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Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight with Colorado River Float or Kayak Trip

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icon11 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Escape to the Grand Canyon for this full-day sightseeing adventure. Enjoy a scenic, 1-hour, round-trip flight from Las Vegas to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, flying over the famous Hoover Dam and beautiful Lake Mead along the way. After returning over the Mojave Desert and other natural wonders, choose between either a float trip down the Colorado River, through Black Canyon with a boxed picnic lunch and an optional swim at a secluded beach or a fun-filled kayak trip from Willow Beach. Bottled water and all transportation, including a Las Vegas hotel pickup/drop-off, are included.
  • Take a helicopter flight over the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead
  • Enjoy a smooth raft ride or a kayak trip down the Colorado River
  • Beat the heat on the cool waters of the Colorado River
  • Picnic lunch and bottled water included

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Travel by helicopter and take a float trip on the Colorado River for an additional perspective of the canyon.
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70-minute (approx.) round-trip flight in a state-of-the-art helicopter
Colorado River Float OR Kayak Trip
Round-trip transportation by deluxe van
Bottled water and boxed lunch (Rafting Trip Only)
All taxes and fees
Gratuity is optional
Lunch (Kayak Trip Only)

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Please arrive 1 hour 30 minutes before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

We pick up from all Las Vegas Area Resorts & Hotels, if your hotel is not listed we will confirm the pickup details with you directly.
Your Colorado River and Grand Canyon sightseeing tour begins with a hotel pickup in Las Vegas. Head to the Boulder City Municipal Airport for your 1-hour round-trip flight through the Grand Canyon's West Rim.

After boarding the helicopter, pass over sites such as the famous Hoover Dam, a modern marvel of engineering; the aqua waters and sandstone shorelines of beautiful Lake Mead; and Fortification Hill, an extinct volcano, before soaring along the winding path of the mighty Colorado River and into the incredible landscape of the Grand Canyon, one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

After leaving the Grand Canyon, the return flight will include panoramic views of the rugged Mojave Desert wilderness and more before arriving back in Boulder City.

From there, take a short drive to the Colorado River launch area for a boat float at the base of the Hoover Dam. Climb aboard a comfortable raft, and meander along the river through the Black Canyon. Keep an eye out for bighorn sheep, osprey, and great blue heron in their natural setting. Then stop at a secluded beach to take an optional dip in the clear water, and enjoy a picnic box lunch.

The trip concludes with a Las Vegas hotel drop-off.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Hoover Dam
After hotel pickup, board your state-of-the-art helicopter for a 70-minute (round-trip) scenic air tour of the Grand Canyon West Rim. Your flight will take off from Boulder City, where builders of the Hoover Dam (formally the Boulder Dam) lived during the dam’s construction in the 1930s. Enjoy panoramic, 180-degree views of the impressive Hoover Dam, the bypass bridge and Black Canyon, and fly past the extinct and colorful volcano, Fortification Hill.
Pass By:  
Hoover Dam Bypass
Fly around the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge
Pass By:  
Fortification Hill
Fly over the extinct volcano known as Fortification Hill
Stop At:  
Colorado River
Then descend beneath the rim of the Grand Canyon as you fly over the mighty Colorado River, past million-year-old geological rock formations.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Grand Canyon West
Make sure to have your camera ready, as around every corner you’ll see cathedral buttresses and pillars with amazing natural vivid colors. After leaving the Grand Canyon, enjoy views of other natural wonders in the wilderness of the rugged Mojave Desert.
Stop At:  
Black Canyon City Visitor's Center and Chamber of Commerce.
Upon landing in Boulder City, if you choose the rafting trip, you'll take a short drive down to the Colorado River launch area for your river float at the base of the Hoover Dam and the newly constructed bypass bridge. Here you'll be greeted by your friendly guide, who will help you board your comfortable river raft or kayak. Float or paddle down the river and through the Black Canyon, with high walls that will leave you breathless! Enjoy a picnic lunch at Willow Beach. Keep your eyes open for desert bighorn sheep, osprey, and great blue heron in their natural setting.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Willow Beach
If you choose the Kayak option, your day will start with hotel pick up and then a drive to Willow Beach on the Colorado River, just a little way down from Hoover Dam. Board your kayak and paddle 4 miles (approximately 3 hours) along the banks of Colorado River. Opportunites to views local nature is common as you may view the amazing agility of the mountain goat and soaring splendor of various eagle breeds. Please Note: Lunch is not included in this option. Following your kayak trip, you'll take to the skies on your helicopter tour through the Grand Canyon.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Minimum age is 2 years
  • Due to comfort and weight / balance of the aircraft, passengers weighing over 250lbs (112 kg/17.85 stone) will be required to purchase an additional seat. This is payable directly to the tour operator on the day of the tour.
  • Please note if you choose the Kayak Tour it does not include lunch and you will start from Willow Beach not the base of the Hoover Dam and will not see the Hoover Dam from the river.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • We recommend you bring sunglasses, sunscreen, towels & hats
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please note that the maximum weight limit for any single passenger is 375 pounds / 170 Kilos. Passengers over this weight will regrettably not be able to fly.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
  • OPERATED BY 5 Star Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
Are there any special requirements for pregnant women on the Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight?
A:We recommend pregnant women consult a medical professional, however, we have safely flown thousands of pregnant women.
Mar 2021
Q:
Is there a minimum age to fly on the Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight with Colorado River Float or Kayak Trip?
A:Any age is welcome—infants under 2 years on the day of travel fly as a lap child.
Mar 2021
Q:
On average, how long before my scheduled flight will I be picked up from my hotel for the Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight?
A:Approximately 1.5 hours prior to the departure time depending on hotel location.
Mar 2021
Q:
How long after the Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight is finished will I be back at my hotel?
A:Approximately 1 hour.
Mar 2021
Q:
I don't need transportation for the Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight - how do I let you know?
A:There is free parking at our terminal. Let us know if you are driving yourself in the "Special Requirements" box during checkout. You can also let us know after booking by visiting 'Manage my Booking' and emailing us there.
Mar 2021
Q:
Where is the meeting point for the Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight with Colorado River Float or Kayak Trip?
A:The meeting point for this tour is 5596 Haven Street, Las Vegas, NV, 89119
Oct 2021
Q:
Is there parking near the terminal for self-driving customers on the Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight?
A:Yes – parking is free.
Mar 2021
Q:
Do you accommodate seating requests on the Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight with Colorado River Float or Kayak Trip?
A:You can make requests; however, seating location is based on weight and balance calculations determined at flight departure time.
Mar 2021
Q:
What happens if I am over the weight limit at check-in for the Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight?
A:For comfort & safety, Passengers exceeding 250 lbs will be required to purchase an additional seat at 100% of the applicable retail price. Passengers exceeding stated body weights may be off-loaded at the time of check-in without a refund.
Mar 2021
Q:
Can I take pictures with the helicopter before/after my Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight w/ Colorado River Float or Kayak Trip?
A:For daytime helicopter tours, we allow photos before and after with the helicopter.
Mar 2021
Q:
Do I need a photo ID for the Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight with Colorado River Float or Kayak Trip?
A:Yes, all guests over 18 must provide valid photo identification such as a driver's license or passport.
Mar 2021
Q:
What do I need to bring with me on the Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight with Colorado River Float or Kayak Trip?
A:If aged 18, we require photo identification. We also recommend bringing your camera/cellphone, wearing sensible footwear, layered clothing, sunglasses, and during the hotter summer months, hats and sunscreen may also be suitable.
Mar 2021
Q:
How should I dress for the Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight with Colorado River Float or Kayak Trip?
A:We recommend wearing comfortable layered clothing and sensible footwear.
Mar 2021
Q:
Should I eat before the Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight with Colorado River Float or Kayak Trip or wait until afterward?
A:You should do what makes you most comfortable. However, if you suffer from travel sickness, we recommend you consult a medical professional for advice on anti-sickness medicine available over the counter.
Mar 2021
Q:
What is the helicopter capacity on the Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight with Colorado River Float or Kayak Trip?
A:Our helicopters hold six passengers: four seated in the rear row and two seated in the front row next to the pilot.
Mar 2021
Q:
Can I arrange a private helicopter for just my party for the Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight?
A:Yes, in order to have a private helicopter, you may purchase all six seats.
Mar 2021
Q:
Do you do anything to celebrate any special occasions on the Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight?
A:Yes, we can offer add-ons such as birthday cake, champagne, photos, private options, messages, flowers, etc. (at additional cost) Feel free to mention any requests in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout.
Mar 2021
Q:
What type of aircraft do you use on the Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight with Colorado River Float or Kayak Trip?
A:We operate currently using the Airbus AStar AS 350 B2 model helicopter.
Mar 2021
Q:
May I bring food/drink on board with me on the Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight with Colorado River Float or Kayak Trip?
A:We allow bottled water onboard the aircraft.
Mar 2021
Q:
Can my child sit on my lap during the Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight with Colorado River Float or Kayak Trip?
A:No, only infants under the age of 2 can travel on laps per FAA regulations.
Mar 2021
Q:
Can a child fly without an accompanying adult on the Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight with Colorado River Float or Kayak Trip?
A:Children under 17 must have an accompanying adult.
Mar 2021
Q:
Can I bring my service animal on the Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight with Colorado River Float or Kayak Trip?
A:No, unfortunately, we cannot allow service animals on board the helicopter.
Mar 2021
Q:
Can I bring a medical oxygen tank on board on the Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight w/ Colorado River Float or Kayak Trip?
A:The oxygen tank must be approved by the Federal Dept. of Transportation for it to be carried in the aircraft.
Mar 2021
Q:
What happens if there is bad weather the day of my Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight with Colorado River Float or Kayak Trip?
A:If we have to cancel due to bad weather, we will attempt to reschedule your tour or provide a full refund.
Mar 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight with Colorado River Float or Kayak Trip?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight with Colorado River Float or Kayak Trip.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight with Colorado River Float or Kayak Trip?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight with Colorado River Float or Kayak Trip.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight with Colorado River Float or Kayak Trip?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight with Colorado River Float or Kayak Trip.

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star-5
Breathe taking!!!!
Sarah_H
, Oct 2021
There is no way to describe the majesty of natural creation - absolutely the best experience all around!!
star-5
Must do!
Rob_D
, Sep 2021
The whole day was great. The views were amazing. The tour guides were fun and knowledgeable. Mike and Jarrod for the kayaking tour were really fun. Worth it!
star-5
Amazing Experience!
Paisley_W
, Sep 2021
This experience was something we will never forget! We did the morning helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon and it was beautiful with the sunrise! Then the kayaking in the Colorado river I think was our favorite activity from our whole trip!! So glad we did this!
star-5
A Must Do for an adventurous day out.
Jeff_K
, Sep 2021
Hospitality top notch. Mad Dog… great pilot, better historian. Breath taking views of the canyon. Cannot believe there is any better way to see and learn about this amazing natural wonder. Kayaking while not as amazing, still well worth the cost and effort. Paddling up and down the Colorado River ✅ed off the bucket list. Christaline was our guide and she was knowledgeable and fun.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
AMAZING!
Lindsey_A
, Aug 2021
The helicopter tour with pilot Mad Dog Mike was AMAZING!! He is so knowledgeable and really made the whole experience fun and just overall a 100/10! The kayaking was so beautiful. This whole excursion was the highlight of our vacation! Thank you so much!!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great experience in the...
Ali_K
, Aug 2021
Great experience in the air and the water. I recommend this for every and anyone. Aviator staff was very professional and took care of us from pick up through drop off.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
The King service 👍
sergey_p
, Jul 2021
my english is very poor. but the quality of your company's services was higher than I expected !! I am 41 years old, but I have never been so impressed with what I saw !!! Respect to you, I will definitely come back with children
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
5 Star for a reason!
JenTheSheepFinder
, Jun 2021
This was an AMAZING trip! 5-Star will pick you up at your hotel door step in a very nice Mercedes van with lots of room for everyone! Then drive you to Boulder City hanger where you meet your pilot and get your seating chart for the helicopter based on weight. Our pilot was Manny and he was great! He was definitely “Dad joke funny” which was perfect for this early morning excursion. As for the helicopter, unfortunately, I got the middle left rear seat which for a 5’ 8” slender female I was kind of cramped! My knees were wedged against the seat in front of me with no relief for the entire hour ride. After about 45m my hip joints from the vibration of the helicopter started to really hurt. I had a bit of discomfort for about 30m after unfolding out of the helicopter. Other than being cramped in the small space in the middle the views were ABSOLUTELY amazing and was worth the discomfort. After our arrival back to the hanger we were offered snacks, soda, and champagne! We tipped our pilot, but we were unaware that our Mercedes drivers changed 3 times so we did not tip them. Had we known they were going to change every ride they each would have received a tip! We got back into the comfy van and drove to Blazin Paddles kayak tours. Where we met our tour guides and the rest of our kayak trip buddies. We got back into a similar comfy van and drove to Willow Bend, abut a 15-20m drive. We got a simple, informative crash course on how to work the kayaks with rudders. Then we set out on the water! Again, AMAZING! The views are so breathtaking and the water which is so cold (50 degrees Fahrenheit), even in 114 degree weather, was just perfect! We didn’t feel the heat because it was so amazing! BRING SUNSCREEN and a hat! Emerald Cave was beautiful and the tour was very informative! Definitely bring an under water or water proof phone case. A fully charged phone will get you amazing pictures of helicopter and kayak pictures! I have an iPhone X and it died at the very end of the trip which was perfect. Oh and don’t forget to be on the look out for sheep! We had a contest to see who could find a sheep first. This is very challenging! Whoever did find a sheep, got a special gift prize at the end of the trip! It took almost the entire kayak ride but I won and the final prize was just PERFECT! Just what I needed at the end of a long day of excitement! It was like they knew exactly what to get me! Thank you Andrew and Seth you made this trip so worth it and fun! Upon arriving back at the Blazin Paddles base, our 5-star Mercedes van was waiting for us with our delicious sandwiches, chips, soda, and cookie from the local sandwich restaurant, we all ate and devoured our sandwiches within 10 minutes! The driver then drove us back to our hotel door step and we took a much needed two hour nap when we reached our room! This trip is a great trip! I have nothing bad to say about it! We are in our 40s and consider ourselves an outdoorsy couple that enjoys adventure! The helicopter ride, kayak trip, and short hike to a look out point was nothing to us! We were ahead of the group the whole time because we were so geeked to be there! I would definitely do this again! Only my husband says he wants to do the experience that you shoot the machine gun out of the helicopter next time😂 Perfectly great and worth the money!
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Great experience?
Claudia_B
, May 2021
We had a really great time! Pilot was awesome. Views were terrific- Thanks. Requiring 100 characters as a minimum is silly.
star-5
Peaceful day trip
Glenn_H
, May 2021
Kayaking on the Colorado River was the best part of our Vegas vacation. The guides were great, the views were amazing and the river was peaceful. On our next trip to Vegas, we will do the full day Kayak that starts from the Hoover Dam and goes downstream all day.

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