Skywalking above the Grand Canyon

Last year, I wrote about arriving at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon only to find the whole thing filled with smoke (see The Grand Canyon On Fire!). Now, if that had been my first view of the world’s most famous ‘hole in the ground’, as a friend of mine once called it, I might have been disappointed. Luckily I’d been there before and so could enjoy this rare occurrence.

Looking south from Bright Angel Point on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

Looking south from Bright Angel Point on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

My first views of the Grand Canyon had been from the South Rim 18 months earlier, and the vistas had been nothing short of spectacular! We started at Desert View and headed west along Desert View Drive, stopping at absolutely every viewpoint along the way to the National Park’s Visitor Centre. I don’t think any of us could grasp the scale of what we were looking down upon, and the storm brewing across the chasm only added to our awe.

Desert View Tower on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon

Desert View Tower on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon

Taking in the view with some pals

Taking in the view with some pals

The scale is just immense

The scale is just immense

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There's a storm brewing

There’s a storm brewing

IMG_4733IMG_4749The next morning, after spending the night in the Route 66 Motel, we continued west on the celebrated highway that bears the same name. IMG_4755At Peach Springs, however, we decided, What the Heck! and turned off toward the Grand Canyon West, part of the Hualapai Nation. It was quite a trek out there, especially since the last 10 or so miles were yet to be paved at that time (I understand that’s no longer the case). But at the end of the drive, the Grand Canyon Skywalk awaited us.

Me and Sue on the Grand Canyon Skywalk... Now to get the scale of this view, pull back...

Me and Sue on the Grand Canyon Skywalk…
Now to get the scale of this view, pull back…

...A bit further...

…A bit further…

...Keep going...

…Keep going…

... And that's the Grand Canyon Skywalk!

… And that’s the Grand Canyon Skywalk!

Admittedly, we were a bit surprised by the price of the Skywalk. That said, it is an amazing and unique experience…The glass-floored, U-shaped bridge extends 70 feet out over the edge of the canyon. Looking straight down is a drop of 500 feet, but lift your gaze towards the Colorado River at the very bottom of the main canyon, a mile or so away, and that drop becomes 4000 feet!

Can you see the outstretched wings of the eagle that gives Eagle Rock its name?

Can you see the outstretched wings of the eagle that gives Eagle Rock its name?

IMG_4794IMG_4795IMG_4802It takes your breath away, I can tell you!

Top of the old cable tramway at Guano Point

Top of the old cable tramway at Guano Point

Can you spot Bat Cave Mine on the far side of the Colorado River?

Can you spot Bat Cave Mine on the far side of the Colorado River?

What about now?

What about now?

This post was inspired by the themes View from Nancy (of Nancy Merrill Photography) and Scale from Michelle (of The Daily Post).

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20 Responses to Skywalking above the Grand Canyon

  1. How wonderful! I’m so glad you included my challenge on this one. Beautiful vistas. Thanks for playing!

  2. Jaap Kroon says:

    Wow…beautiful. Great photo!

  3. suej says:

    Great photos, truly awe inspiring scale. But you would NOT find me on that glass horseshoe thing! Just the thought makes my legs twitch and my head spin!!

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  5. iMagll says:

    Nice photographs! I have the guts to fly in a helicopter but I don’t think I’d dare to step out on the Skywalk! That said, I’d still want to try one day. =)

  6. Wonderful pictures. I saw the Grand Canyon as a child, but my wife has never seen it. Hope to travel out this spring. Thanks for whetting my appetite.

  7. Ruchi says:

    Wonderful views here..

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