I agree that the prices charged for this attraction are obscene, however I understand that they need to make their money back somehow.
There is a long, winding dirt road on the drive in - and I have to say that it was the best part of the whole trip! Not so great in a convertible, if you have one, as it's extremely dusty, but if you're adventurous and like a bit of a thrill, it's a blast to drive on!
When you arrive at the welcome center there is the main parking lot. There is a short walk in to the gift shop where you buy your tickets. From there you take a shuttle bus to one of three drop-off points, one of them being the Skywalk itself. When you're finished at one location you pick up a shuttle to the other locations. I appreciated that in the heat and sun they provided a covered area to wait for the shuttle.
The Skywalk itself is pretty cool, however you aren't allowed to take any personal items with you on the Skywalk. The reason? They don't want items falling on the Skywalk and scuffing it up. The problem? The Skywalk is really scratched and scuffed anyway, almost to the point where it's not worth going on it at all. My suggestion? Take pictures at the edge of the Canyon. Yes, you can literally go to the very edge of the Canyon and get some excellent shots. Tip: If you have small children who like to take risks, this is NOT the place to take them!!! There are no guardrails whatsoever - just you and the bottom of the Canyon.
They have photographers available to take pictures on the Skywalk, however EVERYONE is getting their picture taken - lying down on the glass, standing in various places in various poses and you feel as if you're intruding on everyone's perfect shot. The pictures that they take are OK, depending on your photographer. You have the option to buy them, of course, however they, too, are expensive.
You have the option of buying a meal with your ticket. I say skip it. It, too, is expensive. Eat lunch or dinner ahead of time.
Is it worth it overall? Yes. Would I do it again? No.
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