Grand Discovery Air Tour – Grand Canyon Airplane Tour

Grand Discovery Air Tour – Grand Canyon Airplane Tour

Pricing Update Information

The pricing information for this tour has been updated as of May 2024.

Take the Grand Discovery Air Tour and get a bird’s-eye view of the Grand Canyon from an airplane. This Grand Canyon tour features a sightseeing airplane, offering passengers incredible aerial views of the stone gorges of the South Rim and the Colorado River winding between the ancient walls. A perfect bucket list item for photography enthusiasts!

Grand Discovery Air Tour Details

For those who wish to experience the vastness of the Grand Canyon without exceeding their budget or time constraints, this brief airplane tour is an ideal option. The tour departs hourly from the Grand Canyon National Park Airport and takes you on a journey over the eastern part of the canyon, including a crossing over the gorge at Zuni Point Pass. On the eastern side of the Colorado River, you’ll get to view the Painted Desert and the Navajo Indian Reservation. The plane then changes direction to explore the rugged wilderness of the North Rim, providing views of the Kaibab Plateau and the lush greenery of the Kaibab National Forest. As you fly, keep an eye out for wildlife such as the California condor, elk, and bears!

Grand Discovery Air Tour Features

  • Unlike other Grand Canyon flying tours, the Grand Discovery Airplane Tour features a sightseeing airplane with seating for optimal views.
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the Grand Canyon South Rim including Zuni Corridor, Imperial Point, the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado Rivers, Kaibab National Forest, and Kaibab Plateau.
  • The flight duration of this Grand Canyon air tour is approximately 40-45 minutes.
  • Narration in 16 languages
  • Climate-controlled Cabin

What to Bring on Your Grand Canyon Air Tour

  • Bring your I.D. – All passengers booked on a tour must have government issued forms of identification.
  • Be sure to book your tour as early in your trip as possible. Our Grand Canyon flying tours fill up fast so booking early is recommended!
  • You may bring a bottle of water, however, the bottle is not allowed to be opened in the aircraft.
  • Don’t forget your camera! Cameras and phones are allowed and encouraged, but please be aware that the use of “Selfie Sticks” and extending camera poles are strictly prohibited in and around the aircraft.
  • Not sure what to wear? Layered clothing is recommended through the months of March to September, and winter clothing should be worn from October to mid-March.
  • Wear sensible shoes. The ground at the location you are visiting is rough, rocky, and uneven. It is important to wear sturdy, toe-covering shoes that can handle rough terrain. Sneakers or hiking boots are highly recommended


  • Lift or boarding ramp available to assist in boarding/disembarking
  • If further assistance is required in boarding and disembarking, passengers must provide companion or attendant to do so. Staff are permitted to assist only in case of emergency.
  • Passenger must be able to use plane seat.
  • Collapsible wheelchairs are recommended due to space limitations.
  • If using a motorized wheelchair, please notify staff if it operates with a wet or dry battery at time of booking.
  • Passengers will be notified at time of check-in if space limitations will prohibit their accessibility equipment from being brought onboard.
  • This is an air-only tour. Should your equipment need to be left at the terminal, it will be stored safely and waiting for you upon landing.
  • Guests must reach the Grand Canyon National South Airport 30 minutes before their flight time.
Christian Hänsel before his first flight with AirStar Helicopters at the Grand Canyon in 2004.
The information on this page has been hand crafted by Christian Hänsel. Christian has been to the Grand Canyon many times and flown often on both on heliopcter and airplane tours.