The most prominent landing visit is the Champagne cookout. The one grounds at the base of the Canyon for "air pockets" and bites. Bunches of people include a vessel ride and VIP Skywalk tickets to the blend.
Halloween is the biggest event in October. So when it comes to helicopter tours, now's the time to book one in order to get a super special spooky deal before prices go up.
Helicopters depart from Las Vegas and South Rim, Tusayan, Arizona, every day of the year, including Halloween. The only day helicopters don't fly is on Christmas Day.
Las Vegas helicopters depart from the Vegas Strip and Boulder City, which is a suburb of Las Vegas. South Rim helicopters take off from Grand Canyon Airport, which is directly in front of the Park.
From Las Vegas, you can do an all-air or a landing tour. The all-air tour is perfect for travelers on a budget or who have limited time. Landing tours, in my opinion, are the better value, and they can be upgraded to include a ton of upgrades.
The most popular landing tour is the Champagne picnic. It's the one that lands at the bottom of the Canyon for "bubbles" and snacks. Lots of folks add a boat ride and VIP Skywalk tickets to the mix.
The Skywalk is also known as the glass bridge. It's made of pure glass panels and let's you walk some 75 feet over the edge until you are standing some 4,000 feet over the bottom. The views are absolutely stunning.
There are deluxe versions of the all-air and bottom-landing tours. The key difference is that the deluxe packages depart from the Vegas Strip and include a Strip tour and hotel transfers by limousine.
South Rim helicopters are all-air tours. There are no landing tours. It's illegal per National Park rules. There's a 30-minute nad a 50-minute option. The former goes from the South Rim to the North Rim and back. The later does that plus the East and North Rims.
The final key thing about deluxe tours is that you fly in an EcoStar 130. These are super-modern machines that are 25% larger than conventional helicopters. They also have a 180-degree wraparound window and stadium-style seats that make every seat in the chopper a great one.
There's a series of helicopter and Jeep combo tours that are proving to be really popular. They include a 30-minute helicopter ride combined with a 2-hour Jeep ride that stops at all the major sights and landmarks.
I strongly recommend that you book your tour in advance, especially during fall and especially during the week of Halloween. Do this and you'll be assured to get the best prices and the best flights. Just remember to complete you booking online or you could end up paying full retail.
It is fall so expect mild fall weather. Frankly, October is one of the best months to fly because the weather is absolutely gorgeous. Still, be prepared. If you take a morning flight, dress in layers. Remember, the interiors of helicopters are climate-controlled and very comfortable.
I hope this article about Grand Canyon helicopter tours during the fall and Halloween vacation week proved helpful. From Vegas, I recommend trying a landing tour if your budget permits. From South Rim, definitely give consideration to the 50-minute ride. And, finally, book online and RSVP. It's the easiest way I know to get the best price on the flight of your dreams.