While in Las Vegas, you can get a wide variety of Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours. The packages range from flight only to rafting-combo packages. In the article we have here, I have tried to summarise some of the common flights available in Las Vegas. By using one of them, you will experience one of your best tours in your life.
Before we explore more on this issue, we have to know some basic facts. It is important to note that the helicopters that fly from Las Vegas usually head towards the West Rim, which is otherwise known as the Grand Canyon West. This place is about 125 miles from Las Vegas city and the time of flight is about 45 minutes. For those who may wish to go to the South Rim, they may have to accompany their flight with an airplane or bus ride.
The location of the West Rim is within the Hualapai Indian Reservation. This shares a border with the Grand Canyon National Park. One of the common features of the West Rim is that it is home to the glass bridge and the Grand Canyon Skywalk. This is the only place where one can fly to the canyon’s bottom. Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours have this package within one of its offers.
The West Rim has 2 main types of helicopter tours: the bottom-landing and the air only tours. We will look at each tour and what it offers:
- Air only tour – With this package, one flies from Las Vegas, over Lake Mead and over Hoover Dam. The helicopter then turns towards the West Rim where the Colorado River, the Grand Cliffs Wash, the Eagle Point, the Skywalk and the Guano Point are. This whole trip may take up to 4 hours. This package may also come with shuttle services from hotel.
- Bottom-Landing tour – The flight trip is similar to that of air only tour. The difference is that Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours lands in the Reservation.
More details about the types of bottom-landing tour are as stated here:
- Bottom landing only – The helicopter actually lands on the bottom of the canyon, which is approximately 4,000 feet. Once on the floor of the canyon, people will get off the helicopter and enjoy a champagne breakfast, toast or lunch. You will then get a chance to explore the floor of the canyon and the riverbank. There is a free shuttle offered and the total time spent on the trip is approximately 5 hours.
- Bottom landing with Skywalk and Boat – This trip is similar to the above but includes a boat ride on the Colorado River. The Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours offered by this package also include a VIP Skywalk pass. The whole trip is about 6 hours and comes with free transport.
- Skywalk tour only – Here the helicopter lands at the West Airport of the Grand Canyon. You then get a free shuttle ride to the Glass Bridge. The package also allows tourists to explore the deck for up to 2 hours. Some of the interesting sites to be visited include the Guano Point and the Eagle Point.
The above are some of the common Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours that are offered from Las Vegas. It is always advisable that people make bookings early because these offers are usually in high demand. Recommended time is to do the booking a week prior to the actual day of the tour.
You can always do more research online on where to get great packages for the Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours. You will surely love the whole experience.