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Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight with Colorado River Float or Kayak Trip

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

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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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)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
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 at time of booking
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
  • OPERATED BY 5 Star Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight with Colorado River Float or Kayak Trip?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight with Colorado River Float or Kayak Trip.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Even in October it got pretty hot on the river!" See review

Reviews

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Incredible Views!!
Jamie_S
, Sep 2020
Jimmy the helicopter pilot was friendly, funny & knowledgeable. The flight was phenomenal and hit on all the beautiful points of the canyon. The staff was nice & friendly. We booked a flight & pontoon trip but there was only kayaking. If I hadn't called to ask a question about changing facilities, I wouldn't have known about the change from pontoon to kayaks. It was WORTH the change. Kayaking was amazing & the guides were great. The lunch after the trip, on the bus, heading back to our hotel was very good!
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Great Tour!
John G
, Oct 2019
The helicopter flight was fabulous. I highly recommend the pilot, Brandon Foss. We had a couple of nervous passengers, and Brandon was very soothing, very knowledgeable. The raft float was nice too. We saw a mountain sheep, bald eagle and more.
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Good mix. Relaxing.
andrewcalafato
, Sep 2019
A 70 mins helicopter flight over Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon - superb scenery. Very nice pilot feeding us with information about history and facts on the area. Only little downside, seating is 2 in front and 4 in back, with 2 in the back middle unable to take nice pictures. A landing with rotation half way would have been great. Then we waited for a bus to pick us up for for the next part, being served with snacks and drinks, and given the option to purchase souvenirs. Nice staff. Then a luxury bus took us from AirPort to a meeting place, then to the base of Hoover Dam, for a slow rafting ride down Colorado river. Little snack supplied, and cold water available all the way. Bus and raft drivers were both feeding us with info on the area (which was consistent :) ). Relaxing time enjoying nature and scenery, including a dip in the fresh river. Possibility to take countless pictures of nature while riding through the different parts of the river. Overall a superb experience.
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Birthday Tour
kdbriggs
, Sep 2019
Both of our guides were friendly and very knowledgeable. I will definitely recommend these tours to my friends and family.
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Fantastic.... top to bottom!!!
byronhathaway
, Jul 2019
We had such an awesome experience. The helicopter flight was about 1 hr 20 min (longer than we anticipated) and the pilot was phenomenal. Very professional and knowledgeable. The rafting trip was soooo wild..!! Incredible scenery and wildlife (mountain goats and hawks) and the guide was insanely cool (Jeff a.k.a Mike Rowe from Dirty Jobs). Made it very enjoyable with commentary and facts to created a very memorable experience.
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Fab Vegas trip
richardsard
, Jul 2019
Amazing - top hosts for both the river float and heli trip. A great half day+ tour and the pickups worked perfectly. Thanks.
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Great River float, but horrid Helicopter
Laurie J
, Jun 2019
Our tours were switched around, because we were originally scheduled to river float in the afternoon. However, that wasn’t an issue. We had a very detailed tour of the Hoover Dam area, and at least a couple of hours floating down the Colorado River. Our driver was very knowledge and friendly. We got soaked from the water spraying, but it was quite refreshing, and relaxing as we had a concert and late night before. I thoroughly enjoyed, and would recommend it. However, the helicopter ride was not very pleasant. I was crammed in the front between the pilot and my male companion. I am a small person, and had to sit sideways because I didn’t have enough room to sit back, and even hung over the seat, The shoulder belt dug unto my neck as well. There should have only been one person sitting in the front beside the pilot. The scenery was spectacular, but because of that I just wanted the ride over with. I was really disappointed in that, and wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Laurie, we regret that you did not enjoy the helicopter flight. Thank you for taking the time to write your review and we are glad you enjoyed the rafting experience. If you would like to contact us directly with regards to your helicopter please contact our customer service dept.
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Awesome perspective on an awesome place.
Douglas D
, Jun 2019
Helicopter tour was awesome. Vince was our pilot. He was very knowledgeable and provided useful historic and geologic information. He made sure everyone was ok and enjoying the trip. Matt was our skipper for the float trip. He was also very knowledgeable and presented interesting information. Our float was in the morning but was still rather hot. Matt found shade for us and stopped twice for us to cool off in the water. He also pointed out big horn sheep in the mountains on our float. We all enjoyed both adventures.
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Vince has his game on.
Tony H
, Jun 2019
Great overview of geology that formed the many terrains of the Grand Canyon. Very interactive as well.
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Great Time
FarAway13791253964
, Jun 2019
The helicopter tour was great, we had never been in a helicopter before - definitely recommend it! The boat trip was a little long but super informative and cool.
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