Helicopter Tour from the Grand Canyon West Rim

Why We Love This

  • Choice of several departures throughout the day
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Ideal choice for families
  • All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included

Experience one of America’s most beautiful natural attractions from the air on a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon’s West Rim. View the canyon in all its breathtaking glory as well as the Colorado River on a pontoon boat. Whether by air or water, you’ll get an up-close look at the Grand Canyon’s vibrant colors and stunning rock formations.

Please note: this tour departs from the Grand Canyon West Rim, not the Grand Canyon National Park (South Rim).

What You'll Do

After purchasing your admission ticket, your aerial adventure begins by driving to the helicopter launch site at the Grand Canyon’s West Rim, where you’ll meet your crew and board a state-of-the-art, six-passenger A-Star jet helicopter. Soar high above the multi-hued landmark in your helicopter before descending 4,000 feet (1,200 meters) down from the rim into the canyon, where you can gain an intimate look at its diverse layers and striking colors. On the 12- to 15-minute flight, you’ll also pass over Guano Point, Eagle Point, and the Skywalk—a transparent horseshoe-shaped bridge and tourist attraction that juts over the canyon.

After your riverside landing, board a pontoon for an open-air journey between the Grand Canyon’s towering rock walls. On the leisurely 12- to 15-minute journey, relax and enjoy the vibrant colors of the canyon’s formations as the light plays off the water.

At the end , you will ascend above the Grand Canyon for one last look at the national landmark, a fitting end to your aerial adventure.

Please note: There are multiple rims to the Grand Canyon so please ensure that you make your way to the West Rim for this tour. Total tour duration can range from 45-minutes to 1-hour. This time is inclusive of check-in, wait and tour time.

Cancellations & Refunds

Can be canceled up to 48hrs in advance


60 minutes

Voucher Requirements

A paper voucher is required for this attraction/activity. You must print and bring your printed voucher with you on the day of the activity, as required by our local provider.

Departure Time

Flights are available from 7:15am to 2pm or 2:30pm (depending on season)

Departure Point

Grand Canyon West (Rim)

Departure Time Comments

All flight times are approximate and subject to change due to weather conditions and weight restrictions.

Additional Information

Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Individual passenger weights, including infants, MUST be advised at time of booking
Due to comfort and weight / balance of the aircraft, passengers weighing over 275lbs. will be required to purchase an additional seat. This is payable directly to the tour operator on the day of the tour.
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
Seats are determined by passengers weights and front seats cannot be guaranteed at any time.
Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels may be accommodated provided the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them with boarding and disembarking the aircraft. Pilots are unable to assist.
Please note: This tour departs from the Grand Canyon West Rim. Transportation from Las Vegas or surrounding areas is NOT included. Entrance fee to the Grand Canyon West is not included in the price of the tour (from USD$55).


Gratuities (optional)
Entrance fees to the Grand Canyon West (from USD$55)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drink


15-minute (approx.) flight in a state-of-the-art helicopter
15-minute (approx.) boat ride
Local taxes

Departure Point: Grand Canyon West (Rim)

"Had a great time! Wish..."

June 8, 2017 - 

Had a great time! Wish the pilot would have introduce himself. They got us checked in and on our flight in less than 20 min. REMARKABLE! Our water guide was a pleasure and very knowledgeable Very sweet lady. We will do it again on our next trip to the area.


January 16, 2017 - 


"Thought for the cost, helicopter..."

January 1, 2017 - 

Thought for the cost, helicopter ride would be longer than 20 mins. Would of been nice for pilot to recognise you and say something about Canyon, but an amazing experience.

"It was a great tour!..."

November 30, 2016 - 

It was a great tour! The staff was amazing and helpful. They do have different packages according to your budget. I would definitely recommend anyone to try them out!

"Great trip with Viator, worth..."

November 27, 2016 - 

Great trip with Viator, worth of money...

"Though it seems expensive this..."

October 12, 2016 - 

Though it seems expensive this tour is TOTALLY worth every penny!!! When you fly out over the Canyon...I can't even describe the feeling it gives you and how amazing the site is!! Breathtaking doesn't begin to describe it!! This was an experience my husband I will never forget for sure. I would take this tour 100 times over! Not only is the tour itself AMAZING....the people at the counter are so friendly and helpful!! I recommend this tour as highly was I can! TAKE IT!! You will NOT regret it!!

"The tour was well worth..."

October 3, 2016 - 

The tour was well worth the drive to the West Rim! views from the helicopter and on the boat were outstanding!... It was a bit confusing as to where to go when we arrived at the West Rim and it was very tight on the helicopter with 6 adults in the small space.

"I have already given a..."

September 9, 2016 - 

I have already given a rating for this.
Without a doubt the worst travel experience I have had. Viator were so vague with the instructions that we went to the wrong place.
Apparently this has happened to others before, and Viator still has not updated their instructions.
They ruined a once in a lifetime experience.

"The chopper was good, but..."

August 24, 2016 - 

The chopper was good, but the fact that we were standing and waiting in the canyon with no information at all for about 30-40min in intense heat was a bit bad...

"Well organised, on time Good..."

August 15, 2016 - 

Well organised, on time
Good tour, to be done for the less wild fan

"great tour. we traveled from..."

August 12, 2016 - 

great tour. we traveled from Florida with our 4 year old daughter and 2 teenage sons and the ride was comfortable and safe for all 5 of us. The length of the tour was about right. Great views of the canyon. Recommend the landing at the bottom of the canyon. Staff was happy to answer questions about the history. Highly recommended.

"very nice tour. exceptionally nice..."

August 10, 2016 - 

very nice tour. exceptionally nice and helpful staff


July 1, 2016 - 


"The helicopter ride was an..."

June 29, 2016 - 

The helicopter ride was an amazing experience. It is the best way to see Grand Canyon and provides the awesome views.

"excellent - friendly efficient staff..."

May 28, 2016 - 

excellent - friendly efficient staff and check in, wonderful tour, we didn't want a 3.5 hour trip in a helicopter, just too long for us with the 3 kids, so this was perfect a 15 min helicopter ride, followed by a boat trip, plenty of time for photos etc. Amazing view of the skywalk that we had just been on. Any comment at all would be that an extra 10 minutes on both the helicopter and the boat would be just that bit better in order to see a little more. I would highly recommend.

"This was an absolute best..."

March 31, 2016 - 

This was an absolute best ever trip we have ever taken! Our pilot was fantastic and our journey to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back to the top was breathtakingly beautiful!! Thank you for the wonderful time!!

"The tour was very good...."

March 13, 2016 - 

The tour was very good. The family had a great time and will always remember the adventure. The people who were there to check us in were the best. So helpful and very nice.

"The flight was very good,..."

February 23, 2016 - 

The flight was very good, but seems like the ride was too short, each trip were less than 10 mins.

"Molt xulo, paga la pena..."

September 8, 2015 - 

Molt xulo, paga la pena viure aquesta experiència!

"Too short and impersonal...."

August 7, 2015 - 

Too short and impersonal.

"There was no time to..."

June 9, 2015 - 

There was no time to enjoy anything...too rushed for the amount of money it cost!

"The Helicopter trip was Good..."

June 2, 2015 - 

The Helicopter trip was Good with bit of a thrill. Plus point is that the management changed the date of our trip on our request without any additional charges. The negative points are, its too expensive, and very short trip. It only lasts for 5 minutes in the air, and without any communication with the pilot, he does not explain anything about the Grand Canyon.

"The Canyon is amazing. Great..."

May 19, 2015 - 

The Canyon is amazing. Great seeing it from the air

"Really friendly and helpful staff,..."

May 11, 2015 - 

Really friendly and helpful staff, fantastic flight down to the bottom of the canyon. Plenty of time at the bottom to explore (we didn't go for the boat ride) very relaxed. No shade down there so take your hat!

"The helicopter flight was amazing...."

May 11, 2015 - 

The helicopter flight was amazing. We all loved every minute. Wow what an incredible experience for us. Customer service was excellent. Thank you

"The tour was fantastic. As..."

April 26, 2015 - 

The tour was fantastic. As the address given was a little wrong we had a little problem finding the departure point.but we got there eventually and it was great.

"Really enjoyed the helicopter ride..."

April 6, 2015 - 

Really enjoyed the helicopter ride however I thought it could of lasted a little longer I thought in the advertisement it said 15 ride then the boat for 15 and back on the helicopter for 15 mins it was more like 5 mins each way in helicopter ?? The views were outstanding though.

"Experience was awesome. I wish..."

February 2, 2015 - 

Experience was awesome. I wish I can see more history background of the place, but the sight seeing experience was super.

"This tour was amazing!..."

December 10, 2014 - 

This tour was amazing!

"Fantastic experience, but very shot..."

November 19, 2014 - 

Fantastic experience, but very shot flight.

"Fantastic experience, we were a..."

November 13, 2014 - 

Fantastic experience, we were a group of three and had a helicopter to ourselves! One of the highlights of out 14 day California road trip, not to be missed if visiting Vegas. Drove ourselves to the start point at the West Rim. Similar trips on sale on the Vegas Strip were going for $399 each .

"We felt tour was very..."

November 6, 2014 - 

We felt tour was very comercial. They should have given commentary of what we seeing and give some time to see canyon from bird eye.

"This trip was Amazing at..."

October 24, 2014 - 

This trip was Amazing at a great price from Viator.com a must do.The most eye opening experience of one of the seven wonders of the world and great customer service from the tour company to a must do highly recommended .Thanks to Viator for the refund awaiting us on return for the little problem

"Well organised and friendly. It..."

October 7, 2014 - 

Well organised and friendly. It was a Golden Wedding experience for my wife and she loved every minute.

"Wery impressive, Thank you. Vladislav...."

October 2, 2014 - 

Wery impressive, Thank you.

"This tour was amazing!..."

September 7, 2014 - 

This tour was amazing!

"My problem is not with..."

August 27, 2014 - 

My problem is not with Viator but with the local supplier once we got there. Upon arrival we queued for 20 mins only to be told by some uniformed official that we were in the wrong queue (we weren't) and were sent to the back of a queue consisting of a huge tour party. Upon a further 20 minute wait and inquiring again, we were sent to the front of the queue and told we could have a slot 1 or 2 hours later. We chose 1 hour (of hanging around a gift shop!) and went back to get our bands and were reluctantly taken to the helicopter pad where we were left to wait another 1.5 hours in the blistering heat (huddling for shade with at least half a dozen other groups) whilst people were brought up the the helipad after us and went before us. On being told there was only one helicopter between two pads, the guys were trying to alternate but taking people from the back of the queue not the front leaving us bored hot and very frustrated. To be honest by the time we got in the helicopter we were all so fed up and in bad moods that it marred the experience extensively and despite being apologetic the chaos at the helicopter company was unbelievable. The poor guys on the pad bearing the brunt of it but not having the intelligence to work out that you take the people who have been waiting the longest first, not from the back of the queue! I look forward to receiving a response to this complaint.

"The helicopter ride was very..."

July 25, 2014 - 

The helicopter ride was very enjoyable and we felt completely safe! The pontoon boat river ride was fun. Both drivers were very nice! Our only complaint is that the tour was very short for the amount of money we paid, but we knew that when we booked it.

"We were there are on..."

July 21, 2014 - 

We were there are on a Thursday and was told that day usually many international groups come. They were right! We loved the trip, and they worked us in pretty quick. The guy at the bottom of the canyon was very kind and visited with him. Our first time on a helicopter, would have loved a longer ride!

"Go to the "real" Grand..."

July 12, 2014 - 

Go to the "real" Grand Canyon National Park! The west rim is money making, not worth it! I was a stupid tourist not knowing it better, next time I know!

"It was great but could..."

July 7, 2014 - 

It was great but could have been longer

"This was a dreadful experience..."

June 24, 2014 - 

This was a dreadful experience in an otherwise brilliant trip encompassing visits to many parts of California and Arizona. The reasons being as follows;
After driving five hours being told we were booked in for the day before. Eventually given our tickets clearly showed otherwise we were accepted. Hugely busy and then left over an hour on the concourse before flying in the hot sun and temps over 100/110 F with dozens of others with little shade. On return kept another hour and half in burning conditions, no water available to purchase on valley floor as advertised on your website. Staff in total chaos and without any consideration for unbearable conditions for all customers. Huge disappointment and the only bad experience on our holiday of a lifetime. I reported all of this upon return and I was laughed at. Claimed no responsibility for errors on your website in likely time for trip and availability of water on valley floor. Left feeling angry and upset and appauled by lack of customer care.

"The helicopter ride while amazing..."

June 15, 2014 - 

The helicopter ride while amazing was too short. The boat ride was also very spectacular, but again short. The excursion gave you a true sense of the magnificence of the Grand Canyon but a little too short for the price to make you feel satisfied.

"it was a very nice..."

June 8, 2014 - 

it was a very nice trip, but the vaiting was a little to long.

"The people at the tour..."

May 15, 2014 - 

The people at the tour company were great! We had a really LONG drive from the South rim over to the West rim and ran into some unexpected construction. Even though we arrived late (after they were officially closed) they were able to make it work. Thank you Angie and Bobby at the desk! Our pilot Kelly was Awesome and Nate was the boat captain that stayed so late he almost missed his bus. You made this the most memorable part of our vacation. As for the views, look at the pictures, but if you REALLY want to SEE and EXPERIENCE it, take this trip!

"It was a great experience...."

April 26, 2014 - 

It was a great experience. You get to see the Grand Canyon over it and the center of it! The boat ride was really relaxing and wish it was a little longer. Everything together took about 30 min long so I just wish it was a little longer for the prize.

"Took the trip to the..."

April 23, 2014 - 

Took the trip to the canyon floor which appears to have been the best value, don't think we would have seen much more from the boats and we had more than enough time to enjoy the splendour of the views once down there. Little bit of a conveyor belt system with little dialogue from the pilots however the guide in the canyon was a gem. I would recommend this trip over the skywalk as better value.

"Certainly a different view of..."

April 10, 2014 - 

Certainly a different view of the Canyon from a helicopter. Loved it!

"This was a really nice..."

March 30, 2014 - 

This was a really nice tour for a first time visit to the Grand Canyon- the morning we went there was very little wait time, views were great, and the staff was very friendly. We started with the helicopter ride into the canyon, landed and walked down to the boat, rode along the Colorado River, and stopped for a little while to walk in the water. We rode back in the boat, and returned by helicopter. I would definitely recommend this to anyone visiting.

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