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Soar into adventure on a Grand Canyon South Rim helicopter tour

Grand Canyon South Rim Helicopter Tours

Aboard a Grand Canyon South Rim helicopter tour, you'll gaze out over the rim of the canyon and get a bird's-eye view of the Colorado River, rock formations, and lush forests. Papillon is the preferred provider for the Grand Canyon National Park Service and our helicopter tours are certified to fly the entire canyon. For an added adventure, you can upgrade your tour to include a Hummer tour, privatize the aircraft, or to fly at sunset.

Grand Canyon South Rim helicopter tours depart from Las Vegas, Phoenix, and the South Rim. Choose from dozens of amazing experiences to find the perfect Grand Canyon South Rim tour for you.

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

Fly over the rich Kaibab Forest before soaring off over the widest and deepest part of Grand Canyon; the Dragon Corridor. Experience and photograph towering rock formations, deep majestic valleys, and some of the oldest geology known to mankind.

starting from
$209.00
per/person
A helicopter tour seen mid-flight over the Grand Canyon.

Explore the North & South Rim - the deepest section of the canyon, boasting 1.7 million year old stone - all from the EcoStar, a helicopter offering 180-degree viewing and stadium-style seat design.

starting from
$299.00
per/person
Available on
Demand!

Our South Rim Bus Tour with Helicopter starts in Las Vegas and takes you on a bus and helicopter tour through the South Rim, and Dragon Corridor.

Available on
Demand!

The Grand Canyon Deluxe with Helicopter Tour is an all day adventure. It begins with shuttle transfers from your Las Vegas hotel to the Boulder Terminal. Board a fixed-wing airplane and enjoy views of the famed Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and the winding Colorado River.

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South Rim Helicopter Tour FAQs

Which helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon South Rim is best?

How much are helicopter tours of the Grand Canyon South Rim?

  • The cost of each South Rim Grand Canyon helicopter tour is conveniently listed online. Our low online prices include all taxes, fees, and surcharges. We pride ourselves on being transparent, so the rate we quote you is the rate you will pay. No guesswork involved.

Can you take a helicopter to the bottom of the Grand Canyon South Rim?

  • Helicopters are not permitted to fly to the bottom of the South Rim. However, Papillon does offer helicopter tours that land at the bottom of the West Rim of the Grand Canyon.

    Not only will you get to experience a thrilling 4,000 foot descent below the West Rim. Certain tours include champagne and a light picnic on a private plateau of the Grand Canyon's floor.

    Discover the West Rim helicopter tours that land at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

How safe are helicopter tours?

  • Safety is our top priority. We are proud to fly the most advanced tour helicopters available and are fully certified by the Tour Operators Program of Safety (TOPS). From our management team to our flight crew and ground support staff, our entire team is dedicated to ensuring a safe and memorable experience during each Grand Canyon helicopter tour.

    When flying with a TOPS-certified carrier like Papillon, guests can be assured that they are touring with some of the safest and most highly trained professionals in the industry.

    Learn more about Papillon's commitment to safety.

What is the best time of the year to visit the Grand Canyon?

  • The Spring and Fall are widely considered the best times of the year to make a trip to the Grand Canyon. During these periods, the daytime temperatures are cool and the crowds are thin.

 
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Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours of the South Rim

There's a reason Papillon is the largest and most experienced Grand Canyon helicopter tour company. Safety, comfort, and service are our priorities. We are proud to fly the most advanced tour helicopters available. These EC130s were designed specifically for sightseeing, and provide forward-facing, theater-style seating for unobstructed 180-degree views. Our fleet represents 50+ years of superior service while transporting guests to the Grand Canyon.

Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours South Rim and North Rim

Take flight on your state-of-the-art helicopter from our private air terminal near Grand Canyon Village. Helicopter tours of the South and North Rims soar over world-famous landmarks like Dragon Corridor, Point Imperial, the Kaibab National Forest, and more. Gaze out over the deepest and widest parts of the canyon, catch glimpses of desert wildlife, and snap a few photos of the breathtaking views.

South Rim Helicopter Tours with Hummer

With Papillon, you don't have to choose just one vantage point for your Grand Canyon vacation. After soaring over some of the National Park’s most majestic desert views, continue your Southwestern excursion with a Hummer tour. 

After your helicopter tour, a state-of-the-art Hummer will transport you to some of the South Rim’s most notable lookout points. Stops like Duck on a Rock, Yavapai Point, and Moran Point offer gorgeous views of the canyon. Ample time will be allotted at each destination to pose for pictures and explore the surroundings. You can even upgrade to a sunset tour to experience the colorful and majestic views of the canyon as a grand finale.

South Rim Helicopter Tours Depart from Las Vegas & Phoenix

If you're departing from Las Vegas or Phoenix, your Grand Canyon tour will begin and end with scenic ground or airplane transportation to the National Park. From there, you will lift off on a breathtaking helicopter flight over the South Rim. After your exciting aerial tour, you can continue your Grand Canyon experience with famous stops like Bright Angel Point and Mather Point.

Tours from Phoenix and Las Vegas are the perfect combination of relaxing sightseeing and exhilarating aerial views.