Denver Helicopter Tours - Fly High Over the Mile High City
article by Staci Bunton
Helicopter Tours Online
"Now he walks in quiet solitude the forest and the streams,
Seeking grace in every step he takes.
His sight has turned inside himself to try and understand,
The serenity of a clear blue mountain lake.
And the Colorado rocky mountain high,
I've seen it rainin' fire in the sky.
You can talk to God and listen to the casual reply.
Rocky Mountain high"
Beautiful lyrics from the famous song "Rocky Mountain High" written by John Denver who had an obvious love for the state of Colorado.
The song was considered a major piece of 1970s pop culture, and became a well-associated piece of Colorado history. It is also one of the
States official songs.
An avid flyer himself, John Denver appreciated Colorado from the skies and it's beauty inspired his songs. You too can take flight on a
helicopter tour and soar with the Eagles, fly into a real life postcard setting.
Denver is nick-named the mile high city because its official elevation, is exactly one mile above sea level.
See this glorious city near the Rockies from an even higher elevation on your helicopter tour.
Of course the city view has much to offer. At night the skyline is amazing. Probably a bit more impressive than you would think.
Denver's great weather year-round means that visitors can enjoy helicopter rides all year long.
Snowfall is normally short lived, with many snowfalls melting quickly, due to the high altitude and dry sunny climate in the city.
Flying over this sunny, colorful canvass is just like soaring into a real life painting!
While hovering over the city, perhaps get a glimpse of what was once the home of one of the city's most fascinating ladies of the past,
Margaret Brown, also known as The Unsinkable Molly Brown.
Famous for being an American socialite, philanthropist, and activist who became legendary due to her involvement with the 1912 sinking of
the Titanic, exhorting the crew of lifeboat 6 to return to look for survivors. She has gone down in history as somewhat of a heroine. Today her
home is a popular tourist stop for those visiting Denver.
Margaret Brown was actually not born in Colorado. At age 18, she relocated to Leadville, Colorado with her sister, and got a job in a department
store. It was here she met and married James Joseph Brown, an enterprising, self-educated man. Just like Molly's parents, his parents, too, had
emigrated from Ireland. Brown had always planned to marry a rich man but she married J.J. for love.
The family acquired great wealth. In 1894, the Browns moved to Denver, Colorado, which gave the family more social opportunities. She went on to
join many women's organizations, enrolled at the Carnegie Institute and in 1909 she even ran for the U.S. Senate.
A little further out of town, see the Red Rocks which is nestled in the Rocky Mountain Foothills. Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a rock structure near
Morrison, Colorado, where concerts are given in the open-air amphitheatre. There is a large, tilted, disc-shaped rock behind the stage, a huge vertical
rock angled outwards from stage right, several large outcrops angled outwards from stage left and a seating area for up to 9,450 people in between.
The amphitheatre is owned and operated by the City and County of Denver, Colorado and is located in Red Rocks Park, part of the Denver Mountain Parks
system. It's even more beautiful from the sky.
Want to travel a little farther away? How about taking a flight over the Great Divide? See the breathtaking views of the Continental Divide, the
crest of the Rocky Mountains that divides the watersheds that drain into the Pacific from those that drain into the Atlantic. The best View in North America!
Then perhaps your heli-tour will journey to the Indian Peaks? This is a very popular tour near Denver; witness the serrated ridges and jagged peaks from an Eagles view.
Below is a view of the city of Denver from the Indians Peaks. A much different perspective than city folks see from the ground.
The Indian Peaks were visited by Native Americans for several thousand years. The Arapaho tribe lived and hunted in the area during the summer months, though little evidence
remains of their activities.
Mining took place in the 1870s near the Arapaho Peaks. Later, a road was built to Arapaho Pass but never completed. The mining turned up little more than low-grade ore, and
the mines were eventually abandoned. Remnants of mining activity are still found along the Arapaho Pass trail.
The Indian Peaks Wilderness is an area in North Central Colorado, bordered by Rocky Mountain National Park to the north, and the James Peak Wilderness to the south.
Another site on your helicopter tour from the Denver area could be to see the Maroon Bells.
Located in the Elk Mountains, about 12 miles southwest of Aspen, there is a mountain with two peaks. More than 14,000 feet above sea level, the Maroon Creek valley is one of
the most photographed places in Colorado.
The Mount of the Holy Cross is the northern most 14,000 foot mountain in the Sawatch Range. It was named for the distinctive cross-shaped snowfield on the northwest face. The
Sawatch Range is home to 4 of 5 highest 14,000' peaks in Colorado.
So many sites to see on your helicopter tour of Denver.
Remember that although there are many sunny days in Colorado, due to the Mountain Range, bad weather moves in quickly and sometimes unpredictably.
Always research the weather and your helicopter company of choice. Never compromise safety for fun.
A reputable tour guide will know when to say no and post-pone your trip.
Happy Safe flying!
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