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Old 06-08-2013, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Arizona High Desert
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Whatever you do, drive the extra few hours east on I 40 to Williams and hop on up to South Rim/ Grand Canyon Village.

My opinion. DO NOT waste your time on the ridiculous absurdities involved with West Rim/Skywalk. First of all. You may ruin your suspension or get a flat tire on 15 miles of dirt roads. Next, you have to park several miles from the Skywalk for $30 which involves hopping on a bus. Here's the kicker. You have to PAY the staff at Skywalk $25 to take a picture. Yes, you CANNOT use your personal camera at this location. Costs about $25 to walk on the glass too.

OTOH, you pay $25 near Tusayan (or buy the $25 pass in Valle so you get in quicker at the prepaid lane) when you enter South Rim. If you don't have the $80 National Park Yearly Pass, consider paying $50 for a years worth of visits to South Rim too if you plan on several visits. Regardless, it's $25 and that is it. Parking is free. Shuttle buses are free. Taking pictures with your own camera is free. Hiking Bright Angel Trail is free.

That is the difference between going to a National Park and a Reservation to see The Canyon.

There has been a recent arrest made over the road to the Skywalk, and yes, it's a total rip off. I live where the scores of buses go through loaded with tourists. I went there one day years ago, and it was 45 dollars to see the Canyon by local bus. At no point was the Canyon visible without paying the big fee.The Walk wasn't opened yet. They threw in the promise of a dinky meal, but I left. Hell with being gouged. The current buses will stop at small souvenir shops, and restaurants if they are paid enough. It's a greed machine, all around.
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Old 06-12-2013, 06:25 PM
 
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There has been a recent arrest made over the road to the Skywalk, and yes, it's a total rip off. I live where the scores of buses go through loaded with tourists. I went there one day years ago, and it was 45 dollars to see the Canyon by local bus. At no point was the Canyon visible without paying the big fee.The Walk wasn't opened yet. They threw in the promise of a dinky meal, but I left.
How do you know it's a rip-off if you left? Please explain. Did you pay the admission and actually see the entire park?
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