Tourists who pay $74.95 will soon be able to enjoy a walk 'over' the Grand Canyon, with the money providing needed income for the Hualapai Indian Tribe.
The Skywalk rolled out over the Grand Canyon on March 6 and will be open to the public on March 28. Tribal member Don Havatone says, "One of the purposes of developing the Skywalk is to create economic opportunities for tribal members. This is a way to build something for ourselves and our kids." Other tribal members, like Leatrice Walema, disagree: "Our ancestors roamed this land before us. This is holy ground. Most of our elders disapprove of this, but the council members approved it before the community voted on it. It was hidden (from us)."
Las Vegas entrepreneur David Jin and silent investors financed the $30 million skyway in exchange for 25% of proceeds from visitor fees. "The Skywalk is at Eagle Point, a five-minute bus ride from Grand Canyon West. Future plans include construction of a tri-level, 6,000-square-foot visitor center with museum, movie theater, restaurants, lounges and bars, as well as a gift shop. The Skywalk was designed by M.R.J. Architects, with glass for the structure provided by Saint-Gobain, a German company."