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Grand Canyon Skywalk: $75 Per Person, Rip-Off?
What's worse, Hicks-Wright says, is the cost isn't well advertised, and only after driving over harsh, unpaved roads and waiting in long lines do tourists find out the true cost of the Skywalk. (However, the Skywalk's official website -- while cluttered to the point of confusion -- does list the cost as $74.95 per person.)
"After 10 minutes of waiting, a 'Question Answerer' came by and made it clear why it was taking so long: the sales people had to explain the 'packages' and pricing to each and every person in the line. This was not because the package was that complex, but because each person in the line thought they were going to be paying $25 per person. In reality, the tribe was charging another $50 on top of the $25 for each person."
Hicks-Wright and his family decided to pay the high price anyway since they had driven so far out of their way specifically to visit the Skywalk, but he goes on to describe the entire experience as "quite disappointing," with photography not allowed.
Fred, a commenter on Wright's report, brings up a good point. "You can take a helicopter ride all around the Grand Canyon for about a hundred bucks - and you can take all the damn pictures you want."
The first result on Google for "Grand Canyon helicopter tour" was for Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters who charge $108 per adult and $88 per child if you book online in advance. Not bad. I'm sure with a bit of bargain hunting you can find it even cheaper.
Who needs a Skywalk?
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