Spectacular aerial view aboard a Papillon helicopter tour flying Las Vegas to Grand Canyon.

Planning Your Las Vegas to Grand Canyon Trip

Las Vegas to Grand Canyon is the most rewarding day trip. There are a number of ways to get there, but it’s important to better understand the mighty Grand Canyon before taking the journey. Let’s get started.

Why take a trip to the Grand Canyon while in Vegas?

Visited by over 5 million people per year, the Grand Canyon is one of the premier destinations in the world. The Grand Canyon is also, well, grand! At 277 miles long and up to 18 miles wide, it’s important to know which sites you’d like to visit when planning a trip from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon.

Did you know? The Grand Canyon has three rims to choose from: North Rim, South Rim, West Rim. Each rim boasts their own features that differ greatly from one another. Learn more about each Grand Canyon rim below and the best ways to get there from Vegas.

Types of Las Vegas Trips to Grand Canyon

With the immense amount of ground to cover, most Las Vegas trips to the Grand Canyon focus on a particular rim of the canyon to explore to its fullest.

Deciding on which rim of the Grand Canyon is the “best” to visit, the truth is, it completely depends on your timeline, budget, and personal preferences.

Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim

  • Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim features flights through the most famous and photographed areas of the canyon for one reason. Whether on the ground or in the sky, this area of the canyon is sure to impress with deep gorges and incredible lookouts. This rim is a part of the Grand Canyon National Park, and features the park’s most notable viewpoints - Bright Angel Point and Mather Point.

Las Vegas to Grand Canyon North

  • Escape the crowds and discover Grand Canyon National Park’s hidden gem. Tours from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon North are limited exclusively to small groups of our guests and include a visit to the inner gorge of the canyon.

Las Vegas to Grand Canyon West Rim

  • You’re sure to get an immersive southwestern experience at the Grand Canyon’s West Rim. This rim of the canyon features visits to the Eagle Point, the world-famous Grand Canyon Skywalk, and a short climb to the summit for a breathtaking 360-degree canyon view.

Grand Canyon Las Vegas FAQs

Which part of the Grand Canyon is closest to Las Vegas?

The closest rim of the Grand Canyon to Las Vegas is the West Rim. However, the Grand Canyon West Rim is not a part of the Grand Canyon National Park, which is made up of the North and South Rims of the canyon.

What is the best way to visit the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas?

We may be a little biased, but we believe the best way to visit the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas is aboard one of Papillon's state-of-the-art helicopter or airplane tours.

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters and our partners are proud to introduce the wonder of the Grand Canyon (and other incredible landmarks) to more than 600,000 guests each year. We also operate the largest fleet of sightseeing aircraft in the world, offer all-inclusive pricing, and have served over 50+ years of superior service while transporting guests the Grand Canyon.

Where do Grand Canyon tours from Las Vegas pick up?

We pick up for Grand Canyon tours from most major Las Vegas hotels on the Strip and Downtown.

If you are not staying at one of the major Las Vegas hotels, simply travel to the nearest one. You do not have to be staying at a hotel to be picked up by one of our shuttles.

Las Vegas hotel shuttles will drop riders off at our VIP terminal located in Boulder City, Nevada. For departures from other cities and states, visit our locations page.