Grand Canyon Helicopters Flights from Las Vegas to the West Rim By Michelle Brodsky | http://www.grandcanyonhelicopters.org Going to Las Vegas and looking for an awesome activity? Take a helicopter tour to the Grand Canyon's West Rim. You'll find three kinds of flights from which to choose, and I'm very sure that there's a trip that's just right for you. The classic air-only ride is your most basic flight. It essentially flies to West Rim and back. You can upgrade this trip to include tickets to the Grand Canyon Skywalk or to land at the bottom of the canyon. Here's a closer look at each of the these West Rim helicopter tours: Air-Only Tour A great introduction to the canyon. Fly over the West Rim and see Eagle Point, Guano Point, the Colorado River, and the Grand Canyon Skywalk. Upgrade to include a flight over the fabulous Las Vegas Strip on the return. Sunrise and sunset flights can be bought. Skywalk Grand Canyon Tour Fly into Grand Canyon West. Go into the Skywalk and be prepared to walk 70 feet past the edge and to be lifted some 4,000 feet above the mighty Colorado River. Enjoy a BBQ lunch. Ride the free shuttle service to all major rim-top sights. Explore an authentic Hualapai Indian Village. Bottom-Landing Tour Canyon carve 4,000 feet downward to the base of the canyon. Deplane. Enjoy a Champagne toast under a traditional Indian Ramada. Explore the canyon's ancient floor. Upgrade to include an exciting pontoon boat ride down Colorado River. Most helicopter tours include free shuttle bus pick up and drop off to all hotels on the Las Vegas Strip. Landing and Skywalk trips are led by professional pilot-guides and include a delicious lunch. Internet prices start at $230 per person. Heli tours depart from the Vegas area. Flight plans ensure you'll also see Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, and the spectacular Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Bridge. These sights are a major bonus for heli travelers, especially since choppers fly at lower altitudes than planes, thus giving you terrific bird's eye views of these landmarks. I highly recommend that you book your Las Vegas helicopter tour in advance. Keep in mind that high season (when demand for such trips peaks) is spring and summer and that
low season is winter. Flights are limited, popular, and sell out quickly, especially sunrise and sunset tours. If you are lucky enough to book a flight within 24 hours of your departure, I can assure you that you will pay a premium. Always purchase your flights online. Tour operators are very generous with discounts on their websites, some even giving up to 35% off on select packages. I personally do all my reservations on the Web and have never had any SNAFU's concerning credit-card transactions. Las Vegas Grand Canyon West Rim helicopter tours deliver loads of fun and adventure. The West Rim is home to the Grand Canyon Skywalk, and it's the only place where you can land at the bottom of the Grand Canyon and take an optional boat ride down the Colorado River. If you're looking for a Grand Canyon experience that comes with a huge "wow" factor, book a helicopter flight. It's an activity that will make this Las Vegas trip magical.
Published on Jul 13, 2011
This article explains how to get from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon by helicopter and the types of tours available at the West Rim.