Grand Canyon West is home to fascinating landmarks such as Eagle Point and the famous Skywalk. This glass bridge structure allows visitors to “walk the path of the eagle” and step out over the Grand Canyon for a one-of-a-kind perspective 4,000 feet in the air. Upon approaching the Grand Canyon Skywalk, the natural rock formations begin to come into view, and inevitably the first question asked by tour guides or travel companions is “do you see it?” What they’re referencing are the sacred rocks located on the private land of the Hualapai reservation called Eagle Point.
Created by nature, the rocks are formed in the undeniable shape of an eagle spreading its wings. Stepping out onto the horseshoe-shaped bridge of the Skywalk is when you’ll see the eagle really begin to take shape.
The Story Behind Eagle Point
Besides being one of the most stunning photographic opportunities at Grand Canyon West, the unique appearance of Eagle Point is very special to the Hualapai. This area of the canyon was originally known as the “battleship” but was later renamed by one of the Hualapai people to “Eagle Point” to reference the eagle outline within the rock formation. History and lore state that in the early years the people living at the bottom of the Grand Canyon were threatened by a great flood. Legend states that an eagle flew down to warn the people of the danger. When it flew back up it turned to stone to keep watch and that is where it remains today.
In the video below you’ll learn more about traveling by helicopter from Maverick’s Las Vegas terminal to the Grand Canyon to visit the Skywalk and Eagle Point.
The Hualapai Tribe has spent many years working to develop the area of Eagle Point with a lot of “must-do” attractions.
Eagle Point is home to an authentic Native American village where visitors can explore dwellings of the region’s indigenous tribes. Be amazed as you stroll through traditionally built housing and sweat lodges with unique architecture, style, and functionality representing a simpler time when the Hualapai, Navajo, Plains, Hopi, Havasupai, and other native tribes roamed the lands. At the center of the village, is a 250 seat amphitheater where guests can enjoy daily live musical and dance performances, or lectures on Hualapai history.
Visit the Grand Canyon West Rim
At Maverick, we pride ourselves on delivering once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Each Grand Canyon adventure highlights the very best of each of the canyon’s rims. Our Skywalk Odyssey tour departs from the famed Las Vegas Strip on a direct helicopter flight out to the West Rim, home to the amazing Grand Canyon Skywalk. Experience bird’s-eye views of the Grand Canyon, Lake Las Vegas, Lake Mead, and Hoover Dam. Upon landing, you’ll have the opportunity to experience the Grand Canyon Skywalk and see Eagle Point up close and personal. Expedited admission to the Skywalk, VIP ground transportation, and a Skywalk souvenir photo are included with 45 minutes of ground time to enjoy Grand Canyon West.
Each of our excursions provides guests with unique opportunities to experience the awe-inspiring canyon from many different perspectives.
Indian Territory: Fly out of Las Vegas aboard an ECO-Star helicopter and pass over the historic Hoover Dam. Descend and land 3,500 feet below the rim at a private landing area on Hualapai Indian territory where champagne, beverages and a snack box are served above the Colorado River. Proceed to a second landing at the top of the Grand Canyon West to visit Eagle Point and the Skywalk before continuing to Guano Point. Conclude your adventure with a scenic flight over the Las Vegas Strip and downtown.
Western Journey: Begin with a scenic helicopter flight over Lake Mead and Hoover Dam before flying over the majestic Grand Canyon west rim. Explore various overlooks and highlights of Grand Canyon West including Eagle Point and the Skywalk. Next, visit Guano Point, a breathtaking observation point offering some of the best panoramic views of the Grand Canyon.
Western Territory: Enjoy panoramic views aboard a Cessna airplane departing from Maverick Airlines. You’ll travel to Grand Canyon West for spectacular views of the Skywalk and Eagle Point. A hop-on-hop-off bus allows you to travel between the Skywalk, Guano Point, and Hualapai Ranch. A helicopter tour over the Grand Canyon rounds out the trip before returning to the Henderson terminal.
Views from the Skywalk cannot be explained in words and pictures alone, it’s something you have to experience for yourself to truly get swept away in the majesty of the Grand Canyon’s west rim.
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