On March 20, 2012 the Grand Canyon Skywalk at Grand Canyon West will turn 5-years-old. Over the past five years, the Skywalk has become one of the most recognized landmarks in the world. Because of its tremendous popularity, both of the main gateways to Grand Canyon West, Las Vegas, Nevada and Kingman, Arizona, developed taglines that include the Skywalk. The glass walkway, nearly 4,000 feet above the floor of the Grand Canyon, has received many awards and experienced dozens of historical moments over the years. Below are five of Hualapai Tourism’s favorite highlights:
2007)“First Walk” – Moonwalker, Dr. Buzz Aldrin, and John Bennett Herrington, the first Native American in space, were the first to walk the Skywalk with the Hualapai on March 20, 2007. Hundreds of domestic and international media outlets attended and millions around the world watched and read about the historical event.
2008)Good Morning America – During sunrise at Eagle Point on May 5, 2008, Good Morning America reported live from the Skywalk throughout the morning. Dozens of dancing Hualapai Tribal members joined the host as the sun came up. High-powered lights were brought in to illuminate the canyon during the shoot.
2009)Skywalk Monument in Germany – In 2009, the airport in Cologne, Germany installed a Skywalk sculpture celebrating the engineering marvel. The original glass for the Skywalk was manufactured in Germany and shipped to the U.S.
2010)National Geographic Channel Documentary – First airing on November 26, 2010, the elite National Geographic documentary team revealed to the word the intricate interworking of the engineering and construction of the Skywalk. The show has been so successful that it is still airing on the National Geographic Channel.
2011)Travel + Leisure “Best New Bridge” – One of the world’s premier travel publications voted the Skywalk as the “Best New Bridge” in the world for 2011. The Skywalk took first places amongst bridges in Singapore, France, Italy and Malaysia for the top spot.
In celebration of the 5-year anniversary, from March 20 to March 27, 2012, Hualapai Tourism is offering all guests that make reservations online at www.grandcanyonwest.com a $5.00 discount on the “Legacy Gold” package, “Tranquility” (overnight) package , “Rendezvous” on historic Route 66, Helicopter tour with Boat Ride, “Discovery” helicopter tour, “Flight of the Eagle” helicopter tour, 90-minute horseback ride, Hualapai River Runners one-day whitewater rafting and overnight at the Hualapai Lodge. Promo code, “Skywalk5,” must be entered or mentioned while placing the order.