If you’ve never been on a helicopter tour, I highly suggest it. Yes, it’s a splurge, but if you are a view seeker the sights are out of this world.
Recently, I went on an open-door helicopter tour of Arizona’s Red Rock State Park with Arizona Helicopter Adventure. The 30-minute adventure racing through the red rocks rising out of the earth with a former military helicopter guide was thrilling, not to mention awe inspiring.
My heart raced when we took off from the helicopter pad and I held on afraid for a moment that I was going to fall right out of the helicopter, but moments later I was enjoying the feeling of flying.
Our pilot skillfully flew around, over and through the rock formations coming out of the not-so-barren desert. At moments, our group hovered like humming birds up close to the formations and to see remnants of cave dwellings on the cliffs of the mountains, before we skillfully darted away through the rocks.
Our pilot noted each formation with its name and historical facts about the Red Rock formations as we flew above and through them at times.
The ride is truly an adventure, but it also provided moments to pause and briefly meditate and marvel at how amazing nature truly is, at least for me.
This article originally appeared in Girls That Roam. All photos by Heather Cassell.