Tourists regain access to Grand Canyon Skywalk

In this Tuesday, May 28, 2013 photo provided by the Hualapai tribe, members of the Hualapai tribe protest as a private armed guard collects tolls of $20.00 per person and up to $500.00 per tour bus on the Diamond Bar Road checkpoint leading to the Grand Cayon Skywalk in Meadview, Nev. Land owner Nigel Turner recently set up a checkpoint and started charging tourists driving through his ranch to get to the Grand Canyon Skywalk, which he calls an admission fee. While the fee includes access to an hourly rodeo show and other ranch activities, the Hualapai Indian tribe - which operates the Skywalk - says the fee is unethical and potentially illegal. (AP Photo/Hualapai Tribe, Dave Cieslak)

By FELICIA FONSECA,Associated Press

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Tourists who had been denied access on the main road to the Grand Canyon Skywalk now have a way to get to the glass bridge, be it through a bypass route or a rancher's checkpoint.

The Hualapai Tribe, which operates the Skywalk, received a federal permit to create a quarter-mile route that will run adjacent to Nigel Turner's ranch. A spokesman said it would be complete Tuesday.

The temporary right of way separates traffic from heavy equipment being used to pave the stretch of Diamond Bar Road. It also allows tourists to avoid a fee Turner had imposed to drive through his property.

Turner had shut down part of the road last week. He said he has reopened it and lowered the fee from $20 per person to $5 per car.


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