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Las Vegas Tour: Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight and Colorado River Float

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Escape to the Grand Canyon for this full-day sightseeing adventure. Enjoy a scenic, 1-hour, round-trip flight from Las Vegas to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, flying over the famous Hoover Dam and beautiful Lake Mead along the way. After returning over the Mojave Desert and other natural wonders, take a float trip down the Colorado River, through Black Canyon with a boxed picnic lunch and an optional swim at a secluded beach. Lunch, bottled water, and all transportation, including a Las Vegas hotel pickup/drop-off, are included.
  • Take a helicopter flight over the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead
  • Enjoy a smooth raft ride down the Colorado River
  • Dip in the cool waters off the bank of the Colorado River
  • Picnic lunch and bottled water included

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Travel by helicopter and take a float trip on the Colorado River for an additional perspective of the canyon.
Your Colorado River and Grand Canyon sightseeing tour begins with a hotel pickup in Las Vegas. Head to the Boulder City Municipal Airport for your 1-hour round-trip flight through the Grand Canyon's West Rim.

After boarding the helicopter, pass over sites such as the famous Hoover Dam, a modern marvel of engineering; the aqua waters and sandstone shorelines of beautiful Lake Mead; and Fortification Hill, an extinct volcano, before soaring along the winding path of the mighty Colorado River and into the incredible landscape of the Grand Canyon, one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

After leaving the Grand Canyon, the return flight will include panoramic views of the rugged Mojave Desert wilderness and more before arriving back in Boulder City.

From there, take a short drive to the Colorado River launch area for a boat float at the base of the Hoover Dam. Climb aboard a comfortable raft, and meander along the river through the Black Canyon. Keep an eye out for bighorn sheep, osprey, and great blue heron in their natural setting. Then stop at a secluded beach to take an optional dip in the clear water, and enjoy a picnic box lunch.

The trip concludes with a Las Vegas hotel drop-off.
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Hoover Dam
After hotel pickup, board your state-of-the-art helicopter for a 70-minute (round-trip) scenic air tour of the Grand Canyon West Rim. Your flight will take off from Boulder City, where builders of the Hoover Dam (formally the Boulder Dam) lived during the dam’s construction in the 1930s. Enjoy panoramic, 180-degree views of the impressive Hoover Dam, the bypass bridge and Black Canyon, and fly past the extinct and colorful volcano, Fortification Hill.
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Hoover Dam Bypass
Fly around the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge
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Fortification Hill
Fly over the extinct volcano known as Fortification Hill
Stop At:  
Colorado River
Then descend beneath the rim of the Grand Canyon as you fly over the mighty Colorado River, past million-year-old geological rock formations.
Duration: 3 hours 
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Grand Canyon West
Make sure to have your camera ready, as around every corner you’ll see cathedral buttresses and pillars with amazing natural vivid colors. After leaving the Grand Canyon, enjoy views of other natural wonders in the wilderness of the rugged Mojave Desert.
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Black Canyon City Visitor's Center and Chamber of Commerce.
Upon landing in Boulder City, take a short drive down to the Colorado River launch area for your river float at the base of the Hoover Dam and the newly constructed bypass bridge. Here you'll be greeted by your friendly guide, who will help you board your comfortable river raft. Float down the river and through the Black Canyon, with high walls that will leave you breathless! Keep your eyes open for desert big horn sheep, osprey and great blue heron in their natural setting.
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Willow Beach
The raft stops at a secluded beach on the river so you can cool off in the refreshing clear waters. You can also enjoy your picnic box lunch on the beach while taking in the sights and sounds of Black Canyon. Your trip ends on the Arizona side of the river at Willow Beach. You'll have the chance to shop for souvenirs before returning to your Las Vegas hotel.

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Great Tour!
John G
, Oct 2019
The helicopter flight was fabulous. I highly recommend the pilot, Brandon Foss. We had a couple of nervous passengers, and Brandon was very soothing, very knowledgeable. The raft float was nice too. We saw a mountain sheep, bald eagle and more.
Good mix. Relaxing.
, Sep 2019
A 70 mins helicopter flight over Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon - superb scenery. Very nice pilot feeding us with information about history and facts on the area. Only little downside, seating is 2 in front and 4 in back, with 2 in the back middle unable to take nice pictures. A landing with rotation half way would have been great. Then we waited for a bus to pick us up for for the next part, being served with snacks and drinks, and given the option to purchase souvenirs. Nice staff. Then a luxury bus took us from AirPort to a meeting place, then to the base of Hoover Dam, for a slow rafting ride down Colorado river. Little snack supplied, and cold water available all the way. Bus and raft drivers were both feeding us with info on the area (which was consistent :) ). Relaxing time enjoying nature and scenery, including a dip in the fresh river. Possibility to take countless pictures of nature while riding through the different parts of the river. Overall a superb experience.
Birthday Tour
, Sep 2019
Both of our guides were friendly and very knowledgeable. I will definitely recommend these tours to my friends and family.
Fantastic.... top to bottom!!!
, Jul 2019
We had such an awesome experience. The helicopter flight was about 1 hr 20 min (longer than we anticipated) and the pilot was phenomenal. Very professional and knowledgeable. The rafting trip was soooo wild..!! Incredible scenery and wildlife (mountain goats and hawks) and the guide was insanely cool (Jeff a.k.a Mike Rowe from Dirty Jobs). Made it very enjoyable with commentary and facts to created a very memorable experience.
Fab Vegas trip
, Jul 2019
Amazing - top hosts for both the river float and heli trip. A great half day+ tour and the pickups worked perfectly. Thanks.
Great River float, but horrid Helicopter
Laurie J
, Jun 2019
Our tours were switched around, because we were originally scheduled to river float in the afternoon. However, that wasn’t an issue. We had a very detailed tour of the Hoover Dam area, and at least a couple of hours floating down the Colorado River. Our driver was very knowledge and friendly. We got soaked from the water spraying, but it was quite refreshing, and relaxing as we had a concert and late night before. I thoroughly enjoyed, and would recommend it. However, the helicopter ride was not very pleasant. I was crammed in the front between the pilot and my male companion. I am a small person, and had to sit sideways because I didn’t have enough room to sit back, and even hung over the seat, The shoulder belt dug unto my neck as well. There should have only been one person sitting in the front beside the pilot. The scenery was spectacular, but because of that I just wanted the ride over with. I was really disappointed in that, and wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Laurie, we regret that you did not enjoy the helicopter flight. Thank you for taking the time to write your review and we are glad you enjoyed the rafting experience. If you would like to contact us directly with regards to your helicopter please contact our customer service dept.
Awesome perspective on an awesome place.
Douglas D
, Jun 2019
Helicopter tour was awesome. Vince was our pilot. He was very knowledgeable and provided useful historic and geologic information. He made sure everyone was ok and enjoying the trip. Matt was our skipper for the float trip. He was also very knowledgeable and presented interesting information. Our float was in the morning but was still rather hot. Matt found shade for us and stopped twice for us to cool off in the water. He also pointed out big horn sheep in the mountains on our float. We all enjoyed both adventures.
Vince has his game on.
Tony H
, Jun 2019
Great overview of geology that formed the many terrains of the Grand Canyon. Very interactive as well.
Great Time
, Jun 2019
The helicopter tour was great, we had never been in a helicopter before - definitely recommend it! The boat trip was a little long but super informative and cool.
A great day out, with room for improvement.
, Apr 2019
Having visited the Grand Canyon before, my wife and I wanted a different experience this time. First up, the activity parts of the tour were amazing. Our helicopter pilot, Thomas, gave us an extremely smooth and informative flight, it was a privilege to see the Canyon like that. Our boat pilot, Matt, was equally as professional and a great host. He helped keep us cool in the record temperatures, pointing out loads of really interesting things along the way. Lunch supplied on the raft was fine, a freshly made packed lunch with fresh fruit, which we appreciated. The room for improvement is in the amount of time sat about doing nothing. We didn’t mind the early start, but there was a 35 minute wait before our flight, then another 35-40 wait after to be picked up for the rafting. During that time, the ‘breakfast’ we were told would be available was cheap and nasty pastry’s from a packet and granola bars. We made the short transfer to a cabin near Lake Mead to be checked in for the boat, where we then sat and waited for another 40 minutes with no actual information as to why or what time we’d head off. After the raft ride we were picked up and taken back to the airport where we had to wait again for our transfer back to the hotel. We arrived back just in tike for rush hour, and our driver was somewhat erratic, which didn’t make for the smoothest of rides. Overall a great day out and I’d recommend it to others, all the crew were lovely to talk to, etc. But if that waiting around can be addressed, it would be much better.

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