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Best company for heli ride to Grand Canyon

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Best company for heli ride to Grand Canyon

We're in town on Feb 5th and are looking for a 3 hr helicopter ride, early morning, from Vegas to the Canyon. Would consider the ones that do the picnics.

Just after what the recommended companies are. We were looking around $300-$350ish per person for 2 of us.

Thank you!

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1. Re: Best company for heli ride to Grand Canyon

There are no helicopter tours from Vegas to the Grand Canyon National Park -- the distance is beyond the range for helicopters. The helicopter tour is of the WEST RIM, not the National Park.

The West Rim is a completedly different destination. It is private tourist trap, home of the Skywalk. do some research before you make this selection in ignorance. Some people really enjoy the West Rim, but I just want to warn you that it is NOT what we think of as THE Grand Canyon.

If time is short, you can fly to the real Grand Canyon in a small plane.

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2. Re: Best company for heli ride to Grand Canyon

Oh really? All the websites, tripadvisor and viator included have the helicopter rides where you see the canyon, lake mead, hoover dam etc and it's about a 45 min trip there and a 45 min trip back. We just want to fly over and see it as we don't really want to spend a day driving out there and back.

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3. Re: Best company for heli ride to Grand Canyon

Okay I've just found Grand Canyon Airlines.. would you recommend them? They're cheaper than a heli too!

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4. Re: Best company for heli ride to Grand Canyon

I concur the heli rides go to the Grand Canyon west, not Grand Canyon national park. You will likely see the park from the air from a distance.

The helicopters fly over the Grand Canyon, just not the national park property. No helis fly there except the search and rescue bird.

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5. Re: Best company for heli ride to Grand Canyon

And yes airplanes actually go to GRCA proper. I'm not terribly impressed with Grand Canyon west, but helicopter rides are fun and they fly really low. I'd see the several times a day flying over Lake Mead.

I guess it's up to you--but if you're going to come all this way you might as well take the airplane to the national park.

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6. Re: Best company for heli ride to Grand Canyon

We flew with Las Vegas Helipcopters out of Boulder city. As stated previous, it was to the west rim. It was still a great trip, but the west rim is only half the beauty of the National Park.

The helicopters are allowed to fly over and land the west rim as this area is the Native Reserve and they get paid well for your interest in the area.

The area over the National Park has minimum flight altitudes to keep air traffic away, that is why all trips go to the west rim.

The helicopter trip is well worth it, but also plan on visiting Grand Canyon Village. Stay the night when you visit the park.

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7. Re: Best company for heli ride to Grand Canyon

Thanks Doug, unfortunately we have limited time on this trip otherwise we'd be driving out there instead of looking ay flying.

To be honest... we just want to see the canyon, some nice scenery and get some photos. What's the difference between seeing the west rim and seeing the national park? That said.. the flight is cheaper so if we can get photos the flight might be more worth it

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8. Re: Best company for heli ride to Grand Canyon

"What's the difference between seeing the west rim and seeing the national park?"

One (West Rim) is a very picturesque area of natural beauty. The other (national park) is where you'll find one of the wonders of the natural world. The national park contains the scenery that's made GC world famous and draws visitors from across the globe. West Rim is a very pleasant place to visit but can't compare to the majesty of GC at its best.

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9. Re: Best company for heli ride to Grand Canyon

Hmm okay, I think plane ride over the national park it is then.

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10. Re: Best company for heli ride to Grand Canyon

We done the susnset grand celebration tour with papillion, it was reasonably priced and we had a great time! they picked us up from our hotel on an air conned bus and took us to boulder city where we got the helicopter. we flew over the canyon and landed for about 20/25mins and had a picnic and a glass of champers, then flew back again, was amazing! would highly recommend!