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Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour Frequently Asked Questions

You've got questions, we've got answers! Here we've updated and expanded on our Frequently Asked Questions to help you have your best experience when traveling to the Grand Canyon. Plus, we added in some Grand Canyon Facts.

Las Vegas tour to the Grand Canyon with Maverick Helicopters What should I bring with me on the tour?

There isn't much you need. Passengers over 18 need ID and cameras are strongly recommended. Other suggestions include hats, sunglasses, sunscreen and comfortable clothing.

Does Maverick provide a shuttle service?

Yes. For those of you leaving from Las Vegas a pick up time and site will be given to you when you book your tour. You will be picked up in one of our buses, all of which are clearly marked with the Maverick logo. At this time, shuttle service is not available for those who start the tour at the Grand Canyon.

Do these tours damage the fragile eco-system of the Grand Canyon?

We do everything we can to minimize intrusion on the Grand Canyon. In addition, all of our helicopters are ECO-Star helicopters, designed to reduce noise pollution while cradling the occupants in comfort and style.

How safe are we while flying through or hovering over the Grand Canyon?

Very safe. Maverick Helicopters has the highest safety rating of any tourism aviation company in the entire world. We have been awarded the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Diamond Award and our pilots have received over 150 awards for their flying and customer service.

What is the best way to capture memories of the tour?

As previously stated, all tour participants are encouraged to bring their cameras. You can capture fantastic photos and videos of your experience without the need for a professional camera – your smartphone is all you need! For our best tips on taking amazing smartphone photos and video, please click here.

Is it safe to take the tour while pregnant?

It is recommended that you check with you doctor to be sure it is safe for your particular circumstances to fly. However, generally speaking, it is safe for pregnant women to enjoy our tours.

What should I expect from my Grand Canyon experience?

You should expect to see incredible sights while relaxing in comfort in our helicopter. You should expect to be treated as a VIP by all of our staff, including our pilots. And you should expect to make memories that will last a lifetime!

What are you waiting for? Book and create memories with a Grand Canyon helicopter tour today!

Interesting Facts about the Grand Canyon

With its awe-inspiring views, winding Colorado River and plethora of recreational opportunities, it's easy to see why the Grand Canyon is one of the most visited natural wonders in the world. But how well do you really know this National Park? Here's a look at some of the Grand Canyon's interesting facts and the truths behind prevailing misconceptions:

Facts about the Grand Canyon The park was created with a government loophole.

FACT. Adventurer extraordinaire Teddy Roosevelt took just one glimpse of the Grand Canyon in 1903 and knew it was a marvel that needed to be protected for future generations. However, as president, he didn't have the legal authority to designate an area as a National Park without the approval of Congress, which was just about as deadlocked then as it is today. So instead he jumped on predecessor President Benjamin Harrison's established Forest Preserve Act and added huge swatches of the Grand Canyon to that protected area. In 1908, he declared the park a National Monument, but formal approval to create the Grand Canyon National Park didn't pass until 1919.

It's the deepest canyon in the United States.

FICTION. While it can claim superlatives like 'most photographed' and 'crowd favorite,' the Grand Canyon isn't the deepest canyon in the States. That title goes to Hells Canyon. Curving along the border of Idaho and Oregon, Hells Canyon was carved out by the Snake River and drops an estimated half a mile deeper than its southern cousin.

It reveals 40 percent of the Earth's history.

FACT. The Earth is estimated to be around 4.5 billion years old, while swatches of the Colorado River cut through a type of metamorphic rock dated back to 1.75 billion years old. While it might not have won the record for deepest, its miles of exposed canyon walls offer geologists an extensive and unparalleled record of geologic events. The Grand Canyon is a rocky goldmine that continues to excite and engage both amateur rock lovers and acclaimed scientists.

Archaeologists have found traces of ancient Tibetan or Egyptian civilizations inside Grand Canyon tunnels.

FICTION. At least, most likely. In April 1909, the Arizona Gazette reported two Smithsonian archaeologists had found traces of ancient artifacts – gold urns, painted copper and mummified bodies – believed to be from either an ancient Egyptian or Tibetan civilization. However, such proof of the findings was never brought forth and subsequent searches failed to discover the mysterious cavern. The Smithsonian also denied any affiliation with the two disgraced scientists. Of course, such an event is rich fodder for conspiracy theorists who continue to believe in a Smithsonian cover-up.


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