Grand Canyon Helicopter Landing Tours
“After reaching the bottom of the canyon, we stepped out of our helicopter and into a world of pure, raw, unadulterated beauty.”
Why Take a Helicopter Tour to the Bottom of the Grand Canyon
- Don’t just soar over the incredible Grand Canyon - experience the thrill as your helicopter descends 4,000 feet to the canyon floor!
- Discover the West Rim, the Grand Canyon’s only section that allows for floor landing by a helicopter.
- Choose from a plethora of adventure activities to enjoy during your visit, such as white water rafting.
- Pop a bottle of champagne as you picnic on a private plateau overlooking the magnificent Colorado River.
About the Experience
The Grand Canyon sees over 5 million visitors each year, of whom 750,000 arrive by helicopter or small plane. In fact, the Grand Canyon is one of the world’s top helicopter sightseeing destinations. While you can enjoy a helicopter flight over all of the Grand Canyon’s rims (North, West and South), the only section that allows you to descend via aircraft to the canyon floor is the West Rim. Aside from the obvious thrill of a ride, the ability to access the bottom in just a matter of minutes makes it possible for people to enjoy this experience as a day trip. All Headout tours to the bottom of the Grand Canyon use the Eco Star EC-350 helicopter, the most advanced and luxurious helicopter for sightseeing tours.
Things to do at the Bottom of the Grand Canyon West Rim
From relaxing boat rides to thrilling rafting adventures, make the most of your trip to the bottom of the canyon with these activities.
Descend 4,000 feet in your helicopter and land at the bottom of the canyon, on a private plateau overlooking the magnificent Colorado River. Pop a bottle of champagne and enjoy a lunch as you take in the awe-inspiring views surrounding you. Afterward, walk around and explore river bank before ascending back up to the rim.
After taking a thrilling helicopter ride into the bottom of the canyon, embark on a small hike to the river docks. Pass through a plethora of desert flora and fauna and maybe even spot an elk. At the dock, board a pontoon boat and take a soothing cruise along the Colorado River.
White Water Rafting
Perfect for adventure lovers, be prepared to get a little wet and dirty as you take on the rapids of the Colorado River. A rafting trip offers incredible views of the mile-high canyon walls rising on either side of you. Hear the rushing of the river as you voyage through six sets of rapids before the river evens out.
Explore Eldorado Canyon
Located just 45 minutes from Las Vegas, land at the bottom of Nevada’s Eldorado Canyon. Enjoy complimentary pickup from your hotel to the nearby heliport. On your flight from Vegas, catch stunning views as you fly over the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead. Next, soar over the Grand Canyon’s Guano Point, Eagle Point and infamous Skywalk. Afterward, make your way to Eldorado Canyon.
Upon landing, enjoy champagne and lunch before taking a guided tour of the historic Techatticup Gold Mine & Mill Site. Next, explore the natural beauty of the canyon on a 2 hour long desert excursion of your choice. Choose between an ATV tour, Baja Jeep ride, and kayak or paddleboard activity.
For more tours, including trips to the Grand Canyon South Rim and North Rim, check out our complete collection of Las Vegas to Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours.
Pair Your Grand Canyon Landing Tour with the Skywalk
Before you head to the bottom of the canyon, experience what it’s like to walk out on a suspended platform, 4,000ft above it! The exhilarating Skywalk opened in March of 2007 and has since been impressing all who have the chance to visit. A massive engineering feat, the U-shaped cantilever bridge can bear the weight of seventy 747 passenger jets. Nicknamed the “Glass Bridge,” it takes you 70 feet beyond the canyon’s edge and suspends you above the Colorado River.
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For more Skywalk tours, check out our complete collection of Grand Canyon West Rim Skywalk Tours.
Fly Over the Las Vegas Strip on Way Your Back
Get the best of both worlds on your helicopter tour with a flight over the glistening Las Vegas Strip. As you return from one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, also witness the beauty of one of its most extraordinary man-made creations. Pass over the Stratosphere Tower, Caesars Palace and catch a glimpse of the Bellagio's fountains before spotting the skyline of New York-New York and the beam atop the Luxor pyramid. It’s the best way to experience the Strip during the evening.
A flight over the strip can be added to the following tours:
Getting from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon
While the only way to reach the bottom of the Grand Canyon is via helicopter, there are several ways to travel from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon West.
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Self-Drive (by car)
Flight Time / Driving Time
2.5 - 3 hours
Points of Interest on the Way
Fly over the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and the Mojave Desert.
Fly over the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and the Mojave Desert.
Pass through the Mojave Desert, by the Hoover Dam, and through Joshua Tree Forest.
If you’re pressed on time, flying by helicopter can cut your transit time by up to 75%. In addition, the aerial views from an airtour are undoubtedly the best! When compared with flying by airplane, helicopters offer a slightly better experience since they fly closer at a lower elevation and at a slower speed, giving you plenty of time to snap photos.
Traveling to the Grand Canyon by airplane is the quickest option available, cutting your transit time by 80%. As with helicopter tours, the aerial views are phenomenal. The sightseeing airplanes used to travel to the Grand Canyon have large windows, perfect for capturing stunning photos.
Coach tours include stops at all points of interest mentioned above, giving you an opportunity to explore the areas more closely. At Joshua Tree Forest, you can watch traditional dances and cultural performances at the Native American Tribal Park. If you’re driving a private car, you can pick and choose which areas you;d like to spend more time in.
When is the best time to visit the bottom of Grand Canyon?
The best time to visit the Grand Canyon is during the months of spring or fall. Temperatures are a pleasant 70-75 degrees F during the day and flowers are in full bloom. During summer, peak season for the Grand Canyon, the park gets quite busy. Fortunately, the West Rim never gets too crowded. Even during the summer, crowds are manageable and you can still enjoy some alone time with your family or friends.
For especially breathtaking views, time your helicopter ride during sunset!
What is the weather like?
As mentioned above, spring and fall are the most comfortable months to visit the West Rim. If you decide to visit during the summer, be forewarned that it will be hot. Daytime temperatures range between 90-105 degrees F during the day. Furthermore, at the bottom of the canyon, temperatures are roughly 5-7 degrees warmer than at the rim. Be sure to bring sunglasses, wear sunscreen and drink a lot of water.
Can I bring a bag on my flight?
Only small bags are allowed on helicopter tours. Be sure to pack water and bring a fully charged camera if you wish to take pictures.
Can pregnant women and children fly?
Yes, pregnant women are permitted to fly; however, consult with your doctor before. Children under 2 years can sit on the lap of an adult during all helicopter tours. (You will be required to present a birth certificate for confirmation.) Passengers under 18 years of age are required to fly with an adult.
Grand Canyon Landing Tour Reviews
LOVED my tour!
I had sooo much fun on our tour. After flying to the Grand Canyon in a airplane, we hoped in a helicopter and went 40,000 feet down to the bottom. We roamed around the river, drank champagne and ate food. Increible! On the way back, we flew over the Vegas Strip. It was the perfect transition back to Sin City. This tour had everything we could’ve asked for at the BEST PRICE.
Really incredible views and fantastic in-fight narration. Headout has by far exceeded my expectations by helping us find the perfect tour. With so many options out there, these guy are willing to hop on a call and answer all your questions.