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May 29, 2008

How much does the Grand Canyon Skywalk cost?

One of the most common questions I get is How much does the Grand Canyon Skywalk cost? the short answer has been $75 per person (originally) but that’s no longer correct. It’s currently $86.81 for one person (after taxes and fees) – parking is free.

OK, so here’s the breakdown:
The Hualapai Legacy Package costs $29.95 per person (plus taxes and fees)

To walk on the Skywalk will cost another $41 each. (check for current pricing)

The Hualapai Legacy Package is the basic entry package to Grand Canyon West. It is a self-guided tour of all points of interest at Grand Canyon West. Included in this package are the live performances, scenic viewpoints, cultural activities, a wagon ride and more. Unlimited use of the Hop-On Hop-Off shuttle is included in this package. Grand Canyon West is privately owned and operated by the Hualapai Tribe and requires the purchase of a permit and Legacy Tour package for entry.

Hualapai Legacy Package (no meal, no Skywalk)
$29.95 per person, plus tax, $8 impact fee & $3 fuel surcharge
Prices after taxes and fees: $43.05

Legacy Silver Package (includes meal, no Skywalk)
$41.95 per person, plus tax, $8 impact fee & $3 fuel surcharge
Prices after taxes and fees: $55.83

Legacy Gold Package (includes meal, includes Skywalk)
$70.95 per person, plus tax, $8 impact fee & $3 fuel surcharge
Prices after taxes and fees: $86.81

Now there are some limitations when you walk the Skywalk.

There are no personal items, including cameras allowed on the Skywalk; you will be asked to store them in lockers. You can take photos of the Skywalk from the side, and a photo can be taken of you on the bridge and available for purchase if you choose. However, personal belongings, including cameras, on the bridge are not allowed to protect from dropping items into the canyon or onto the glass

So the big question is; Is it worth it?

Opinion on this is pretty strong but as you can see from these reviews, most people walk away disappointed. No worries, you can see the Skywalk from pictures I took before the ban was in place.

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67 comments

  • At 11:01 am on May 29, 2008, Allison Raskansky commented:

    The Fathers Day Special is not just on the Legacy it is on all of it. I am not sure how it came to $79. It is 29.95 for the Legacy which is much more than described. The Legacy includes all pints of interest, Native American performances, an Indian village depicting dwellings of multiple tribes, Guano Point and the Hualpai Ranch. It is an entire day of culture and interaction with the Natives. It is then $29.95 to walk on the Skywalk. That adds up to $60 not $79. The $20 is per car not per person. It is a great experience.

    archshrk responds: Allison, thanks for the comment. I did make an error in my calculations regarding the Father’s Day discount and may have confused the reader about what’s included. The $79 cost is based on the single person breakdown and does not account for the discount (which makes it 64.92, my mistake). Also, I see from the original email that the discount is for anybody, not just fathers and also applies to the Skywalk. I’ll update the post and include a link (which I meant to do originally).

    Breakdown
    Hualapai Legacy = 29.95 (22.46)
    Walk the Skywalk = 29.95 (22.46)
    Parking = 20.00
    Total = 79.90 (64.92)

    GRAND CANYON WEST, AZ (May 28, 2008) Grand Canyon West visitors who make reservations in advance by calling 1-877-716-WEST (8978) and ask for the “Father’s Day Special” will receive a significant discount on the tour package for the father in the group. Special pricing can also be reserved online at http://www.destinationgrandcanyon.com. The special pricing for fathers is available for reservations made for visits between June 1 and June 30, 2008. The discounts are as follows:

      * Hualapai Legacy – father gets 25% off
      * Horseback rides – father gets 25% off
      * Tranquility (overnight package) – father gets 25% off
      * Hualapai Experience – father gets 25% off
      * Helicopter/boat – father gets 20% off
      * Skywalk – father gets 25% off
      * Meals – father gets 25% off
      * Hummer Off Road – father gets 25% off

    Alison emailed me back to clarify “Thanks for your quick reply. The discount is for the father in the party only, I don’t want to mislead anyone.”

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  • At 7:48 am on December 29, 2008, National Parks Visitor commented:

    The Grand Canyon is such a spectacular sight in its own right. Why pay another $75 or whatever for this touristy gimmick? And no cameras! That is just absurd. Do yourself and your wallet a big favor and spend the day on one of the many hikes that range from easy to hard.

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  • At 12:06 pm on June 25, 2009, Grand Canyon Skywalk « The Grand Canyon pingbacked:

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  • At 5:28 pm on July 7, 2009, Edward commented:

    We were on our way to Grand Canyon National Park from Las Vegas on June 28th and we decided to stop by. Their website said it was $29.95 to do the Skywalk. Although we thought that was steep, we figured we’d go anyway since we were more interested in seeing this piece of architecture than for the view (again, we were heading to Grand Canyon NP for the views). I should note that the Skywalk is NOT part of the Grand Canyon National Park, it is part of the Grand Canyon, however. We drive about 40 miles, 14 of which were unpaved roads which my car did not like! When we walked up to the ticket window, we quickly were told that the price is NOT $29.95 per person, rather there is an additional $45.00 charge per person since we were on Hualapai private land. This brings the total charge up to $75 per person. Parking was free, however. We thought this was a complete rip-off and walked away. I searched their website again and still did not find any reference to an additional $45.00 charge. I guess they figure you’d take all that time driving up there and some of which across an awful road that you’d just go ahead and pay it??? Well, we did not and I urge all of you thinking about going to this place to forget it. There are FAR better views at the Grand Canyon National Park and it’s only $25 per car, and you won’t feel like you got ripped off there like the tourists at the Skywalk. The person who said it was worth above needs to get out more because the only thing you want to do there is see the Skywalk and the view, not interact with the locals learning their culture and seeing them put on some old Western shoot-out show. Avoid this place like the plague and visit the Grand Canyon National Park instead!!!

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  • At 12:44 pm on December 13, 2009, nena commented:

    On Sept. 09 we were visiting the Grand Canyon our family had seen articles in magazines regarding the skywalk that we decided to go. Also being mislead by the website and thinking it was going to be $29.95 per person plus tax we got direction and were on our way. We were never informed of the dirt road and when the pavement ends and you have to drive on a dirt road that feels like you are off roading, full of pot holes and mud, you begin to question if you are going the wrong way. Then we see big tour buses and we figured they must know the route there so we just kept on driving following the other vehicles for the longest 25+ MILES ON DIRT. At this point we wanted to turn back but decided to keep going (big mistake!!). When we finally get there the people who work there were so rude and dont provide accomodation to people with handicap necessities. The buses dont have lifters for wheelchairs and the skywalk has steps so it is not handicap accessible. Then we find out that it is not $29.95 + tax but more like $75.00 per person and they are wanting to charge this eventhough we have to drive our own behicle up to the skywalk with my fathers wheelchair. We had the money but decided to stand our ground becasue we felt this was so misleding but since they are located on private indian land they are able to do whatever the hell they want. I have bowed to never vistit that place again and stick to visiting the Grand Canyon Nation Park instead were you pay $25 per vechicle for a whole week. Needless to say we walked away did not purchase tickets and would definately not recommend to any family or friends…it was an awful experience…it felt like you were in a third world country…it is the indians laws that are followed there and no coments are accepted. p.s. the indian dancers were like 70+ year old women, with bad make-up and supposedly dancing but could barely move i felt sorry for them and the music was so annoying. Thank you for having this website were you can have your say and get rid of the frustration and let other people know before they have a similar experience when they get there.

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  • At 1:38 pm on March 10, 2010, Phil commented:

    Thanks Guys, I’ll be giving this one a miss and heading straight to the Grand Canyon NP!

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  • At 1:09 am on April 23, 2010, Kathy commented:

    Thanks for this info. We are headed to Las Vegas and thought a road trip over there to the Sky Walk would be nice. But a buppy dirt road, $75 per person on a retirement budget is not a good deal. We’ll pass on this one too. I could swear I read last summer, ’09 that the website said the cost was like $14.95 ea. Sure glad I investigated.

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  • At 7:36 am on April 25, 2010, Jennifer Bradley commented:

    I am so thankful for coming across these reviews! We will NOT be going to the Skywalk!

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  • At 2:18 pm on April 25, 2010, Sam commented:

    $75.00—Night at a hotel and a meal for that. Thanks for the info-I’ll be skipping this as well.

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  • At 8:44 am on May 23, 2010, Lena commented:

    was going to go from Vegas but decided to read reviews first and see how it is. OMG $75 per person? WOW well I suppose they have to get money back form building it LOL.

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  • At 12:59 pm on June 7, 2010, Carl commented:

    Thank you for the info.
    Not going to pay $75.00 for these.

    That’s one bad thing about Monopoly, I think if I have money, I will build one on the south rim and charged half price, so everybody is happy :)

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  • At 6:02 am on June 27, 2010, Glyn commented:

    I’m so glad that I read these reviews before going to the skywalk.
    My friends and I will now not be going to the skywalk but hopefully we will be able to go on to the beautiful Grand Canyon NP. I hate being ripped off and this sounds like one big ripoff! And no cameras! Forget it!

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  • At 5:02 am on June 28, 2010, grant commented:

    thanks for the review from this site and comments by everyone. this doesn’t seem worth the $75

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  • At 10:36 pm on July 14, 2010, Allison Raskansky commented:

    There is a really big misconception here. The information posted on here is dated and incomplete. For the most updated information go to hualapaitourism.com. The Grand Canyon West experience includes the Skywalk but is much more than that. This area is owned and operated by the Hualapai Tribe and is not a National Park therefore it is funded by ticket sales and not by the government.

    In order to access Grand Canyon West, there is an entry package. There are several to choose from starting at $29.95 (parking is free)based on individual preference. They all include a Hop on Hop off shuttle through out multiple view points, live Native American performances and much more as described below and more detail on the web site. The Hualapai employees commute 2 hours each way every day over unpaved roads to provide a cultural experience for thousands of visitors every day. There is no power, it is all generator powered. There is no water, it is hauled in and there are multiple choices for food at every view point which has to be delivered from far and prepared. There is a Native American Village where you can tour through and learn about dwellings of different tribes. Once the entry package is purchased, there are several options that can be added such as; The Skywalk, Helicopter tours, airplane tours. horseback riding and even overnight cabins. So for those of you that take the time to read these comments, please take the time to see that this is not just about the Skywalk, it is about an entire Nation sharing this with you and creating an experience for you like no other. There is also an incredible One Day Grand Canyon White Water Raft , take a look at the web site. When someone writes a comment without really knowing and you don’t take the time to look it up for yourself, you are missing a great thing!

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    Just left the canyon Reply:

    Oh no…your offended!!! Well how do you think I feel being hustled out of all that extra money for this experience or that one. Everything should be for 1 low price. To pay an arm and a leg to see God made country in ludacris!!!

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  • At 6:30 pm on July 18, 2010, dwbory commented:

    A little off topic but my family and I spent a couple of days around the Grand Canyon. What a #$%* mess! It aint the old Grand Canyon that I knew as a kid. It is now overwhelmed by hotels by Bright Angle Trail and the east end of the park is fenced off. We couldn’t get to the rim trail… blocked by hotels and the fenced off area. It is really trashy.

    I think it is okay when people make money but this is ridiculous.

    Unfortunately, after a time, the only areas that won’t be completely commercialized will be on the Native American reservations. We are seriously considering the Skywalk for our next trip. The Grand Canyon is out and we won’t be returning.

    BTW, we wouldn’t be too upset if “hotel row” slid into the canyon.

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    Dawn Sutherland Reply:

    If you are talking about Tusayan just south of GCNP then yes it is now a mess of hotels ever since the town voted to be incorporated. Good thing this is outside the Park. The east end down be Desert View is quite open. Not sure where you encountered the fence. Yaki Point just east of Mather where the new visitors’ center is located is restricted and I suppose you could say it is fenced, sadly, due to Thelma and Louise type suicide attempts. Costs the Park and taxpayers a lot os $$$ to haul cars out of the Canyon. I am a painter and get to the Canyon pretty regularly.

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    Dave Reply:

    Did you try the North Rim? Much less infrastructure and far fewer people. It was well worth the extra drive time.

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  • At 11:59 am on July 20, 2010, nivle commented:

    Thank you for this reviews. I was planning to take my family (of 4) to Skywalk for summer experience. After reading reviews, with the SKYHIGH price to walk on that glass for probably 10 minutes, I decided to take my money somewhere else. $79 x 4 will go long way, including decent meals.

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  • At 10:19 pm on August 19, 2010, Wes Scott commented:

    Forgot it, $75 buck plus per person? Go to the Grand Canyon
    National Park instead. And while it may be 4000 feet above the Colorado
    the drop below the skywalk is about 800 feet. So what! Go to the Royal Gorge
    in Colorado instead! Much cheaper and even higher!

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  • At 4:09 pm on August 22, 2010, Alec Prowess commented:

    I just took my wife to the skywalk today and everything in the first comments is correct. This is a total scam and when I refused to pay and left we were given the finger on the way out. I guess that was my reward for driving 28 miles on a dirt “washboard” road in my new BMW. I’ve seen more culture on these tribes on the discovery channel. It was an absolute disgrace and the next time I see a dirt road, I won’t bother with continuing on.

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  • At 10:00 am on August 24, 2010, pazong vang commented:

    wow…amazed at everyone’s comments i am glad i read it caz i wanted to go there badly i went to the grand canyon national park two times and it was worth 25.00 per car not person…so i was planning on going to the sky walk this winter but i guess i better not go….i rather take my money somewhere else to….hooped and heaped…..thanks for the share everyone

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  • At 1:55 pm on August 25, 2010, arizona traveler commented:

    Alec Prowess, you have a new BMW and you are refusing to pay to experience something unique like the Skywalk. Your comments seem smug and mean hearted. If you actually take a look at what the tribe is trying to do with Grand Canyon West you would discover that the Hualapai Tribe opened their property to generate income for their families…not many BMWs in their driveways. They ALSO have to drive on that road 2 hours each way to get to work. You might also consider that it is NOT THEIR ROAD, it’s the counties. I have gone to the Skywalk and enjoyed the experience and the Hualapai hosts. Props to them for offering the world something beautiful.

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    Glen Littell Reply:

    Well I don’t drive a BMW and since you are so hopped up on “Sharing Culture” how about sharing some money with me so I can take My kids to see it.

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    John Howell Reply:

    OK…let’s stop with the idolizing. I can assure you that the Hualapai Tribe wasn’t aiming to offer the world ” something beautiful ” when they built the skywalk. They were looking for something to make money.
    I’ve gone there way before this skywalk. The Hualapai didn’t like us then….they don’t like us now…but they will take your money.
    No cameras…a dirt road….a shake down fee amounting to 75 dollars A PERSON. What part of blatant rip off is confusing ? I wouldn’t go there on a bet….I don’t care if it were free.

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  • At 4:30 pm on August 27, 2010, Dr. Geo commented:

    I have to qualify this review by admitting I have NOT walked on the skywalk, or visited Grand Canyon West since the completion of the new Hualupai complex; however, have been to the site several times over the past 7 or 8 years. It is interesting to note that only about 1/3 of the Grand Canyon proper is included in the national park: most of the western portion lies within Indian reservations.

    I am surprised the road has not yet been paved! It is passable by just about any vehicle, but has many ruts & is particulaly bad during the rainy season (mid to late summer through early fall). I have stood on the ledge that the skywalk is built upon, and concur the view as such would not be too much different than actually standing on the rim itself. The drop immediately below the skywalk is less than the actual distance to the canyon floor – someone said 800 ft, which seems about right. The bottom of the canyon is the Colorado River, which at this point is wider than in the middle of the canyon in the national park. Lake Mead starts just a few miles past Grand Canyon West, which is why the river is as wide as it is here. The view of the canyon from this vantage point is much different than one experiences along the South Rim of the national park; the canyon is not as deep, as wide, or (in my opinion) nearly as dramatic or picturesque as found from, say Mather Point or Desert View Tower.

    There is one more point to consider: an advantage the Indians have here is that they can offer helicoper & air tours of the canyon that allow pilots to actually fly into the canyon, while air tour operators from the South Rim (national park) are limited to flying OVER the canyon, never dropping below the altitude of the rim. For someone looking for this kind of adventure, then the cost for access to the site might be worth the drive and time; otherwise, I think most people would feel ripped off by what amounts to a huge (and expensive) tourist attraction.

    To give the Native Americans credit, they did build the complex & need to price their attraction to cover their costs & make a profit. I do not believe their intent was to gouge visitors, but I do question the wisdom of pricing the skywalk so high, especially with the required costs for access: why not offer “free” access to anyone who purchases a ticket for the skywalk? Seems $20 per head would be worth it to most people, & would greatly increase the number of individuals who decide to fork out the bucks for the experience! Not to mention leave more cash for the tour operators, gift shop, etc. Cost for access to the land was $20 per person even before the skywalk, which was steep then. I do not see where that much has been added to the experience to justify the admission fee!

    As to the comments about the National Park building hotels & other establishments along the rim “totally destroying the view”… the only “modern” building is the visitor center, and it was built in the early 1970s… all others have been there since the 1920s, and the view is esentially unchanged since then. Outside the park is a different story, and the park is certainly more crowded and impacted than it has ever been… but the view along the rim is as pristine now as anytime in the past 80 years. For most visitors, a trip to the South Rim would leave them filling fullfilled… Grand Canyon West, likely disappointed given the cost and hassle.

    Just my two cents worth!

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    Farida Reply:

    hi, thanks for your valuable comments. I would like to know if,in your opinion,south rim tour is more worth ?

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  • At 10:39 am on October 17, 2010, Alec Prowess commented:

    Arizona Traveler, The fact that I drive a new BMW has no relevancy to our experiences at the skywalk. I too am Indian, but from the Cherokee tribe in Oklahoma, and the reason I am able to afford my lifestyle is through education, hard work, and honesty. No one would begrudge someone the ability to work and support their family, but their is also a concept called “Truth in Advertising”. If the ACTUAL price of the visit was reflected accurately in the advertisements for the skywalk, I would feel more respectful of their “need” for income to pay for the structure and betterment of the tribe. Deliberately attempting to entice the public through misleading pricing only leads to my above conclusions. And there is no excuse for vulgar gestures towards anyone, ever! This would be more accurately labeled as “Mean spirited” where I come from. A better pricing structure would result in a lot more revenue for the tribe and would also provide a better sense of pride, thereby avoiding these kinds of comments and negative feelings that apparently lots of people share, as witnessed above. People for the most part just want to be treated fairly and decently, not with hostility and disrespect.

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    Glen Littell Reply:

    Here Here! Good for you! I could not believe that persons comments about what You Posted!

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    SailorJoe Reply:

    Glen, nicely stated. Likely one of the reasons you can afford to drive a BMW is that you spend your money wisely and refuse to be ripped off. Hope next year you can have a Rolls too.

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  • At 4:40 pm on March 23, 2011, Herman Munster commented:

    Dr. Geo’s comments are the most fair, balanced, and pragmatic of the lot. The folks running this show should simply be up-front about the total costs associated with their attraction. Hidden fees/costs always leave me feeling a bit violated, and I intend to vote with my feet. I’ll see you in the park at one of the many indescribable vista points.

    PS (to the guy with the duramax truck): You sound like a tremendous [jerk]… I hope that as you age, you gain maturity & the ability to appreciate that which can bring you contentment.

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  • At 2:30 pm on June 14, 2011, Mike commented:

    How sad that such a noteworthy addition to the Grand Canyon experience would be plagued by operators who seem to belong more at one of those islands that cruise ships stop at, luring customers off the street and into their shops, rather than a spectacular area of the United States, the Grand Canyon National Park !

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  • At 5:15 pm on June 30, 2011, Julie Red commented:

    I was just watching a program about the building of the skywalk and thought it would be a good trip to take my husband on. (He is handicaped and is in a wheelchair) However, after reading the reviews on this board, I have decided not to do it. The price while steep is fine but not the dirt road and then I read that you can’t use a wheelchair. This is a non starter for us. I wish the tribe the very best with this venture but we will not be there.

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  • At 8:32 am on July 1, 2011, arizona traveler commented:

    Actually the Skywalk is 100% wheelchair accessible so I’m not sure why anyone would say otherwise unless they did not do their research. There are a lot of misconceptions out there, so people should really read more before counting out a potentially amazing vacation. My bet is if you and your husband went, you would have an amazing experience you cannot have anywhere else on earth. Hundreds of thousands have! It is also important to understand that the road is not the Tribe’s road, it is a Mohave Country (yes with an “h”) road that the Tribe has been continually working to get paved… but since it is not on their land they cannot just pave it like they have on the road once you enter the reservation. But it will get paved sooner than later.

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  • At 12:31 am on July 5, 2011, Kaye Roehm - a Mississippi teacher commented:

    I so wanted to take my grandchildren so that they could experience how GRAND God’s Grand Canyon is, but financially as a widowed senior citizen, it is beyond my ability to do so. Pictures of something make great memories, but actually being part of the picture brings the memory to life. It makes me sad to think how many people – how many children – will miss this memory due to financial problems – their should be a way to share this beauty and the tribe’s legacy that isn’t at the expense of those who are limited by financial reasons. Maybe one day, my grandchildren will be able to take their children – I just wish I would have been able to see it with them.”

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    Kaye Roehm - a Mississippi teacher Reply:

    OOPS – I’m replying to my own comment with an apology for not doing a a check – correction – there and not their. I don’t want anyone to think that in Mississippi we don’t know the difference, “cuz yall know we do, don’t ya?”

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  • At 4:15 pm on September 13, 2011, Megan commented:

    We are on holiday from England and visited the south rim Grand Canyon and was amazed at the views. We then drove on to Las Vegas and saw that on the way was the skywalk. As we headed up there I googled the skywalk for prices but it was a bit unclear on the full price. I then found this blog and VERY glad I did. We only wanted to go and take a few pictures on the skywalk but apparently this is not possible. We wouldn’t have paid $86 each to do this anyway. Their website is very misleading. Luckily we read this before we had gone too far. 15 mile marker on the first road so we turned around and headed to Vegas instead. Thank you for all the good advice.

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  • At 4:31 pm on October 6, 2011, Carey commented:

    to “arizona traveler”… how can you, so eagerly, see nothing wrong with the travesty that is $75.00 per person. if money is no object to you that you’d spend it with hesitation, i guess i know who’s tab to put my visit under then. instead of trying to “convince” us that there is nothing wrong with the total fee (and this isn’t even covering what they end up charging for a burger or navajo taco or something)… why don’t you go to your hualapai friends and shine a light to them letting them know how much money they are actually losing by people like my family not showing up (5 ppl including children). to everyone else that placed your complaints, sorry you had to go through it, but it was not in vain as it has helped convince MANY readers to go to an alternative route. thank you for saving us a bunch of grief… (mainly because i’d be the one they actually throw off (over)the skywalk because i probably would have created a massive scene ESPECIALLY if the staff was rude on top of the cost (as mentioned above w/ BMW guy).

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    Mailgirl in Cali Reply:

    FYI. I have heard recently that the road is getting paved soon. Yes the road is a nightmere. My mother in law work’s at the Grand Canyon West Ranch. It’s a really nice place to visit, they have horseback rides,cabins,small restaurant, and also helicopter rides to the Grand Canyon. I got to experience the helicopter ride in January. It was amazing!!! I personally wanted to visit the Skywalk next week when we go to visit for Turkey Day, but I also didn’t know how pricey it was. My mother has never been to the Grand Canyon and I figured since we were already gonna be close by there I would take her. I googled the price, and all these comments were here. Thanx for the heads up. The helicopter ride is more money, but I personally think it’s alot better than this high priced skywalk.

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    archshrk Reply:

    Wasn’t the owner of Grand Canyon West Ranch the one who kept blocking the road paving project.

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  • At 12:19 am on November 25, 2011, Ron commented:

    I was watching The National Geographic Channel, saw the program about it, googled it, started reading reviews, have decided to NOT go experience the GCSW. Thank You all for your reviews. Money is an object and I’m sure the natives are as rude as some of you claim. No better way to get back at the white man; Get him out in the middle of no where and dig into his pockets!

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  • At 2:09 pm on December 1, 2011, Dan commented:

    The web site now provides comprehensive pricing information. It clearly states that the cost for walking on the skywalk alone is $29 and change as an add on to several other packages. No where does the web site say that’s the only cost.

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  • At 2:20 pm on December 1, 2011, Dan commented:

    Since we don’t know, offhand, how the cost of the skywalk facility is to be amortized, it’s difficult to say what the periodic debt burden, if any, on the Hualapai is, so it is difficult to a cost analysis. On one hand, though, the Hualapai, at the very least, need to recover their long term and current operating costs plus a reasonable profit (or operating margin if they are a non-profit). Presumably, that averages out to $75/person. From a visitor’s perspective, however, one has to find a way to put a value for spending a few minutes overlooking that wonderful scenery. According to the posts here, the majority of visitors feel the value received does not offset the cost paid; consequently, the Hualapai have a PR problem of unhappy customers and loss of revenue from those who balk at the price. Apparently, the Hualapai also depend on the skywalk revenues to provide operating income for a larger part of the reservation than just the walk itself. If there is any drop in demand for the experience, they may want to rethink their pricing strategy.

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  • At 4:43 pm on December 1, 2011, Nikki commented:

    .Hello to all. In defense of the experience and the tribe, I would like to clarify some things. It appears that there is a misconception. Grand Canyon West is a privately owned destination. The Grand Canyon West experience includes the Skywalk but is much more than that. This area is owned and operated by the Hualapai Tribe and is not a National Park therefore it is funded by ticket sales and not by the United States government.

    In order to access Grand Canyon West, there is a basic entry package ( Hualapai Legacy). There are several to choose from starting at $29.95 (parking is free) based on individual preference. They all include a Hop on Hop off shuttle through out multiple view points, live Native American performances and much more as described below and more detail on the web site, http://www.grandcanyonwest.com . There is a Native American Village where you can tour through and learn about dwellings of different tribes. Once the entry package (Hualapai Legacy) is purchased, there are several options that can be added such as; The Skywalk, Helicopter tours, airplane tours, Horse back riding and even overnight cabins. The Hualapai live 60 miles from Grand Canyon West and employees commute 2 hours each way every day over the same unpaved roads you did to provide a cultural experience for thousands of visitors every day. This road is owned by Mohave County, not the tribe. The county maintains and grades it. However once you reach the tribal land boundary, it is paved. Grand Canyon West has no power, it is all generator powered. There is no water, it is hauled in and there are multiple choices for food at every view point which has to be delivered from far and prepared. Over 2000 visitors come on a daily basis and know none of this. They know there are bathrooms, coaches to take them around, power, entertainment and food available. Please take the time to see that this is not just about the Skywalk, it is about an entire Nation sharing this with you and creating a cultural experience for you like no other. It is understandable that if someone did not call ahead or check the web site that they might be misinformed about what to expect. There is certainly no obligation to purchase any of the options such as the Skywalk.

    Hopefully this has given you some clarification and understanding of how the destination works.

    Thank you

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    Connie Reply:

    If this road is owned by the county then why is Nigel Turner trying to charge visitors $20.00 each to go past his Checkpoint. This happened to us on May 26th, Sunday. I refused to pay it and turned around and left. Very sour taste in my mouth for him and the tribe and what they are charging. We as everyday people go to our jobs and have to travel long periods to get there too. We are not compensated for our travel time. It’s your job and you elected to take the job. I didn’t do the research before and so sorry now about that.

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  • At 4:35 pm on March 15, 2012, peter trombetta commented:

    I and my wife was on the Skywalk 2 years ago. Not impressed at all. They say no cameras on the Walk because in might drop and crack the glass floor. Plezzz. For me the real reason is that there are to vantage points on the Walk that takes your pics. For a slight fee of 40.00 you too can own your own pic on the Walk. Can you imagine a camera putting a crack in the floor? They say a herd of elephants can walk on it. Go figure. Yes folks, a total ripoff.

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  • At 4:06 pm on April 28, 2012, Manuel Rodriguez commented:

    I agree with all the complaints! Took my niece, from Germany, up there and should have looked into this website first! Drove the entire way there including the dirt road only to discover the price was not actually 29.95 but 75.00 plus and not a darn thing you could do about it except what we did and that was to turn around and go home. Total scam, like being robbed without a gun!

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  • At 11:09 am on June 28, 2012, Hunter commented:

    I`m a Navajo here and you can drive to little colorado river on way to Grand Canyon on south rim from Cameron and we dont charge anyone to view the deep canyon which is part of Grand Canyon on East end? its paved except for a few min of dirt road to enter, no potholes.
    I do understand the reason for a Permit Charge to Enter the hualapai reservation? plus the required Legacy Package? and not bring your own drinks or food along? theres no clarification on exact fees on their website? and I have written them and No Replies? why even have a email addy?
    they dont even let fellow Natives in for Free? you can go to Monument Valley for FREE and other sites as well. so happy travels not all Tribes are charging to enter their Reservations..

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    D-Dogg Reply:

    You are awesome. Great post.

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  • At 9:55 am on July 6, 2012, mike sutton commented:

    dont waste your time on a road tour that will wreck your car and try your patience and then reach in your pocket and rob you. not sure who was in charge white ceos or the tribe.

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  • At 10:09 pm on July 7, 2012, Louis Warfield commented:

    Thank you all very much for saving my daughter and I from an awful experience. We drove 3000 miles to go see the skywalk and I know I would have been furious with the outcome. We are avid hikers and are going to go do self tours and save a couple hundred dollars. Thanks again and I am sorry that the rest of you weren’t warned in time.

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  • At 6:19 am on July 13, 2012, William commented:

    My wife and I have been considering whether we’d come to this attraction or not when we visit this fall. The negative, even rude, comments certainly paint a poor picture; however, I thank Allison, Dr. Geo. Arizona traveler, and Nikki for offering up points that balance things in respectful, well-written fashion. As one who does my homework (rather than make impulsive decisions with little knowledge) I have been able to find out all I need to know about pricing from on-line sources, and have had my eyes opened by these writers’ notations about what else I can do whilst visiting the Skywalk. Their comments have not entirely changed my mind, but helped move me towards including this as a stop. Time and the allure of other attractions in Arizona will be the deciding factors, not black-and-white judgments based on incomplete information.

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  • At 7:31 am on August 4, 2012, European Tourist commented:

    75 BUCKSS!!! NO CAMERA??!! Definitely not gonna waste my money this way!

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  • At 10:30 am on August 8, 2012, Nikki commented:

    Visitors to the Skywalk need to understand that there is so much more offered at Grand Canyon West than just the Skywalk. In the Legacy Gold Package, which costs about $88 with all taxes and fees, you get a complete package that includes shuttle bus transportation to the THREE viewpoints: Eagle Point, Guano Point and Hualapai Ranch, a voucher for a meal at any of these points, an insight into Native American Culture and much more.
    At Eagle Point, besides the Skywalk, there is a nice Native American Village that can be explored as well as an amphitheater with Native American performances. At Guano Point, visitors can take a short walk to the guano mine cable car installation or even hike up to the top of Guano Point. And Hualapai Ranch offers wagon rides and cowboy entertainment.
    Considering that generators provide the electricity and all materials and food need to be hauled in from hours away, $88 is a good deal for a day’s worth of entertainment and private views of the Grand Canyon.

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    D-Dogg Reply:

    People not trying to shake down tourists should mention those views are free across many of the miles of the grand canyon.

    Waaay too much for waaaay too little.

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    Marne Reply:

    Must be part of the tribe, to try and justify that cost :(

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  • At 4:27 am on October 10, 2012, Justin verlander commented:

    Scam, thieves, waste, overpriced. Dumb. Skip this place.

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  • At 11:10 am on November 11, 2012, Paul commented:

    Buddy and myself are riding cycles arond GC this spring. Glad to find this site. We both are retired and while not hurting, we need to find reasonalby prices attractions to make our trip possible. So….. $75.00 plus and my bike on a dirt road. No thanks.

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  • At 10:57 am on June 18, 2013, Josephine Mattola commented:

    To me, the high ticket price and low return are typical of “tourist taxes” charged on many Native American lands. Typical of places with no real economy. Hey, they are welcome to soak naive people with over reverential attitudes toward native people’s. But for anyone with a jot of common sense, avoid this latest bit of hucksterism.

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  • At 1:11 am on June 23, 2013, D-Dogg commented:

    Complete crap. They built a glass walkway, that costs as much as going to freaking DISNEYLAND!

    No thanks, greedy bastages.

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  • At 10:15 pm on June 23, 2013, dave commented:

    As someone who has done traveling in a few countries, these comments are why USA, UK, and Aussie ‘tourists’ are usually considered the most rude and ignorant. Sometimes things are more $ than expected, sometimes less. $90 does seem expensive, but so do 2-hour Cirque de Soleil shows that cost about 100. You should ALWAYS check out blogs/tourist sites to see if there are opinions about places – not only look at the official website. Sometime I will probably see it, consider it once a lifetime thing and never never BITCH about the cost. No one is forcing you to go or pay. Whining, rude, cheap AMERICAN tourists. And I live in CA and am proud to be American-so am not anti-American, just anti RUDE narcissistic USA tourists.

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  • At 1:27 am on July 5, 2013, ducsu commented:

    I am researching places to go from vacationing in LV in Grand Canyon. The first thought was to spend a night a the South Rim, but I later found out about the West Rim and most if not all who went there commented it being expensive.

    I don’t really mind the price if I know it up front. It is a decision if I should go or not. With that said, $80 does seems a lot to me. Since I have never been to Grand Canyon and I am taking a foreign tourist friend with me, it maybe worth while for him to experience the Skywalk.

    My question is how sensitive are the metal detectors and wands they have there. I am thinking of taking one of those spy camera sunglasses with me. Would it set off the alarms on their detectors?

    Anyways, I am still undecided whether to go to West Rim or not or go both to West and South Rim and spend the night at South driving back to LV late afternoon the next day. Is that too much of a drive? I’ve read it takes about 3 hrs to West Rim and about 5 hrs to South. Same time frame from South back to LV.

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  • At 5:25 pm on July 24, 2013, AL Moran commented:

    Went to the Skywalk earlier this month as they said the road was horrible the workers are rude the prices are ridicules and then the no camera policy so they can have some dude with a camera take a picture and charge you $30 for each picture is crazy would not go back again

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  • At 3:42 pm on September 30, 2013, ducsue commented:

    I made it out to Grand Canyon on Sept 22, 2013. We didn’t go to the West but the South. I would recommend the West if you are able to made the drive of 5 hours from Vegas.

    I took a visitor with me from Japan. Asked him if he wanted to pay $80+ per person to see a couple of points or pay $25 per car to see a handful of points. I didn’t really care which of the Canyon I go there and it will be our first time. He said go South.

    So we did. Left Vegas at 5am and drove out to the South for a day’s adventure. We took turn driving and it took us about 5 hours to get there. We arrive at the parking space at about 11:30am. Hop on the free buses and visited 4 points before stalking our photo spot at Hopi Point at around 4:30pm. Hopi Point is one of the most famous spot for photos as the point sticks further out of the canyon. Took our sunset photos and head down to our cars by 7:30pm.

    If your party can take turns driving, I would recommend driving to the South. Much cheaper and more places to view the canyon.

    Yaki Point – Panorama View
    http://gigapan.com/gigapans/141107

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  • At 10:44 am on December 30, 2013, Shannon commented:

    We are in the process of touring the area and were trying to check the price for this Grand Canyon skywalk. Its strange that you couldn’t find any and no wonder why. 80 bucks is a bl00dy rip-off. Not allowing you take camera on the Skywalk is absurd and then trying to charge $$ (is it $30!!! / pic) to sell you a pic is just crazy.
    I am glad I was able to read the comments. We will surely be skipping this point and instead take the ride South. I have also forwarded the link to a few folks who are contemplating touring this area in Spring 2014.

    Thanks for sharing folks.

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  • At 9:16 pm on February 15, 2014, Goddards commented:

    It has been a long time since we have heard of a rip off but this takes the cake It is amazing that our government allows this to happen. We had planned on coming to the Grand Canyon Skywalk but refuse to pay the price. It is not worth it!!!!!!!! People come to the beautiful Oregon Coast we don’t gouge you

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  • At 5:30 am on February 27, 2014, Leon commented:

    Four of us were planning a trip to the skywalk this spring on our Harleys, after reading about the price ripoff and the horrible roads, I think we will just stick with the south rim and still have a great ride and save a lot of money. thank you

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