Grand Canyon West
By the fall of 2005, Grand Canyon West, a remote destination in northern Arizona owned by the Hualapai Indian Reservation, had enhanced the location to include several new attractions and features including a Native American dwellings exhibit, outdoor marketplace, old-fashioned Western town and ranch, and new food & beverage offerings, and were planning for the upcoming building and debut of The Skywalk. Tourism is the Hualapai’s main source of income, but because of Grand Canyon West’s remote location and difficult accessibility, it has been challenging to bring enough visitors to provide much-needed economic support to the tribe. The tribe needed something that was a large enough draw to bring annual visitor attendance from 200,000 to its goal of one million per year. The Skywalk, a glass bridge extending 70 feet over the edge of the Grand Canyon, was planned to increase tourism at the destination.