Grand Canyon West opened a new zipline attraction last week allowing visitors to soar 1,000 feet above the floor at speeds of up to 50mph.
The Zipline at Grand Canyon West is made up of a pair of ziplines. The first is around 1,100ft in length while the second line is set at a steeper grade and propels guests along a 2,100ft line.
The ride spans a nearby side canyon, rather than the Grand Canyon itself. It has an estimated capacity of 350,000 annual visitors and can handle guests that weigh between 90 and 275 pounds. The attraction was built by Skyline Ziplines, which has worked on zipline attractions around the world including at the San Diego Zoo and at Yellowstone in Wyoming.
Grand Canyon West is part of Grand Canyon Resort Corporation, which itself is owned and operated by the Hualapai Tribe. It also operates the Grand Canyon Skywalk, helicopter tours and river tours.
Candida Hunter, Chair of the Grand Canyon Resort Corporation Board of Directors, said: “This zipline experience represents a significant seven-figure investment for the Grand Canyon Resort Corporation and the Hualapai Tribe.
“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.”
In September last year, online ticketing provider 365Tickets USA partnered adventure attractions company Paragon Skydive to begin offering Grand Canyon Skydive Adventures as part of a new collection of Las Vegas-based experiences.
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