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Grand Canyon West, also known as the West Rim, lies 120 miles east of Las Vegas. The park sits entirely on Hualapai Indian land and is famous for the Grand Canyon Skywalk - a sight that needs to be seen to be believed.

Quick History About Grand Canyon West (and the Skywalk)

grand canyon skywalkGrand Canyon West is located about 120 miles east of Las Vegas and 72 miles northwest of Kingman, Arizona. Unlike the North and South Rims of the Grand Canyon, which are administered by the National Park Service, the West Rim is owned and operated by the Hualapai Indian Tribe. Being closer to Las Vegas than the other two rims, it enjoys a significant number of visitors from the Las Vegas area.

The word Hualapai means "People of The Tall Pines". They are traditionally hunters and gatherers, inhabiting an area of more than five million acres of the Grand Canyon. Today, their recorded population of about 2100 inhabits the Hualapai American Indian Reservation, which was created in 1883. It is about one million acres, including 108 miles of the Colorado River and Grand Canyon West.

The Hualapai Tribe opened their land to visitors as a means of making money in order to counter their economic hardships. Their land has been a tourist destination since 1988. Various projects aimed at achieving this are the Boys and Girls Club and Head Start facilities in Peach Springs, and most noticeably the Skywalk.

The Skywalk is a horseshoe-shaped transparent glass made bridge extending from the edge of the ravine. It is between 150 and 240 meters vertically above the ground below, and about 350 meters from Colorado River at the base of the ravine. It was unveiled for public access on at the end of March, 2007.

A lot of expertise must be applied to build an artificial tourist attraction, and the Skywalk is no exception. It is designed to support up to 100 pound per square foot live load, as well as being strong enough to withstand an 8.0 magnitude earthquake within 80 km. It has a capacity of 120 people at a time, though it can support 822 people weighing 91 kg each. It weighs about 450 metric tons excluding counter weights.

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Located in the capital of the Hualapai Tribe - Peach Springs - are facilities for overnight packages. At the Hualapai Ranch, visitors have a chance of experiencing wild cowboy western shows, horse riding and native, western meals. The Hualapai Lodge offers rooms for rent. American meals including hamburgers and sandwiches are also available.

This site is open all through the year, operating between 8 AM to 6 PM during winter and 7 AM to 8 PM during summer. Each visitor must purchase a tour package to gain access to the points of interest in the Grand Canyon West. However, an additional fee is charged to go out on the Skywalk. The visitors do not have to leave if they have purchased an overnight package. A visit to this place is certainly not a waste of money.

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