GrandCanyonOnDemand.com – Breitling’s “JetMan” Chooses Grand Canyon West For His First U.S. Flight

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GrandCanyonOnDemand.com – Breitling’s “JetMan” Chooses Grand Canyon West For His First U.S. Flight

GRAND CANYON WEST, ARIZONA (April 25, 2011) Swiss pilot, aviator and engineer, Yves Rossy, has chosen Grand Canyon West as the location of his first U.S. flight in jet-powered wings that are attached to his back. Rossy, known as “JetMan,” will make his historic flight at Grand Canyon West on May 6, 2011.  The flight is scheduled at 10 A.M. with pre-event festivities starting at 8:00 A.M. Rossy is sponsored by Breitling watches and is world-renowned for his successful jet-powered flights across Lake Geneva and the English Channel, to name a few.After nearly two years of discussions – involving extremely careful consideration towards safety, logistics and impact to the land – Breitling, the sponsors of “JetMan,” reached an agreement with Hualapai Tourism for Grand Canyon West to be the site of the flight. Meetings were held with the Las Vegas FSDO to ensure compliance with all FAA guidelines. The location was chosen for several reasons; the magnificence of Grand Canyon West, Rossy’s deep passion for aviation and the significance of eagles to the canyon and the Hualapai people.   According to “JetMan’s” official bio, “Rossy devotes all his free time to flying in the purest sense, living that childhood dream of soaring like a bird – with minimal instruments, using only his body to steer his way through the skies.”After seeing the natural rock formation depicting an eagle at Grand Canyon West’s “Eagle Point” (home of the Skywalk), the aviation icon was inspired to fulfill his childhood dream and was determined to take his passion of innovative flying to Grand Canyon West.

The depth of the canyon at Grand Canyon West will allow “JetMan” to fly by observers on the rim at nearly eye level, a perspective that has yet to be witnessed. The breathtaking backdrop, provided by one of America’s most recognized landmark, made for an ideal location.Pairing precision and flight, “JetMan” is sponsored by the luxury Swiss watchmaker Breitling for his first U.S. flight. An invitation only event with media and Breitling representatives will be held prior to the flight. Invited guests will enjoy the hospitality of live Hualapai performances while they prepare for the event. Grand Canyon West, home of the Skywalk and a popular tourist destination, will remain open to the public.About Hualapai Tourism:Grand Canyon Resort Corporation, which is wholly owned and operated by the Hualapai Nation, manages Grand Canyon West, Hualapai River Runners (whitewater rafting), Hualapai Ranch and the Hualapai Lodge.

Grand Canyon West is a collection of viewpoints and attractions spread over 9000 acres of the Grand Canyon’s West Rim in Northwest Arizona, just 120 miles east of Las Vegas, Nevada. Grand Canyon West is the only place in the Canyon where visitors can access a boat ride on the Colorado River via helicopter and is home to the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a glass walkway 4000 ft above the canyon floor. The site attractions are: Guano Point, with panoramic canyon views and the historic guano mine tram; Eagle Point, the location of the Grand Canyon Skywalk, the Native American Village with authentic dwellings of multiple tribes, live Native American performances; and The Hualapai Ranch, a western town with cowboy entertainment, horseback riding, wagon rides and overnight cabins facing the Canyon rim. Private cars are welcome or all inclusive tours are available from Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Sedona by airplane, helicopter, coach, SUV and Hummer. The Hualapai Lodge on Historic Route 66 and Grand Canyon West are open daily 365 days a year.  Hualapai River Runners, the only one-day whitewater raft trip through the Grand Canyon, operates March – October. Visitors can view a complete list of activities, book reservations, and get directions at www.GrandCanyonOnDemand.com.

About JetMan:For more on “JetMan” Yves Rossy, visit his official Website, Facebook or Twitter. For videos of his past flights and accomplishments, visit JetMan’s official YouTube.About BreitlingLéon Breitling founded the company in 1884 in St. Imier, Switzerland. Breitling has long been associated with the world of aviation when they placed onboard chronographs in fighter planes from the Royal Air Force WW II to sponsoring the first round-the-world balloon flight in 1999. Breitling is the only watch brand to equip all of its models with chronometer-certified movements –the ultimate token of precision. In 2009, the company introduced a 100 percent in-house movement, the Caliber 01, the most reliable, high-performance self-winding chronograph movement.Breitling’s passion for aviation and flight is evidenced through its support of “JetMan”, the Breitling Jet Team, Breitling Wingwalkers, the Breitling Orbitor 3 (first hot air balloon to circle the globe), Reno Air Races, and many others including its partnership with pilot and actor John Travolta.  For more information on Breitling, visit www.breitling.com

 

Grand Canyon West Not Affected by Potential Government Shutdown of Grand Canyon National Park

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Grand Canyon West Not Affected by Potential Government Shutdown of  Grand Canyon National Park.

Hualapai Tourism has received an influx of inquiries regarding the potential government shutdown of Grand Canyon National Park, as reported in the Associated Press article earlier today (4/7/2011). All Hualapai Tourism products are located on the Hualapai Indian Reservation, which operates independently from the Grand Canyon National Park. Grand Canyon West (home of the Skywalk), the Hualapai Ranch cabins, the Hualapai Lodge and the Hualapai River Runners (the only one-day Grand Canyon whitewater raft trip) will be completely unaffected and all will remain open to the public despite the potential government shutdown.

Many of the Grand Canyon sightseeing tours will not be affected because most companies already include Grand Canyon West in their itinerary.
About Hualapai Tourism: Grand Canyon Resort Corporation, which is wholly owned and operated by the Hualapai Nation, manages Grand Canyon West, Hualapai River Runners (whitewater rafting), Hualapai Ranch and the Hualapai Lodge. Grand Canyon West is a collection of viewpoints and attractions spread over 9000 acres of the Grand Canyon’s West Rim in Northwest Arizona, just 120 miles east of Las Vegas, Nevada. Grand Canyon West is the only place in the Canyon where visitors can access a boat ride on the Colorado River via helicopter and is home to the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a glass walkway 4000 ft above the canyon floor. The site attractions are: Guano Point, with panoramic canyon views and the historic guano mine tram; Eagle Point, the location of the Grand Canyon Skywalk, the Native American Village with authentic dwellings of multiple tribes, live Native American performances; and The Hualapai Ranch, a western town with cowboy entertainment, horseback riding, wagon rides and overnight cabins facing the Canyon rim.

Private cars are welcome or all inclusive tours are available from Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Sedona by airplane, helicopter, coach, SUV and Hummer. The Hualapai Lodge on Historic Route 66 and Grand Canyon West are open daily 365 days a year.  Hualapai River Runners, the only one-day whitewater raft trip through the Grand Canyon, operates March – October. Visitors can view a complete list of activities, book reservations at www.GrandCanyonOnDemand.com

Grand Canyon Vacation Planning

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Grand Canyon Vacation

With it’s stunning beauty, the Grand Canyon National Park is a treasure everyone should see at least once.  If you’ve decided to venture to the Grand Canyon on your own, and conduct a self-guided tour of this incredible place here are some tips and info that may be helpful in planning the best sightseeing excursion and vacation.

What kind of Grand Canyon National Park experience would you like?  Well much depends on your planning. What time of year will you be visiting? What are the activities you want to participate in?  Preparing for the weather, terrain and duration of your stay will contribute to a memorable experience.Clean green shuttle buses at the South Rim - Grand CanyonHikers in the Grand Canyon National Park

Most of the 4 ½ –5 million visitors each year visit the South Rim, the widest and deepest part of The Grand Canyon. The visitor’s center (which is near Mather Point) is the best place to start your Grand Canyon experience. Ample parking provides access to the visitor center, Books and More bookstore and rest rooms. This is (for many visitors) a first view of the majestic Grand Canyon.

Free shuttle buses will connect the Grand Canyon Visitor Center with many, but not all, of the areas at the South Rim.

May through September, which is peak season in the park, means the South Rim can be hectic. However to  experience the ever changing canyon in a more peaceful atmosphere walk the Rim Trail, drive to Desert View stopping at the viewpoints along the way, or ride the free shuttle to Hermits Rest and walk east along the rim on the newest section of the Greenway Trail.

If you have cardiac or respiratory problems, you may find the 7,000-ft (2100m) elevation a challenge.

Always plan your activities to match your abilities, for those with mobility difficulties you can obtain accessibility pass at entrance stations or visitor centers that allows use of areas with restricted vehicular access. Accessible parking available and is designated in all major parking areas.

The North Rim is more remote with less development and thus receives fewer visitors. Because of its higher elevation (8,000ft /2400m), facilities on the North Rim are only open mid-May through mid-October. The scenic road into the North Rim of the canyon remains open until the first heavy snowfall, usually late November or early December.

Campgrounds and lodging facilities are typically full during the peak season—May through

September and spring and fall are the most popular seasons for overnight hiking in the backcountry. Plan ahead and make your reservations early if you are lodging at the Grand Canyon.

Come discover and enjoy the splendor of Grand Canyon National Park.

Grand Canyon National Park is a designated Federal Recreation Fee Area. Fees collected directly benefit the park, and the National Park Service. This program allows the park to keep eighty percent of the revenue from most fees charged.

National Park entrance fees (South Rim)

General Entrance:

Vehicle Permit – $25.00
Admits one single, private, non-commercial vehicle and all its passengers; Organized groups are not eligible for the vehicle permit.

Individual Permit – $12.00/person
This permit will admit one individual when entering by foot, bicycle, motorcycle, or non-commercial group. Individuals 15 years old and younger are admitted free of charge.

General Entrance Permits can be purchased at the Park entrance, as well as the Flagstaff Arizona Visitor Center (800) 842-7293 / (928) 774-9541, either inside at the desk or outside the Visitor Center in a vending machine. The Visitor Center is open Monday – Saturday 7am – 6 pm, and Sunday 7am – 5pm.

Smart Tips

If you are on the South Rim, use the free shuttle bus system to travel to the scenic overlooks, visitor centers, lodging and restaurant facilities, and other attractions. It is much easier on you and the environment to ride the shuttles. Think green!

When you arrive at the park, be sure to get a copy of The Guide. This free publication presents the most up-to-date maps, ranger-led activities, special programs, articles of interest, and lists of services. The National Park Service publishes separate issues for the North and South Rims. The Guide is available at all entrance stations, visitor centers, and most lodging facilities.

Be sure to check the weather and road conditions to and from the canyon, before you start off on your trip. The winter season can be cold, icy, snowy, and the driving and viewing conditions can change with our much warning. You can call (automated recording) Grand Canyon National Park (928) 638-7888 for current conditions.

If doing it on your own is not your cup of tea (or coffee) there are plenty of guided tours you can purchase. See the canyon from the air via helicopter or aircraft. For more guided tours to the Gran Canyon, North Rim, South Rim and West Rim please visit GrandCanyonOnDemand.com.

Dining at the Grand Canyon

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Headed to the Grand Canyon? Not sure where to have lunch, dinner or a snack? We have some suggestions for you. No matter if your going to the North Rim or the South Rim, there is plenty to choose from inside the park and out!

Dining at the South Rim

In the Park

Canyon Village Marketplace – A general store with groceries, clothing and gifts; Located at Market Plaza. Open daily year-round, 8:00 am to 7:00 pm, additional open hours vary seasonally.

Delicatessen at the Marketplace – Located at Market Plaza in the front of the General Store. Open daily year-round, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, additional open hours vary seasonally.

El Tovar Dining Room – Located on the rim. Open daily for breakfast (6:30 am to 11:00 am) lunch (11:30 am to 2:00 pm) dinner (5:00 to 10:00 pm – Dinner reservations required) (928) 638-2631 ext. 6432; Lounge: 11am to 11:00pm.

Arizona Room - Located on the rim next to Bright Angel Lodge. Open daily for dinner (4:30pm to 10:00 pm) and for lunch during peak season (11:30 am to 3:00 pm); closed January 1 through mid February. Reservations are not accepted.

Bright Angel Restaurant – Located in Bright Angel Lodge. Open daily 6:30 am to 10:00 pm. Lounge open 11am to 11pm.

Bright Angel Coffee House – located in Bright Angel Lodge. Open daily 5:30 am to 11:00 am.

Bright Angel Fountain – Located outside Bright Angel Lodge on the rim; Ice cream and snacks. Open daily 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Maswik Cafeteria – Located in Maswik Lodge at the west end of the village. Open daily 6:00 am to 10:00 pm. Sports Lounge open daily 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm.

Yavapai Cafeteria – Located at Market Plaza. Open daily 6:30am to 8:00 pm. Hours may fluctuate seasonally; closed January 2 through February 16.

Desert View Marketplace – Located at Desert View. Open daily 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Desert View Trading Post – Located at Desert View. Snack-bar open daily year-round, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, additional open hours vary seasonally.

Hermits Rest Snack Bar – Open daily year-round, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, additional open hours vary seasonally.

Outside the Park (South Rim)
The following restaurants are available in the community of Tusayan
7 miles/ 11 km south of Grand Canyon Village:

Cafe Tusayan (928) 638-2151
Canyon Food Mart (928) 638-2608
Canyon Star (928) 638-3333
General Store (928) 638-2854
McDonalds (928) 638-2208
Mexican Kitchen (928) 638-8423

Dining at the North Rim

The remote and serene North Rim has fewer dining options which are seasonally available.

The Grand Canyon North Rim (Open mid-May through mid-October)

In the Park

Dining and Food Services Now Operated by Forever Resorts

Grand Canyon Lodge Dining Room – Located on the rim. Open daily for breakfast (6:30am to 10am) lunch (11:30am to 2:30pm) dinner (4:45 to 9:45pm) Reservations are required for dinner - call (928) 638-2611.

Grand Cookout Experience – a fun, nightly, cook-out style meal in a delightful setting ‘under the stars’, a short distance from the main lodge.

Roughrider Saloon – Located in the Grand Canyon Lodge complex. Open 11:30am to 11pm daily. Open for gourmet coffee and pastries 5:30am to 10:30am daily.

Deli in the Pines – Located in the Grand Canyon Lodge complex. Open 7:00 am to 8:00 pm daily.

Camper Store – Has groceries, camping supplies, clothing and gifts; located adjacent to the campground. Open 7:00am to 7:00pm daily.

Outside the Park (North Rim)

  • Kaibab Lodge Restaurant – (928) 638-2389 – 18 miles/29 km north
  • North Rim Country Store -  (928) 638-2383 – 18 miles/29 km north
  • Jacob Lake Inn -              (928) 643-7232 – 45 miles/72 km north

The Inner Canyon

Phantom Ranch Canteen – Located at Phantom Ranch, the Canteen provides hearty breakfasts, sack lunches, and dinner to travelers who journey to the bottom of the Canyon.
Reservations are Required
Meals MUST be reserved well in advance of your descent by calling 303-297-2757 or 888-297-2757.

General Store

(928) 638-2854 McDonalds (928) 638-2208 Mexican Kitchen (928) 638-8423

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Skywalk at Grand Canyon West voted the “Best New Bridge”

 

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Grand Canyon Skywalk at Grand Canyon West voted the “Best New Bridge” by Travel + Leisure Magazine

GRAND CANYON WEST (February 1, 2012) One of the most recognizable and popular travel magazines, Travel + Leisure, has crowned the Grand Canyon Skywalk as the “best new bridge.”  Located at Grand Canyon West’s Eagle Point, the Skywalk is the only place where visitors can step out onto a glass walkway nearly 4000ft above the floor of the Grand Canyon. The Skywalk won by a large margin in the United States and beat out all other daring bridges around the world.

 

Walk on air 4,000ft above the Grand Canyon floor

Top New Bridges

1. Grand Canyon Skywalk, Arizona
2. Henderson Waves Pedestrian Bridge, Singapore
3. Millau Viaduct, Millau, France
4. Ponte della Costituzione, Venice, Italy
5. Langkawi Sky Bridge, Langkawi, Malaysia

Travel + Leisure conducted an online survey in 2011 to discover their readers’ top new landmarks of the world. The magazine defines “New landmarks” as any landmarks that opened after 1996. The Skywalk opened in March of 2007. Some 60 landmarks were rated in different categories such as skyscrapers, parks, museums and, of course, bridges.

The article can be seen at http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/top-new-landmarks-2012

About Hualapai Tourism:

Grand Canyon Resort Corporation, which is wholly owned and operated by the Hualapai Nation, manages Grand Canyon West, Hualapai River Runners (whitewater rafting), Hualapai Ranch and the Hualapai Lodge. Grand Canyon West is a collection of viewpoints and attractions spread over 9000 acres of the Grand Canyon’s West Rim in Northwest Arizona, just 120 miles east of Las Vegas, Nevada. Grand Canyon West is the only place in the Canyon where visitors can access a boat ride on the Colorado River via helicopter and is home to the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a glass walkway 4000 ft above the canyon floor. The site attractions are: Guano Point, with panoramic canyon views and the historic guano mine tram; Eagle Point, the location of the Grand Canyon Skywalk, the Native American Village with authentic dwellings of multiple tribes, live Native American performances; and The Hualapai Ranch, a western town with cowboy entertainment, horseback riding, wagon rides and overnight cabins facing the Canyon rim. Private cars are welcome or all inclusive tours are available from Las Vegas, Phoenix and Sedona by airplane, helicopter, coach, SUV and Hummer. The Hualapai Lodge on Historic Route 66 and Grand Canyon West are open daily 365 days a year.  Hualapai River Runners, the only one-day whitewater rafting trip through the Grand Canyon, operates March – October. Visitors can view a complete list of activities, book reservations and get directions at www.GrandCanyonOnDemand.com or by calling 1-888-505-5211 - internationally at (001) 702-538-9000.

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