Glass Bottom Skywalk at the Grand Canyon-Truth!

Summary of eRumor:

The eRumor includes an artists conception of a new attraction being built at the Grand Canyon:  A walkway jutting out from the side of the canyon that is made of glass on the bottom and the sides.  You’ll walk into what feels like air 4,000 feet above the floor of the canyon.  The walkway is said to be made from a million pounds of steel, could hold 70 million pounds and survive an 8.0 earthquake.

The Truth:

At the time that this eRumor began circulating the Grand Canyon Skywalk was in construction and the artist’s rendering showed what it was to look like.

The Skywalk was completed and opened in March, 2007.

A new eRumor is circulating complaining about the cost of visiting the new attraction.  Admission is $25 per person but visitors have also discovered that the Indian reservation is charging an additional $50 per person to be admitted to the reservation itself..  The $75 total includes a bus ride to the Skywalk  itself, then to Guano Point, which has a good view of the canyon, a simple buffet meal, and another bus trip, if you wish, to a ranch that also has a petting zoo.

Another irritation to tourists is that apparently they don’t allow cameras to go with you to the Skywalk.
Updated 5/14/07

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

eRumor #1
COULD YOU DO THIS ONE???        Don’t believe I could. 



Grand Canyon Skywalk


Scheduled to open Jan. 1, 2006 Hualapai Indian Reservation



* Juts about 70 feet into the canyon, 4000 ft above Colorado River


* Will accommodate 120 people comfortably (how comfortable would you be?)


* Built with more than a million pounds of steel beams, and includes


dampeners that minimize the structure’s vibration


* Designed to hold 72 million pounds, withstand an 8.0 magnitude


earthquake 50 miles away, and withstand winds in excess of 100 mph


* The walkway has a glass bottom and sides…four inches thick




eRumor #2

My son Chris wanted to see the new “thing” at the Grand Canyon , so we wentthis weekend. It is advertised as $25.00 to go out on the skywalk and the pictures show a beautiful building next to the walkway. Well; they are not quite “HONEST.” It is $25.00 to go on the skywalk, but it is $50.00 to be onthe reservation. You find this out after what they say is a 1 hour trip down a 57 mile dirt road. Wrong! this dirt road is 57 mile alright; the fastest you can go is 25 mph; you do the math!!! So, after this long drive you get the good news it is $75.00 a person!!

Chris said maybe we should forget it; I said after that road we are not coming back so get out the damn credit card out. Then you get on their bus for a 10 min ride to the “walkway”; built in one of the ugliest place on the whole Grand Canyon; not a tree to be seen and the water is gray below! Their building is not started, so you have a trailer to go into to go through a metal detector and leave your camera and purse in the trailer. The walkway glass was cracked which lead me to believe they may have a few engineering
glitches and I got my ass off the thing right away after seeing that! Believe me it is not as big or long as it looks on TV. They do give you a buffet lunch, with your ticket, at Guano” (means poop) Point. The Indians used to go over the cliff here to pick up bird shit to use for Makeup (war paint).
You  get to sit in one of the windiest places on earth to eat your chicken or ribs covered with blowing dirt. We passed on the lunch. There are buses leaving every 10-15 min with 52 people on board at $75.00 per person $3,900.00 per bus from 8:00 am until 6:30 pm. That’s $156,000.00 per day! I guess they aremaking a lot of money. They are flying people in from Vegas and Laughlin to go see this thing! I guess the Indians are smart; but not so honest about all the details of the activity. We had to stop and change a tire for a young girl who took her grandparents out there. They had the right kind of car and good tires; but the road is terrible, they blew out the side wall of the tire. They must have hit the side of the road and a big rock. They did not know where the spare tire was and were completely helpless. The tow truck would have come out there but it would have been 2.5 hours and  $400.00! The girl was very scared and grateful we stopped to help. Some guys stopped to ask if this was the right way to the Skywalk. Grandpa yelled out go
back it is not worth it!! One last detail, the hotel the Indians run to accommodate this adventure looks great online, but the sign at check in says
 We immediately canceled our reservations and made it to Kingman , AZ for the night. We got up at 6am and got the hell out of Arizona