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smithmail



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 18, 2015 9:52 am    Post subject: Grand Canyon skywalk Reply with quote

Has has anyone been to the Grand Canyon. My parents are taking me there in a couple of months and i think that we are going to go on the Skywalk. Is it worth it?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 18, 2015 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Been there, if you are going to the Grand Canyon anyway, it's worth it, freaky/scary for some, but awesome for others.
However, if you were going to the Skywalk only, from lets say Vegas, it's a pretty long drive thru a bunch of nothing, just to get there, it really is off by itself. But there is a little airstrip there if you have the bucks.
Check it out on Google Earth, you'll see what I mean.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 18, 2015 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MY GC trips precede the Skywalk, but a) the GC is a phenomenal place even just to look at, let alone explore via foot, mule, aircraft, or raft, and b) that whole part of the U.S. is pretty phenomenal. I've rafted the GC and ridden dirt bikes (desert racing motorcycles) across many thousands of miles of the desert southwest in the GC's general vicinity, and both living and playing in that part of the country were the highlights of my life, spoiling me forever on living anywhere else the U.S. If it had better WSing I'd have never left there.

If you've never been to that part of the U.S., it is a must-see by even global standards. The Skywalk is but a blip -- probably a very visceral blip -- on the whole scene. Heck, for that matter the GC is but a blip -- a frigging DEEP blip -- on the scenery of the entire 4-corners area unless one plunges its depths. It's just one of many incredible national parks scattered among scores of thousands of square miles of wide-open public lands in the area, especially Utah, where the parks are more hands-on and user-friendly than the GC's vast and daunting terrain. Casual vacationers can really only gawk at the GC; major hikes and raft trips require significant planning and preparation. Utah's and Arizona's other national parks require little more than rugged sneakers to see and touch up close and personal. A 4WD (e,g, Jeep) adds much more to the experience in some of the parks.

GC, Bryce, Zion, Canyonlands, Arches, Moab, Capital Reef, etc. are all absolutely incredible paces to spend a week or a decade exploring. By comparison, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Acadia, the Badlands, Glacier, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Carlsbad Caverns, Mammoth Cave, Great Basin, Smoky Mountains, Guadalupe Mountains, Haleakala, Joshua Tree, Mesa Verde, Kennecamp, the Adirondacks, the Ozarks, Mount Rainier, Petrified Forest, Redwood, Saguaro, Sequoia, White Sands are all great, but each provided just a busy one-day trip for us, as we're not backpackers.

One tip: don't even THINK about going there in the summer, when it can get almost as hot and crowded as ... oh ... say Washington, DC. A couple of months from now -- March? -- should be fine, unless a blizzard strikes ... a real possibility then. Whether it's "worth it" is up to you, but blizzard or no blizzard, it's an experience you and your family will never forget, especially if the trip also hits Utah's parks.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 18, 2015 8:37 pm    Post subject: Re: Grand Canyon skywalk Reply with quote

smithmail wrote:
Has has anyone been to the Grand Canyon. My parents are taking me there in a couple of months and i think that we are going to go on the Skywalk. Is it worth it?


since you are coming from so far it is well worth it if that is your only option in a few months. absolutely do it.

If your parents are driving around if you can hit Zion, Bryce, and circle past lake powel and hit the south rim that would be a very memorable drive.

If you are in Vegas, heading and only doing the skywalk, and they do not want to drive long distances from Vegas, try to talk them into Valley of Fire for a day trip, it is about 30 minutes outside of Vegas, north on I-15. once in the park there is a main turn off the main Valley of Fire" road you want to do. Make sure you do some rock scrambling at the "tanks", and at the very end of the road as a minimum. They filmed one of the star trek movies out there because it looks like you are in another planet.

I lived near vegas for a bit as well in Southern, Utah for a bit.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 18, 2015 11:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't know the skywalk. Grand Canyon is spectacular--but of a scale that makes it hard to grasp. Of the southern Utah Parks, I though Zion the most approachable. Best hikes, Yosemite in red. Spectacular.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2015 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A large entourage of Japanese dignitaries were visiting the president at the White House many years ago. Asked what they'd like to personally visit that afternoon, their chorus was "Niagra Falls and the Grand Canyon". The staff had to explain the physical scope of the U.S. to them. I've forgotten now, but I'm guessing they visited the Smithsonian instead.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 23, 2015 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the opinions Smile From what it says on their website http://www.grandcanyon-nationalpark.org/grand-canyon-skywalk/ it looks fun but really high aswell Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2015 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If money is no object, go for it. However, I have hiked to the bottom and out from both rims and rafted through the whole thing in the late 50's. The perspective one gets from extending out 50' over the rim is not likely to be a much better deal than just looking from dozens of other vantage points on the rims. (I haven't been on the Skywalk).

Hiking down about a half hour from the south rim gives one a much better perspective of the canyon. Remember you have to hike back up, and there is a ranger part way down to keep novices from going too far down and getting stuck with too little water, too little fitness or the proper gear.

It's an amazing place.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2015 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amazing--and to imagine, God created it only 5,000 years ago!
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2015 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mac wrote:
Amazing--and to imagine, God created it only 5,000 years ago!


Praise the Lord Mac. I think it was closer to 7000 years ago.
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