If merely seeing one of the seven natural wonders of the world isn’t exciting enough, thrill-seekers can now soar almost 1,000 feet above the ground on a new zipline at the Grand Canyon’s West Rim in Peach Springs, Arizona.
The Zipline At Grand Canyon West lets riders soar nearly 1,000 feet above the floor of a side canyon next to the Grand Canyon, at speeds approaching 50 mph. The attraction, which opened January 2, 2018, consists of two “quad ziplines,” each with four steel cables running side-by-side in parallel formation. 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 slide, 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 adrenaline 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 ecotourism experiences like the Colorado River tours offered by Hualapai River Runners and visits to Guano Point.”
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.”
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 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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, the opportunity to meet and speak with Hualapai tribal ambassadors, and shuttle transportation between the parking area and viewpoints at Eagle Point, Guano Point and the Hualapai Ranch. 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.
For more information about Grand Canyon West, visit grandcanyonwest.com, and watch these videos for other zipline adventures: