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

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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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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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.

Get to know some of our pilots in this exclusive video and be sure to check out Maverick’s official Youtube channel for more great content.


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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Best Time to Book a Grand Canyon Sightseeing Tour

The Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, is a popular destination for sightseeing. Because of the expanse of the canyon, however, it’s impossible to soak in its greatness on foot alone. That’s why a helicopter tour with Maverick Helicopters is the perfect way to experience the many wonderful sights that the Grand Canyon has to offer.

When planning your journey it’s important to know the factors that can affect your Grand Canyon sightseeing tour before you book. This will help you have the best possible experience during your trip and create memories that will last a lifetime.


When deciding what time of year to book your sightseeing tour the seasonal weather should be taken into consideration. Each season presents a different experience in the Grand Canyon and each rim will embrace the weather in its own way.

Spring through early summer are the most popular times for helicopter tours because of the milder temperatures. The summer months are also the busiest times of the year for flights and days at the West Rim can be hot, with temperatures exceeding 100°F. Morning flights out to the West Rim are often cooler and a better option when booking a Grand Canyon tour during the summer. The South Rim, home of the Grand Canyon National Park, is higher in elevation than the West Rim. Sitting at 6,000 feet above sea level this high elevation makes temperatures cooler at the south and would be the preferred location for those sensitive to the summer heat.

Fall can be a good choice for a tour at either rim because there are less crowds and the weather is favorable.

Winters at the West Rim are mild compared to the South Rim, although dressing in layers is still recommended. Because the South Rim is cooler at the higher elevation, temperatures can drop very low during the winter and it’s even possible to get snow. Booking a flight later in the day during the winter months will let you enjoy the outdoor surroundings.

Time of day 

As mentioned, the best time of day to book a sightseeing tour will depend on the time of year, weather, and personal preference. Maverick Helicopters offers a wide variety of flight times and tours throughout the day so you can choose the time that works best for you. Once you know which tour you’d like to take it is recommended that you make your reservation well in advance of your desired departure date.


If you’re looking for a deal on a Grand Canyon sightseeing tour the best option is to visit www.maverickhelicopter.com to see which specials are running. Booking direct will save you time and money.

Which Rim

Maverick Helicopters has exciting tours to both the West and South Rims. The West Rim is home to the Grand Canyon Skywalk, Hualapai Ranch, and Guano Point with landing options on the floor of the canyon. The South Rim is primarily known for its breathtaking scenic beauty inside Grand Canyon National Park. There is no landing allowed at the South Rim, instead the helicopter will fly over Kaibab National Forest and through spectacular Dragon Corridor, the canyon’s widest and deepest section. The rim you choose will depend on the type of experience you want. Our reservations specialists can provide detailed information on our tours to help you decide the best choice for your sightseeing tour of the Grand Canyon. Call us at 1-888-261-4414 or 702-261-0007 today!

No matter which of the rims you decide to see, or during which season you’ll be traveling, Maverick is there to provide an exciting sightseeing experience.

Grand Canyon National Park Turns 100

On February 26, 2019, the Grand Canyon celebrates its 100th year since it’s designation as a national park. Every year six million people visit the Grand Canyon to experience this natural wonder. Maverick has been proud to offer some of the most unique air tours to the South Rim, home of Grand Canyon National Park, for over two decades.
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Canyon by Planes, Trolleys and Helis

When you think of a Grand Canyon tour from Las Vegas, you may envision a long bus ride to the park and back. You might stop at a handful of the most popular lookouts. If you’re lucky, you might receive a hurried lunch and some time at a gift shop. But what if you could get more out of your tour of the Grand Canyon and in less time? If you had the opportunity to see corners of this natural wonder seldom seen and still make it back in time for dinner, wouldn’t you jump at the chance?

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