Kingman is America’s Route to Grand Canyon West®, Home of the Skywalk®. This is the second most visited view point of the Grand Canyon, and it is just a 70 mile drive from Kingman, AZ.
The Grand Canyon is the traditional homeland of the Hualapai People, who decided to share this sacred treasure with the world 25 years ago. Since then, it has become the second most visited site of the Grand Canyon. And for anyone who has experienced Grand Canyon National Park, the viewpoints at Grand Canyon West bring a new perspective to this up-side-down mountain range.
Grand Canyon West Rims are uninterrupted. There are no guard rails, or tiny stone walls lining the canyon. You step up to the canyon and it is abrupt, right at your toes. And the scales of time are visual in a way you wouldn’t experience at the National Park where the rims are vastly far apart, 12 miles or more. With the rims just a couple miles apart, the layers in the rock, the vegetation, fields on the mountain tops – these are accessible without a filtering from the atmosphere.
The Skywalk is locatated at Eagle Point (pictured below). It takes a little conditioning to step out on this glass bridge flanked in steel. But it’s so worth the 4,000 foot view of open space between your feet. The well-engineered ribbon also positions the viewer to see the rock formation Eagle Point. The sacred formation resembles an eagle about to take flight over the vast canyon landscape. If this Eagle could take off, it would stand about 500 feet tall and have a wingspan of nearly a quarter mile.
Native American culture is one of the greatist assets to Grand Canyon West. A Native American Village has been erected at Eagle Point where you can walk through and see traditional structures representing several tribes. Native Americans Performances are also an every-day occurrence at Eagle Point. They take place under a large shaded amphitheater. And a Native American craft shop is available at this view point.
Guano Point is a rocky mount that rises up on a peninsula in the canyon. Take Highpoint Hike for a panoramic view of the extreme west portion of the Grand Canyon. From here the river begins to curve, heading westward to Lake Mead. It is among the most photogenic locations in all of Arizona’s Grand Canyon.
Near the Guano Point shuttle pick-up, tables are lined at a Native American Marketplace. Here you can buy authentic handcrafted pieces with southwestern elements such as silver, fire agate, juniper berry and turquoise. Stop for lunch and Guano Point, for a hot BBQ lunch and you can seat yourself at one of the picnic tables perched just feet away from the canyon’s edge.
From the last view point, Quartermaster Point, you have stunning views of the Colorado River and the North Rim. This point is accessible from Hualapai Ranch by horseback or a wagon ride.