a helicopter flies along the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon

Best Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours

From buses and rafts to mules and jeeps, there are a myriad of ways to discover the Grand Canyon, but nothing allows you to enjoy this amazing natural wonder better than a helicopter. In under an hour, you can find yourself flying high above the edge of the Grand Canyon in awe of its grandeur. However, the day trip of a lifetime can easily turn into a nightmare or a bore if you choose the wrong Grand Canyon tour or tour company. To save you money, time, and frustration, here are five of the best Grand Canyon helicopter tours today.

The Papillon Imperial Tour with EcoStar allows you to fly high above and deep into the canyon in a state-of-the-art EcoStar EC130 helicopter that has been specifically designed with sightseeing in mind. The one-of-a-kind aircraft provides 180 degree views, a low noise profile, and stadium seating for the ultimate flying and viewing experience. After departing from the Grand Canyon Airport, you will fly over the eastern part of the Grand Canyon, the North Rim, the Little Colorado confluence, and finally the Dragon Corridor, allowing you enjoy the most comprehensive aerial Grand Canyon experience.

For the ultimate Grand Canyon experience, Viator’s Ultimate Grand Canyon 4-in-1 Helicopter Tour takes the cake. Not only will you cruise to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas via helicopter, but after arriving, you will be able to cruise down the Colorado River in a pontoon boat, spend time enjoying the Western Rim, and experience jaw-dropping vistas and panoramic views from the Grand Canyon Skywalk.

If you’re in Las Vegas and want a break from the glitz and glam of the strip, the Western Journey Tour by Mustang Helicopters is the perfect option. With this tour, you can sit back and relax as you experience magnificent aerial views of Lake Mead, the Hoover Dam, and Black Canyon before descending and following the mighty Colorado River as it snakes its way through the canyon. Then, you will land on the West Rim for 3 1/2 hours of ground time to take in the views from the Skywalk and experience the Native American Village at Eagle Point, take in the breathtaking “Highpoint Hike” at Guano Point, and go for a horseback ride at the Hualapai Ranch.

If romance is on the agenda, then the Grand Canyon Sunset Deluxe Helicopter Tour by All Grand Canyon Tours can’t be beat. Departing from Las Vegas as the sun begins its descent over the horizon, you will fly over Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam before landing on the Grand Canyon floor for a sunset champagne picnic and a little time to take in the beautiful sun-painted sky and canyon walls before flying back over the dazzling lights of the Las Vegas Strip.

The only thing better than flying over the Grand Canyon in a helicopter is landing at the canyon like an A-list celebrity for an overnight excursion in your own private cabin at the Hualapai Ranch. Here, you can enjoy dinner and a continental breakfast while experiencing the best that Grand Canyon West has to offer.

  1. Papillon - Imperial Tour with EcoStar
  2. Viator - Ultimate Grand Canyon 4-in-1 Helicopter Tour
  3. Mustang Helicopters – Western Journey Tour
  4. All Grand Canyon Tours - Grand Canyon Sunset Deluxe Helicopter Tour
  5. Best Grand Canyon Destinations - Helicopter and Ground Overnight Tour
Last Updated: January 09, 2015