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Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour: There's Nothing Like It

Within the gorge there are valleys, buttes and mesas to behold while you’re enjoying your Grand Canyon helicopter tour.


Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour

by Joel Jacobson

There’s nothing quite like a Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour

Want a very cool way to see the Grand Canyon? Try going on a Grand Canyon Helicopter tour. It’s hard to take in all the beauty and majesty the Grand Canyon has to offer. Taking a Grand Canyon helicopter tour is a different and exciting way to experience one of nature’s natural wonders of the world.

The Grand Canyon is huge. Its 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and 5000 feet deep. Within the gorge there are valleys, buttes and mesas to behold while you’re enjoying your Grand Canyon helicopter tour. It’s been sculpted through the millennia by the Colorado River. Erosion of the canyon began about six million years ago. The river has a downward cutting effect, while the Colorado Plateau has a general rising or upwarping which has added effect on the action of the river.

One of the biggest and best Grand Canyon Helicopter tour companies is Papillion.

Papillion started in 1965 and is the largest and most experienced sightseeing helicopter company in the world. They are the only certified company to fly both the West and South rim of the Grand Canyon. They have three exclusive landing sites at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

Papillion got started in Grand Canyon Helicopter tour with the construction of the pipeline across the Grand Canyon in 1963 to supply water to the South Rim. Elling Halvorson was Chairman of Papillion airways at the time and Halverson utilized helicopters to lower and guide pipe into the canyon. Guests and workers were so impressed with the view of the canyon from the helicopters they started requesting chartered flights.

HeliUSA airways feature a Grand Canyon helicopter tour that’s been shown on the Travel Channel and numerous other stations. You will descend by helicopter over 1,500 feet below the rim as you pass cathedral buttresses and ever changing colors of the landscape. You will be landing at the exclusive 106,000 Grand Canyon West Ranch. You also get a horse drawn wagon ride to a ranch house for western meals and refreshments.

There are other Grand Canyon helicopter tour providers, of course. You should check around to see who has the best price, service, and availability. Depending on what tour you choose, prices can range from around $90-$100 for a 30 minute flight & $150-$160 for an hour trip.

A Grand Canyon helicopter tour is something you probably won’t do very often in your life, but it’s surely a trip that you will remember!


Joel Jacobson is a freelance writer, web designer, and product design engineer. He's an avid fisherman who loves to northern and musky fish. He and his wife recently adopted two infant girls from Russia, and that keeps them quite busy.

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