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When visiting the Grand Canyon on a helicopter tour, you have two options. Going to the West Rim or visiting the South Rim. To determine which of these air tours is right for you, there are a few things to consider.
First, you need to decide where you want to begin your tour. The options for these Grand Canyon helicopters include Las Vegas and the South Rim. The South Rim is located outside of a small Arizona town called Tusayan. This town is just outside of front gates of this National Park.
All the helicopters from Last Vegas only go to the West Rim. The reason, is that the South Rim is too far for them to travel. It is 277 miles away. So if you want to visit the South Rim and are in Vegas, your only option is to take an airplane tour.
The West Rim is one of the most fascinating places in the Grand Canyon. Located on the Hualapai Indian Reservation, it is 125 miles east of Las Vegas. The elevation here is 4,200 feet and has an arid landscape. Visitors to the West Rim are perhaps the luckiest. It is here that Grand Canyon helicopters can travel to the bottom of the canyon.
Of these tours, my personal favorite is the Champagne picnic. This allows you to stay in the base of the canyon for 30 minutes beyond the picnic. During this time, you can truly experience just how incredible the canyon is. If you'd like, you can also take a boat ride on the Colorado River as an extension of this package.
While visiting the West Rim, you can't overlook the Grand Canyon Skywalk. This is a glass bridge that takes you 70 feet beyond the edge of the canyon. While walking on it, you are looking down an incredible 4,000 feet above the bottom. This is a hot destination and you won't want to miss out on the bridge.
The South Rim is found in Northern Arizona and has an elevation of 7,000 feet. It is also one of the most vegetated sections of the canyon. This area is typically cooler than the West Rim. It still does get hot, so plan on bringing extra water and dressing for the weather.
Helicopters are not allowed to fly below the Rim here. So the two options you have are a 30 minute flight and a 50 minute flight. The longer flight is ideal since it allows you to experience 75% of the park. When you consider there is over 1 million acres to the park, this is no small task.
While taking one of these air tours, it is a great idea to combine it with a Jeep experience. The Jeep tour takes you through a 2 hour journey of the park. This includes the main roadway and some of the backroads. This is one of the best ways to experience the park from another perspective.
Hopefully, this article has given you some insight into both the South and West Rims of the Grand Canyon. Both will be incredible to experience in a helicopter. Just keep in mind that from Vegas, you can only take a helicopter to the West Rim. From the South Rim, helicopters are there for the South Rim. When it comes to packages, I'd recommend a Champagne picnic from the West Rim and an extended 50 minute flight at the South Rim. No matter which package you choose, I hope you have the adventure of a lifetime.