If you're counting pennies stop reading, this is not the place for you!
Visiting private property which holds one of the 7 natural wonders of the would isn't cheap. Despite the stories I had heard the employees were friendly and happy to answer my questions. The fees were high but if you arrived knowing that it's not a surprise.
Grand Canyon West Airport and the surrounding land is owned by the Hualapai tribe of Native Americans. There is a $20 or $100 landing fee depending on who you talk too and the fee is waved if you buy the tour package for the SkyWalk. The tour package including transportation is $65 or $75 depending on who rings it up.
Upon landing the Fire Department met me at my plane and advises there is a $20 landing fee. He says to make sure you tell the desk when you buy the tour tickets. He escorts me to the office and for the third time I am told to advise the casher I landed in a private plane.
I get to the casher and tell her my plane is parked on the ramp for the day. She looks at me like I'm nuts. So I tell her again thinking she didn't hear me. "Why do you pilots always tell me that?", she asks. I'm offered a choice of tour packages and I choose one for $65 a person which included transportation and a walk on the SkyWalk.
You are not allowed to take any personal items on the SkyWalk including phones, cameras or handbags and for $1 you get to use a locker to lock everything up. However, they didn't charge me the $1.
On the Skywalk they have professional photographers who take pictures which you may purchase. The Ultimate package is $99 which includes 3 printed and framed plus 6 on a thumb drive. I didn't have time to choose pictures so I selected the $99 package. She prints three and puts 10 on the thumb drive and says; "I only charge $79 for the $99 package."
Are we starting to see a trend here?
After the Skywalk we rode the bus to Guano Point. Don't miss Guano Point, it has the best views of the canyon and we really enjoyed this location. At Guano Point the tour helicopters pass 1500' below as they descend into the canyon.
We spent 5 1/2 hours at
Grand Canyon West and saw everything. The total for 2 tours, lunch
and pictures came to $230. Not cheap, but this is the Grand Canyon
man! We both really enjoyed the day and would like to return in the
winter when the restaurant is complete and the Grand Canyon has