Grand Canyon Helicopters

South Rim helicopters are the absolute most efficient way to sightsee Grand Canyon National Park. These trips take you into the heart of the canyon and come with upgrades that give you more airtime aboard a luxury chopper!

South Rim's Best Helicopter Tours

Overwhelmed about seeing a National Park that contains more than 1 million acres of wilderness? Don't be. Take a South Rim helicopter and you've tamed the "beast."

Flights depart daily from Grand Canyon National Park Airport. This includes all major U.S. holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Canyon airspace is strictly regulated and so most tours are aerial. If you are looking for landing tours I suggest you check out the West Rim.

There several air tour operators based in the South Rim. I've flown all of them and each is superb. Based on my experience, here's my list of the best flights flying today:

South Rim Air Tours

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grand canyon north rim helicopter ride

North Canyon Tour
The flight that set the standard. This 30-minute ride goes rim-to-rim over some of the Park's most impressive terrain. Turn back is at the iconic North Rim. Amid all this, you fly through the Dragoon Corridor, the widest and deepest part of the gorge!

Price: $175 $159 (Save $16)
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grand canyon majestic helicopter tour

The Majestic
Like the North Canyon except aboard an EcoStar 130, which boasts 25 percent more cabin space than regular choppers. Features also a huge wrap-around windshield and theater-style seating and a quiet-ride rotor system for a ride that feels like you're floating on air!

Price: $199 $184 (Save $15)
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grand kingdom helicopter tour

Grand Kingdom
The ultimate air tour. Just under an hour of airtime. Heads to Park's eastern border. See Desert watchtower, Zuni Corridor and Painted Desert. Cross the canyon. Return via North Rim before cutting through the Dragoon Corridor for a great view of Grand Canyon Village.

Price: $258 $239 (Save $19)
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My thoughts are if you have the budget, always upgrade to either a deluxe chopper or more time in the air. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and you don't want to sell yourself short (of course, this all depends on budget).

The South Rim's elevation is 6,000 feet. This means you get nice, temperate summers (they don't even have A/C in the Bright Angel Cabins!). Winter, on the other hand, is cold with chances of snow and ice. That said, it's a rare day when helicopters are grounded.

Do yourself a favor and book your air tour before you get to the rim. These flights are a crowd favorite and it's common for them to be sold out. Beside, who wants to plan out their vacation while on vacation?!?!

Discounts are available but you need to know where to look. I'll give you a tip, however. Search the Internet. More specifically, check out prices on tour operator sites. I now get tours at up to 20 percent off.

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P.S. Plenty of air tours from which to choose. Read these helicopter reviews and find the trip that's perfect for you.