Maverick Helicopters is passionate about helicopters and the allure of the great outdoors. We love nothing more than showing off our great state from the air and allowing people to see the beauty and splendor of the Grand Canyon from the greatest vantage there is: the air above.
In the third installment of our “Ask the Pilot” series, we take you behind-the-scenes with our assistant chief pilot to discuss one of our favorite places: the Grand Canyon.
Grand Canyon Highlights
In this video, we share information about the wonders of the Grand Canyon. Hosted by Maverick Assistant Chief Pilot Riley Troy, it promises to pique your interest in seeing the Grand Canyon in person aboard one of Maverick's luxurious “limousines in the sky.” Among other fascinating insights about the Grand Canyon, Troy shares:
- The Grand Canyon is about 3 to 6 million years old and was created through erosion by the Colorado River.
- The river, about 1,450 miles long, causes the canyon to grow deeper by the day.
- The canyon basks in an eclectic array of temperatures, plummeting to below zero in the winter and rising to about 120 degrees in the summer.
Book a Grand Canyon Tour
Of course, it's one thing to read about the spectacular Grand Canyon; it's something else entirely to experience it for yourself from the comfortable theater-style seats of Maverick's helicopters. Our Grand Canyon tours include:
- Grand Canyon Discovery Tour, which lasts approximately 40 minutes. This tour departs from the west side of the canyon – not to be confused with Grand Canyon National Park, which is 3.5 hours away. On this tour, descend and land 3,500 feet below the rim, where you will enjoy the mystique and grandeur of the Grand Canyon from Maverick's exclusive landing site, located just 300 feet above the Colorado River.
- Grand Canyon Spirit Tour, which lasts between 45 and 50 minutes. This adventure departs from South Rim, taking visitors over the beautiful Kaibab National Forest, which is home to the world's largest ponderosa pine forest. From a distance, see the Painted Desert and the Desert View Watchtower, designed by Mary Jane Colter in 1932. The journey continues upstream, over the Colorado River to where it merges with the Little Colorado River.
Climb Aboard a Maverick ECO-Star
Both tours take place aboard one of Maverick's ECO-Star EC-130 helicopters, featuring:
- Cabin space for as many as seven passengers
- Theater-style seats
- Wraparound windows for superb visibility
- Surround sound
More than 225,000 people experience what we call the majestic “Maverick moment” every year. Find yours over the Grand Canyon when you book a reservation with Maverick today.