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Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight with Colorado River Float or Kayak

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Las Vegas Combo Tour Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight and Colorado River Float Day Trip

From $699.00

Select Date and Travelers

up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 11 hours (approx.)
  • Flight time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

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.

What's Included

  • 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)
  • All taxes and fees
  • Gratuity is optional
  • Lunch (Kayak Trip Only)

Meeting and Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Pickup details

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.

What To Expect

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.

Hoover Dam (Pass By)

Hoover Dam Bypass (Pass By)

Fortification Hill (Pass By)

Colorado River

3 hours Admission Ticket Included

Grand Canyon West (Pass By)

Black Canyon City Visitor's Center and Chamber of Commerce.

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Willow Beach

3 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Total weight per passenger: 250 lbs
  • 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 250 Lbs (112 kg/17.9 stones) will be required to purchase an additional seat. This is payable directly to the tour operator on the day of the tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • 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.
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • We recommend you bring sunglasses, sunscreen, towels & hats
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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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

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Phillip_D
It was breathtaking & amazing!! It is an experience I will never forget. The majesty and splendor of seeing the Grand Canyon from a helicopter is incredible. It is the greatest vantage point possible. Also saw Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and the Colorado River. The float trip down the Colorado River later that afternoon was also beautiful. The tour raft captain, Russ, was a scream!! He made it an exceptional experience. I highly recommend the experience!!! I already have discussed it and recommended it several times to others while in the Las Vegas area.

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Absolutely amazing!
Christopher_R, Apr 2024
Absolutely amazing day, bucket list stuff! Staff amazing and very accommodating, nothing was too much trouble. Highly recommend this joint trip, both parts completely complement each other ☺️
Memorable Experience
Necole_A, Apr 2024
We LOVED every minute of this excursion! Pilot Mike was excellent and knowledgeable on the helicopter ride. Colorado float was so relaxing and fun. Captain Ron kept the tour going with his key points and was friendly to our needs along the way. Highly recommend this tour!
Grand Canyon from above and below!
Peter_G, Nov 2023
Breathtaking experience of the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam and Colorado river. An early clear morning hotel pickup and straight to the airport for a flight out over the desert, over the Hoover Dam then on to the Grand Canyon. The flight went down into the canyon flying under the rim with spectacular views of the cliffs, gullies and formations. Ray, our pilot, was giving a great commentary of what we were seeing adding to the excellent experience. Going up the canyon, doing a full turn so we could see the light and shadows from different angles in the canyon adding to the spectacle. Then we were flying back out across Lake Mead seeing the spectacular scenery of the desert all around in the early morning sun and Las Vegas in the distance. The flight lasted about 90 minutes with a flight over/down The Strip before landing back at the airport. We were then taken by coach down to the Hoover Dam Lodge to pick up the rafting trip for the rest of the day. After a quick pitstop to use the facilities (the trip lasts about 3.5 hours before the next available toilet!) we were off to the base of the dam to board the raft. The raft is big has plenty of seating, a hard floor and an engine so this is a sit back, listen to the skipper (Matt in our case, 5*) for all the details of the trip and relax. The trip was about 14 miles starting at the base of the dam, with a stop on a beach to eat the lunch provided and another stop to get up close with a 'small' side canyon. Finishing at Willow Beach Marina (toilets here!). Another bus ride back to Vegas for a rest! All the staff and guides were amazing, courteous and friendly. Recommended!
Good but not what I expected
Bjorn_K, Oct 2023
The helicopter flight was crammed. I paid $1100 AUD and was expecting a helicopter with just 2 passengers but there were 6 of us crammed in like sardines. Great pilot, great experience but uncomfortable and being crammed in the middle of the chopper views were hard. I thought they would do more turns etc so everyone got a great view. Don’t get me wrong it was still amazing but a 7/10 at best and the emerald cave is simply a cut out in the rock, not what I would class as a cave. I believe at $600 AUD it would be value
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Bjorn, Thank you for your feedback. Airbus helicopters have been specifically selected for sightseeing tours based on this seat configuration. If you want to be guaranteed seats 1, 2 or 3, then we recommend that you book a private Las Vegas Strip helicopter flight. For the safety of the pilot and passengers, seat assignments are based on actual passenger body weights. In the interests of safety and the performance of the helicopter. You did not purchase the private flight for your tour package. We recommend that all passengers read Viator's important information regarding the tour they have booked.
A fantastic experience
Jane, Sep 2023
Sarah was a great guide and very knowledgable, the raft was comfortable and spacious, the scenery stunning and to see the Hoover Dam so close was a memorable experience
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Jane, Thank you for your feedback. I will share this with Sarah who I agree is very knowledgeable. We hope to see you on future excursions.
Fantastic
John_S, Aug 2023
The helicopter ride was out of this world. The pilot was very informative. Felt safe at all times, just amazing from start to finish. The same is to be said for the raft on the Colorado river, would highly recommend
Mini get away trip
Michelle_R, Aug 2023
We had a great time everyone that we incounter was very knowledgeable and nice.. would do it again. Fun & beautiful
Five star birthday
Michelle_G, Aug 2023
As birthday treats go this was an awesome one. What an experience flying over Las Vegas, The Hover Dam and the gran canyon. Breath taking views and an excellent pilot with lots of knowledge about the area. This then was only topped off with a tour on the Colorado River with Bob who was funny and again a great guide.
Helicopter flight outstanding, kayaking fun but would have felt more comfortable with a guide nearby
Sandra_S, Aug 2023
The helicopter experience with Captain Mad Dog was exceptional, his knowledge and the views were outstanding. Steve the driver to and from the venues was brilliant. He put everyone at ease. Lunch was delicious! The kayak experience was fabulous, however, we are complete novices and was very nervous and at times found ourselves at the back completely on our own whilst both guides were at the front. We felt one guide should have stayed at the back to ensure everyone’s safety.
Amazing ride
saluja_g, Jul 2023
great service, punctual, great tour guide, explains everything with enthusiasm..just an amazing experience.
My older teenaged...
Melissa_C, Apr 2023
My older teenaged daughters and I did it and it was amazing. So well run and organized. The kayaking was great!
Pretty great
MIchelle_T, Mar 2023
Our tour guide and pilot was very good, very knowledgeable. We were disappointed though when we got to the launch area and realized we were not kayaking as we had anticipated. Your website was not clear on how to differentiate.
It is all about the details, read full review
Linda_C, Jan 2023
We booked helicopter/rafting tour after a lot of research and well in advance of our trip. First issue, they do not pick up at MGM hotel. We had to walked across an 8 lane highway before dawn to get picked up. Second issue, I am short and was assigned to sit in the back seat of the helicopter between 3 large people. I could not see out the sides or out the front. Seat assignments are based on balance but there was a small man about my size who sat in front of me who I did not want to be there. He closed his eyes and slept during the flight. My pictures are terrible, no clear view. In addition, you are not allowed to take pictures of the helicopter at the airport, but they take your picture in front of helicopter at the airport and charge you $27 for it. After the helicopter tour, we were driven about an hour outside of Vegas and left at a hotel. Third issue, the rafting group never came to get us! After waiting an hour at the hotel (no cell service in hotel), I went outside in the cold until I could get cell service and called 5 Star. They were shocked and sent the driver to get us. We wasted more than half a day of our vacation, due to a lack of competence and communication. Of course, we were refunded for the rafting, they bought us a sandwich (which was included anyway) and offered a rafting trip on next visit, but we will mostly not return. Fourth issue, the drivers are friendly but all pushed for tips. Tip for pick up at hotel, tip for helicopter pilot (signs in helicopter requesting tip), and tip for second driver to and from rafting trip. I am sure the rafting company would have pushed for tips as well. I am extremely organized and careful when I book tours. I had called 5 Star directly TWICE to verify and confirm trip. Both times I called, the trip was verified and I was assured if the trip did not make they would notify me before the day of the tour. We were fortunate I could find cell service and I had their number when we were stranded an hour outside of Vegas.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you for your feedback. We can confirm that the Rafting Company changed their operating schedule for January 2023, and your rafting booking was not cancelled for your tour day/date. Our Reservations Staff have been notified and all future rafting combination tours are being re-verified. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience that this caused during your visit to Las Vegas. Please reach out to our company if you plan on re-visiting Las Vegas, we would like to offer a 5 Star experience.
Worth every penny!
Valerie_M, Oct 2022
The trip was incredible- from the sunrise as our helicopter took flight to the fun guides, gorgeous views and good food, we loved it! I went with two teenagers and they loved it, too.
worth every penny
rosanne_H, Oct 2022
Highly recommend Our raft guide Russ was absolutely amazing. This an adventure you must do when visiting Vegas. The views were amazing and the river raft was absolutely breathtaking. The water was so refreshing after being out in the heat.
Positive experience
Lourdes_S, Aug 2022
Our helicopter pilot was Mad Dog. He shared a lot of information and had a great personality. Our driver and our kayak guide helped us out and made our experience great. Kayaking was amazing! I’d recommend it to anyone visiting the canyon.
Amazing, Majestic Grand Canyon Helicopter Experience
Phillip_D, Aug 2022
It was breathtaking & amazing!! It is an experience I will never forget. The majesty and splendor of seeing the Grand Canyon from a helicopter is incredible. It is the greatest vantage point possible. Also saw Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and the Colorado River. The float trip down the Colorado River later that afternoon was also beautiful. The tour raft captain, Russ, was a scream!! He made it an exceptional experience. I highly recommend the experience!!! I already have discussed it and recommended it several times to others while in the Las Vegas area.
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.
Best tour ever!
lindavonw, Jul 2022
Great experience! Mad Dog Mike gave a great history lesson & tour! Soundtrack to the flight was perfect!!!
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.
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.
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