk. To maximize visitors? experience, a limit of 120 people will be permitted on the bridge at any one time. In order to avoid scratches on the glass, shoe covers will be issued and all personal items must be left in designated lockers.
The visitor?s center, scheduled to open early next year, will include a museum, theater, VIP lounge and gift shop as well as private indoor and outdoor facilities for meetings, special events and weddings. Several restaurants and bars will be available, including The Skywalk Caf?, a high-end restaurant with outdoor patio and rooftop dining on the edge of the canyon. The second floor of the visitor?s center will provide access to The Skywalk glass walkway.
?Walk the Skywalk Before the Public? tickets are currently being auctioned on eBay. Please visit www.destinationgrandcanyon.com for more details.
Grand Canyon West is located approximately 120 miles east of Las Vegas, Nev., and 72 miles northwest of Kingman, Ariz. Attractions available at Grand Canyon West include The Indian Village with authentic dwellings, The Hualapai Market, and The Hualapai Ranch, a western town with horseback and wagon rides. Grand Canyon West is the only location throughout the entire Grand Canyon where visitors can access the river and water recreation activities at the bottom of the canyon via helicopter tours. In addition to boat tours on the river, Hummer tours are available along the rim of the canyon and through private areas that are otherwise inaccessible to the public. There are more than 30 tour and transportation companies that service Grand Canyon West from Las Vegas, Phoenix and Sedona by airplane, helicopter, coach, SUV, and Hummer. In addition, Park & Ride services are available from Dolan Springs, Ariz., a one-hour drive from Las Vegas. The Hualapai will also operate the only one day white water rafting trip through the Grand Canyon as well as a Lodge on Historic Route 66. To book reservations, view a complete list of activities or receive maps and directions, visitors may log on to www.destinationgrandcanyon.com or call 1(877) 716-WEST (9378). The Hualapai Tribe, consisting of approximately 2,000 Hualapai members, owns nearly one million acres of land throughout the Grand Canyon?s western rim. The capitol of the Hualapai Reservation is Peach Springs, Ariz.