Grand Canyon National Park Helicopters - Now's Time to Reserve Your Flight!
Checking out the Grand Canyon? Definitely take a Grand Canyon helicopter trip. These flights depart from Las Vegas and the South Rim and are lots of fun. Learn which flight fits your needs. Read this article.
Of course, 'cold' is relative. Out here in Arizona and Nevada, we're talking comfortable daytime highs that hit the 60's. The coldest overnight temperatures might even dip below freezing on occasion.
Having said that, I urge you not to drop your guard. If you are going to the South Rim in particular, you definitely do not want to wear sandals or shorts. Not wearing enough clothes to stay warm will really ruin your tour.
The best thing to do is listen to or read the weather forecast for the day of your tour so you know how to dress. Of course, your chopper will be nice and warm inside, but once you depart from it, you will be too chilly if under dressed, so it is best to be prepared.
You also have to consider which rim you will go to. The South Rim is the colder one since it sits at 7000 feet and it occasionally gets snow.
You also want to dress for comfort. Do as I do and dress in layers. That means a t-shirt, a sweater and a light or middleweight jacket depending on the rim I'm going to visit that day. I like to bring gloves too and you might want to bring sunglasses, a hat, and some lip balm. You can add whatever else you need such as a scarf.
Earlier I mentioned sandals. Although sandals are okay when walking around Vegas, they are not that great for the early morning chill you encounter on the way to your chopper. Plus, sandals are just not appropriate if you plan to land at the West Rim and depart the chopper.
In case you didn't know, you can't take a chopper from Vegas to the South Rim. It is too far away. That doesn't have to stop you from going to the South Rim though because you can go by bus or plane. It takes about 5 ? hours to get there by bus. The plane ride takes just 60 minutes. As you can imagine, the plane ride is a popular option since it is so much quicker.
Now, like helicopters, airplanes are climate controlled, too. Not as toasty, but comfortable. When you arrive at the airport in Tusayan though, you will be in for a shock because the climate there is much cooler than that in Vegas. And it's here where I recommend you consider packing a nice, tidy pair of pull-on ice cleats, as there could be ice at some of the major lookouts.
Ice At Mather Point
As an aside, I was at Mather Point (South Rim) last year. There was ice entering the lookout and actually on it. The National Park Service folks put salt on the ice and it works but for peace of mind, well, let me tell you, I was happy as a clam that I had my cleats with me. It makes walking over the ice as easy as walking along the beach. Maybe that's not the best comparison, but you know what I mean!
I hope this helps you be comfortable on your winter tour. Remember the West Rim and South Rim have much different weather. The former is cold and windier (bring a windbreaker) and the later is much cooler and there's always a possibility that there might be some snow on the ground. Choosing a helicopter tour is an excellent decision. There is no better way to see the majesty of the canyon, and you will be very glad you took your tour, even if the weather is chilly.
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