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the grand canyon and kaibab forest seen on a sunny day from a helicopter tour

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Southwest Grand Canyon Roadtrip with Heli

Set off along the historic Route 66 from Phoenix/Scottsdale to the Grand Canyon, where a Grand Canyon helicopter tour over the national park awaits.

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Home to the Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury, Arizona Cardinals, Phoenix Coyotes and Arizona Diamondbacks, this major metropolitan city is sure to impress sports fans. For vacationers seeking outdoor activities, horseback riding, hiking mountain trails and bird-watching are all available within city boundaries.

A bird’s eye view of Phoenix will enhance your desert vacation immeasurably. Cruising over Phoenix’s bustling down town you will be impressed by American West Arena, host to the NBA’s Phoenix Suns and the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury. Neighboring this impressive sports complex is Bank One Ballpark, home to the championship baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Heading east, you will fly over the scenic area of Papago Park, punctuated by two sandstone buttes which have long impressed visitors with their intriguing shape and texture.

The Phoenix Zoo and Desert Botanical Gardens near Papago Park form an oasis in this modern desert community. Two of Phoenix’s most enticing attractions are even more awe-inspiring from the sky.

You can’t miss Camelback Mountain standing like a compass point within city limits. This mountain, actually shaped like a resting camel provides residents of Phoenix and its surrounding communities with the most elegant of sunrises and sunsets. Hiking enthusiasts find its rocky terrain and steep paths challenging, but each day hundreds of climbers make the trek to the top to see the view of the Valley of the Sun below.

The Salt River, whose water was once harnessed by the Hohokam people centuries ago, flows through the city of Scottsdale, highlighting a green belt of golf courses, public parks and other recreational areas for all to enjoy.

Visitors will be busy in Phoenix with year round events, sites and attractions. One flight above the city will give travelers an idea of just how much there is to see!


South Rim Tours

The city of Phoenix attracts a diversity of tourists due to its fusion of athletic, metropolitan, and nature-based activities. The mild weather throughout fall, winter, and spring makes for a perfect extended golf season, and the city even boasts several PGA courses. The Phoenix metro area also hosts the spring training for 15 MLB teams. The city also features the Phoenix Zoo as well as the Desert Botanical Gardens, a sort of environmental oasis amidst the bustling city life.

Surrounding the energetic city is a wealth of desert wildlife and nature waiting to be explored. It's impossible to miss Camelback Mountain, aptly named for its massive hump that resembles a resting camel. However, just North of the city lies some of the most profound nature ever to be seen: the Grand Canyon. Our mission at Papillon is to take you and your family to this splendid landmark and show you aerial views of the desert scenery along the way.

Whether you want to enjoy a peaceful ground tour of the canyon or soar over its rim in a helicopter, we can give you the experience you're looking for! We will meet you bright and early at your Phoenix hotel, where you'll climb aboard one of our comfortable Sprinter vans, customized to enhance your sightseeing experience. Your first stop will be the Double Eagle Trading Post, an old-fashioned Western town where you can shop and explore. 

Guests who choose to experience a helicopter ride will be taken through the scenic Central Arizona to the Grand Canyon National Park Airport. Here, a state-of-the-art helicopter will be awaiting your arrival. Upon boarding, you will be lifted up into the air and flown over both the South and North Rims of the Grand Canyon. You'll see stunning aerial views of the forested canyon valleys, the deepest and widest rock gorges in the entire park, and the Colorado River below you.

If you'd rather explore the South Rim on foot, you can opt for our luxury Sprinter transport to the Grand Canyon National Park entrance. Upon arrival, the splendor of the landscape will begin to unfold before you. You will have ample time to explore various lookout points and take photos of the scenery. Guests can also make a short hike to Grand Canyon Village to shop for memorabilia or grab a bite to eat.

Guests will also be driven through the majestic Oak Creek Canyon, where the lush forestry set against exquisite red rock formations is like a painting come to life. Famous for its many appearances in film and television, Oak Creek Canyon is a beautiful and lasting image on your journey to or from the Grand Canyon.

While the city of Phoenix and its surrounding metropolitan area can provide fun activities like sporting events, shopping, and zoo visits, make your vacation a timeless memory for you and your family by experiencing the most fantastic natural landform in the United States: the Grand Canyon.