Airplane Air Tours

South Rim Airplane Tour

: $$ : 40 - 50 Minutes
To: Grand Canyon South Rim

Airplane Air and Rafting Tours

Scenic Canyon River Adventure

: $$$$ : 12.5 hours
To: Grand Canyon South Rim

You'll experience more than a dozen of the Grand Canyon's most treasured landmarks during a fascinating Grand Canyon airplane tour hosted by Papillon Helicopters, America's award-winning sightseeing experts. Depart from the Grand Canyon National Park Airport at the South Rim aboard a luxury Vistaliner, a sightseeing aircraft equipped with specially-designed windows that offer unobstructed scenic views. In-flight narration reveals fascinating facts and lore about the awe-inspiring aerial views.

Zuni Point is recognizable because of its impressive red canyon and cacti-carpeted plateau, as is the Zuni Corridor, where the Little Colorado joins the Colorado River. You'll fly near the Desert View Watchtower, a replica of a prehistoric Indian tower, and the Painted Desert with its rainbow-colored terrain and impressive Petrified Forest. There's fascinating historical information from your narrator as you cross over the Navajo Indian Reservation and fly toward Temple Butte, the Grand Canyon's geologic mystery. Your Grand Canyon airplane tour takes you over the grandeur of the Canyon's North Rim before moving on to the Kaibab Plateau and the Kaibab National Forest. In the Paiute Indian language, Kaibab has the intriguing meaning: "mountain lying down." The area, with its Alpine setting, is a National Forest Scenic Byway.

Before your airplane tour flight returns to the South Rim, you will visit Imperial Point, the highest viewing area in the Grand Canyon, and Dragon Corridor, the widest, deepest, and most open point. In all, this grand tour will be one of the most rewarding and memorable hours spent in America's natural wonder.