A Native American tribe seized the Skywalk, and still controls it
So, you already know about the super cool Grand Canyon Skywalk, but do you know about the controversy behind the $30 million dollar project accessible from Highway 93? Obviously, environmentalists were up in arms about the project’s obtrusiveness, but there’s even more drama behind it. The Skywalk, which attracts 370,000 visitors each year, was built by Grand Canyon Skywalk Development. Today, the folks who built it and previously ran it have no control over the popular tourist spot. Early opponents of the Skywalk included native Arizona tribes, and in 2012 the Hualapai Tribe Council seized control over the attraction. But don’t feel bad for Grand Canyon Skywalk Development, they were awarded 28 million in damages in a 2013 settlement.