Less expensive tours on Grand Canyon helicopters are out there, but for folks who are looking for luxury I always recommend Maverick. Maverick offers the ultimate in safety and service on their 5-star tours.
So, when you want the very best, the extra cost is worth it.
I think it's a fair trade-off. Maverick owns the best state of the art choppers touring the Grand Canyon.
EcoStar 130 Choppers
All helicopters used by Maverick are EcoStar 130s, the model that's unquestionably the best for sightseeing. These choppers have stadium-style seats so no other passengers block your view. Plus, the cabin is extra roomy and the windshields wrap around the aircraft for the best scenic viewing.
The helicopters are designed with advanced aerodynamics that make them quieter and able to provide you with a smooth, comfortable flight. This allows you to speak easily with your pilot during your tour, and speaking of pilots, Maverick only hires the very best. You'll also be impressed with the climate control in these aircraft, and you will appreciate it during the scorching hot summer months. In short, the EcoStar 130 is ideal for touring the Grand Canyon, and you should book a tour on one if you can.
The Maverick choppers that go to the South Rim depart near the rim from the Grand Canyon National Park Airport, while the choppers that tour the West Rim take off from the Strip in Vegas. The tours out of Vegas have an added bonus of giving you an aerial view of the Strip, plus they are very convenient since the departure point is near the main resorts and hotels in Vegas.
Las Vegas Landing And Air-Only Tours
Maverick gives you a choice in tours from Vegas, they can be air-only, or you can land at the West Rim. Because the South Rim is 277 miles from Vegas (too far for any helicopter to make it there and back), all Vegas departures do the West Rim of the Grand Canyon. On the way to the West Rim, your chopper gives you amazing aerial views of Lake Mead, the Colorado River, and Hoover Dam, as well as a bird's eye view of the Grand Canyon. The aerial tours circle the West Rim and head back to Vegas. When you take a landing tour, you can get out on the canyon floor or on the top of the rim.
Maverick's most popular helicopter tours are the ones that land on the bottom. These give you time to explore the area on foot and enjoy a Champagne picnic. The tours that land on top give you over two hours to explore. Make sure you check out Guano Point, Eagle Point and the other highlights at the Rim. A fun upgrade you should consider is VIP access to the Grand Canyon Skywalk. The Skywalk is amazing, it is a glass bridge that lets you walk out 70 feet past the edge of the canyon and stand 4000 feet above the bottom.
Helicopter Tours Of The South Rim
If you'll be based in Vegas but you'd prefer seeing the South Rim, Maverick offers a direct plane flight from Sin City to the South Rim. You'll have about 2 1/2 hours to tour the inside of the National Park by bus.
Helicopter tours of the South Rim depart daily from the Maverick terminal inside the Grand Canyon National Park Airport, which is situated in Tusayan, Arizona. There is a half-hour flight that goes to the North Rim and back giving you magnificent aerial views of the rim. If you have enough time, opt for the 50-minute tour, which is packed with lots of fantastic views. It does everything the shorter flight does, but it also flies all the way to the eastern border of the Park. This tour is so amazing because it lets you see 75 percent of the park from the air!
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