Every year, crowds of tourists flock from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon to visit what has now become a symbol of the American West, a national park that has rightfully entered the world’s imagination as one of the world’s greatest and most amazing wonders.
If you have already read our guide to the Grand Canyon, you will already be aware of the many tours and excursions that the park offers.
But if you are looking for something special and unique, keep reading this article and you will discover how to cross the Las Vegas Valley and the Grand Canyon by helicopter.
Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour from Las Vegas: what’s included?
Observing this immense rift in the earth from one of the canyon’s edges (South rim or North rim) is already an impressive experience. Imagine then if you were to fly over the Grand Canyon from above, comfortably admiring this deep natural gorge from a helicopter. To top it all off, once you’ve landed, a nice glass of champagne.
The helicopter tour includes the following activities:
- A multilingual guide that will describe each area as you fly over
- Landing at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, 3937 ft below the edge of the canyon
- Helicopter with panoramic windows to fully enjoy the view
- A snack paired with a glass of champagne
- Ability to freely explore the Grand Canyon after landing
- Direct transportation to Las Vegas hotels (you will be picked up and taken directly back to the hotel)
During the tour you will fly over the following attractions:
- Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam
- Grand Wash Cliffs
- Grapevine Mesa
- Guano Point and Eagle Point, home to the famous Grand Canyon Skywalk
- The west rim of the Grand Canyon
Video of the Tour
Here is a summary video that will give you a taste of what awaits you.
Things to Know Before the Tour Starts
- The duration of the tour is about 4 hours / 4.5 hours.
- The departure times are usually between 7 am and late afternoon (the so-called “sunset fare”).
- A valid id must be presented in order to board the helicopter.
- The reservation must be confirmed at least 24 hours before the flight. The contact details of the operator will be available on the voucher you will receive after booking.
- If you weigh more than 300 lbs you will be asked to reserve a comfort seat.
- The advice is to book as soon as possible because it is one of the most booked helicopter tours, the crown jewel of Papillon, the most important tour agency in the field of flights over the Grand Canyon
- You can bring water with you, but you can only open it when you land.
- You are encouraged to bring your cameras and telephones with you, but you can use tripods, monopods or selfie sticks.
- As far as clothing is concerned, the advice is to dress in layers in the spring/summer and to use heavier clothing in the fall/winter.
- Bring shoes that are comfortable but at the same time suitable for walking on the uneven ground of the canyon.
How Do You Book the Best Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour?
Looking for more tours to explore the Grand Canyon from above? You’ll find them in these 2 lists:
If you are planning a visit to this beautiful park in Arizona our website provides a lot of useful information in the section dedicated to the Grand Canyon. In particular we provide tips on things to see in the Grand Canyon in a day, our tips on how to visit the Grand Canyon Skywalk and tips on where to stay at the Grand Canyon.
Tip: Are you unsure whether to choose the plane or the helicopter? To answer this question, please refer to our article on this topic. Grand Canyon: helicopter or plane tour? Which one to choose?
If you browse around the website you will also find some hidden treasures, secret and secluded places often overlooked by mass tourism, such as the beautiful Havasu Falls and the remote Toroweap Point.
Avid hikers will be able to take advantage of the Grand Canyon hiking trails tips, while those who prefer the convenience of a guided tour can take a look at the Grand Canyon tours available. We also have a treat for history buffs. Do you want to know how the immense natural gorge of Arizona was created? Here is the history of the Grand Canyon!
Hopefully these tips will further enrich your visit to the park and your next helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon. Don’t forget to write a review of your flying experience in the comments below.