As the helicopter began to move off the ground, I felt a sudden lurch in the pit of my stomach and squealed with excitement. I could still hear the whirring of the blades above my head, as the ground disappeared below, leaving Las Vegas in what felt like a blaze of glory. The takeoff was amazing, and I knew that my first time on a helicopter was going to be a special experience – especially as we were flying over the Hoover Dam and landing in West Rim of The Grand Canyon – one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World…
Las Vegas To Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours
If you’re spending time in Las Vegas and want to visit the Grand Canyon, then the quickest way there is via a Grand Canyon helicopter tour. How long does it take? Approximately 4.5 hours – which means you get plenty of time to enjoy the rest of your day – bus tours take the whole day if you include stops.
Which Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour?
The choice of Grand Canyon helicopter tour companies is endless… and all at varying price ranges – but you will be looking to pay anywhere between $150-$500 upwards per person depending on the type of package you opt for. Some trips offer luxurious dining and champagne, while others are more basic.
The best piece of advice I can give is to read as many reviews of any potential helicopter tour companies as possible – and to look at the helicopter companies safety record. With recent tragedies, it’s essential to choose a Grand Canyon helicopter tour where you feel comfortable and safe.
Flying From Las Vegas To The Grand Canyon With Mustang Helicopters
After much searching around, we decided to go with Mustang Helicopters who are a division of the Maverick Aviation Group and offers the same features as Maverick Helicopters albeit at a slightly more affordable price. We opted for their landing tour which meant we would get the opportunity to descend into the Canyon rim and enjoy a few snacks as well as some fizz.
After being picked up from our hotel, we drove around 30 minutes to reach Henderson Executive Airport. Check-in was seamless and we relaxed in their comfortable lounge waiting for our pilot to collect us.
There is food and drink available in the waiting lounge, as well as souvenirs and gifts – a great way to pass the time for a half an hour before take off. And as soon as there was a flurry of activity from the other passengers, I knew it was showtime…
Our Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour
As soon as we were led out towards our helicopter, Chase, our pilot went through a few safety checks and explained our route, and then asked who would like to sit out front with him. Without hesitation, I volunteered, much to the relief of the others!
It was exhilarating taking off and then flying over the epic landscape below. From my vantage point, and because of the glass window I could see everything even beneath my feet. Chase was an excellent guide, who was friendly, chatty and knowledgeable about the area – with facts about the Hoover Dam, which we circled, as well as Lake Mead.
The best part, of course, was when we crossed from Nevada into Arizona at the Grand Canyon National Park – we even saw brave souls walking across the Grand Canyon Skywalk. The infamous red rocked Canyon is awe-inspiring from the air, and landing in the rim was even more exciting than taking off.
With ample time to wander and take photos, it was special to be the only people in this small section of such a world famous landmark. Meanwhile, sipping cold champagne and nibbling on a few snacks amongst the towering rock formations was a life moment to savour. Best of all, we still had the helicopter flight back to enjoy.
Visiting the Grand Canyon is something I have always wanted to do – and this was definitely a huge tick off one of my bucket list experiences. So much so, that I literally had a huge grin plastered on my face for the whole duration.
If you’re undecided about whether to do it, or hesitant because of the expense, I urge you to reconsider, because a Grand Canyon helicopter tour really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and those don’t come along very often…
Things To Know About A Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour
• There are no toilet facilities once you leave Henderson Executive Airport – so don’t drink too much!
• The Mustang Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour from hotel pick up and drop-off and the flight itself took around 4.5 hours – so we still had most of the day to do other things back in Las Vegas.
• If you’re of a nervous disposition and hate rides such as rollercoasters – then perhaps consider taking a bus tour to the Grand Canyon instead.
• On landing at the Grand Canyon, it’s quite rocky, so wear sensible footwear and take some sunscreen.
• Do look out for special discount deals before booking – we managed to book directly with Mustang and save $100 per person.