Grand Canyon tours cover all price points, but when you want the best, you should look into Maverick tours. 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. To put it simply, Maverick Helicopters has the best fleet of Grand Canyon helicopters.
Maverick uses the luxury EcoStar 130 aircraft that is designed for sightseeing. Every seat is great because the EcoStar 130 has stadium-style seating. In addition, the cabin is 25 percent larger than traditional helicopters and the EcoStar 130 has a wraparound windshield for the best view.
These choppers are quiet too, and thanks to their design, the ride is smooth and comfortable. 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. All in all, an EcoStar 130 is an impressive aircraft.
Take Off Points
The Maverick tours to the West Rim depart from the Las Vegas Strip and the tours to the South Rim take off from the Grand Canyon National Park Airport near the main gates to the South Rim. The tours that leave from the Strip are very convenient since they are near Vegas hotels, plus you get an aerial view of the city and Strip as well.
Vegas Landing And Aerial Tours
Maverick gives you a choice in tours from Vegas, they can be air-only, or you can land at the West Rim. The helicopters that depart from Las Vegas only fly to the West Rim since the South Rim is out of flight range being 277 miles away. The flight to the canyon offers spectacular scenic views of the Colorado River, Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and the canyon itself. The air-only tours fly over the West Rim then circle back to Vegas. Landing tours will land either at the top or on the bottom of the canyon.
The Maverick tours that land on the bottom of the canyon is very popular. These tours include a fun Champagne picnic and about 30 minutes to explore the canyon and shore of the river. If you pick the tour that lands at the top, you'll have about 2 1/2 hours on the ground to explore. Guano Point and Eagle Point are two of the sights you won't want to miss. One of the tour options you can add on is VIP access to the glass Grand Canyon Skywalk. The Skywalk is a thrilling structure that allows you to stand 4000 feet above the floor of the canyon and 70 feet beyond the edge of the rim.
South Rim Chopper Tours
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. These tours also come with a 2 1/2 hour bus tour of the Grand Canyon National Park.
The Maverick helicopter tours of the South Rim depart every day from their terminal in Tusayan at the Grand Canyon National Park Airport. A 30-minute version flies from the South Rim to the North Rim and back. If you have enough time, opt for the 50-minute tour, which is packed with lots of fantastic views. It also flies to the North Rim, but goes to the eastern edge of the park too. This tour is so amazing because it lets you see 75 percent of the park from the air!