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Grand Canyon Glass Skywalk Bridge

Guest Author - Debra Conrad

Would you walk on this glass bridge? You can right now at
the Grand Canyon in Arizona.



Looking straight down into a natural crevasse, so deep you
can't really see the bottom, would certainly give me
vertigo. It might be necessary to have a 2 brew lunch
before embarking on this new adventure.

Now you can get an even better view... as if you
were looking through a glass bottom boat. View of what???

It is a brand new view of the Grand Canyon. This new attraction
is open March of 2007.

This isn't a glass bottom boat or a plane with a glass floor.
It is a floating bridge out over the edge of the Grand Canyon.
Now you have a choice when you visit one of natures wonders...
you can stand on the edge of one of the most beautiful crevices
in the world or you can go a few feet further, on a sheet of glass
and see natures beautiful colors from an entirely new angle.

The Hualapai Indian tribe hooked a glass-bottomed walkway to
the edge of the Grand Canyon. It is part of a new tourism
center.

The Hualapai, a tribe of about 2,200 people on the
canyon's western edge, allowed a private developer to
construct the $30 million Skywalk. The cost is $25 per
person in addition to other entry fees.

Grand Canyons glass bridge will become the main draw in this community full of
attractions that includes a cowboy town, an Indian village,
helicopter tours and Hummer rides through the outback.

The Skywalk is about as heavy as four Boeing 757 jets stacked
on top of each another, which equals 1.07 million pounds. The horse-shoe shaped bridge extends about 70 feet over the rim and about 4,000
feet over the canyon floor. It's designed to withstand 100 mph
winds and has shock absorbers to keep the walkway from vibrating
as people walk through.

The road to the Indian Reservation is about 25 miles of
unpaved maintained road. In some of the reviews it has been
mentioned that the tour bus is a much better option that driving
your own vehicle.

The fees seemhigh for some visitors, but if you are going to see
the Grand Canyon... you should include the Skywalk in your list
of sigts to see. This is a one of a kind glass bridge and not to
be missed.


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