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Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight with Colorado River Float or Kayak Trip

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icon11 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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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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90-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)
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Gratuity is optional
Lunch (Kayak Trip Only)

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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.

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

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star-5
Excellent experience
Michele_H
, Jul 2022
The best way to see Vegas and the Grand canyon. Really friendly information guides on both the helicopter flight and rafts.
star-5
Best tour ever!
lindavonw
, Jul 2022
Great experience! Mad Dog Mike gave a great history lesson & tour! Soundtrack to the flight was perfect!!!
star-3
Helicopter ride was great but the rafting was terrible. Rafting/kayaking not for small kids.
Catalin_N
, Jul 2022
the helicopter part was great, the pilot was experienced and knowledgeable. The raft part was terrible. We should've been told that this not an experience for a small child. We came with a 5 and 6 year old. It was extremely hot. I do not really understand why you need a raft on a river that barely moves. A boat with some form of shade would be much better. There were 110 degrees outside and we burnt in the sun for 3 hours. The raft pilot was a great guy who offered wet towels to everyone. Save yourself from the heat.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Catalin, Thank you for your feedback. The tour is clearly described and not detailed as a white water rafting tour. The temperatures in Nevada/Arizona during the summer are know to all and easily accessible on any weather site. We do are best to accommodate those who are ill prepared with things such as towels etc. We appreciate your feedback and thank you for your business.
star-5
Amazing Colorado experience and view of the Hoover-dam from above and below
Diana_i
, Jul 2022
Amazing Colorado experience and view of the Hoover-dam from above and below Got to Jump in the Colorado river -and swim a bit. Everyone was wonderful. Lunch was provided. The tour guides were a wealth of knowledge and so much fun.
star-5
We had an u unforgettable...
Anzelle_S
, Jul 2022
We had an u unforgettable day! The team was fantastic helping us out with a last minute booking and quite frankly with being very unprepared. They made it easy to get to the helicopter and back with great descriptions and timeliness. Our adventure was amazing. Highly recommend
star-5
Incredible experience by helicopter and then by kayak!
Peter_A
, Jul 2022
Very well organised trip. We were picked up on time and taken to the helicopter. We then went on to kayak at emerald cave. We got to swim And cool off too. The kayak was around 4 miles round trip and easy in a tandem which I’d recommend. The staff are helpful and teach you about the local plants and the local cable car! You visit the site where they were going to put the hoover dam. All in all amazing trip and amazing sites. Would recommend!!
star-5
This was a Wow …
Michelle_G
, Jun 2022
This was a Wonderful experience and a great way to spend a day off of the strip. The helicopter tour was incredible and the raft through the Colorado River was majestic.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
5 star trip! Amazing...
carolann_c
, May 2022
5 star trip! Amazing staff and the service was stellar Chis was our helicopter pilot and so fun to fly with. Jenna was our captain on the raft and had so many interesting things to tell us on the river. She was great
star-5
Awesome family trip!!
Cathy_T
, May 2022
Captain Maddawg Mike made our trip! The helicopter ride was incredible and his knowledgeable commentary and his great sense of humor created a lifetime family memory #maddawgforpresident
star-5
Breathtaking
Candus_B
, May 2022
Hands down my favorite activity in Vegas. The views were stunning. To experience from both the air and the ground was phenomenal! Loved our Pilot Ray and our bus driver Charlene! The water is beautiful!
star-5
A great trip - both...
Sara_A
, Apr 2022
A great trip - both guides (helicopter and kayak) were professional yet easy going - I felt safe and had a great time. Totally worth it.
star-5
What a day!!
Kevin_T
, Apr 2022
Amazing day! One of the best experiences we’ve done on vacation!! Highly recommend!!! Amazing staff and guides!!
star-5
A great experience!
John_R
, Apr 2022
The Hoover dam is gorgeous to view and being right at its foot is exhilarating. They let us swim in the Colorado River and even had a chance to drive the boat! Fun fun! Giani and Jana are great hosts.
star-5
Highly Recommend. Loved every minute.
Tim_F
, Jan 2022
Best tour ever! Helicopter ride was amazing, perfect weather, great people and best pilot ever in Mike ‘Mad dog’.. so much knowledge and experience to share with his enlightened understanding of the Grand Canyon formation. And his laugh was contagious.. We then set off for the kayaking on the Colorado River, once again a great team of people and our guide Mac was fantastic. Lots of interesting info and history. Great pace for newbie kayakers and loved the stops on the way for snacks and a walk for the sights and photo ops. Highly recommend!!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Tim, Thank you for your review. We are always excited to share with our team the guests feedback and excursion experience. Hope to see you on future excursions.
star-5
Amazing!
Jeremy_B
, Jan 2022
Our flight was amazing! Our pilot, maddog, is a wealth of knowledge and a great pilot. If your in vegas you need to do this trip!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
View of a Lifetime
Kenneth_H
, Nov 2021
Grand Canyon helicopter flight was so awesome ! Thanks to “Mad Dog” our pilot for making it such a memorable & special experience! Ask for Mad Dog for your pilot as he is just one of us & knows his stuff. Kayak float was good too! The crew from Awesome Adventures are Awesome too. Checked off all boxes. Worth the trip ! Thanks !
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

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