Go to this attraction!!! Yes, you have to pay to get into this attraction. You have to pay to get into most attractions. Consider the cost to build, maintain and staff the Grand Canyon West...then you can undestand that the tribe needs to charge fees. There is 9 1/2 miles of unpaved road to the site; but it is not a bad road. The staff that we talked to said that the last miles not paved are going to be this year. It is an amazing area and the views are spectacular!! We went on the helicopter/pontoon boat ride on the Colorado River, and loved it. The guide on the river, Frank, was very knowledgeable about the river, the area and the tribe. The helicopter ride was great, but not long, but the views were amazing. We then went to the Skywalk and it is really something to see. Yes, you have to leave your personal belongings in a free locker, but the glass was replaced in 2011 and is already getting scratched up. You are only going to do this once in your lifetime, so just do it! We sprang for the $100 package of photos, all in really nice frames, and a memory stick of all of our pics and pics of the Grand Canyon and the Skywalk. We were not rushed on the skywalk at all, the staff said take all the time you want and the staff taking pics posed us in different places on the skywalk. It was a great experience. The buildings were clean, the staff were friendly and the girl at the ticket sales took time to price out the best deal for us. We had a 10% off coupon and I am over 55, so we got discounts on the price. For the entrance fee, Skywalk tour, helicopter/boat ride the total for 2 was $500. Not bad, considering I had priced out other Grand Canyon tours and some were $400/person.
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