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Take an exhilarating 45-minute helicopter flight that whisks you from the Grand Canyon’s South Rim to the North Rim. Through the ECO-Star helicopter’s panoramic windows, you’ll see the world's largest ponderosa pines in Kaibab National Forest and the mighty Colorado River. Snap photos of the Painted Desert, Desert View Watchtower, Marble Canyon and Point Imperial before your return flight takes you through the dramatic backdrop of the Dragon Corridor. Choose from a wide selection of departure times to suit your schedule.

Highlights

  • 45-minute exhilarating flight out of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in Tusayan, Arizona
  • State-of-the-art ECO-Star helicopter with luxurious comfort and wraparound windows
  • Fly over the 1.6 million-acre (6,500 km²) Kaibab National Forest
  • Views of the Painted Desert and Desert View Watchtower
  • See Marble Canyon and Point Imperial, the highest point on the North Rim
  • Travel through the Dragon Corridor - the widest and deepest section of the Grand Canyon

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What You Can Expect

45-minute Helicopter Flight Over the Grand Canyon from Tusayan, Arizona

Interior of Maverick Helicopter

You will depart Tusayan, Arizona located in the South Rim of the Grand Canyon on the safest and most comfortable-tourism based helicopter in the world. On your 45-minute helicopter flight, enjoy the luxurious comfort and wraparound windows which offer breathtaking views of the Canyon.

Enjoy the fantastic views of the Canyon as you fly over the 1.6 million-acre (6,500 km²) Kaibab National Forest, which borders both the north and south rims of the Grand Canyon. The Kaibab National Forest is home to the world’s largest ponderosa pines.

Upon reaching the edge of the canyon, the South Rim gently drops away as the North Rim and east end of the canyon come into view – this is definitely one of the greatest views of the Grand Canyon.

You will continue your journey as you follow the Colorado River upstream viewing at a distance the 146-square mile Painted Desert and the 70-foot (21-meter) Desert View Watchtower, a National Historic Landmark. The Desert View Watchtower features an observation deck from which visitors to the national park can view eastern portions of the Grand Canyon.

Next, view Marble Canyon, the section of the Colorado River which marks the beginning of the Grand Canyon, and Point Imperial, the highest point on the North Rim at 8,803 feet (2,683 meters). Point Imperial overlooks the Painted Desert and the eastern end of Grand Canyon. You will fly through the Canyon above the North Rim heading south through the Dragon Corridor, the widest and deepest section of the Canyon.

At the end of your helicopter flight, you will cross over the Colorado River and fly over the South Rim and the Kaibab National Forest to land.

Please note: The listed price does not include a USD$15 per person fuel surcharge, payable at the time of tour check-in. Per FAA regulations, all passengers 18 years and older will be required to show photo ID such as a driver's license or passport at the time of check-in.

Customer Reviews

Jacob W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

A great way to see the Canyon and skip all the lines.

Alexander M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Experience of a lifetime!

Bruce B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This is a great trip. The background music was nice, and the pilot Rivers provided a lot of information about the canyon and surrounding area. And the views of the grand canyon are unforgettable.
Well worth the money.

Anita R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

I perviously reviewed our helo trip but Viator has sent another review request. In short, helo is the only way to fully experience the Grand Canyon. Standing on the rim doesn't do it justice. If you are limited to just the South Rim be sure to go to the Yavapai Geological Museum. You will miss the crowds, breathtaking views, and wonderful exhibits of the Canyon geology. Still you can't miss the helo. Our pilot, Justin, was superb. The helicopters that the company flies are new, state of the art and beautifully maintained. Be sure to buy the DVD of your flight--worth every penny.

Michele

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Completely professional! Once in a life time experience and a great way to see the canyon for the first time.

Linda W C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Amazing experience. Patrick was a wonderful pilot and tour guide. This is the only way to see the Grand Canyon!!!!

Wendy L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Great, exciting way to see the canyon. Our pilot was very knowledgeable and nice.

Gerald W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Awesome views. Knowledgeable and friendly pilot. Great experience. Absolutely recommend.

Marilyn D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Was absolutely stunning! What beauty and we are too old to be thinking about rafting, climbing or mules so was a wonderful alternative to seeing this amazing place!

Vanessa J United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Awesome!

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