New Zipline at Grand Canyon West lets adventurers soar more than 2,000 feet amid epic scenery
Grand Canyon West continues to add new experiences to thrill the more than 1 million guests who annually visit the West Rim of one of the World’s Seven Natural Wonders.
The latest addition to the home of Grand Canyon Skywalk?
A pair of epic ziplines that will let adrenalin-seeking adventurers soar nearly 1,000 feet above the floor of a side canyon located amid the West Rim’s matchless scenery.
The Zipline at Grand Canyon West, which opened 2nd January 2018, consists of two “quad ziplines,” each with four steel cables running side-by-side in parallel formation, to allow groups to soar together nearly 1,000 feet above the floor of the canyon – at speeds approaching 50 miles per hour! The first of the two lines measures about 1,100 feet in length. The second line, set at a steeper grade, propels guests on a 2,100-foot-long downhill adventure of a lifetime, complete with views of nearby Quartermaster Canyon and rushing scenery above and below.
“We’ve had tremendous success with Grand Canyon Skywalk. Now we’re taking the West Rim to a new level of excitement,” said Candida Hunter, the chairwoman of the Grand Canyon Resort Corporation Board of Directors.
“The Zipline at Grand Canyon West gives our guests a unique adrenalin surge that will be one of the longest and most exciting ziplines found anywhere in the world.
“We see the zipline as the perfect complement to the exciting experiences we offer already, from venturing out on Skywalk 4,000 feet above the Canyon to the Hualapai Ranch tour to the Colorado River rafting and pontoon boats that Hualapai River Runners offers year-round. This is the right way to add to our ecotourism offerings and to strike the right balance between sharing Grand Canyon West with visitors and preserving the land and Hualapai culture.”
The Zipline at Grand Canyon West will be able to accommodate an estimated 350,000 visitors annually. Ticket prices have been set at $89 per person for adult visitors, with tickets available on site only. Currently, the zipline will be open Tuesday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm.
The $89 ticket includes a trip down both ziplines and the Hualapai Legacy Day Pass (a value of nearly $50). The Legacy ticket provides guests with a Hualapai Visitation Certificate, photo opportunities with Hualapai tribal members, and shuttle transportation between the parking area and viewpoints at Eagle Point, Guano Point and the Hualapai Ranch tour. Guests who have a Hualapai Legacy pass can add on a Zipline tour on site for an additional $40. A Skywalk tour is available at additional cost.
The Zipline at Grand Canyon West will accommodate guests between 90 and 275 pounds. Built in partnership with Skyline Ziplines, the global leader in zipline development, the experience uses ¾-inch steel cable with 58,000 pounds of strength. Skyline’s decade-long record of success includes ziplines built or retrofitted in New Zealand, Haiti, West Virginia, at the San Diego Zoo, at Yellowstone in Wyoming and for La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians in California. The company has installed over 100,000 feet of zipline cable worldwide.
“This zipline experience represents a significant seven-figure investment for the Grand Canyon Resort Corporation and the Hualapai Tribe,” said Hunter, the chairwoman. “The revenue it will bring, the boost to the regional economy and the jobs it creates will make it more than worth the investment. When you couple the zipline with our Skywalk and Colorado River experiences, this is a set of adventures visitors can’t get anywhere else in the world.”