Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours

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  • Get ready for the best 50-minute thrill of your life in an airplane and get an extraordinary view of the Grand Canyon.
  • Don't worry about missing out on facts as a multilingual audio narration ensures you're clued up on everything beneath you.
  • Your comfort is covered with climate control and panoramic windows as you marvel at the views in absolute comfort.
  • Don't miss an aerial view of Imperial Point, the highest point on the North Rim, and the Grand Confluence where the turquoise Little Colorado River meets the darker Colorado River.
  • Explore the Zuni Corridor on this flight, and be fascinated by its dramatic descent into the canyon.

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  • 45-min airplane tour of the Grand Canyon South Rim
  • Audio narration in Spanish, Thai, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Cantonese, Korean
  • Panoramic windows for optimal viewing
  • Tip: To fully enjoy this unique experience, schedule your flight around sunrise or sunset. The play of light on the canyon is truly magical.
  • All guests booked on a tour must have government-issued forms of identification.
  • Facilities: Lift or boarding ramp, collapsible wheelchair accessibility.
  • If using a motorized wheelchair, please notify staff if it operates with a wet or dry battery at the time of booking.
  • You may bring a bottle of water, however, the bottle is not allowed to be opened in the aircraft.
  • The use of ‘Selfie Sticks’ and extending camera poles are strictly prohibited in and around the aircraft.
  • Due to the increased price of aviation fuel, a temporary fuel surcharge of $15.00 per seat is in effect and is collected at the time of check-in.
  • For comfort and weight/balance of the aircraft, passengers weighing 300 pounds or more will be required to purchase an additional seat. This is payable directly to the tour operator on the day of the tour.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 48 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Grand Canyon Helicopter and Ground Tour with Options

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  • Marvel at the grandness of the Grand Canyon during your trip to Las Vegas and embark on an adventure of a lifetime.
    -Depart from the west and south rim either by Maverick Aviation's top-class helicopters or an executive-style van that takes you through the cactus-filled Sonoran Desert.
  • From views of the Kaibab National Forest to the following the Colorado River upstream, get a birds-eye view of this splendor of nature.
  • Get to see the deepest corridor of the Grand Canyon, the Dragon Corridor, from 300 feet above the ground and appreciate the mystique and beauty of it.
  • Choose from different tours like Canyon Dancer, Canyon Spirit, Colors & Canyons, and Grand Canyon Discovery, to explore the Grand Canyon at its best.

Inclusions

  • Entry to the Grand Canyon with options
  • Maverick Aviation ECO-star helicopter tickets
  • Entry to Grand Canyon National Park (North/South rim options)
  • Entry to Dragon Corridor (optional)
  • 45-minute flight over the Grand Canyon, North & South Rim (optional)
  • 30-minute flight over the Colorado River from Grand Canyon West (optional)
  • 25-minute flight over Kaibab National Forest over the Tower of Ra (optional)
  • 45-minute flight over Painted Desert and Desert View Watchtower (optional)
  • Unlimited bottled water (optional)
  • Roundtrip transfers to and from select Phoenix/Scottsdale hotels (optional)
  • Live tour commentary from a professional guide (optional)

Exclusions

  • Mule ride
  • Hiking or Biking experiences
  • Tip: Use a lens hood to reduce glare and consider adjusting your camera settings for bright outdoor conditions.
  • All flights are subject to change depending on the weather conditions.
  • An adult must accompany passengers under the age of 18 on the flight
  • It is recommended to choose a tour that aligns with your fitness level.
  • The Grand Canyon is a fragile ecosystem so please dispose of your trash after the tour.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 72 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Grand Canyon West Rim Airplane Tour

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  • Fast-track your journey to the Grand Canyon's West Rim with a 30-minute airplane ride that bypasses the gridlocked traffic below.
  • With hotel pickup and drop-off included, you won't need to worry about getting lost or parking woes, just sit back and enjoy the ride.
  • As you soar above, breathe in the riveting views of Hoover Dam, Colorado River, and Lake Mead, all enhanced by a multilingual tour narration.
  • Not to be missed, this tour presents a unique perspective of the Grand Canyon West, an unforgettable aerial experience that's both budget and time-friendly.
  • Be prepared to be awestruck by aerial views of the eagle-like formation at Eagle Point, a sight that's sure to make your Grand Canyon visit stand out.

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  • Airplane tour
  • Hotel transfers from major hotels in Downtown Las Vegas and on the Strip
  • Multilingual narration
  • Tip: If you're prone to motion sickness, consider taking some preventative measures before the flight as the plane can experience some turbulence.
  • All guests aged 18 years or older must have government-issued forms of identification.
  • Bring along a bottle of water, however, the bottle is not allowed to be opened in the aircraft.
  • The use of ‘Selfie Sticks’ and extending camera poles are strictly prohibited in and around the aircraft.
  • Due to the increased price of aviation fuel, a temporary fuel surcharge of $20.00 per seat is in effect and is collected at the time of check-in.
  • For comfort and weight/balance of the aircraft, passengers weighing 300 pounds or more will be required to purchase an additional seat. This is payable directly to the tour operator on the day of the tour.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 48 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Grand Canyon Helicopter & Boat Tour with Park Entry

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  • Take a thrilling helicopter ride over the magnificent Grand Canyon and take the 3,500-foot plunge as the aircraft lands on a private strip at the bottom.
  • Marvel at the incredible sights like a 10-foot-long glass skywalk at the canyon, where people have lived for more than 4,000 years.
  • Sit back and relax as you take a pontoon boat ride down the serene Colorado River, and gaze at the natural beauty of the 70-million-year-old canyon.
  • Sit comfortably in a hop-on hop-off shuttle bus to explore the park, including iconic sights like Eagle Point, named after the eagle-shaped rock formation.

Inclusions

  • 1-hour tour of the Grand Canyon
  • 5-7 minute helicopter ride to the canyon floor
  • Pontoon boat ride
  • Entry tickets to Grand Canyon West Rim
  • Hop-on hop-off shuttle to the viewpoints
  • Tip: Don’t forget to visit the Guano Point in the park, where you can see the remnants of a tram that used to stretch 8,800 feet into the Guano Mine.
  • Due to limited space, purses, backpacks, and other baggage are not permitted on the aircraft.
  • This tour is accessible for guests with mobility issues.
  • Please note that passengers weighing 300 pounds (136 kg) or more may be charged more for an additional comfort seat.
  • Narrations are available in Spanish, German, Portuguese, Italian, French, Dutch, Chinese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, Japanese, and English.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 48 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Grand Canyon Helicopter & Hummer Tour

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  • Experience the raw beauty of the Grand Canyon, from the sky to the edge, in a unique combination of air and land tour.
  • Enjoy a multilingual guide narrating your aerial adventure over the panoramic vistas of the Grand Canyon.
  • The guided Hummer tour is not just a ride, it's a cultural immersion into the canyon's indigenous history.
  • Missing this experience would mean missing the chance to marvel at nature's masterpiece from an EcoStar EC130 helicopter.
  • Get ready to uncover the hidden beauty spots like Yavapai Point, usually missed by the average visitor.

Inclusions

  • Helicopter tour over North Rim, South Rim, Dragon Corridor, Eastern Gorge & Imperial Point
  • EcoStar EC130 Aircraft
  • Guided open-air Hummer tour in the Grand Canyon National Park
  • Audio narration in Chinese (Mandarin & Cantonese), Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean & Spanish
  • Tip: Visit the gift shop for unique items like handcrafted Native American jewelry, which reflect the local culture and heritage of the Grand Canyon.
  • All guests aged 18 years and older must present a government-issued photo ID.
  • Please note that passengers weighing 300 pounds (136 kg) or more may be charged more for an additional comfort seat.
  • Due to the increased price of aviation fuel, a temporary fuel surcharge of $15.00 per seat is in effect and is collected at the time of check-in.
  • Car or booster seats are required by Arizona law, for children under 8 years old or shorter than 4 feet, 9 inches (57 inches).
  • Due to limited space, purses, backpacks, and other baggage are not permitted on the aircraft.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 48 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour & Black Canyon Raft with Champagne & Picnic

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  • Feel the thrill of descending 3,200 feet into the Grand Canyon by helicopter, and enjoy a rafting trip down the Colorado River.
  • This tour includes multilingual narration, so you can enjoy the journey in your preferred language.
  • Touch down on the floor of the Grand Canyon and enjoy a light picnic and a champagne toast in this extraordinary setting.
  • Experience a serene 11-mile float down the Colorado River, the best way to soak up the scenery.
  • Discover hidden waterfalls and secret spots along the river, immersing yourself in the pristine beauty of the Black Canyon

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  • Helicopter ride
  • Raft trip down the Colorado River
  • Refreshments
  • Multilingual narration in Chinese (Mandarin & Cantonese), Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese & Spanish
  • Pick-ups from major hotels in Downtown Las Vegas & on the Strip
  • Return transfer on a bus
  • Tip: Carry binoculars to spot eagles and condors. The Grand Canyon is home to these majestic birds, so don't miss the chance.
  • Please note that the hotel pick-up timings are based on their location, time of day, and traffic conditions.
  • Purses, backpacks, and other baggage are not permitted on the aircraft due to limited space.
  • Due to the increased price of aviation fuel, a temporary fuel surcharge of $30.00 per seat is in effect and is collected at the time of check-in.
  • Please note that passengers weighing 300 pounds (136 kg) or more may be charged more for an additional comfort seat.
  • From December 1st through February 28/29th, the rafting portion only operates on Wednesdays and Saturdays. If there is a group of 25 or more, the rafting portion will be available any day of the week. Daily operations are from March 1st through November 30th.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 48 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Grand Canyon helicopter tours from Las Vegas

At 18 miles wide, 1 mile deep, and 277 miles long, the Grand Canyon is, without a doubt, one of the world’s most recognizable geological wonders. A two billion-year-old gorge eroded slowly by wind and the Colorado River, the canyon attracts a staggering five million visitors each year. More than just a sight to behold, the cascading colors and impressive rock layers evoke an emotion that everyone should feel at least once in their lifetime.

One of the best ways to soak in the beauty of this natural wonder is by going on a Grand Cayon helicopter tour. Stay on this page as we explore the different tours you can take, how to plan your visit, the sights you’ll see, and more!

Why take a Grand Cayon helicopter tour?

  • Get the best vantage point of the Grand Canyon: These helicopter tours provide an immersive encounter with the canyon's vastness, revealing hidden details and dynamic landscapes that are often missed from ground-level viewpoints.
  • Witness one of the most magnificent natural wonders of the world: Soar above the intricate rock formations, witnessing the intricate tapestry of colors and textures carved by millions of years of natural forces. 
  • Travel back in time: Unravel the Grand Canyon's history as your helicopter becomes a time-traveling vessel. Traverse through the ages as your pilot narrates the tales of ancient civilizations, geological transformations, and the explorers who first laid eyes on this awe-inspiring topography. 
  • Explore exclusive sites: Touch down at exclusive landing sites inaccessible by foot or traditional tours. These carefully chosen locations offer an intimate encounter with the canyon's raw beauty, allowing you to explore hidden alcoves and enjoy moments of tranquility away from the crowds.

Choose the perfect Grand Canyon helicopter tour

Situated just 125 miles from Las Vegas, a visit to the Grand Canyon should be on everyone’s Vegas bucket list. Just a 2.5 hour drive or a 35 minute flight away, there are several options to choose from when planning your journey from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon.

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West Rim tours

  • The West Rim is the most popular section of the Grand Canyon and the only one where you can fly down to the canyon floor via helicopter. 
  • As you fly into West Rim from Las Vegas, your helicopter will take you over the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and the vast Mojave Desert before making the exhilarating 4,000 ft descent to the canyon floor.
  • After returning to the rim, you can experience the West Rim’s thrilling Skywalk - a tremendous, U-shaped glass bridge that juts out 70 feet from the canyon’s rim. 
  • Venture down the suspended platform and feel the adrenaline rush as you are suspended above the canyon floor and the rushing Colorado River a mile below.

Recommended tours:

Grand Canyon West Rim Helicopter Tour
Grand Canyon West Rim Airplane Tour

Grand Canyon from Vegas in an Airplane

South Rim tours

  • The South Rim is one of the most beautiful sections of the park, with a reputation for having the most quintessential Grand Canyon views. It’s also home to the deepest part of the canyon, accessible only by foot.
  • Further away from Las Vegas than the West Rim, the South Rim is accessible by plane, coach, or personal car. 
  • Soar over the Kaibab Plateau to the rim, then straight into the Dragoon Corridor, the widest, deepest part of the canyon, and take in stunning sights from the window of your luxury helicopter.

Recommended tours:

Grand Canyon South Rim Airplane Tour with Audio Guide

Grand Canyon Bus Tours

Hummer tours

  • Experience the rugged beauty of the Grand Canyon up close with an exclusive Hummer tour.
  • Traverse through off-road trails that take you to hidden gems and viewpoints, providing an exhilarating and adventurous exploration of the canyon's diverse landscapes.
  • The tour comes with the expertise of a knowledgeable guide who shares fascinating insights into the geological history, flora, and fauna of the Grand Canyon.

Recommended tours:

Grand Canyon Helicopter & Hummer Tour

Canyon & river tour

  • Fly over the Grand Canyon, relishing the awe-inspiring views of its deep ravines and striking rock formations.
  • Immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of the Black Canyon as you embark on a scenic rafting adventure along the Colorado River.
  • This combination of air and water exploration offers a comprehensive Grand Canyon experience.
  • A gourmet picnic awaits you amidst the breathtaking landscapes of the Black Canyon, creating a perfect moment of relaxation and celebration.

Recommended tours:

Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour & Black Canyon Raft with Champagne & Picnic
Grand Canyon Pontoon Boat Ride, Airplane & Helicopter Tour with Optional VIP Grand Canyon Skywalk Pass

Plan your visit

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Grand Canyon helicopter tours
  • Operating hours: The Grand Canyon helicopter tours are operational throughout the year except on Christmas Day.
  • Tour duration: 30 minutes to 10 hours depending on the type of tour you choose.
  • Flight duration: 5-70 minutes depending on the tour you choose.
  • For tours with hotel transfers: Based on the tour you pick, your travel time can range from 4-10 hours.
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  • Grand Canyon Rim & River tours: Pick up from hotels in and around Downtown Las Vegas and the Strip.
  • South Rim tours: Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines, 3555 Airport Rd, Grand Canyon Village, Las Vegas | Find on Maps
  • West Rim tours: Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines, 1265 Airport Rd, Boulder City, Nevada | Find on Maps
  • Helicopter & hummer tours: Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours, 3568 Airport Rd, Grand Canyon Village | Find on Maps

*Please note that for the following experiences, hotel transfers are included in your ticket:

1. Grand Canyon West Rim Helicopter Tour
2. Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour & Black Canyon Raft with Champagne & Picnic

One of the wonderful things about the Grand Canyon is that it can be visited any day of the year. While weather conditions vary considerably, each season presents the canyon in its own unique way.

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Spring & fall

March to May and September to November are the best time to visit the Grand Canyon. Temperatures are pleasant, precipitation is light and the crowds are manageable. Spring is also wildflower season, although the blooms are dependent on the amount of rainfall during the preceding winter months. Spring temperatures range between 60 - 80 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. Fall daytime temperatures average 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Summer

The park’s peak season is summer, making it the most crowded time to visit especially at the South Rim. From mid-May to mid-September, you can expect long, sunny days with temperatures hovering anywhere between 40 and 85 degrees. Be sure to wear sunscreen; canyon breezes can disguise the sun's rays, making it difficult to tell if you're getting burned.

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Winter

Heavy snow and low temperatures tend to scare visitors away during winter; however, December, January, and February are perhaps the most underrated months to visit the canyon. Sure, you’ll need to bundle up a little, but the Grand Canyon covered in snow is an absolutely beautiful sight. You can expect daytime temperatures to float in the 40s; it’s only at night when temperatures fall to freezing. The South Rim and West Rim can be visited year-round.

Refer to this sun chart for Grand Canyon sunrise and sunset times.

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  • Carry a valid government-issued ID.
  • Check-in is 30 minutes before the start of your tour.
  • All passengers must go through a weight check during the time of check-in.
  • Passengers weighing 300 lbs. or more will have to pay an additional charge for extra seating arrangements.
  • Due to limited space, purses, bags, backpacks, and small suitcases are not allowed aboard the helicopter.
  • If you have children under 8 years old or shorter than 4 feet 9 inches, you must carry a car or booster seat for them.
  • An additional fee of $15 is applicable for fuel. This may or may not be included in your ticket. Please check your ticket details during the time of booking.
  • Pay attention to the staff and pilots for safety instructions.
  • Some tours may be subject to last-minute changes due to weather, so stay informed.
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  • Book your tickets in advance, especially during peak seasons. This helps you choose your preferred time and plan your day's itinerary.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and consider dressing in layers as temperatures can vary during the flight. Closed-toe shoes are recommended and avoid loose items like hats that may be affected by the wind.
  • You can take pictures during flight but be mindful of any specific rules provided by your pilot/tour guide.
  • Select a tour package that aligns with your preferences. Some tours include additional activities such as canyon floor landings or river floats. Choose one that best suits your interests!
  • Keep in mind that the open-window experience is available only during warmer months, so plan accordingly.

Frequently asked questions about Grand Canyon helicoter tours

What is the cost of a Grand Canyon helicopter tour?
Can I book a helicopter tour on the same day?

Yes, same-day bookings are available, but it's recommended to book in advance, especially during peak seasons.

How long is a typical Grand Canyon helicopter tour?

Most helicopter tours range from 20 minutes to 3 hours, with variations based on the route and additional activities.

What are the different types of Grand Canyon helicopter tours?
Do Grand Canyon helicopter tours operate year-round?

Yes, most helicopter tours operate year-round, offering unique perspectives of the Grand Canyon in different seasons.

What happens if the weather is too bad to fly?

If your flight is cancelled due to bad weather, you will have the option to reschedule without any extra fee. If you do not live in the area and rescheduling is not an option, you can receive a full refund.

How many people can fly in a single helicopter?

In addition to the pilot, helicopters seat 6 or 7 people, depending on the type of aircraft and the weight of passengers.

Why is there a weight check?

Helicopters have a very strict weight limit policy. To ensure safety, all passengers must get weighed before boarding the aircraft. Keep in mind, your weight will be taken with whatever else you wish to bring onboard with you. This includes camera equipment.

Are there options for landing during the tour?

Yes, some tours include landings at specific points within the canyon, providing opportunities for exploration and unique experiences.

Are there vegetarian or special dietary options for in-flight meals during tours?

If you have specific dietary requirements, please inform the operator via phone or email in advance so they can make arrangements for you.

Can I take photos during the helicopter tour?

Absolutely! Passengers are encouraged to capture the breathtaking views. However, be mindful of any specific rules provided by your pilot/tour guide.

What is the age of a lap child?

Children under 2 years can sit on the lap of an adult during all helicopter tours. You will be required to present a birth certificate for confirmation.

Can I bring a bag on my flight?

Only small bags are allowed on helicopter tours. Most heliports offer lockers if you need to leave bags behind.

Can pregnant women fly?

Yes, pregnant women are permitted to fly; however, consult with your doctor before.

Do helicopters have wheelchair access?

Helicopters can accommodate a wheelchair for flights. However, you will need to have a collapsible wheelchair, as well as someone can assist with boarding.

Can children fly without a guardian?

Passengers under 18 years of age are required to fly with an adult.

What should I wear on a helicopter tour?

Comfortable, layered clothing and closed-toe shoes are recommended. Avoid loose items like hats that may be affected by the wind.