Grand Canyon Skywalk Moved into Place
How do folks want to view and enjoy the Grand Canyon?
Do they want to stand in awe on the rim and gaze into its deeply furrowed flanks? Do they wish to float along the Colorado River and soak in the immensity of this geologic wonder? Do they want to fly over it and look down? Or do they want to walk 70 feet out over the abyss on a man-made walkway that Hualapai tribal officials hope will make them rich?
At least one of these questions will be answered in the months to come as the tribe is just about ready to open its Grand Canyon Skywalk on the canyon's West Rim to the paying public. And at $25 a pop for a walk along the glass-bottomed walkway, that question could be quickly answered.
The walkway was secured in place yesterday, and tribe officials say they could open it to the public by month's end.
What's disconcerting about this venture is that tribal elders consider the canyon to be sacred. Indeed, according to the AP story part of the skywalk's construction impacted land scattered with Hualapai burial sites. Should economics trump spiritual beliefs?