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Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours

Although there are many ways to see the Grand Canyon in all its glory, few will take your breath away like the spectacular aerial view aboard a Papillon Grand Canyon helicopter tour.

There's a reason people have chosen Papillon's premium Grand Canyon tours for over 50 years. From state-of-the-art aircraft to top-rated service, we provide flights that cannot be matched. With a Papillon helicopter tour, you can expect safety, comfort, great service, and the sightseeing experience of a lifetime.

Read on to discover your perfect Grand Canyon helicopter tour today.

A rainbow helicopter flies over the Grand Canyon and Colorado River.

North Canyon Tour

Fly over the widest and deepest parts of the South Rim on this Grand Canyon helicopter tour - you'll see towering rock formations, the lush Kaibab Forest, and the Colorado River from above!

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Imperial with EcoStar

This Grand Canyon helicopter tour flies over the deepest and widest sections of the national park, for aerial views of 1.7 million-year-old stone! You'll also see the Kaibab Forest, the Colorado River, and tons of unique rock formations.

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North Canyon Tour with Hummer Excursion

This Grand Canyon adventure begins with a helicopter tour over the deepest and widest regions of the South Rim, and includes ground transport to multiple scenic lookout points aboard an open-air Hummer vehicle.

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North Canyon Family Flight

This Grand Canyon helicopter tour shows you aerial views of the deepest and widest parts of the South Rim, as well as the Colorado River, the Kaibab Forest, and plenty of unique rock formations. The perfect family adventure!

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Imperial Air Tour on Eco Family Flight

Explore the North and East Rims of the Grand Canyon on a helicopter tour offering 180-degree views and aerial sights of the deepest and widest parts of the park. Recommend for groups of 4+.

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Grand Canyon with Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend

Experience the wonders of the Grand Canyon at sunrise, and tour Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon all in one day. Take a helicopter from Grand Canyon National Park to Page, AZ, as you enjoy the pinks and reds of the sun’s early light across the Canyon. Once on the ground, take a guided tour that includes views of the spectacular Horseshoe Bend and an exploration of Antelope Canyon.

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FAQs About Helicopter Grand Canyon Tours

What will you do and see during your helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon?

  • Your Grand Canyon helicopter tour will show you incredible aerial sights of the South Rim, including the widest and deepest rock gorges in the park. You'll also see the Kaibab Forest and the Colorado River beneath you. If you are flying to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas, you'll see Hoover Dam en route to the park as well as expansive desert scenery.

What time of day is best for a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon?

  • The best time for a Grand Canyon helicopter tour really depends on your own schedule! Papillon offers daily helicopter tours with departures from the early morning to the late afternoon, so you'll can experience the Grand Canyon from the sky with plenty of time left to enjoy your vacation.

How long are helicopter rides in Grand Canyon?

  • Papillon helicopter tours at the Grand Canyon National Park range from approximately 25-30 minutes to 45-50 minutes in length. You can also combine your helicopter tour with a ground excursion aboard an open-air Hummer vehicle for an extended tour of up approximately 3 hours.

How safe are helicopter tours over the Grand Canyon?

  • At Papillon, safety is our top priority. Our company is fully certified by the Tour Operators Program of Safety (TOPS), whose industry standards ensure safety and reliability throughout the air tour industry, and far exceed those set forth by the FAA. Learn more about our helicopter safety standards while preparing for your Grand Canyon tour.

Which helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon is best?

What is the best time of year to do a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon?

  • The Grand Canyon receives the most visitation during the spring and fall months. The weather at the Grand Canyon tends to be much more mild in the spring and fall, whereas winters can be chilly and summers can be very warm. Papillon offers daily departures to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas and helicopter tours at the Grand Canyon, so no matter when you plan to visit, you can experience the sights from the sky.

How much does a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon cost?

  • Papillon offers a variety of helicopter tours ranging in price, perfect for any group's budget. Our tours also include upgrade options like privatizing your helicopter for your party, adding additional adventures like Hummer tours, or flying aboard an EcoStar helicopter. Our competitive pricing makes us the premier provider of Grand Canyon helicopter tours.

What should you bring on your helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon?

  • If you're planning on joining a Grand Canyon helicopter tour, be sure to bring your smart phone or a camera to capture the incredible aerial views. Note that selfie sticks are not permitted to be opened within the aircraft. If you're touring from Las Vegas and your helicopter tour will land at the Grand Canyon, you can also bring sunglasses, sunscreen, or a jacket depending on the season and temperature.


Discover Helicopter Tours of the Grand Canyon

Papillon offers a variety of Grand Canyon helicopter tours. Whether you want to spend the tour soaring over the Grand Canyon’s breathtaking landscapes or escaping the crowds on a private plateau of the Grand Canyon floor, Papillon has you covered. 

Even better, many of the helicopter tours offer upgrades such as making your aircraft private, touring at sunset, or tacking on additional experiences. The multitude of options allows you to create the Grand Canyon vacation that you’ve always dreamed of.

Helicopter Tours Departing Daily: Flying Over the Grand Canyon

Soar into adventure with a helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon's spectacular landscapes. From the vantage point of a helicopter tour, you can gaze over the rim of the canyon to the Colorado River winding along its ancient floor.

Helicopter tours flying over the Grand Canyon are perfect for guests who are pressed for time or are looking to pack in as many Grand Canyon views as possible. We offer all-inclusive tours perfect for vacationers wanting to see the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, the Colorado River, and the spectacular Grand Canyon West all in just a few hours.

Bonus: we are the preferred provider for the Grand Canyon National Park and our helicopter tours are certified to fly the entire Grand Canyon.

Which Helicopter Grand Canyon Tour is Closest

The Grand Canyon National Park is just a little under 2.5 hours from Las Vegas via airplane, and is accessible via our airplane tours. At the National Park, also called the Grand Canyon South Rim, you can enjoy a helicopter ride over the deepest and widest canyon gorges, and see aerial views of the North Rim, the Colorado River, and the Kaibab Forest.

The Grand Canyon West Rim is over an hour flight from Las Vegas via helicopter. This is the only region of the Grand Canyon where helicopter landings on the very bottom are possible. The West Rim is also home to the Skywalk Bridge and several truly unique vantage points like Eagle Point and Guano Point.

Helicopter Tours that Land at the Bottom of the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon draws millions of visitors a year. With Papillon, you can escape the crowds and enjoy the serenity of this Wonder of the World on a private plateau. Your helicopter will descend 4,000 feet below the Grand Canyon West Rim for a landing at its base.

Certain Grand Canyon helicopter tours include champagne, a light picnic, and time to explore the raw beauty of the surrounding area. Or, layer on the luxury by opting for a private experience to the Grand Canyon with a dedicated aircraft and luxurious limousine-style pick-up.

Other landing tours include a bit more adventure, like a pontoon boat waiting for you at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. After your thrilling helicopter descent, you will board the boat for a rafting tour on the Colorado River between the skyscraping canyon walls.

Helicopter Tours with an Added Adventure

With Papillon, you don’t have to limit yourself to just one tour experience. Helicopter combination tours blend the thrilling aerial views of a world-class helicopter tour with  ATV excursions, river rafting expeditions, and more.