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Grand Canyon Skywalk Glass Bridge

By Michelle Cheung

This isn’t exactly a gizmo, but what the hey. We’re all down for anything everything fun and exciting.

Presenting the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a glass, U-shaped walkway that extends 70 feet over the edge of the Grand Canyon. The glass bridge is suspended 4,000 feet above the Colorado River and will have a glass bottom and sides.

Now while we all wonder if this thing is really going to be able to hold up to our expectations, this might give you (a little?) more reassurance

“On May 2005, the final test was conducted and the structure passed engineering requirements by 400 percent, enabling it to withstand the weight of 71 fully loaded Boeing 747 airplanes (more that 71 million pounds).

The bridge will be able to sustain winds in excess of 100 miles per hour from 8 different directions, as well as an 8.0 magnitude earthquake within 50 miles. More than one million pounds of steel will go into the construction of the Grand Canyon Skywalk.”

Admission will be around $25 and is expected to open early 2006.

Check it out here.







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9 responses to “Grand Canyon Skywalk Glass Bridge”

  1. Heliologue says:

    400 percent or no, I think I’ll pass. I wonder what kind of safety rails this thing’ll have, and how long it’ll be before some tourist’s kid falls off.

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  3. Peter says:

    A similar Skywalk has opened in Australian at Sydney Tower. I’ve posted about it on my website: http://www.freshread.com/archives/2005/11/02/dont-look-down-skywalker/

  4. miisha says:

    i live in australia.. that is all i have to say

  5. John says:

    Good place to push the rapist and criminals over the edge–look at the monies saved by state and government–Just my opinion.

  6. Gaby says:

    I think this is awesome and I will visit soon. Don’t be so negative all the time- think positive. Remember that negative vibes attract negative vibes!!

  7. Jane says:

    Went with my family during Thanksgiving holiday. Was impressive and beautiful once we got on it. The road getting there is terrible, buying the tickets is very unorganized but the view is worth it. Have patience and go for it.

  8. Donna B says:

    We went in November 2007 and were scared to death but I agree–the hassle and the cost were worht saying you did it!

  9. lasvegastours says:

    I just got back from the Grand Canyon Skywalk. Amazing. I couldn't get enough of the fact that I was standing 4,000 feet above the Colorado River. Sure, I caught a bit of vertigo, but being a bit of a thrillseeker, I got over it. Total blast for me and the kids. Plenty of ways to get there, too, especially if you based in Las Vegas. Here's a site that reviews bus and helicopter tours to the West Rim/Skywalk: http://www.GrandCanyon123.com