The Grand Canyon is massive and spectacular. It was carved out of the Kaibab Plateau by the Colorado River in a process that has taken about two billion years.
The canyon is 277 miles long and up to a mile deep. In places, it is as wide as 18 miles. In all, it encompasses an impressive 1.2 million acres. Tours on Grand Canyon helicopters are so popular because the National Park is so immense. There is no other way to see a large portion of this amazing Natural Wonder of the World.
You need to see this vast chasm from the air in order to fully appreciate its grandeur. The air tours that fly over the West Rim depart from Boulder City in Nevada or Vegas, while tours of the South Rim depart from Sedona or Tusayan in Arizona. There aren't any choppers that fly between the West Rim and South Rim.
About The Two Rims
Helicopters that fly out of Nevada only go to the West Rim because the South Rim is too far away. If you are staying in Vegas and really want to see the South Rim, you can take a plane tour there and then hop on a chopper for a fun rim-to-rim aerial tour.
When you take an air tour of the South Rim, you pick between a thirty-minute flight or a more comprehensive 50 minute tour. Helicopter tours of the West Rim are available as landing tours or air-only, the landing tours are great fun.
Seeing The Sights
Both of the rims provide you with spectacular scenic views from the window of your helicopter. On a West Rim helicopter tour you will see the beautiful Mojave Desert and an extinct volcano known as Fortification Hill, you will also see pretty Lake Mead and the massive Hoover Dam. South Rim flights are equally scenic. Because choppers fly at lower altitudes than planes, helicopter flights are better for sightseeing.
Rock formations such as Vishnu's Temple, Unkar Delta, and the Zuni Corridor are amazing to behold. At the South Rim, you have the opportunity to see the Dragoon Corridor from the air, this is the deepest and widest portion of the canyon. There is also a lot of wildlife to watch for since there are 89 mammal species, 355 bird species, and 47 types of reptiles that live there. You might even spot a rare California condor in flight.
The helicopter pilots double as tour guides and relate all kinds of fun and interesting tidbits about the history and geology of the region. The insider information they share makes your tour more enjoyable and even educational.
Optional Tour Extensions
Tour companies offer different packages with their helicopter flights. You can add a float trip down the Colorado or a horseback ride through the amazing landscapes. You can even spend the night if you want, in a real Native American teepee. You can also opt for pick up and drop-off service by limo to your hotel on the Vegas strip. There is a West Rim tour that is very popular because it takes you to the floor of the canyon where you can enjoy a Champagne picnic. Flying in the evening is fun too because you get an awesome view of the lights of Vegas and the Strip. Some tour packages even include dinner and a show after the flight.
Taking a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon is worth the price, but it doesn't hurt to look for the best price. Go to the tour operator's website to book your tour because you will find the lowest prices there. Just make sure to complete your purchase online so you qualify for the company's low Internet rate. Grand Canyon helicopter tours are very popular so get your seats early. Don't wait until the last minute, book your tour a week or two ahead of your departure date.
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