So what do you get with an air tour of the Grand Canyon? The answer often depends on how much you’re willing to spend but what you do get regardless of cost is the undeniably breath-taking view you can only experience from the air. Flying over the canyon, you obtain what many never do; a unique perspective on the vastness, depth and changeable terrain that makes up one of our most dramatic National Parks.
Aircraft that fly over the canyon vary little in size and type. All are small, propeller planes seating, on average, 12-20 people. Planes landing at the canyon fly into small airports at the South and West Rims allowing visitors to then transfer to buses, vans, or helicopters for the second leg of their trip. Air tours can be bunched into packages to include hiking, rafting, helicopter ride, camping; pretty much anything available at the canyon is available in combination with an air tour.
A few tour companies have unique packages available but most offer tours all but identical to each other. Choosing really comes down to style, price and availability. Although it can be pricey, these tours are popular so book early to ensure the best rate. Confirm your booking at least once if not twice depending upon how far in advance you schedule it and certainly once a day or two before to ensure there are no misunderstandings. These companies deal with thousands of tourists a year. You don’t want to be lost in the shuffle.
As with any flight, these craft are subject to weather. Read the fine print closely and be sure you understand the terms under which you may be able to reschedule due to bad weather or receive a refund for a trip not taken.
Grand Canyon Outiffters that offer Air Tours
Papillon Grand Canyon Tours
Best known for it’s air tours but can provide combination packages to enhance your overall experience and maximize your time in the Grand Canyon.
Grand Canyon Coaches
Provides a variety of combination coach tours by partnering with other respected tour companies.
Grand Canyon Airlines
This company is the originator of fixed wing flights over the canyon and offers a range of tours and packages to accommodate all budgets.
Get America Tours
Company offers combination tours that include other major parks and destinations to maximize your experience of the American West.
Great West Adventure Company
Offers a variety of tours to the Grand Canyon from Arizona locations inclusive of some unique sights and features. Check out the Historic Railway Tour for a real Old-West experience!
Offers a variety of moderately priced round-trip Grand Canyon day tours leaving from Las Vegas, including on exclusive tour to Bar Ten Ranch on the North Rim.
Grand Canyon West
Tour the West Rim’s Eagle Point Reservation, Guano Point and the Hualapai Reservation with the tribe as your guide.
Colorado River and Trail Expeditions
This company offers white water rafting tours of varying lengths with deluxe inclusions of helicopter rides and sleeping cots.
Air Grand Canyon
This company provides three air tours over the Grand Canyon that accommodate time and budget.