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best time for helicopter ride in december?

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best time for helicopter ride in december?

Taking a helicopter tour over grand canyon at the end of december. What is the best time of the day, to have the best clearest view and best colors ? Also is it really worth doing the longer 50 min. ride instead of the 30min. ?

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1. Re: best time for helicopter ride in december?

I would go in the morning to get some nice colors. If its in the budget do the 50 minute tour, as you see much more of the canyon. Also the Eco Star is a much nicer sightseeing helicopter compared to the Bell, if you have that option based upon the provider.

Edited: 20 December 2013, 21:47
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2. Re: best time for helicopter ride in december?

Always in the morning.

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3. Re: best time for helicopter ride in december?

The 30-minute flight makes a straight shot across the canyon over the Dragon Corridor, then comes back along the same route. You see a lot, certainly, but the 50-minute flight covers a much wider and more diverse area. So if you fancy your Grand Canyon visit being just a once in a lifetime opportunity, I'd say spring for the longer flight, and the Eco-Star as dez40 suggests.

Mornings are generally the best time to fly for better color and less wind. During the winter months, flights start running at 9 AM. Make reservations in advance to secure desired flight time and best prices. Tour providers are Papillon Helicopters, their subsidiary Grand Canyon Helicopters, and Maverick Helicopters.

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4. Re: best time for helicopter ride in december?

Thank you all three of you for your info and tips, As you all suggested, We will certainly do the 50min ride in the eco star, and of course in the morning... because of temperatures and fog etc.. i wondered if i should pick the 9am, 10am or 11am. for best viewing... any thoughts???

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5. Re: best time for helicopter ride in december?

Earlier is better

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