Grand Canyon – Spring 2013 Helicopter Tours

Spring 2013 will be here before you know it. So it is time to book a seat on a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon for your spring vacation. There are several options when it comes to planning Spring 2013 tours because a variety of tour operators offer various package deals.

One of the major decisions you must make is whether you will pick a tour to the South Rim or one to the West Rim. If your trip takes you to cities in central Arizona, you probably want to book a tour to the South Rim. If you’ll be coming from Vegas, the West Rim is close by, only 120 miles away.

Grand Canyon helicopters don’t fly from Vegas to the South Rim because of the distances involved. But don’t be discouraged if that’s the rim for you – you can take a bus or plane from Vegas to the South Rim and then transfer to a chopper there. I strongly recommend the plane because it’s so much quicker and more convenient than the bus.

The West and South Rims are very different from each other. The South Rim is where to go if you’re looking for magnificent natural vistas. The West Rim has cornered the market on thrills and adventure. The high-altitude South Rim (7,000 feet) is cold and often snowy during winter, while daytime temperatures at the lower-altitude West Rim (4,000 feet) routinely soar above 100 degrees F during summer.

Winter is off-season at the National Park, and fewer Grand Canyon helicopters fly then. When spring rolls around and the weather gets warm, tourists return and tour operators fill the demand with a variety of tour options. Summer is the peak tourist season, and chopper flights sell out quickly at that time of year.

As stated earlier, the South Rim is known for its magnificent beauty. The Park’s main gates are there, and many visitors call it the real or the official Grand Canyon. The Park is so huge, it covers more than a million acres, that the only way you can truly appreciate it is to see it from the air in a helicopter.

There are two types of South Rim helicopter tours. One is in the air for 50 minutes, while the shorter version gives you 30 minutes of airtime. The short tour flies you to the North Rim and back. The longer tour adds on a side trip to the East Rim. That is where you can see Zuni Corridor and Imperial Point.

You won’t be allowed to land on the floor of the canyon while at the South Rim, the only place the government allows that is at the West Rim. That’s one of the reasons this part of the canyon is known for excitement and adventure. For example, you could enjoy a fun champagne picnic while on the canyon floor or go for an exciting raft ride on the Colorado River.

One particular tour package lets you do the picnic, the float trip, and take an exciting stroll on the Grand Canyon Skywalk – the famous glass bridge at Grand Canyon West. At the end of it, you will be standing on a glass sidewalk 70 feet beyond the edge, peering down into the canyon to the floor thousands of feet below.

That sums up the helicopter tours that are available for spring 2013. By the time you go there may even be other options to choose from. Tour operators are always looking for new ways to help travelers see and experience the glory of this natural wonder.

The best deals on chopper tours are always on the Internet, so book your flight online. You can even get an internet discount when you book and pay for your tour online. Doing that will help you save up to 30% off the price of your flight.

Fantastic Grand Canyon Trips Start with Maverick Helicopters

There are several tour companies that offer helicopter flights over the Grand Canyon. However, if you want to ensure you have a great experience and a comfortable flight, then you should fly on Maverick choppers. They offer some of the best tours around.

Maverick’s South Rim helicopter rides take off from Tusayan, Arizona. Flights over the West Rim take off from Vegas. Vegas helicopters do not fly all the way to the South Rim. However, you can book a tour package with Maverick that includes an airplane flight from Las Vegas to the South Rim where you can then transfer to a helicopter to tour the rim. It only takes an airplane a little more than 45 minutes to fly from Vegas to the South Rim. The only other way to get from Vegas to Tusayan is by ground, and that is a 5 1/2 hour bus ride each way! You’ll save a lot of time by booking one of Maverick’s airplane combo tour packages.

Vegas Flights

The helicopters used for West Rim tours depart from a couple of locations in Vegas. The departure point is determined by the tour package you book, but you’ll either take off right from the Vegas Strip or you’ll take off from the Henderson Executive Airport. Even Henderson is only 15 minutes from all the big Strip hotels. This is a huge advantage, especially when you consider that most of the other tour operators fly out of Boulder City Municipal Airport. It’s a 40 minute ride to get to Boulder City from Vegas.

Maverick is also the tour operator with the most EcoStar 130 choppers. They’re superb and specifically designed for sightseeing. The cabin has more room than traditional helicopters, and the windshield wraps around the aircraft for spectacular views. The best part is the seats are arranged in stadium style, so no one has a bad seat with a poor view.

When you book a helicopter tour out of Vegas, you can choose an air-only tour or one that lands at the canyon. Creativity in its tours is what sets Maverick Helicopters apart from its competitors. For instance, you can add on an aerial tour of the Vegas Strip, a view of the Valley of Fire, and a fun champagne picnic at the bottom of the canyon (choppers can fly down to the canyon floor at the West Rim but not at the South Rim).

Touring The South Rim

The Maverick tours that fly over the South Rim are thirty or fifty minutes long. If you’re short on time, you’ll see a lot on the shorter tour, but the longer one is best if you can swing it. You’ll get to cover a lot more ground when you book the longer tour and that means you’ll see a lot more beautiful sights.

Maverick tours are all-inclusive, so they come with transportation to and from your hotel, lunch with the landing tours, a tour guide, and all fees and taxes. I love these all-inclusive tours because I don’t need to do any planning – everything’s taken care of.

Maverick isn’t the cheapest choice you could make, but I think it’s the best. You’ll have a superior experience, so the money is well spent. And, if you book your flight directly on the company’s website, you’ll get a great deal. The Internet rate you get when you book online is usually a lot cheaper than the retail price you pay elsewhere.

Final Tip

You should book your Grand Canyon tour in advance. A lot of travelers are interested in 5-star luxury helicopter tours and most of Maverick’s flights sell out pretty quickly. Avoid booking your flight the same day if at all possible. If you can find an open seat, you’ll have to pay much more, just like you would if you booked a commercial airline flight at the last minute.

Grand Canyon Travel – Hot Helicopter Flights for Summer Tourists

Grand Canyon tours cover all price points, but when you want the best, you should look into Maverick tours. Maverick offers the ultimate in safety and service on their 5-star tours.

So, when you want the very best, the extra cost is worth it.

I think it’s a fair trade-off. To put it simply, Maverick Helicopters has the best fleet of Grand Canyon helicopters.

Superior Aircraft

Maverick uses the luxury EcoStar 130 aircraft that is designed for sightseeing. Every seat is great because the EcoStar 130 has stadium-style seating. In addition, the cabin is 25 percent larger than traditional helicopters and the EcoStar 130 has a wraparound windshield for the best view.

These choppers are quiet too, and thanks to their design, the ride is smooth and comfortable. This allows you to speak easily with your pilot during your tour, and speaking of pilots, Maverick only hires the very best. You’ll also be impressed with the climate control in these aircraft, and you will appreciate it during the scorching hot summer months. All in all, an EcoStar 130 is an impressive aircraft.

Take Off Points

The Maverick tours to the West Rim depart from the Las Vegas Strip and the tours to the South Rim take off from the Grand Canyon National Park Airport near the main gates to the South Rim. The tours that leave from the Strip are very convenient since they are near Vegas hotels, plus you get an aerial view of the city and Strip as well.

Vegas Landing And Aerial Tours

Maverick gives you a choice in tours from Vegas, they can be air-only, or you can land at the West Rim. The helicopters that depart from Las Vegas only fly to the West Rim since the South Rim is out of flight range being 277 miles away. The flight to the canyon offers spectacular scenic views of the Colorado River, Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and the canyon itself. The air-only tours fly over the West Rim then circle back to Vegas. Landing tours will land either at the top or on the bottom of the canyon.

The Maverick tours that land on the bottom of the canyon is very popular. These tours include a fun Champagne picnic and about 30 minutes to explore the canyon and shore of the river. If you pick the tour that lands at the top, you’ll have about 2 1/2 hours on the ground to explore. Guano Point and Eagle Point are two of the sights you won’t want to miss. One of the tour options you can add on is VIP access to the glass Grand Canyon Skywalk. The Skywalk is a thrilling structure that allows you to stand 4000 feet above the floor of the canyon and 70 feet beyond the edge of the rim.

South Rim Chopper Tours

If you’ll be based in Vegas but you’d prefer seeing the South Rim, Maverick offers a direct plane flight from Sin City to the South Rim. These tours also come with a 2 1/2 hour bus tour of the Grand Canyon National Park.

The Maverick helicopter tours of the South Rim depart every day from their terminal in Tusayan at the Grand Canyon National Park Airport. A 30-minute version flies from the South Rim to the North Rim and back. If you have enough time, opt for the 50-minute tour, which is packed with lots of fantastic views. It also flies to the North Rim, but goes to the eastern edge of the park too. This tour is so amazing because it lets you see 75 percent of the park from the air!