Go west to see a new side of the Grand Canyon

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The Skywalk allows guests to traverse 70 feet out over the Grand Canyon's rim and peer through its glass walkway at the canyon floor 4,000 feet below.

A trip to the west side of the iconic Grand Canyon gives travelers a different perspective and adds a little adventure.

Now is a great time to visit one of the most scenic and beautiful areas of the canyon, as prices are cut through Dec. 31. Step out onto the famous glass walkway that extends over the canyon. A view like none other — if you look down.

The 10-foot-wide bridge extends out over the rim of the canyon 70 feet, allowing visitors to look down at the canyon floor 4,000 feet below. It is truly an engineering marvel.

No cameras or cell phones are permitted on the glass walkway because several had been dropped and damaged the glass (don’t worry — all fixed now). Lockers are provided for everything you are carrying. However, pictures can be taken off the walk in an area known as Eagle Point, named after a nearby rock formation that looks like an eagle. The views are awesome of the canyon and the skywalk.

Also here is the Native American Village, where tourists can shop for something special to remember the trip made by the Hualapai, Hopi and Mojave tribes. Travelers can take a self-guided tour of the authentic village.

The view from both Eagle and Guano Points are breathtaking. A hop on/hop off shuttle is available.

Guano Point’s short Highpoint Hike offers a 360-degree view of the canyon. There are no railings here. The point has an interesting history for visitors: Located here are the remnants of the 8,800-foot cable that stretches across the canyon to the guano mine. In 1930 a boater passing by the area discovered the guano cave. Attempts were made for years to mine the guano for fertilizer. Eventually, a company was able to extract the supply of guano, and by 1959 the source was exhausted. It was not long after the closing of the mine that a U.S. Air Force jet crashed into the cable system, permanently disabling it. The structure now stands as a monument to those who attempted to mine the canyon. (Guano is a fertilizer containing the accumulated excrement of seabirds or bats.)

Stay at the west rim in the Cabins at Grand Canyon West. The stars are fantastic; the quiet peacefulness is unexplainable. Gaze at the stars around the campfire or from the front porch of a cabin, which offers a spectacular view of the sunset or sunrise as well.

Demonstrations of roping, shooting, quick draw and other activities are often available, as well as taking a horseback ride to the canyon’s edge. Also in the area are ziplining, helicopter rides, river rafting and live performances. At this time, meals are not provided on the grounds of the cabins, but guests are welcome to bring their own food to store in the refrigerators in the cabins. Grab and go food is available at both Guano and Eagle Points at this time.

This beautiful area of the Grand Canyon is privately owned and operated by the Hualapai American Indians. A fee is assessed for a visit to the area. There are a variety of packages available. For updated COVID details and pricing, go to grandcanyonwest.com.