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Fwd: Could you walk this?.........

  • To: gardenchat@hort.net
  • Subject: [CHAT] Fwd: Could you walk this?.........
  • From: Cathy Carpenter cathy.c@insightbb.com
  • Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2005 10:32:06 -0600
  • References: <002901c5e591$a0bce600$92b25043@HP14716143532>

Just received this on another list. Interested? I did the suspension  
bridge over the Royal Gorge, which was pretty scary, but this one  
might be more so!

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

> Subject: Could you walk this?.........
> Grand Canyon Skywalk
> Scheduled to open Jan. 1, 2006 Hualapai Indian Reservation
> * Juts about 70 feet into the canyon, 4000 ft above Colorado River
> * Will accommodate 120 people comfortably (how comfortable would  
> you be)
> * Built with more than a million pounds of steel beams, and  
> includes dampeners that minimize the structure's vibration
> * Designed to hold 72 million pounds, withstand an 8.0 magnitude  
> earthquake 50 miles away, and withstand winds in excess of 100 mph
> * The walkway has a glass bottom and sides...four inches thick
> More info:
> August 26, 2005-Fear of heights? This is definitely no place for you.
> The $30 million all-glass Skywalk will hover 4,000 feet above the  
> Colorado River over a rim of the Grand Canyon, allowing tourists to  
> stroll on an 80-yard walk around a semicircular platform jutting  
> beyond the canyon rim, surrounded by Plexiglas that will provide a  
> spectacular view of the canyon floor directly below. The Skywalk's  
> opening is planned for early 2006, the attraction being part of a  
> new Grand Canyon West resort on the Hualapai reservation at the  
> western edge of the park, about 120 miles from Las Vegas.
> As the Arizona Republic noted, the Skywalk is part of an effort by  
> the Hualapai tribe to create a multi-faceted tourist resort and  
> revenue stream not dependent upon casino gaming:
> Levi Esquerra, program director for Northern Arizona University's  
> Center for American Indian Economic Development, said the Hualapais  
> are one of the few tribes to have a bustling economy without casino  
> gaming as a linchpin.
> "They've been able to exploit their natural beauty and become a  
> tourist destination," Esquerra said. "What we've normally seen in  
> the past between the tribes and national Park Service is like the  
> Blackfeet in Montana appealing to get free access to Glacier  
> National Park. But the Hualapais have a new and aggressive attitude  
> to develop markets on their own land."
> The Hualapai's Grand Canyon Resort Corp. already has completed the  
> first phase of an adjoining Indian village, where Navajo, Hopi,  
> Hualapai and Havasupai craftsmen constructed traditional dwellings  
> surrounding an amphitheater that hosts daily Native American dances.
> The first phase of a nearby Old West village also has been  
> completed, and plans are on the drawing board to construct a tram  
> from the canyon rim to the floor. Ditto for an anticipated high-end  
> resort and a campground, which will house about 50 cabins and be  
> able to accommodate 200 campsites and 200 recreation vehicles.
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