Grand Canyon National Park Helicopter Trips Will Astound You!

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The Grand Canyon isn't just the second-most visited American National Park, with over a million acres of wilderness, it's also one of the largest. Its size alone makes Grand Canyon helicopters a great way to go.

Kinds Of Air Tours

Flights on South Rim helicopters are categorized by flight time. The long flight takes around an hour and the short one last about a half an hour. You can upgrade to a deluxe version of either tour, which lets you fly in a smooth-riding EcoStar 130 helicopter. I think the price difference is money well spent. These choppers are made for sightseeing with huge wraparound windshields, comfortable climate control, and roomy cabins with stadium seating.

The scenery on these tours is breathtaking, even if you take the short flight. Flights take off from Grand Canyon National Park Airport, just outside the Park's main gates. You will fly above the Kaibab National Forest and then soar along the Dragoon Corridor, which is the deepest and widest section of the Grand Canyon. The flights go to the North Rim and back.

The longer (50-minute) tours on South Rim helicopters do all that too, but they're more comprehensive and also include points of interest like Zuni Corridor, the Desert Watchtower, the East Rim, the Painted Desert and Imperial Point (the highest spot in the National Park).


The longer tour is more expensive but you get to see some awesome sights. The Grand Canyon is truly a spectacular place so if you have the time and money, you should take the more comprehensive tour if you can.

Helicopters cannot fly below the rim and land on the bottom of the canyon at the South Rim because it is prohibited. If you want to have that thrilling experience, you will have to go to the West Rim. If you want to take a chopper tour to the West Rim, you have to fly out of Las Vegas. No flights are available that connect the West Rim to the South Rim.

You can, however, take a great new landing tour at the South Rim. It includes a sunset Jeep ride that takes you to some unusual, hard-to-reach spots. The 4x4 is usually pretty close to Hopi Point at sunset, which is a pretty breathtaking sight. These tours begin late in the afternoon so your Jeep ride coincides with the sunset, these tours are very popular and fill up fast. There is a reason this tour is so popular, the views at sunset are fantastic!

Booking Air Tours

I always urge travelers to book their flights on Grand Canyon helicopters at least a week before their desired date. This is important for the following reasons:

You have a better chance of getting the tour you really want
You'll get the date and takeoff time you want
You'll get a cheaper price
Each of these is a great reason to book your seats early. Although a week ahead of time is good, even earlier is ideal during the peak summer season. It is possible for you to luck out and get seats at the last minute, but you can't count on it. Plus, it is very hard to get same-day seats when you have multiple people in your party.


To keep the price of your air tours affordable consider these suggestions. Most importantly, you should get your seats online. But do it directly on the tour company's website. Tickets bought from Viator, Expedia, or Travelocity will cost you more. The tour companies? own websites always post the lowest prices, and you don't have to look hard at all. These discount rates are easy to find since they are usually posted right on the front home page.

About the Author:

Travel editor Tracy D. is an expert on air tours over the Grand Canyon. For helicopter rides, he suggests visiting this site for great rates:

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