Best Grand Canyon Winter Holiday Flight Tours

Published: 24th July 2015
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Winter is here now and it is an excellent time to go on a Grand Canyon flight excursion. Select from chopper rides or plane flights. Discover which is best for you. Check out this article.

You can take an air tour of the Grand Canyon by plane or helicopter. The majority of helicopters can hold 6 people and there are some that can take on 7. Airplanes on the other hand, take 19 people at a time on the tours.

Another difference between the two tours is the helicopters fly lower over the canyon, and they can even hover. Helicopter tours are also more expensive and they fill up fast. If you run into a situation where the helicopter ride you want is sold out then consider the airplane version of the tour because planes have more seats and can hold more travelers.

Grand Canyon Flights Out Of Vegas

As part of their tour, Vegas helicopters will take you over Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam as they head to the Canyon. You can opt for an air-only tour, or one where the chopper sits down on top of the rim or on the canyon floor. If you take a tour that lands on top of the West Rim, you should add on tickets to the Grand Canyon Skywalk. If you land on the canyon floor, you can enjoy a champagne picnic.

Vegas airplane tours will go to both the West Rim and the South Rim. You can opt for an air-only plane tour and fly over the Grand Canyon, then circle back to Vegas. However, you can take landing airplane tours too, and one of the more popular ones sets down on top of the West Rim and combines a helicopter flight to the canyon floor with a raft ride on the Colorado River.

The other plane ride to think of is the one that flies direct from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South. In just an hour, it will cover 277 miles and includes a two and half hour bus ride in the park. You can even bundle in a 30-minute South Rim helicopter ride with this flight package.

South Rim Flights

South Rim helicopters do not go below the rim or land. Instead, they will take you to the Canyon for a 30 or 50 minute flight. The longer flight is best if you can swing it. It costs more, but you'll see so much more with all the extra flight time.

The thirty minute flight lets you take in all the scenery contained between the North and South Rims. The fifty minute flight covers that ground plus all the amazing scenery along the eastern boundary of the national park. The expanse of wilderness is strikingly beautiful in the winter.

During the South Rim airplane flight, you get 50 minutes of airtime. It will follow the same path as the 50 minute tour. The difference is the airplane flies at a higher altitude. Something to keep in mind that most people don't know, is that a window seat can be reserved for just $10 more.

It can get cold in the Grand Canyon during the winter, so dress warmly. Wear a sweater, pants, gloves and a hat. You may even consider a scarf. As the South Rim of the Canyon is colder than the West Rim, you'll want to plan for the temperature difference. All the helicopters and airplanes have climate control, so you will be comfortable during your flight.


Hopefully, this article has given you some insight into the air tour options at the Grand Canyon. Use the information to help plan the perfect trip to the National Park and book in advance online. When you do that, you can use the low Internet rate and save quite a bit of money.


Author Lea Fallon is a huge FAN of Grand Canyon helicopter tours and recommends getting a copy of this free report as it can help you get discounts on these terrific helicopter rides:

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