Maverick Helicopters offer tours of the Grand Canyon. I chose to do the Wind Dancer tour as it is one of the cheaper options and therefore the most popular. I didnt book in advance deciding to wait until I arrived in Las Vegas hoping for a fine blue sky day. I was not disappointed.
Maverick pick you up from your hotel and take you to their base at McGarron Airport. After a safety briefing and a weight check you are introduced to your pilot and escorted to your helicopter which is very modern and state of the art.
Then the fun begins. Your helicopter, along with up to three others lifts off convoy style taking in Las Vegas sights before heading off towards Hoover Dam and the Canyon.
Your pilot provides an informative running commentary of all the places you pass. Lake Mead in particular is very pretty. Soon after the colours of the canyon begin to emerge and it is all just so breathtaking.
Your helicopter lands briefly on a ledge at the side of the canyon giving you a close up view of the Colorado river. Time for quick refreshments and photo opportunities before the return trip.
The helicopter takes an alternate route back to Las Vegas stopping to refuel.
This is not an economical way of seeing the canyon but as many people have only a short time to spend in Las Vegas it is certainly worth doing for the experience alone.
Maverick Helicopters is a very professional company. I felt completely safe in the capable hands of our experienced pilot.
I would point out that the seat you are given is based on the weight calculations. Ideally you would hope to get a front seat next to the pilot as this is the optimum place to sit and the best value for your money.
The South Rim is the most famous part of the Grand Canyon, and the busiest too. It is the place you may have seen already in National Geographic.
When you enter the park you get a free copy of the park Guide, with a lot of informations, announcements about activities.
Mather Point is the most popular viewpoint on the South Rim as it is closest to the entrance. The majority of visitors including me first gaze over the Grand Canyon here, although other lookout point have probably better views for photos.
The South Rim averages more then 2100 metres above sea level. The Colorado River flows along the bottom of the canyon, about 1500 metres below the rim. Because of the enormous depth of the Canyon, the river is visible only from certain viewpoints.
At the famous Bright Angel Lodge you can shop, take pictures, and stroll the walkways to gaze out at the colorful sites. Across the horizon, you may see the painted peak of Isis Temple and the neighboring flat-topped formation known as Cheops Pyramid. Looking east, the Clear Creek becomes visible, which has formed a deep, private canyon towards the Walhalla Plateau.
The Grand Canyon, one of the wonders of the world, has been created by Colorado River cutting through rock for two billion years. The canyon is 446 km long, from 6 to 24 kilometers wide and more than a mile deep.
Alot of the formations of the Grand Canyon have Egyptian names, such as Cheops Pyramid, Isis Temple, Tower of Set, Tower of Ra, Horus Temple, etc. Some of the names are of East Indian gods, such as Buddha Cloister, Vishnu Temple or Brahma Temple; there is a Zoroaster Temple, which is Persian.
Park Entrance Fee $12 valid for seven days.
if you are in las vegas for more than a couple of days a tour of the grand canyon is a very worth while thing to do. the grand canyon is one of the natural wonders of the world. you can book a bus, airplane, or helicopter tour of the canyon at the grand canyon experience on the strip or at any major hotel. the info on the grand canyon experience is listed below.
If you want a comfortable, personalized trip to the Canyon, Pink Jeep's SUV package will be the most idea option. The car picks you up at most of known Casino & resorts and will send you directly back to hotel after the journey. The whole thing lasts about 8 hours.
It is a non-stop drive, however, one have to change to local bus tour when entering Hualapai reservation and follow their routes to visit eagle point (Sky walk is optional) and Guano point (Lunch Buffet at Guano point). The time at both points are in fact limited - 2-3 hrs incl. lunch time.
On the way back, the driver will stop at Joshua tree forest for photo shooting, but that's it.
$208 Per person before tax, lunch included but not Sky walk.
Take a trip to the grand canyon in a helicopter as the views are unbelievable. The tours vary from just a short fly over to a longer flight and a landing in the canyon itself. It is one of the worlds great wonders and everyone who visits vegas should try and get to see it. Also an added benefit iss that if you cant manage to go to the hoover dam itself you will get a fly over of the dam as well(but if you can make the dam it is well worth seeing as well as its one of the best pieces of engineering in the world).
I would recommend anyone visiting Las Vegas to do the helicopter trip to the Grand Canyon it was an amazing experience. We set off about 1pm and they flew us over lake mead and over the hoover dam it took about 45 minutes to get to the rim of the canyon but once inside the views are spectacular. We booked with Papillion tours and they touch down in the canyon for about 30 minutes (couldn't do any longer as it was too hot 114º in the shade) and you are provided with a picnic. The trip from start to finish is about 2½ hours and it is well worth the money.
The Grand Canyon is one of natures marvels. Just standing on the edge looking down makes one feel chills at the thought of the forces that created such a "monument."
the newly opened "walk" will give visitors a view never before encountered. Walking on "glass" in the CN Tower in Toronto is nothing compared to what this will be like.
A trip to Las Vegas just has to include a Grand Canyon sojourn.....and from what we saw in 2004....flying is the way to do it....
I really do a lot of homework before a big trip and this was no different...after many nights poring over so many web pages...We decided on the Grand Canyon Tour Company and booked a day trip....On arriving at the airport I realised that it didn't really matter who i'd booked with.....it was Scenic Airways that actually did the tour, they were very organised and efficient....
A 15 seater Twin Otter plane with big windows for easy viewing whisked us up and away from Vegas....Lake Mead was under us within minutes it seemed...what a monstrous body of water...stretching for ever into the distance
Next was the grandeur of the Hoover Dam under the wing.....reminding me of Chevy Chase hanging there in his Vegas Vacation movie......(check out our Grand Canyon Travelogue for some photos)
After about 50 minutes to an hour we were flying over the Grand Canyon itself....no words to decribe the size or just how spectacular it really is....(maybe I'd have the words if I'd worked harder in my english class at school)
We landed and hopped into a bus for the next 4 hours or so....lumch was our first stop...very organised...very fast...plenty of food...but not much quality i'm afraid.....4 out of 10 for lunch...sorry
The afternoon was spent sightseeing at a couple of spots on the rim...fantastic views...we checked out the Mules that take tourists down to the floor of the canyon, there were so many, maybe a hundred.....as we were looking at them a train pulled into the siding....very nice restored steam engine that apparently comes from Arizona every day...then a bit of souvenir shopping and then the flight back....threading our way between two thunderstorms as we flew back to Las Vegas.....a truly great day....
The All American Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight with Landing & Champagne Picnic Lunch
We paid $579.98 for the two of us for the above tour online with looktours.com
We were picked up from our hotel by limo (which we didn't pay extra for) by Sundance Helicopters which was the company they used. The journey only take a few minutes to the airport as the limo was full of hotel guests from just our hotel.
We really enjoyed this tour and it is worth doing, even for the money as it is worth every penny.
We paid a fuel surcahrge when we 'checked' in and photo i.d. is required.
We had a new jet helicopter but it did not have two way radio, though the pilot kept us entertained with many pieces of information about Vegas and our journey.
We flew over Hover Dam and Lake Mead and then down onto a ledge in the Grand Canyon. We stopped for 30mins where we took many photos as well as having a champagne lunch which consisted of a sandwich, bag of vegies and cookie as well as a few other items. Not great, but it fills a whole.
With this tour you do not land at the top or bottom of the Canyon, but on a ledge two thirds down. Though this does not affect the stanard of photographs you can take.
The journey takes 45mins each way and is simply breathtaking. We are both quite light people so we had the two front seats each way which was lucky.
Do this tour, it is worth it and is certainly very memorable.
We decided to opt for a helicopter tour of the canyon. It is definitely worth the money not to mention the travel time you save. But the best part was getting to land in the canyon and having a champagne lunch. The meal is not a gourmet's dream but just being down there and being able to walk around a bit with a glass of champagne was great !!! The only misleading thing was the helicopter ride originated at another airport (not the Vegas airport) about a 50min ride by minivan. The brochure did not make that very clear.
We went for 2 nights to the Grand Canyon but i'd recommend doing it as a helecopter trip from Vegas, we had far too long there. Did do the trip in a copter over it and it was really good, better than standing on the rim as you got to see so much more.
My main reason in going to Vegas was to visit the Grand Canyon. However, as it's not actually in Nevada at all I am going to write my details GC tips in an Arizona page that I'll be creating.
The title of this tip is meant to be taken literally, though. When you visit the GC from Vegas, fly there. Many options are available by both helicopter and plane. I got some incredible aerial pics because I flew - the bus or four wheel drive tours won't show you the same from the same vantage points. I also saw Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and The Colorado River from on high!!
You can even be more adventurous than I was and book a chopper ride to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and have a champage lunch there. I plan to do that next time aorund.
One other thing - before I left for my trip, friends of my sister said the GC was a waste of time. I don't know what they were thinking. I would not have missed this for the world.
The utmost coolest thing to do in Vegas is to leave Vegas via helicopter in the breathtaking direction of the Grand Canyon. WOW. We booked our helicopter tour with Papillion before we got to Vegas. They seem to be pretty busy so I'd advise you to do the same.
After watching a safety video, the pilot gave us our headphones, then loaded us onto the chopper according to weight to balance out the vessel. Seat belts fastened and we were off!
He played some interesting frontier wild west movie soundtrack type music as we rose into the sky and headed into the direction of the canyon. We circled the Hoover dam on our way which allowed for some cool photos. It was such a lovely ride, completely smooth and scenic.
The terrain eventually began to change and we knew we were close. And there it was, The Grand Canyon- huge, majestic, vast... As our pilot dipped into the canyon, it was exhilarating! He flew around within for a while and then headed towards a plateau overlooking the river. There were picnic tables and incredible views. He landed, directed us to a table and presented us with charming little individual picnic baskets of cookies, sandwiches and chips then poured us each a glass of sparkling wine and left the rest of the bottle there for our enjoyment.
After our picnic lunch we had time to stroll around the area where we had landed taking pictures. after that he flew us around a bit more, stopped at an Indian reservation to get gas and then headed back towards Las Vegas.
Then the pilot flew us down the strip- also a great chance for some fantastic aerial photographs. Then it was back to the terminal. Papillion has a gift shop there selling all sorts of Grand Canyon and Vegas souvenirs.
I think I loved this trip so much -because- of the helicopter ride- it was breathtaking! And such a unique way to see the Hoover Dam, the Canyon and the strip. I would do it again, definitely.
We finally got to the Grand Canyon after many visits to Las Vegas. We recommend the helicopter lunch tour, it is fast with breathtaking views from start to finish. We booked our tour through Pappilon Helicopters, it was much cheaper than going through the tour groups at the hotel. The helicopters seem a little older than others, we were very lucky to be able to sit together in the front beside our Austrian pilot who was very informative and friendly. We landed in the middle of the Canyon for a quick champagne picnic style lunch. We were able to take some pictures before heading back for a flight over the Las Vegas Strip.
plane,boat and helicopter ride of your life. The tour starts with a plane sightseeing tour of Lake Mead, Hoover Dam and the West Rim of the Canyon before landing at the Hualapai Indian's Grand Canyon West (the only side allowed to do helicopter rides) decend the 4000 feet to the canyon floor and then relax and enjoy a breif boat crusie on tha colorado river. Climb back aboard the helicopter for the ride back up and a short coach ride to Guano Point surrounded by sheer rugged cliffs with excellent photo opportunities. Then fly back to Las Vegas. Amazing trip expensive but worth the money