Grand Canyon with Maverick Helicopters

Ready for a different kind of Vegas experience? If you are ever going to treat yourself to a private helicopter ride, Las Vegas is the place to do it. Take in the bright city lights, and then travel into the beautiful area beyond the city limits.

On my recent excursion to Vegas, I had the opportunity to do a helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon, and it was truly unforgettable. Getting a bird’s-eye view of such a remarkable sight is definitely a once-in-a-life experience.

Here’s my experience flying over the Grand Canyon with Maverick Helicopters!

Flying over Vegas

Starting Point

Maverick Helicopters’s tour of the Grand Canyon starts out in Las Vegas. If you are staying within a five-mile radius of the Las Vegas Strip, someone from the company will pick you up to take you to the Las Vegas terminal.

They offer complimentary coaches that come right to your door and take you to the terminal in no time, so the whole thing is totally hassle-free.

Helpful Tip: Getting on a helicopter for the first time is scary. If you are afraid of heights like yours truly, Maverick Helicopters’s safety record is very reassuring.

It’s won 150 awards for safety and customer service and actually has the best safety record of any tourism-based aviation company in the world. So, while it might be a bit daunting to get up there, it is very safe (and so worth it!).

Flying with Maverick Helicopters

The Flight

Leaving Las Vegas, we got to see the city from above and then take in the view of the red rock and sandstone formations as we made our way over to the Grand Canyon.

Flight over the Grand Canyon

During the flight, we crossed over Lake Mead, the Hoover Dam, and Fortification Hill (an extinct volcano) before descending 3,500 feet and landing in the middle of the Grand Canyon.

Nevada Landscape

And Maverick Helicopters does it all in style!

Aerial Grand Canyon

During the descent, we had an extended stop for champagne and hors d’oeuvres 300 feet above the Colorado River. When we finally made our way down, we were greeted with a breathtaking view of the Hualapai Indian Territory in the center of the Grand Canyon.

Landing in the Grand Canyon

After checking out the Grand Canyon, we headed back to Vegas. Passing over the Bowl of Fire, we ended our journey flying over Las Vegas at sunset. Trust me, guys; no matter how many times you have seen Vegas, you have not seen it like this.

Overlooking the Grand Canyon

Watching the sun set over the city while the neon lights came alive was absolutely incredible.

Maverick Helicopters

Maverick Helicopters

I took the Wind Dancer Grand Canyon Tour from Las Vegas. It offers a Grand Canyon landing with the desert sunset. While it was amazing, it’s just one of the many flights that’s available.

For a quickie tour, the Vegas Strip Tours (available both day or night) is breathtaking. For a longer adventure, travel between the Las Vegas Strip and the Hoover Dam. This one includes a sunset arrival back in Vegas, which is stunning.

As for the Grand Canyon, Maverick Helicopters has tours that range from three and a half hours to thirteen hours, so you can completely customize your adventure to meet your budget and schedule.

Another very cool option is the HeliYoga Limitless. A must-do for any serious yogi, this journey takes you to the top of the Valley of Fire for a seventy-five-minute private yoga session surrounded by the gorgeous red rocks.

Oh, and if you are planning to go to the Electric Daisy Carnival in June, Maverick Helicopters has got you covered. See the view from above the crowds and arrive in style with VIP transfer service!

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Special thanks to Maverick Helicopters and Visit Las Vegas for making my first Grand Canyon experience possible. As always, the content & opinions expressed here are entirely my own.
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Kiersten Rich is the bikini-obsessed author of award-winning solo female travel and lifestyle blog, The Blonde Abroad, featuring travel tips, fashion, food, festivals and photography from around the world.