The helicopter ride itself was smooth and exciting. There was a 20-minute stop on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, allowing us a lasting memory of the Canyon and the Colorado River. What made this trip special was a short visit to the Hualapai land in the Grand Canyon West, and a tour of the $30 million skywalk. Although at times the steel and glass attraction becomes very crowded, we were lucky that day. It was eerily quiet so we able to walk at our leisure and chat with some of the staff while peering down 2,300 feet to the bottom and 4,300 feet to the Colorado River.
We throughly enjoyed the Wind Dancer trip. In addition to the tour of the skywalk, we especially appreciated the pleasant Maverick facilities, new helicopter, two hours of comfortable flying, and friendly pilot. It was a fun way to spend a day.
Handicapped Access Maverick welcomed handicapped passengers provided there was someone with them to assist in lifting them in and out of the helicopter.
Location We departed from and returned to Las Vegas. The company also operated out of airports in Henderson and Grand Canyon (a town called Tusayan).
Open The company was established in 1995
Owners Greg and Brenda Rochna
Size The Las Vegas location has a 4,000 square foot lobby, 3,000 square feet of office space and a 9,500 square foot hanger. When we visited the area, Maverick Helicopters had 90 employees, including 33 pilots.
Transportation A Maverick transport picked us up and dropped us off at our Las Vegas Strip hotel. Within the Native Amercian reservation there were buses from the airport to the skywalk for visitors.
From there we flew to the newly built Grand Canyon West International Airport. The Hualapai land occupies 1.2 billion acres. We wanted to maximize the limited amount of time we had at the reservation before our departure back to Las Vegas. We quickly snatched a glimpse of Hualapai Ranch, still under construction; and from there went on to the world famous horseshoe shaped glass skywalk, the reason we and another one thousand visitors each day made the trip by air and land to this remote location. We returned to the airport, a little hungry but just in time for our return flight.
Reviewers Article by Elena del Valle
Photos by Gary Cox
Would You Visit This Attraction Again? Yes
- Maverick Helicopters
- (a division of Maverick
- Aviation Group)
- 6075 Las Vegas Boulevard South
- Las Vegas, Nevada 89119