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With the 2024 season coming up, we have had a look at the Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours. In this article, we will be writing about finding the helicopter tours that fit your budget.
How expensive is a helicopter tour at the Grand Canyon?
The cost of scenic helicopter tours at the Grand Canyon varies drastically. It all depends on what you want to see and do during the tour. Some tours simply depart and land at the Grand Canyon National Park airport, with a flight from the South Rim to the North Rim showing you the Grand Canyon.
Other, more expensive tours will take you to Grand Canyon West , land at the bottom of the Canyon, even offering a boat ride on the Colorado River and a picnic at the bottom of the Canyon.
In this article we will focus on flights that simply offer a scenic air tour without any additional landings or offerings. This way we will be able to show you the cheapest tours you can find at the Grand Canyon.
Overview of the cheapest Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours
|North Rim Helicopter Tour
|Canyon Dancer Tour
|Canyon Spirit Tour
|Imperial Air Tour
The cheapest helicopter tours at the Grand Canyon in 2024
The cheapest helicopter tour departing from Grand Canyon National Park Airport is the Grand Canyon North Rim Helicopter Tour, offered by Papillon Helicopters. It costs 239 USD per person (as of January 2024). This tour will take you from the Grand Canyon National Park airport westbound, before entering the Grand Canyon and flying to the North Rim. From there, you will be returning to the South Rim on a slightly different path, before landing at the airport again. The flight time is around 30 minutes. This is basically the standard budget route.
Basically the same tour is available from Maverick Helicopters. It’s called the Canyon Dancer tour and will take you to the North Rim and back to the Grand Canyon National Park Airport. The flight time is estimated to be around 25 minutes. This tour costs 319 USD.
The longest flights at the Grand Canyon are not expensive
If you’re willing to spend a bit more, Maverick Helicopters offer a much longer flight called Canyon Spirit, taking you on a totally different flight path along the south and North Rims, giving you a great look into the Dragon Corridor and the confluence of the Colorado River and the Little Colorado. This is the longest Maverick tour you can book at the Grand Canyon National Park Airport. It will last about 45 minutes and cost just 349 USD.
Papillon Helicopters also offer a tour lasting roughly 45 to 50 minutes. Their tour is called Imperial Air Tour and will take roughly the same route as the one offered by Maverick. It will take you to the East and North Rims of the Grand Canyon. This tour will cost you 364 USD per Person.
All the prices and tours have been updated in January 2024. We have spent much time on researching the tour data and pricing. Even though we have tried to be as accurate as possible, please check the operators’ websites for recently changed prices before booking a tour.
Usually, you can show up at the operator locations at the airport to book a flight. During peak seasons, it makes sense to book in advance to get on the tour you want. Some operators might also give you booking discounts when booking in advance.
The shorter tours usually last around 30 minutes. There are longer tours available, which will last roughly 45 minutes.
Absolutely. There are quite a few scenic helicopter tours from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon.