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Best Time to Visit and Book a Grand Canyon Sightseeing Tour

The Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, is a popular destination for sightseeing. Because of the expanse of the canyon, however, it's impossible to soak in its greatness on foot alone. That's why a tour with Maverick Helicopters is the perfect way to experience the many wonderful sights that the Grand Canyon has to offer.

When planning your journey it's important to know the factors that can affect your Grand Canyon sightseeing tour before you book. This will help you have the best possible experience during your trip and create memories that will last a lifetime.


When deciding what time of year to visit and book your sightseeing tour the seasonal weather should be taken into consideration. Each season presents a different experience in the Grand Canyon and each rim will embrace the weather in its own way.

Spring through early summer are the most popular times for helicopter tours because of the milder temperatures. The summer months are also the busiest times of the year for flights and days at the West Rim can be hot, with temperatures exceeding 100°F. Morning flights out to the West Rim are often cooler and a better option when booking a Grand Canyon tour during the summer. The South Rim, home of the Grand Canyon National Park, is higher in elevation than the West Rim. Sitting at 6,000 feet above sea level this high elevation makes temperatures cooler at the south and would be the preferred location for those sensitive to the summer heat.

Fall can be a good choice for a tour at either rim because there are less crowds and the weather is favorable.

Winters at the West Rim are mild compared to the South Rim, although dressing in layers is still recommended. Because the South Rim is cooler at the higher elevation, temperatures can drop very low during the winter and it’s even possible to get snow. Booking a tour later in the day during the winter months will let you enjoy the outdoor surroundings.

Time of day

As mentioned, the best time of day to book a Grand Canyon sightseeing tour will depend on the time of year, weather, and personal preference. Maverick Helicopters offers a wide variety of departure times and tours throughout the day so you can choose the time that works best for you. Once you know which tour you'd like to take it is recommended that you make your reservation well in advance of your desired tour date.

No matter when you visit the Grand Canyon, Maverick Helicopters is there to provide an exciting sightseeing experience.


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