Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour – Do the Mighty Grand Canyon in Style

Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour – How to do the Grand Canyon in Style

The Grand Canyon is one of the world’s great wonders, while you could spend an entire day on a long and boring road out of Las Vegas to see, the most awe inspiring way to experience the Grand Canyon is by flight.

The team at Maverick Helicopters out of Las Vegas, Nevada have a great thing going. The flight is smooth, comfortable and will leave you stunned; the experience is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, an absolute highlight of any trip to this region of the world. You wont regret this.

The Maverick chopper flights run nearly every day of the year, three times per day out of their new terminal at McCarran International Airport, a short drive off the Las Vegas strip.

The hotel pick up is easy and on time, you’ll quickly get to know a few of your fellow passengers on the open seat bus, as you bond over the possibilities of the next few hours. We met travellers from Zimbabwe, Spain, the UAE, England and Spain.

On arrival at Maverick HQ, you’ll check-in, with a weigh in and allocation of chopper number.

After a short period, your pilot for the day will call for you and flying friends, before a quick walk out to the tarmac and to our $3.2 million flying machine.

Chris, our pilot met us, along with our new buddies – a travelling party from Spain, myself and travelling companion. After a brief safety talk, we’re settled into the 7 passenger, 1 pilot chopper and ready for takeoff. Emergency floatation devices on (we’re actually flying over water despite standing in the desert) we’re strapped in, headsets on and ready for takeoff.

Four other choppers are filled up today, we take the lead as we taxi out off the ground, up around the airport; with a awesome view of the Vegas strip and out to the sprawling suburbs of Las Vega – the Oasis in the Mojave Desert below.

As we lift off and away, inspiring music from Hollywood films plays in our headsets, we kick things off with the Top Gun film theme – Danger Zone. Very cool.

The Grand Canyon is one of the world’s great wonders, while you could spend an entire day on a long and boring road out of Las Vegas to see, the most awe inspiring way to experience the Grand Canyon is by flight.

The team at Maverick Helicopters out of Las Vegas, Nevada have a great thing going. The flight is smooth, comfortable and will leave you stunned; the experience is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, an absolute highlight of any trip to this region of the world. You wont regret this.

The Maverick chopper flights run nearly every day of the year, three times per day out of their new terminal at McCarran International Airport, a short drive off the Las Vegas strip.

The hotel pick up is easy and on time, you’ll quickly get to know a few of your fellow passengers on the open seat bus, as you bond over the possibilities of the next few hours. We met travellers from Zimbabwe, Spain, the UAE, England and Spain.

On arrival at Maverick HQ, you’ll check-in, with a weigh in and allocation of chopper number.

After a short period, your pilot for the day will call for you and flying friends, before a quick walk out to the tarmac and to our $3.2 million flying machine.

Chris, our pilot met us, along with our new buddies – a travelling party from Spain, myself and travelling companion. After a brief safety talk, we’re settled into the 7 passenger, 1 pilot chopper and ready for takeoff. Emergency floatation devices on (we’re actually flying over water despite standing in the desert) we’re strapped in, headsets on and ready for takeoff.

Four other choppers are filled up today, we take the lead as we taxi out off the ground, up around the airport; with a awesome view of the Vegas strip and out to the sprawling suburbs of Las Vega – the Oasis in the Mojave Desert below.

As we lift off and away, inspiring music from Hollywood films plays in our headsets, we kick things off with the Top Gun film theme – Danger Zone. Very cool.

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Out of Las Vegas, we fly high over the suburbs and across the Las Vegas Valley, over Lake Las Vegas, where some of the strips resident celebrites call home – Celine Dion included. This man made lake is was developed by several US billionaires in the 1990’s – a sort of ode to Nevada’s somewhat ludicrous and environmentally questionble development attitudes, with mansions and lush green golf courses for the super rich.

Suddenly we are heading over Lake Meade, America’s largest water reservoir. Below, people are screaming along the surface on jet skies and power boats, a surprising amount of human activity on a body of water so important to the entire south-west region of the United States.

The body of water is part of the Colorado river system, and is an important body of water, providing for Nevada, Arizona and all the way to Southern California, including the mega metropolis of Los Angeles and San Diego. The lake is fed by water flows from melting snowcaps in Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah’s Rocky Mountains. However, due to climate change and drought, the lake is slowly losing its water, at an alarming rate. The Lake could become completely unusable by 2040, Scienitst predict. In that case, the US better start planing for a water scarce future now.

Eastward we go, we approach higher terrain – to the point where we’re climbing steeply higher every moment into the sky just to stay above the ground just a little bit more. We reach one of the world’s most famous sights – The Hoover Dam. We fly high over this icon of Americana, doing a 360 circle so everyone in the chopper gets a good look.

Onward we go, rising higher above the mountainous, past Fortification Hill, an extinct volcano ancient terrain toward the Grand Canyon.

A few clicks east, and we’re rising higher and higher into the sky – over the boarder into Arizona. Suddenly we’re swooping over a hilltop and before our eyes lies one of the great views of all time – a giant hole in the Earth with its vastness and beauty that words can’t really describe. We have arrived.

We drop down into the canyons for the first time, dropping significantly on a crazy ride that isn’t dizzying or discomforting, but awe inspiring and breathtaking. Soon, our pilot of moving us around through the canyon, with the walls moving past us at pace – like Will Smith’s character chasing Aliens in Independence Day – an experience like no other.

See what I mean?

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Chris takes our Maverick Helicopter down below, some 3,500 feet below the rim of the top canyonds, in Hualapai Indian Territory. We land, incredibly, on a tiny strip of land perfectly carved out to handle us and four other choppers who’ve dropped behind us into the place. Our pilot beautifully lands us in the best spot – right near the edge where the Colorado River winds through several hundred feet below.

We leave the chopper and step foot in one of the world’s great wonders. Chris serves us champagne and light snack for a lunch like mo other – we are over 300 feet above the mighty Colorado River below. Squirrels dance around us and an Eagle is circling above us. A raven lands on the edge of the valley as we explore our surrounds with our eyes with joy and amazement.

Native wildlife at our Grand Canyon stop

On the ground – 400 feet above the Colorado River, 4,000 feet below below the peaks of the Canyon tops

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After some 20-minutes on foot, and some great conversation and drink with our pilot and fellow flying companions – we head back on board and ready to take off. We are back in the air and climbing fast. Two choppers go ahead of us and we climb and climb to the edge of the Canyon, up and over coming close to the ground as we move over the top – its pure acceleration.

Flying out of the Grand Canyon

We head toward flat lands back to the west – we move over the cactus minefield below and head through some rain clouds – a tiny amount of water drips down and across our chopper windows – but its only fleeting. We head toward a refuling depot and land with other choppers around us for refuel.

Back we go, a glorious flight across, back over Lake Meade and on our way back to Vegas. We take in a great view of the city, moving fast over the burbs and onto the Strip, past the hotels and looking down to the massive pools of the hotels, over casino carparks and close to the high rise buildings.

Somehow, 3 hours went by like a flash and our flight ends with a perfect landing at the airport, a great adventure is over.

Flight home over Vegas…