The good news for the tribe is that after the first year of operation, the Hualapais are pretty close to meeting that 2009 goal, getting 2,000 guests a day, or a projected 730,000 annually. That's four times as many visitors as the area got before the Skywalk was built.
But the bad news for the tribe is that many of the people visiting say they felt ripped off when they went and vow never to return.
Following my visit, I noted that there may be more cameras per capita at the Grand Canyon than any place on Earth--but that they would be banned at the Skywalk.
In addition to the irritating camera ban, many visitors weren't aware of how much it was going to cost them to get on the glass walkway. The least expensive Grand Canyon West package that includes transport to the Skywalk area goes for $50, plus the $25 ticket to the walk.