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Grand Canyon West Rim Aerial Helicopter Tour
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icon4 hours  (approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English and 10 more
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Overview

Soar above the Grand Canyon during a helicopter flight, round-trip to the West Rim. This scenic tour transfers you from your Las Vegas hotel and treats you to extraordinary vistas from above. Peer through panoramic windows on your state-of-the-art chopper while you fly over Hoover Dam and Lake Mead. Then follow the thread of the Colorado River as it meanders between the sculptured sandstone walls of the Grand Canyon. Choose from multiple departure times throughout the day. ** Please note: Effective for bookings made from March 21, 2022, the price displayed does not include a USD25 per person fuel fee. This fee is payable direct to the supplier on the day of your tour **
  • Helicopter flight to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas
  • Fly in a state-of-the-art helicopter with wrap-around windows
  • Enjoy aerial views of Hoover Dam and Lake Mead
  • See the Las Vegas Departure Strip from above
  • Includes hotel pickup and drop-off

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Swift transfers from Vegas, and multiple departure times, make it easy to fit in a trip to the Grand Canyon.
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70-minute approx. flight (Boulder City departure)
Hotel pickup and drop-off by shuttle bus (Boulder City departure)
90-minute flight (if Vegas Upgrade Option is selected)
Luxury hotel transfers (if Vegas Upgrade Option is selected)
Flight over the Las Vegas Strip (if Vegas Upgrade Option is selected)
Gratuities
USD30 per person fuel surcharge (for bookings made from March 21, 2022)

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Pickup at select Las Vegas hotels
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Infant children are considered a lap child if they are under the age of two and have proof of age, such as a passport or a copy of their birth certificate
  • All passengers 18 years of age and older must present government-issued photo ID
  • For comfort and weight/balance of the aircraft, passengers weighing 300 lbs or greater will be required to purchase an additional seat. This is payable directly to the tour operator on the day of the tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Papillon Helicopters
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
Is there a minimum age to fly on the Grand Canyon West Rim Aerial Helicopter Tour?
A:Children under 2 years old are considered lap children and fly free. If you are bringing a lap child, please specify the age and weight in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout. Proof of age must be provided at check-in.
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Can a child fly without an accompanying adult on the Grand Canyon West Rim Aerial Helicopter Tour?
A:Children 16 years and under require an adult to accompany them.
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Can my child sit on my lap during the flight portion of the Grand Canyon West Rim Aerial Helicopter Tour?
A:Yes, children under the age of 2 years old are considered lap children by the FAA.
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Do you accommodate seating requests during the Grand Canyon West Rim Aerial Helicopter Tour?
A:Seating requests can be made directly with the local operator, but cannot guarantee specific seating as all seats are determined by the weight and balance of the helicopter. There may be an additional fee for honored seat requests.
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What type of aircraft do you use for the Grand Canyon West Rim Aerial Helicopter Tour?
A:All flights use state-of-the-art EC-130 Eco-Star or Eurocopter AS350 helicopters.
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How long is the actual flight time during the Grand Canyon West Rim Aerial Helicopter Tour?
A:The flight is approximately 70 minutes total flight duration.
Jul 2021
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Does the Grand Canyon West Rim Aerial Helicopter Tour including a landing and time at the Grand Canyon?
A:This tour does not land in the Grand Canyon. During the flight, you will experience magnificent aerial views of the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, soar over the Colorado River, and West Rim lookouts like Guano Point and Eagle Point.
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What is the helicopter capacity on the Grand Canyon West Rim Aerial Helicopter Tour?
A:The helicopter can accommodate up to 7 passengers.
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Can I arrange a private helicopter for just my party on the Grand Canyon West Rim Aerial Helicopter Tour?
A:Yes, you would just need to purchase all of the seats in the helicopter.
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What do I need to bring with me for the Grand Canyon West Rim Aerial Helicopter Tour?
A:Guests over 18 must bring valid photo identification for check-in. Cameras are highly recommended, as well as sunglasses.
Jul 2021
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Do I need a photo ID for the Grand Canyon West Rim Aerial Helicopter Tour?
A:Yes, a Government-issued ID is required at check-in.
Jul 2021
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What happens if there is bad weather for the Grand Canyon West Rim Aerial Helicopter Tour?
A:If the weather is a factor & the flight must be canceled, you may reschedule your flight or receive a full refund. The pilots make the determination on the safety of the flight and the guests' experience regarding weather.
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How should I dress for the Grand Canyon West Rim Aerial Helicopter Tour?
A:Wear comfortable clothing and sensible shoes.
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Are there any special considerations for pregnant women on the Grand Canyon West Rim Aerial Helicopter Tour?
A:No, but consult a doctor if you are in your last trimester.
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How do I arrange for pickup at my hotel for the Grand Canyon West Rim Aerial Helicopter Tour?
A:Complimentary pick-up and drop off are available at most major hotels on the Las Vegas Strip. After confirmation, please contact the local operator at the phone number on your ticket to arrange transportation.
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How long before the tour will I be picked up from my hotel for the Grand Canyon West Rim Aerial Helicopter Tour?
A:It will depend on which hotel you are being picked up from but can range between 40 min – 2 hours prior to your start time. Contact the local operator at the phone number on your ticket to confirm the exact pickup details.
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How long after the Grand Canyon West Rim Aerial Helicopter Tour is finished will I be back at my hotel?
A:This is will depend on which hotel you are being taken back to but shouldn’t be more than an hour.
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Is there parking near the terminal for self-driving customers on the Grand Canyon West Rim Aerial Helicopter Tour?
A:Yes, there is parking at no cost for self-drive customers.
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What happens if I am over the weight limit at check-in for the Grand Canyon West Rim Aerial Helicopter Tour?
A:For comfort and weight/balance of the aircraft, passengers weighing over 300 lbs will be required to purchase an additional seat. This is payable directly to the tour operator on the day of the tour.
Jul 2021
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May I bring food/drink on board with me for the Grand Canyon West Rim Aerial Helicopter Tour?
A:You may bring a bottle of water; however, the bottle is not allowed to be opened in the aircraft.
Jul 2021
Q:
Can I bring my service animal on the Grand Canyon West Rim Aerial Helicopter Tour?
A:Unfortunately, there are no service animals permitted on any of the helicopter flights.
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Can I bring luggage or a backpack on the flight with me during the Grand Canyon West Rim Aerial Helicopter Tour?
A:Due to limited space, purses, backpacks, and other baggage are not permitted on the aircraft. You may leave your items at the helicopter terminal for the duration of your flight for safekeeping.
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What makes the Grand Canyon West Rim Aerial Helicopter Tour a great option?
A:This is the perfect tour for guests who only have a few free hours in their Las Vegas vacation. You can see the splendor of the Grand Canyon without sacrificing an entire day!
Jul 2021
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Grand Canyon West Rim Aerial Helicopter Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Grand Canyon West Rim Aerial Helicopter Tour.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Grand Canyon West Rim Aerial Helicopter Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Grand Canyon West Rim Aerial Helicopter Tour.

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star-5
Bucket list to do
Wendy_M
, Aug 2022
Excellent experience. They pick you up and drop you off from your hotel on the strip. The helicopter pilot Anna was fantastic. The views were amazing. The helicopter ride was thrilling. Would highly recommend.
star-5
First time in a ‘copter
Laura_A
, Jul 2022
Had a great trip. Fantastic pilot, Alex, who was knowledgable about the area and entertaining. So cool to view the canyon from above.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! It was a pleasure serving you and we hope to fly you again in the future.
star-5
Grand Canyon/Hoover Dam
Tracey_B
, Jul 2022
Worth every penny. Robbie was very knowledgeable and very funny. Highly recommended. Highlight of our visit!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! It was a pleasure serving you and we hope to fly you again in the future.
star-5
Amazing
Jaime_E
, May 2022
Our pilot, Alex, was extremely personable. He was knowledgeable about the tour, had a great song playlist during our flight, and even told us a few funny jokes! Taking off and landing were perfection. Couldn’t have asked for a better pilot for my first helicopter experience! In addition, the landscape was breathtaking!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
We're happy to hear how much you enjoyed the tour and the service your pilot provided. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your visit. Thank you for flying with us!
star-5
The damn the lake and how...
Don_D
, May 2022
The damn the lake and how much it's gone down and of course the canyon was beautiful Zach was a good pilot and told us what we need to know and we were happy we did it
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
We're happy to hear how much you enjoyed the tour and the service your pilot provided. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your visit. Thank you for flying with us!
star-5
Loved it 😊
Jane_M
, Feb 2022
Our pilot was well informed & played great music. It was an incredible experience 😎 The views of Hoover Dam & the Grand Canyon were amazing 🤗
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
We're happy to hear how much you enjoyed the tour and the service your pilot provided. Thank you for flying with us!
star-5
Thumbs up
Mike_H
, Feb 2022
Pilot was great and the views were cool looking up at the canyon rather than looking down into the canyon
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
We're happy to hear how much you enjoyed the tour and the service your pilot provided. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your visit. Thank you for flying with us!
star-2
They pilot was overly...
kelly_p
, Jan 2022
They pilot was overly friendly like a car salesmen.And seemed to fly to high to see things. Very disappointed
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for your feedback. We are mandated by FAA to fly at a certain altitude at all times. As a family-oriented company, we are happy to hear that our pilots are friendly however we do apologize if you felt disappointed on your tour.
star-5
It was a good flight...
David_B
, Dec 2021
It was a good flight considering the weather wasnt the best,there was some bumps but pilot Andrew looked after us.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks for flying with us and for the 5-star review, David. We appreciate your support!!
star-5
A thrilling adventure with brilliant view!
Anne_V
, Nov 2021
It was spectacularly thrilling first helicopter ride! The experience and views were amazing and Captain Chris was informative and fun. The music playing enhanced the entire ride! It was wonderful!!! Thank you.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
We're happy to hear how much you enjoyed the tour and the service your pilot provided. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your visit. Thank you for flying with us!
star-5
Have your cameras ready
Renee_P
, Nov 2021
Wow! I have always dreamed of seeing the Grand Canyon by air but I thought it wouldn't happen. My husband and other travel pals wouldn't be interested. So I had the opportunity go to Vegas with a friend and I was sure she would be all in(pun intended). However, she has a fear of heights. I am so glad that I didn't let that stop me!! Our pilot ,RJ, was great. He gave us great information, he had a great playlist, and his humor made the trip light. The views were stunning! When the canyon came into view, my eyes welled up. There isn't enough to say!! Do it for yourself!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Sounds like you had a perfect experience at the Grand Canyon! We're thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed the tour. Thank you for touring with us -- we would love to fly with you again when you are back in Las Vegas!
star-4
Beautiful Views + “Wish I Knew…”
Phebie_Z
, Nov 2021
Pilot was great - balance of knowledge, sense of humor, and background music Sights - beautiful and clear skies allowed for breathtaking views Viator - as the company partners with a third party, the salesperson was unaware of the details and needed to call the vendor directly. (However, it should be noted that the staff at Viator were pleasant and had excellent customer service.) The excursion, unfortunately, is mostly the transportation to and from the Boulder City Airport. So, this excluded us from a limousine and luxury van pick-up. It also meant that the four-hour adventure was almost 70% in the shuttle van. I changed my flight itinerary because the staff at Viator understood and explained that I needed an additional 90 minutes before and after the trip. Rather, that time is part of the trip. That part was a disappointment. Lastly, our driver from the vendor sped a bit on the way back; so, parts of the drive felt as if we were experiencing an unsolicited off-road adventure. Maybe don’t sit in the back of the shuttle van.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for taking the time to leave an honest review! Also, we apologize for any confusion on our behalf, we are working closely with Viator to make sure all of our details/bookings are sent to us ASAP and we are making sure all content is correct.
star-4
The flight was very good...
Natalia_B
, Nov 2021
The flight was very good but the tour doesn't include landing near the grand canyon. I was thinking it had because a comment but not. Ensure that when you book for better experience. The driver was very friendly.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Due to strict gov't regulation, the landing zones for AC's have been changed however is just as spectacular. We are glad you enjoyed your flight! Thank you for your support.
star-5
Seeing the Grand Canyon
BENSCHOEMAN_G
, Sep 2021
Had work in Las Vegas and wanted to see the Grand Canyon. The experience was exceptional! Matt was a great pilot and shared a lot of information. Thanks for the brilliant flight.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you for your honest review! We had a great time flying with you.
star-3
Good service from staff but overstated
julien_r
, Jul 2021
The grand canyons are nice to look at but not worth a helicopter ride…driving to a peak and looking at a peak for 15 minutes will do the same job!!!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
We are sorry that you had a bad experience with us and hope you at least enjoyed your time in the Canyon.
star-5
Helicopter tour
Adam_C
, Jul 2021
Our pilot was awesome! It was great experience. It was a small helicopter, so it was our family of 4 and another couple.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thank you for your review! It was a pleasure flying with you!
star-4
Awesome time the pilot was very knowledgeable
ROBERT_W
, Jul 2021
First time seeing Hoover Dam and The Grand Canon enjoyed the flight and the experience would highly recommend this trip
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you for your review! It was a pleasure flying with you!
star-5
Love the experience
Victor_R
, Jul 2021
Love the experience, pilot is an excellent host and great customer service from driver, service counter and pilot.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you for flying with us, Victor! We appreciate your review!
star-1
Do not trust this Company!!!
Robert_G
, Jul 2021
Worst company ever!!!! I was very excited for this tour, I book it over a week in advance and the day before of the tour I called to confirm the pick ip and they tell me that they had to CANCEL the tour, without a previous notification or at least a rescheduled. I obviously asked for a refund since i had it paid off and 2 weeks after im still waiting for my money.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thanks so much for sharing your feedback with us. We want you to feel comfortable sharing good or bad news with us. I'm so sorry that your experience with us fell short of expectations. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our Guest Relations department regarding your tour at guestrelations@papillon.com
star-4
Not exactly as advertised,no limo, not 90 min flight
LBM
, Jun 2021
What Viator shows for information is not exactly what we experienced. We stayed at a hotel in Las Vegas and signed up for the Las Vegas departure. We were picked up in a short bus (not a limousine as stated on Viator's website). We were shuttled 30+ minutes to the Boulder City airport. Where we waited approximately an hour before we were loaded into the helicopter. There were no amenities at the airport, it looked like they had a closed concession stand. The people that were also picked up at the other hotels in Las Vegas were the people we ended up being in the helicopter with (6 passengers + 1 pilot) The ride itself was enjoyable. Everyone wore over-the-ear headphones because of the noise of the helicopter, which ended up making for a more enjoyable ride because we didn't have to listen to the other talkative groups on the helicopter. There is not much for air conditioning in a helicopter so it was pretty warm inside. The pilot was very friendly and played music through our earphones when he wasn't mentioning different things to look at. If you sit in the back (2nd row) of the helicopter your view is mostly out one of the side windows because the front is obscured by the seats ahead of you and the window on the top of the helicopter was not clear enough to see out of. There are 4 seats in the back so the 2 people in the middle were not able to get much for unobstructed photos. The ride was about an hour (definitely not the 90 mins for the Las Vegas departure that our ticket shows). After the ride we were shuttled the 30+ min ride to our hotel in Las Vegas. If this business wants satisfied customers they need to update or clarify the details of the trip. To me it seems like false advertising to have a receipt that shows we payed for a Las Vegas departure, did not get a limousine ride, nor were we in the air for the 90 minutes.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thanks so much for sharing your feedback with us. We want you to feel comfortable sharing good or bad news with us. I'm so sorry that your experience with us fell short of expectations. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our Guest Relations department regarding your tour at guestrelations@papillon.com
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