Grand Canyon Activities – Las Vegas Helicopter Rides to the West Rim

If you’re going to visit Las Vegas, make sure you include a Grand Canyon West Rim helicopter tour. You’ll find three kinds of flights from which to choose, and I’m very sure that there’s a trip that’s just right for you.

The classic air-only ride is your most basic flight. It essentially flies to West Rim and back. You can upgrade this trip to include tickets to the Grand Canyon Skywalk or to land at the bottom of the canyon. Here are more details on these fabulous helicopter rides to the West Rim:

Air-Only Tour

A wonderful canyon sampler. Includes a ton of West Rim highlights, including Eagle Point, Guano Point, the Skywalk, and the Colorado River. Upgrade to include a flight over the fabulous Las Vegas Strip on the return. Sunrise and sunset flights can be bought.

Skywalk Tour

Fly into Grand Canyon West. Deplane and enter the incredible Grand Canyon Skywalk, which lets you walk 70 feet past the rim while being suspended some 4,000 feet above the river. Includes a delicious BBQ lunch made by the Hualapai Indian Tribe. Take a free shuttle to all key viewpoints. Explore an authentic Hualapai Indian Village.

Landing Tour

Canyon carve 4,000 feet downwards to the base of the canyon. Deplane. Toast your descent with Champagne under a real Indian Ramada. Check out the canyon’s primordial floor. Upgrade to include an exciting pontoon boat ride down Colorado River.

These all-inclusive helicopter tours include free shuttle service to all major Las Vegas Strip hotels. The Skywalk and bottom-landing trips come with lunch and a professional and knowledgeable pilot-guide. Internet prices start at $ 230 per person.

Trips take off year round from the Vegas metropolitan area and fly over Lake Mead, the largest man-made reservoir in the U.S., Hoover Dam, the brand new Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Bridge, and the majestic Grand Cliffs Wash. These sights are a major bonus for heli travelers, especially seeing that choppers fly at lower altitudes than planes, thus giving you terrific bird’s eye views of these landmarks.

Book your helicopter tour in advance. Keep in mind that high season (when demand for such trips peaks) is spring and summer and that low season is winter. Flights are limited, popular, and sell out quickly, especially sunrise and sunset tours. If you are lucky enough to book a flight within 24 hours of your departure, I can assure you that you will pay a premium.

Always get your flights online. Tour operators are very generous with discounts on their websites, some even giving up to 35% off on select packages. I personally do all my reservations on the Web and have never had any SNAFU’s concerning credit-card transactions.

Canyon helicopter tours to the West Rim deliver loads of fun and adventure. The West Rim is home to the Grand Canyon Skywalk, and it’s the only place where you can land at the bottom of the Grand Canyon and take an optional boat ride down the Colorado River. If you are looking for a Grand Canyon experience that comes with a huge “wow” factor, book a helicopter flight. It’s an activity that will make this Las Vegas trip extra special.