10 Fascinating Facts About Grand Canyon National Park

The Grand Canyon is a natural wonder that should be seen in person to experience its true beauty. The history of the Grand Canyon can be traced back to almost six million years as the Colorado River slowly carved out the canyon into the shape it’s known for today. On February 14, 1912, the Grand Canyon earned recognition as a National Park and was later declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Maverick offers unique excursions that take you over the South Rim near Grand Canyon National Park with unprecedented views of Kaibab National Forest, home to the world’s largest stand of ponderosa pines.

10 fascinating facts about Grand Canyon National Park:

1. The Grand Canyon is a full mile deep, 277 miles long and 18 miles wide making it bigger than the entire state of Rhode Island. The park itself measures an amazing 1,904 square miles while Rhode Island is around 1,212 square miles by comparison.

2. Temperatures vary across different areas within the canyon. From the rim of the canyon to its lowest point, the temperature can change by more than 25 degrees. The depths of the gorge are very hot during the summer, while the North Rim can often be below freezing during the winter.

3. The Grand Canyon used to be home to a booming photography business owned by the Kolb brothers. The brothers would take photos of tourists as they departed on mules to tour the canyon and sell them when the riders returned from their journey. The Kolb Studio is still located in Grand Canyon Village.

4. The Grand Canyon is one of the most visited national parks in the United States. When it first opened in 1919, a little over 44,000 people visited the park annually. Now, an estimated 6.38 million people visit every year making it the second most popular national park behind the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee.

5. Hidden caves are tucked deep within the Grand Canyon. Around 1,000 caves are estimated to be inside the canyon with 335 of them officially recorded. Today, the only cave open to the public is the Cave of the Domes on Horseshoe Mesa.

6. The Grand Canyon is home to a variety of wildlife such as bighorn sheep and California Condors. But the animal who causes the most trouble is the rock squirrel. These tiny creatures frequent Grand Canyon National Park and will snatch food from tourists. It’s recommended to stay away from the squirrels and not try to feed them as they do bite.

7. The Grand Canyon has a rich history with more than 4,800 archeological sites that bear the echoes of ancient Native American tribes. Through these discoveries, it’s been suggested that humans have inhabited the Grand Canyon as far back as 4,000 years and journeyed through it 6,500 years before that.

8. After visiting the Grand Canyon in 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt was so deeply moved by the experience that he became instrumental in protecting the landscape. Five years later, Roosevelt signed a bill that proclaimed the area a national monument. Of the Grand Canyon, he said: “Leave it as it is. You cannot improve on it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it.”

9. The Grand Canyon National Park is accessible to everyone. Visitors with disabilities will be pleased to find handicapped-accessible bathrooms, showers, campsites, guest rooms and parking lots. To make it even easier, the maps of the park outline all of the facilities and services available.

10. There are nine buildings at the Grand Canyon National Park that are listed as National Historic Landmarks. Grand Canyon Village, which consists of 257 properties, is also listed as a National Historic Landmark District.

From hiking, to camping, and discovering the history that abounds there’s endless opportunity to learn and explore in Grand Canyon National Park. See it for yourself and share with us your own fascinating facts.

Are you ready to explore the Grand Canyon National Park? Plan your trip today at maverickhelicopters.com or by calling 702-261-0007

Must See Helicopter Tour Highlights on Maui – Molokai

Get Inspired to Visit Molokai

Molokai is full of exceptional, natural beauty offering a glimpse into times long past with an undisturbed rural landscape and rich history. Often called “The Friendly Isle” for its welcoming residents, Molokai has a slower pace than the other Hawaiian islands. Getting into a “Molokai state-of-mind” encourages travelers to relax, drink in the lush landscape and immerse yourself in the crystal waters. Molokai is home to the highest sea cliffs in the world and the longest continuous fringing reef. It is truly an island of aloha and adventure.

Molokai Cliffs

Hawaiian culture is at the forefront

History’s roots run deep on Molokai where Hawaii’s past comes alive. A high percentage of its residents are Native Hawaiians, and they maintain a strong connection to Hawaiian culture thanks to their love of the land. Visitors to Molokai will find no traffic lights or shopping malls and zero skyscrapers blocking out the blue skies. What they will discover is simple, untouched beauty and friendly residents. Visitors truly seeking peace will embrace the simple pleasures offered by this island paradise.

It is said to be the birthplace of hula

Molokai legend states that the art of hula got its start at Kaana near the present-day town of Maunaloa. One of the most valued parts of Hawaiian culture, dancing hula is a way for Hawaiians to pass down stories and convey emotion. Every chant and dance tells the story of their history. Each May, some of the best dancers in Molokai gather together to celebrate this personification of the aloha spirit at the Molokai Ka Hula Piko Festival.


Start your voyage on a Molokai helicopter tour

The MOLOKAI VOYAGE is a Hawaiian adventure that lets you explore the beauty and scenery of two Hawaiian Islands.

Key highlights include:

  • The world’s highest sea cliffs

This Hawaiian adventure starts with a journey to the world’s tallest sea cliffs on Molokai. These incredible sea cliffs are among the highest in the world, stretching 3,000 feet above sea level. Molokai’s sea cliffs are located on the remote, north side of the island making them difficult to reach from the ground. Helicopter tours, such as the Molokai Voyage are one of the best ways to see the inaccessible areas of Molokai including a spectacular bird’s-eye view of the cliffs.

  • Awe-inspiring waterfalls

High sea cliffs bring significant waterfalls. If there’s been consistent rainfall you’ll see some spectacular falls on your Hawaiian helicopter tour. You’ll soar above breathtaking waterfalls like Kahiwa Falls located on the northern shore of the island of Molokai, between Wailua and Papalaua valleys.

  • Ancient Fish Ponds and Fringing Reef

Molokai is also home to Hawaii’s longest continuous fringing reef and many well-preserved fishponds located along its southern coast. Dating back to the early 13th century, almost 800 years ago, these ancient fish ponds are one of the Hawaiians’ greatest engineering innovations. Natural “finger” coral and stony coral harbor honu (green sea turtles), Hawaiian monk seals and a swirling rainbow of reef fish are all staples of these ancient fish ponds.

  • Elephant Rock

This rock formation’s ancient Hawaiian name is Mokuhooniki, literally meaning “pinch island” but when seen from above you can make out why it got its popular nickname “Elephant Rock.” Located to the north of Molokai this visually amazing islet resembles the shape of an elephant with a trunk, ear, body, tail and all.

Next on the multi-island expedition is a flight over Maui where you’ll get intimate views of the western portion of the island including the famous Iao Valley State Park. More waterfalls await including the tallest waterfall on the island, Honokohau Falls. Distant views of the dormant volcano, Haleakala and the West Maui Mountains including possible views of the “Wall of Tears” round out the experience.

Exploring the beauty and scenery of West Maui and Molokai on this helicopter tour is a must when vacationing in Maui.

These are a few of the sights you can experience on the Molokai Voyage with Maverick.

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Experience Eagle Point and more “must-see” attractions at Grand Canyon West


Grand Canyon West is home to fascinating landmarks such as Eagle Point and the famous Skywalk. This glass bridge structure allows visitors to “walk the path of the eagle” and step out over the Grand Canyon for a one-of-a-kind perspective 4,000 feet in the air. Upon approaching the Grand Canyon Skywalk, the natural rock formations begin to come into view, and inevitably the first question asked by tour guides or travel companions is “do you see it?” What they’re referencing are the sacred rocks located on the private land of the Hualapai reservation called Eagle Point.

Created by nature, the rocks are formed in the undeniable shape of an eagle spreading its wings. Stepping out onto the horseshoe-shaped bridge of the Skywalk is when you’ll see the eagle really begin to take shape.

History of Eagle Point

The Story Behind Eagle Point

Besides being one of the most stunning photographic opportunities at Grand Canyon West, the unique appearance of Eagle Point is very special to the Hualapai. This area of the canyon was originally known as the “battleship” but was later renamed by one of the Hualapai people to “Eagle Point” to reference the eagle outline within the rock formation. History and lore state that in the early years the people living at the bottom of the Grand Canyon were threatened by a great flood. Legend states that an eagle flew down to warn the people of the danger. When it flew back up it turned to stone to keep watch and that is where it remains today.


In the video below you’ll learn more about traveling by helicopter from Maverick’s Las Vegas terminal to the Grand Canyon to visit the Skywalk and Eagle Point.


Authentic Village

The Hualapai Tribe has spent many years working to develop the area of Eagle Point with a lot of “must-do” attractions.

Eagle Point is home to an authentic Native American village where visitors can explore dwellings of the region’s indigenous tribes. Be amazed as you stroll through traditionally built housing and sweat lodges with unique architecture, style, and functionality representing a simpler time when the Hualapai, Navajo, Plains, Hopi, Havasupai, and other native tribes roamed the lands. At the center of the village, is a 250 seat amphitheater where guests can enjoy daily live musical and dance performances, or lectures on Hualapai history.

Authentic Native village at Grand Canyon West

Visit the Grand Canyon West Rim

At Maverick, we pride ourselves on delivering once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Each Grand Canyon adventure highlights the very best of each of the canyon’s rims. Our Skywalk Odyssey tour departs from the famed Las Vegas Strip on a direct helicopter flight out to the West Rim, home to the amazing Grand Canyon Skywalk. Experience bird’s-eye views of the Grand Canyon, Lake Las Vegas, Lake Mead, and Hoover Dam. Upon landing, you’ll have the opportunity to experience the Grand Canyon Skywalk and see Eagle Point up close and personal. Expedited admission to the Skywalk, VIP ground transportation, and a Skywalk souvenir photo are included with 45 minutes of ground time to enjoy Grand Canyon West.

Each of our excursions provides guests with unique opportunities to experience the awe-inspiring canyon from many different perspectives.

Indian Territory: Fly out of Las Vegas aboard an ECO-Star helicopter and pass over the historic Hoover Dam. Descend and land 3,500 feet below the rim at a private landing area on Hualapai Indian territory where champagne, beverages and a snack box are served above the Colorado River. Proceed to a second landing at the top of the Grand Canyon West to visit Eagle Point and the Skywalk before continuing to Guano Point. Conclude your adventure with a scenic flight over the Las Vegas Strip and downtown.

Western Journey: Begin with a scenic helicopter flight over Lake Mead and Hoover Dam before flying over the majestic Grand Canyon west rim. Explore various overlooks and highlights of Grand Canyon West including Eagle Point and the Skywalk. Next, visit Guano Point, a breathtaking observation point offering some of the best panoramic views of the Grand Canyon.

Western Territory: Enjoy panoramic views aboard a Cessna airplane departing from Maverick Airlines. You’ll travel to Grand Canyon West for spectacular views of the Skywalk and Eagle Point. A hop-on-hop-off bus allows you to travel between the Skywalk, Guano Point, and Hualapai Ranch. A helicopter tour over the Grand Canyon rounds out the trip before returning to the Henderson terminal.

Views from the Skywalk cannot be explained in words and pictures alone, it’s something you have to experience for yourself to truly get swept away in the majesty of the Grand Canyon’s west rim.

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Fun Ways to Fly for National Aviation Day

National Aviation Day is the biggest celebration of flight each year. Ever since the presidential proclamation from Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939, the date of August 19 has been observed in the celebration of the history and development of aviation. It also happens to be the birthday of Orville Wright who, along with his brother Wilbur, were pioneers in the development of powered flight.

As aviation enthusiasts, Maverick invites you to join us in celebration of National Aviation Day. Repost this blog with the hashtags #FlyMaverick and #NationalAviationDay with your favorite aviation photo to spread the word.


Our aircraft includes the largest fleet of ECO-Star helicopters in the world. They feature a 23% larger cabin than most other tourism helicopters and wraparound windows throughout the interior provide superior external visibility allowing guests to soak in breathtaking views. The Fenestron Tail Rotor is unique to the ECO-Star helicopter. It not only drastically reduces outside noise to enhance guest enjoyment but it also limits the effects on nature’s habitats. Maverick’s state-of-the-art ECO-Star helicopters are the “limousines in the sky” providing a quiet, roomy and comfortable flight.

Our sister company, Maverick Airlines, offers tours aboard the Beechcraft 1900D and Cessna Grand Caravan 208B both of which depart from the Henderson Executive Airport, just a short distance from the famed Las Vegas Strip. Find out more about our airplanes on the Maverick Airlines site.


ECO-Star Helicopter


Don’t miss the video below (premiering on National Aviation Day!) where we spend some time at Maverick Helicopters’ home base in Las Vegas, NV speaking with the staff and pilots about all things aviation. 

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Maverick Helicopters is dedicated to creating a first-class, VIP experience for each one of our guests before, during, and after your tour. This commitment to excellence in service is only matched by our commitment to the highest level of safety. Maintenance schedules are planned well in advance and our team of mechanics and support personnel work around the clock to exceed industry standards. It’s this attention to detail that earned Maverick Helicopters the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Award of Excellence “Diamond Award” for eight consecutive years. This achievement signifies the company’s ongoing dedication to maintenance training and aircraft safety.

Inside the maintenance hangar at Maverick Helicopters

Maverick Hangar

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Each of our tours provides a once-in-a-lifetime experience with unique views of popular landmarks.

  • Maverick Helicopters provides the best helicopter tours in Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, Maui and Kauai, Hawaii.
  • Maverick Airlines creates adventures on a Grand Canyon plane ride where you can experience this natural wonder up close and personal.

To learn more about these excursions, and choose which one is best for you, call 702-261-0007 and our reservation staff will answer any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you and Happy National Aviation Day!

Must See Helicopter Tour Highlights on Maui – Haleakala National Park

With its lush greenery and crystal clear waters Maui, also known as the “Valley Isle,” is a true destination for nature lovers. Most of the island is remote and completely inaccessible so the only way to see the full island is from the air. Maverick Helicopters offers several Maui air tours that soar over amazing sights, such as Haleakala National Park, where you can view the largest dormant volcano in the world.

Haleakala Crater

Located on the island of Maui, Haleakala National Park is a special place that encompasses stories of both ancient and modern Hawaiian culture. Diverse colors of sand and unique cinder cone formations blend together in a surreal, moon-like landscape which is amazing to see from the air.

Read on to learn about some more of the highlights offered on our Maui tours.



This exhilarating flight starts high above Maui’s dormant volcano on this eastern island journey. Soar high above jagged cliffs, amazing waterfalls and some of the most isolated areas of the island. Follow the winding Road to Hana from above, experiencing up close and personal views of the Hana Rainforest. Additional highlights include views of the Manawainui Valley, the North Shore of Maui, Jurassic Rock and the world famous “Jaws” surf area.


During the Maui Dream tour you’ll experience the serenity of the island as you climb high above Haleakala National Park. Explore intimate views of Haleakala Crater with distant views of the Hana Rainforest and the West Maui Mountains. View Maui’s lush landscape, breathtaking coastlines, hidden valleys, scenic waterfalls and the sharp-blue waters of the Pacific Ocean on this complete circle island expedition. Other highlights on this complete island expedition include the North Shore of Maui, Jurassic Rock and Iao Valley State Park.

Maui Coastline

Key highlights include:

  • Haleakala Crater

Haleakala is a shield volcano encompassing the full eastern border of Maui. This mountain was built up from lava flow eruptions spanning over thousands of years. It was only after a climate shift, which brought a series of extended torrential rainfalls, did the crater’s shape really take form. Massive rivers developed long, deep channels along the mountain’s slopes. Once the volcanic activity began again, lava streamed down into the valleys and formed unique tubes and cinder cones in the water-carved basin. Seeing the full expanse of Haleakala on a helicopter tour is a unique way to appreciate its beauty and acknowledge the magnitude of the mountain’s varied landscapes.

  • Waterfalls

Maui Waterfalls are one of the most well-known aspects of the “Valley Isle.” Located within the island’s valleys are some of the best waterfalls you can find anywhere. No trip to Maui would be complete without viewing these sights of nature. Upper Waikani Falls, Lower Puohokamoa Falls, Waimoku Falls and Makahiku Falls are some of the most popular waterfalls on the island and can best be seen by air.

  • Coastline

Most people visit Maui for the pristine coastlines and beautiful beaches. With 120 miles of coast, Maui boasts over 30 miles of beautiful beaches where you’ll find white, black and red sand on these famous shores.

These are a few of the sights you can experience on the Maui Dream and Maui Spirit when you fly with Maverick. 

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Staying inside Grand Canyon National Park – Bright Angel Lodge

If you’re planning on staying inside Grand Canyon National Park during your visit one of the popular places to stay is Bright Angel Lodge. Here we take you inside some of its rich history, comfortable accommodations, and more.

Bright Angel Lodge

History of Bright Angel

Bright Angel Lodge is rich with cultural history and authenticity making it a Registered National Historic Landmark. In 1935, during a time when architecture was dominated by men, Mary Elizabeth Colter revolutionized construction with the design for Bright Angel Lodge. She was also the architect for most of the historic Grand Canyon buildings. Bright Angel Lodge and its surrounding cabins have a natural rustic character. Over the years it has gone through many transformations first as a hotel, then a camp, and finally a lodge. All of its changes were to accommodate the increase in visitation after the arrival of the train in 1901.

Today, the Bright Angel Lodge, and the surrounding cabins, serve as an iconic remembrance of its colorful past. Located at the top of Bright Angel Trail Head, the facility sees visitors from all around the world. Bright Angel Lodge includes a full service restaurant, a deli, gift shop, coffee house, and old-style saloon. Visitors also come to the hotel from all around to enjoy the Bright Angel Fountain, open seasonally during the summer months.

Bright Angel History Room

Visiting Grand Canyon National Park is a great time to take advantage of Maverick Helicopters Canyon Spirit tour which departs from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. You’ll take a helicopter flight over the beautiful Kaibab National Forest, home to the world’s largest ponderosa pine forest. As you reach the edge of the canyon a surge of excitement floods over you as the South Rim gently falls away to reveal the the North Rim and eastern end of the canyon. This is arguably one of the most spectacular views in the entire canyon.

In the distance, it’s possible to see the Painted Desert and the Desert View Watchtower before traveling upstream along the Colorado River. You’ll view Marble Canyon and Point Imperial with one-of-a-kind views of the North Rim and then head south through the Dragon Corridor, the widest and deepest part of the canyon. This Grand Canyon South Rim tour will provide you with memories of a lifetime.

Or if you’re headed to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas, Maverick Airlines Canyon Explorer tour can get you there in style and comfort while drastically cutting down your travel time. Your ultimate excursion begins at Maverick’s terminal located at the Henderson Executive Airport with a smooth flight to the Grand Canyon’s South Rim aboard our Beechcraft 1900D aircraft. From there our complimentary ground transportation brings you inside the Grand Canyon National Park where awe-inspiring vistas, panoramic overlooks and trails await you. Here’s where you’ll enjoy historic Bright Angel Lodge and also Mather Point which provides some of the most inspiring views of the canyon.

Canyon Spirit tour



Bright Angel History Room

Accommodations at Bright Angel

Bright Angel has 90 lodging units ranging from cozy historic units with shared bathrooms to standard lodge rooms and historic cabins. All rooms are equipped with a telephone and refrigerator. Most rooms generally have only one bed.

Two cabins are worth mentioning are The Buckey O’Neill Cabin and the Red Horse Cabin.

  • Built in the 1890’s and named after one of Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders, Mary Coulter memorialized Buckey O’Neill with this cabin designation. This cabin offers canyon views and a cozy atmosphere.
  • The Red Horse Cabin is the oldest building on the South Rim. Built in 1890, it was moved from Red Horse Ranch in 1902 by a local businessman for use as a tourist hotel at the Bright Angel Trailhead. From 1910 to 1935, it served as a post office.

The cabins have been rehabilitated and restored to accommodate the desires of today’s guests. Views of the Grand Canyon serve as the backdrop just feet away and Mule deer are fed right outside at night. Booking at Bright Angel Lodge can be difficult, since there is always a huge demand, so be sure to book well in advance.

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Must See Helicopter Tour Highlights on Maui – Hana Rainforest

Seeing Maui from the air is an unmatched experience where bird’s-eye views allow you to experience the island as never before. Maverick offers several unique helicopter tours to choose from with each providing must-see highlights of Maui.

Jurassic Rock

Each excursion lets you view key landmarks and popular attractions as you’ve never seen them before. Read on to learn about some of the highlights offered on our Hana Rainforest Experience.



Explore Maui’s remote landscape with breathtaking views of sea cliffs and cascading waterfalls on this round-trip helicopter flight. Fly along Maui’s coast above Paia, Hookipa, and the famous surf destination Jaws. This one-of-a-kind adventure is perfect for travelers looking to be immersed in an authentic Hawaiian experience.


Key highlights include:

  • Private Landing

In this exclusive ground exploration, you’ll descend and land in the Wailua Valley on a former taro plantation where very few people have ever stepped foot. From there, walk among the lush vegetation and wild flowers while taking in the scenic panoramic views on this remote Hawaiian landscape.

  • Road to Hana

The island of Maui is home to the legendary Road to Hana. Over 60 miles of highway hug the coastline offering amazing views and interesting view points to stop if you’re willing to take the drive. But up in the air aboard Maverick’s ECO-Star helicopter, you’ll get to really appreciate this winding road.

  • Jurassic Rock

Keopuka Rock rests in the sea just off the coast. After making its film debut in the opening of Jurassic Park, it’s often referred to as “Jurassic Rock.” Keopuka is only visible on Maui from a distance when you’re in the botanical garden Garden of Eden. Get the best view of this iconic structure from above.

These are a few of the sights you can experience on the Hana Rainforest Experience with Maverick in Maui.

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We achieved excellence because of you!

Maverick Helicopters always strives to give our very best when it comes to our customer service. That’s why we take great pride in receiving our fifth consecutive Certificate of Excellence Award from TripAdvisor® which entered Maverick into the Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame. That means we’re doing our job to provide you, our guests, a level of service that far surpasses any other.

Here are some of the reasons why you chose us for the hall of fame.


* Top-Notch Customer Service

From the time you book your tour with us, to the moment you check-in for your flight, our reservations department and customer service staff will make your experience smooth and hassle free.

* ECO-Star Helicopter

To ensure a first-class flight Maverick relies on the ECO-Star helicopter which is the safest and most comfortable tourism-based helicopter in the world. Some of its key features include:

  • Wraparound glass providing superior, breathtaking views
  • Individual front-facing seats for maximum comfort
  • A fuel-efficient engine to provide fast flight time which means more time for you to enjoy the tour
  • Drastically limited flight noise over the Grand Canyon lets you really soak in the moment

* Experienced Pilots

Maverick’s impeccable safety record, and numerous awards, are due in large part to the high quality of pilots that fly our tours. From the start, Maverick initiated a pilot training program that went above and beyond the Federal Aviation Administration’s standard regulatory requirements. The passion and dedication for what they do shines through on each tour. See for yourself what customers are saying about Maverick Helicopters’ amazing pilots.

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Add these sightseeing air tours to your Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to plan a mini getaway, and Las Vegas is a popular destination to visit. The city itself has many activities to offer and the Grand Canyon is just a short distance away when you fly with Maverick Helicopters.

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