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What to Wear to the Grand Canyon

Not many people are accustomed to life in the desert, but the dramatic weather, rugged terrain and blazing sun are easily overcome with the right preparation. We’re here to help ensure you're prepared for the excursion with practical advice on what to wear to the Grand Canyon during your helicopter tour. Let's make you desert-proof!

Grand Canyon's South Rim is 7,000 feet above sea level, which means snow in winter and cool nights even in summer. When hiking at the Grand Canyon, you'll experience warmer temperatures in the summer along the Colorado River as temperatures can reach 120 degrees F. Weather is particularly variable in spring and fall; visitors should be prepared for a variety of climates.

Other attractions at the West Rim include Havasu Canyon, Eagle Point, Guano Point and Hualapai Ranch. At the ranch, visitors can enjoy a full experience that includes free shows, a gift shop, lodging, and recreational activities such as horseback riding and riding zip lines

Because the temperature at the Grand Canyon varies so greatly, it's recommended that you dress in layers. It is also a good idea to bring along a light, waterproof jacket, as flash rainstorms occasionally crop up. Also, being at such a high elevation means visitors to the canyon will be exposed to more UV rays. Wearing long sleeves and pants is a good idea to limit the effects of the sun. Sunglasses and hats are also strongly recommended. The bigger the brim, the better. If there's ever a time to sport that Indiana Jones sable fedora, it's during a Grand Canyon helicopter tour.

Don't forget the sunscreen. You should apply sunscreen prior to leaving the hotel, and bring some along to reapply every two hours. The vast majority of passengers do not have any problems with helicopter flight, but if you are prone to motion sickness, taking some preventative measures is a good idea. You can find many of these items in our gift shops, including sunscreen, motion sickness medication and even bug spray.

Depending on the tour you choose, you may need to traverse some under-improved trails. As such, it's important to wear sturdy, athletic footwear. While you may not necessarily need full-fledged hiking boots, some of the terrain is unsuitable for less functional shoes like high-heels or flip-flops. Obviously, the region sees its fair share of precipitation, which can muddy the surrounding trails, so a pair of dressy shoes may hamper your exploration. Our knowledgeable reservation agents can provide you more specific information about your particular tour.

The important thing is to be comfortable and enjoy your ride. Maverick Helicopters' Grand Canyon tours are unlike any other. With unparalleled views of Kaibab National Forest, Grand Canyon National Park and the Colorado River, you'll be instantly transported into a true Western adventure. We look forward to helping you plan the experience of a lifetime!


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