My Top 3 Las Vegas Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours
Las Vegas is the king of Grand Canyon helicopter tours, which essentially means there are a ton of packages from which to choose. So what are the best ones? Well, in my opinion, they’d be one of my Top 3 that I’ve listed below.
No South Rim
Let’s deal with this first: Vegas helicopters only fly to the West Rim of the Canyon. They do not fly to the South Rim because it’s too far. If you are in Vegas and you want the South Rim, I recommend you take the airplane tour that gets you there in less than 60 minutes.
Further, Vegas helicopters are the only ones that let you fly to the bottom and land. This is not allowed at the South Rim where helicopters are allowed to only fly over the National Park per National Park Services regulations.
So, keeping this in mind, my #1 favorite heli ride is the one that goes to the bottom of the West Rim for a Champagne picnic. This tour’s highlight is the 4,000-foot descent below the rim until it reaches the landing pad. Then you deplane and toast your adventure 100 yards from the majestic Colorado River.
The Mega Tour
My #2 heli ride is the one that goes to the top and the bottom and comes with a pontoon boat ride and VIP Skywalk tickets. The boat ride gives you about 15 minutes on the famous Colorado River, while the VIP tickets let you cut to the front of the line to experience the Glass Bridge.
The Skywalk, by the way, is a miraculous all-glass platform that lets you walk 70 feet over the edge of the Rim until you are standing a whopping 4K feet over the bottom. The views are simply spectacular, especially the ones of Eagle Point and Guano Point.
My #3 favorite heli tour is the one that combines a bottom-landing tour with a 13-mile float down the Colorado River. After you land at the bottom of the Canyon via heli, you’ll head back and transfer to a bus that takes you to the base of magnificent Hoover Dam where the pontoon rafts are docked. It’s a great way to combine air, water and ground.
I do recommend that you make your tour deluxe. Yes, it may cost a bit more, but you get to fly in the superior EcoStar helicopter, which is 25% larger than a conventional helicopter and boasts stadium-style seats and a massive 180-degree windshield. The climate-control in these machines is incredible, which is super important during summer when temperatures break 100 degrees.
Couple more points about weather: It’s hot. Please dress comfortably and protect yourself from the sun. This means wearing a brimmed hat, sunglasses, a long-sleeved lightweight shirt and running shoes. I also recommend you bring sun block, an extra bottle of water and a salty snack like trail mix. Most importantly, stay hydrated in order to enjoy your tour to the max.
I hope this article about Las Vegas helicopters to the Grand Canyon proved helpful as you plan your adventure. I urge you to take advantage of landing tours as these can only be done from Vegas and at the West Rim. I also recommend you consider flying deluxe so you can experience the superior EcoStar 130. Finally, always book these tours in advance and online in order to get the best deal and the best price on the flight that best meets your requirements.
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