Stratosphere Could Get Its Own Grand Canyon-Style Skywalk

It’s a wild idea, but what an amazing addition it would be to Stratosphere’s list of offerings for thrill-seekers.

Don’t be surprised if the Stratosphere, the tallest observation tower in the country, announces a multi-million-dollar enhancement along the lines of the mind-boggling Grand Canyon Skywalk.

Stratosphere

Yes, that Stratosphere. You sort of can’t miss it.

The thrill ride attractions at the top of the Stratosphere have been a windfall for the resort. With names like Big Shot, Insanity and X-Scream, these are some of the most over-the-top rides anywhere in the world.

And don’t even get us started about SkyJump.

Stratosphere Skyjump

SkyJump isn’t a free-fall. It’s a “controlled free-fall,” which makes it sound so much more appealing, doesn’t it?

A Skywalk-inspired extension to the Stratosphere tower would be a huge draw and create great publicity and a new revenue stream for the resort. It would also serve to inject some new life to the north end of The Strip.

Specifics of a possible attraction aren’t known, but it’s not difficult to imagine what the Stratosphere walkway would look like. The Stratosphere’s observation deck is 869 feet up, and the view from from a glass-bottomed walkway would be a stunner.

Stratosphere glass bridge

We are a Las Vegas blog, not a Photoshop expert.

A glass slide, called Skyslide, attached to a skyscraper in Las Angeles┬árecently made worldwide news, and it’s not unreasonable to think Stratosphere executives have drawn inspiration from that and similar attractions.

Another terrifying glass walkway, the Coiling Dragon Cliff skywalk, made waves when it opened on Tianmen Mountain in China earlier this year.

Technology has come a long way since the Stratosphere opened in 1996, and we’re quite sure engineers are hard at work figuring out how a see-through walkway could work at Stratosphere.

Does a Stratosphere skywalk sound outlandish? Actually, early plans for the Stratosphere involved a giant King Kong ride. A 70-foot-tall gorilla would go up and down the side of the tower with 30 passengers inside. We are not making this up.

We personally have a thing about heights, so don’t expect we’ll be a glass walkway customer if the project comes to pass. But such an attraction would expand Stratosphere’s repertoire and provide a stunning new way to see the world’s most beautiful city.

Granted, we may not be entirely unbiased about that last part. Our Web site has “Vegas” in its name. Please try and keep up.

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  • Martin Veneroso

    Vegas World opened in 1979. The Stratosphere opened in 1996.

    Love the blog, love the podcast.

    • Thanks, Martin! Writing while Captained. “)

  • RustyHammer

    It will bring a lot of new traffic, but that property needs a lot more help. Place is dead much of the time when the city is not at capacity.

    • It seems to be doing fine, but a new attraction certainly wouldn’t hurt! Lucky Dragon won’t help much, but Resorts World would.

    • Jefe

      I’ve stayed at the Strat numerous times this past year & I’ve never seen it, “dead.” Like Scott said & from everything I’ve heard/read, the place seems to be doing just fine.

    • William Wingo

      They could drop the resort fee and bring back playable BJ and VP. They’d have more business than they knew what to do with.

      But I’m not holding my breath….

    • Kris H

      When is the city not at capacity? Everything I go it always crowded. I love the stratosphere restaurant and if I had a lot of money, I would fly up to Vegas just to have dinner there. When is the slow time of the year for Vegas? Maybe that’s the time I need to plan my trip. ?

      • Ha, agree. There are slower times, but rarely slow. Winter seasons tends to be one of the slowest, which is why they have events like rodeo, etc.

  • Myreaction

    Lots of crazy rides could be added; slide around the tower, glass staircase, a tower of terror style ride over the total lenght of the tower, zip line to CC. A giant glass hottub on top of the Strat, a helicopter tour starting on top of the Strat.

    • Steven Brown

      Years ago, they proposed a roller coaster down the side of the tower that would have crossed Las Vegas Blvd. and onto the land the resort has across the street. The project was met with opposition from local residents and shelved.

  • Photoncounter

    I’d need a free pitcher of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon before I’d walk on a glass floor up there, an extra straw for you Scott!

  • Mike L

    The problem I have with the Strat is that it is in a really dicey area and not easily walk-able to any other hotel/casinos. It would have really been a good idea to stop the monorail there instead of Sahara/SLS.

    • It’s true, but more development means it could get better. See, I can do glass half full!

  • Kris H

    In response to the comment below. When is the city not at capacity? Everything I go it always crowded. I love the stratosphere restaurant and if I had a lot of money, I would fly up to Vegas just to have dinner there. ?