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Grand Canyon Sky Walk

February 25, 2008

Grand Canyon Skywalk
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The Grand Canyon Skywalk is a tourist attraction along the Colorado River on the edge of the Grand Canyon (Grand Canyon West) in the U.S. state of Arizona.

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Grand Canyon Skywalk
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“Commissioned by the Hualapai Indian tribe, the Grand Canyon Skywalk was unveiled March 20, 2007, and opened to the general public on March 28, 2007. It is accessed via the Grand Canyon West terminal or 120 miles (190 km) drive from Las Vegas (which includes an unpaved and bumpy 14 miles (23 km) stretch). A walk on the skywalk is available for a twenty five dollar admission fee, payable to the Hualapai Indian tribe at the Skywalk itself.”


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“The horseshoe-shaped glass walkway, at a 1,200 meter (4,000 ft) height above the floor of the canyon exceeds those of the world’s largest skyscrapers. The Skywalk is not directly above the main canyon, Granite Gorge, which contains the Colorado River, but instead extends over a side canyon and affords a view into the main canyon. USGS topographic maps show the elevation at the Skywalk’s location as 1454 m (4,770 ft) and the elevation of the Colorado River in the base of the canyon as 354 m (1,161 ft).”

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Grand Canyon Skywalk
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“Skywalk protrudes 20 meters (65 ft) beyond the edge of the canyon. The walls and floor are built from glass 10.2 cm (4 inches) thick. The glass on both edges of the floor is tinted and can be used as a “safe zone” by scared visitors. The Skywalk is capable of holding 70 tons of weight (the equivalent of 800 people weighing 80 kg (175 lb.) each), however the permitted capacity is limited to 120 persons. Visitors are provided with shoe covers to protect them from slipping and to prevent the glass floor from being scratched. However, quite a few light scratches were visible already in September 2007.”

Grand Canyon Skywalk
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Grand Canyon Skywalk
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“Construction began in March 2004. It was rolled onto the edge of the canyon on March 7, 2007 after passing several days of testing to replicate weather, strength and endurance conditions of its final destination. The structure was built to withstand up to 100 mph (160 km/h) winds and a magnitude 8 earthquake. Tuned mass dampers were used to minimize vibration from wind and pedestrians.”

Grand Canyon Skywalk
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Grand Canyon Skywalk
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“According to Hualapai officials, the cost of the Skywalk alone will exceed $40 million. Future plans for the Grand Canyon Skywalk complex include a museum, movie theater, VIP lounge, gift shop, and several restaurants including a high-end restaurant called The Skywalk CafĂ© where visitors will be able to dine outdoors at the canyon’s rim.”

Grand Canyon Skywalk
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Grand Canyon Skywalk
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Website: Grand Canyon Skywalk on Wikipedia

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