A Helicopter Tour of the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour from Las Vegas

There are dozens of ways to experience the Grand Canyon and surrounding National Park but only one truly encapsulates the grand scale and majesty – taking a helicopter tour to see the Canyon from above.
With over 4926 square kilometres, you could spend hours flying over the National Park but the highlights – the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Colorado River, and the Skywalk – are all covered on the 40-minute flight and even the option to land inside the Grand Canyon as well!

Have I mentioned that I’m not a morning person? It does often seem that all good things happen in the early hours, or at least that’s what my morning-person friend said as she tried to lure me out of bed with thoughts of bacon and bircher muesli.

It is something that seems to stick in my mind though. Some of the best experiences do happen in the morningkayak trips, snorkelling with dolphins; sunrises are supposedly better than sunsets according to my friend and of course brunch, her favourite food group.

I couldn’t deny mornings are magical, providing my sunglasses were fixed to my face, as I headed into the Nevada desert to watch the sunrise over the peaks and eroded dips of the mountains in the Grand Canyon National Park from the comfort of a helicopter.


 Our groups chariot for the morning.


 Taxi, ready for take-off.


 Where desert meets the green(ery).


 The Hoover Dam is down there.


 Islands rise up out of the waters of Lake Mead.


 The colours and patterns of the eroding canyon.


 Tendrils of land are uncovered because of drought stricken Lake Mead.


 Grand canyons in the distance and our pilot guiding us through.


 The murky Colorado River snaking through the canyon.


Remi was co-piloting our flight!


The Grand Canyon from way up high.


Now it’s over to you:

Which city or landmark would you like to fly over?

Tell me, what is your best early morning adventure?


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Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters
A variety of tour packages are available;
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My trip to the USA was arranged by Discover America to coincide with the DMAI Conference.

Many thanks to Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority for hosting me.
All thoughts and opinions are, as always, my own.

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  • Reply
    September 30, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Hey Nicole, great to connect with you. I share the “not a morning person” disease as well, in my heart I’d be happy to get up at 10am & go to bed at midnight….. but…. when traveling & drinking in the local sites I’m happy enough (sort of) giving up my bed. Specially for adventures like this.
    Thanks for sharing your trip, it looks amazing.

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      September 30, 2014 at 11:44 pm

      Thanks for taking the time to comment Anna. 🙂

      Yes, I’m not a morning person but this was certainly worth it! What morning adventure has been your favourite?

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    Christina @ Mr and Mrs Romance
    October 1, 2014 at 8:59 am

    this looks amazing! Great pics Nicole! I’m a morning person although Jim definitely is not. We do share a love of helicopters though so I think he’d make an exception for this. How cool would it be to land in the canyon too!

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    Amanda Kendle
    October 1, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Oh, gorgeous pictures!! Fortunately for me, I *am* a morning person so this would be fab. I only just mentioned in a post today that I’m keen for another helicopter ride soon (I was contemplating one for Iceland next year), I’ve only done it once and it was over Uluru/Kata Tjuta and it was incredible. Will have to start saving my pennies!

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    October 2, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Ohhh! This looks like so much fun, looks like I know what I want for Christmas 😉

    I’m only seven hours from the grand canyon yet I’ve never been.

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      October 14, 2014 at 4:49 am

      Hope you’ve been ‘nice’ this year so you’re in Santa’s good books 😉

      Get out there!!! It’s spectacular and so worth the journey. 🙂

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    October 2, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    That looks incredible. I would love to fly over the Grand Canyon and see it from above. I’ve seen it from the ground quite a while ago and it was already breathtaking.

    It would be awesome to fly over the Great Barrier Reef!

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      October 14, 2014 at 4:48 am

      The Great Barrier Reef would be spectacular! You hear how big the Great Barrier Reef is but to see it from a helicopter would give you such a great “WOW” perspective!

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    October 2, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Wowww! What a fabulous helicopter ride – love your photos, could almost feel that “waaaah there’s absolutely nothing beneath me” sensation! I’d like to fly over the Ningaloo Reef.

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      October 14, 2014 at 4:47 am

      Thanks Johanna!!! 🙂

      Ooh, the Ningaloo Reef would be a beautiful place to fly over in a helicopter!

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    October 2, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    holy cow, that is some dough!

    looks like a fabulous ride tho’ beautiful photos 🙂

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      October 14, 2014 at 4:45 am

      Thanks Sammi!

      For the experience and flight length it’s actually incredibly reasonably priced compared to, say, New York. 🙂
      I love NYC but the view across the Grand Canyon is just something amazing..

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    October 7, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Very cool. Inspiring to. Makes me want to go in a helicopter!

    I’ve never been before though… is it scary? And where would you do it in Australia?

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      October 14, 2014 at 4:41 am

      I am a huge fan of flying so didn’t find it too scary, but like any new experience it’s always a little bit nerve inducing. 🙂

      In Australia? You can do helicopter flights in any major city, the Yarra Valley, from Melbourne to the Bellarine (near Geelong), and the Great Ocean Road (Twelve Apostles) is incredibly popular as well. 🙂 I think you can do helicopter tours at Uluru/Ayre’s Rock as well…

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    Monica Suma
    October 19, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    I was supposed to do the same thing, but time-wise it didn’t work out. Great shots! Did you see Antelope Canyon as well?

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    October 22, 2014 at 10:12 am

    I’ve taken helicopter tours over Kauai, Oahu and the gulf coast of Florida. Hoping to do the Grand Canyon with the kids but it may be out of our budget 🙁

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    Holly O'S
    October 30, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Oooh I am so jealous, that looks so nice! 🙂

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    I have taken this tour of the Grand Canyon before. It is amazing. Seeing the actual size of it from above puts into perspective how large the canyon actually is. It is truly a site to see!

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