South Rim Tours

Peer out the window from one of these Grand Canyon helicopter tours and you'll experience a visual feast without rival. More than half a million visitors take a Grand Canyon helicopter tour each year. Most of these helicopter rides take off from either the Grand Canyon Airport in the village of Tusayan just outside the South Rim, from Las Vegas, Nevada or Sedona, Arizona.

Helicopter tours at the Grand Canyon have become increasingly popular and affordable; they're priced as low as $250 per person. Helicopter tours are an easy and rewarding way to see and experience the Grand Canyon if you're limited on time; many include hotel pick-ups and require only 2 - 6 hours for complete door-to-door service. Not only do visitors get to fly over and through the canyon walls, select helicopter trips soar over points of interest such as Hoover Dam or the Valley of Fire, and several touch down at the bottom of the West Rim for a picnic lunch. Extend your experience and combine a helicopter tour with a bus tour to Hoover Dam, a walk on the Grand Canyon Skywalk, or a boat trip up the Colorado River.

Grand Canyon helicopter tour companies upgrade and maintain their fleet often for first-class comfort, passenger protection and environmental protection, and tour narration can be offered in up to seven different languages, making a helicopter tour a great choice for groups and travelers of any age, ability, or nationality on a moderate budget.

Grand Canyon air tours by airplane offer visitors the fastest way to travel to the Grand Canyon South Rim or West Rim, plus you enjoy a dramatic and memorable bird’s eye view of the Grand Canyon National Park. More than 200,000 visitors choose Grand Canyon air tours each year because they are quick like the popular helicopter tours, but because the airplanes seat more travelers, they are often priced more affordably; air tours typically start around $119 per person as opposed to $249 for a helicopter tour. When you consider the efficiency of an air tour, combined with its affordability, many visitors find it's worthwhile to spend a little more to book a flight to the Grand Canyon than take an 18-hour ground tour.

Most Grand Canyon airplane tours take off from Las Vegas, Nevada or nearby cities like Henderson and land at Grand Canyon West, where many visitors opt to add on Skywalk tickets, a helicopter flight, horseback riding or boat ride to their air tour package. There are air tours to the South Rim from Las Vegas and Scottsdale as well. Many air tour companies offer free hotel pickup, so you can see the Grand Canyon in 2 - 6 hours from door-to-door.

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Ask any of the 22,000 Colorado River runners who brave Grand Canyon river rafting trips each year to describe the experience and you’re likely to hear that it is “the trip of a lifetime.” If your bucket list includes rafting the Colorado River, you'll be happy to know that there is a range of options almost as long as the 277-mile section of river that cuts through the Grand Canyon. Many Grand Canyon river rafting trips depart by van from Flagstaff or Las Vegas and commonly put-in at points such as Lees Ferry, Phantom Ranch or Peach Springs. Some trips require a roughly 10-mile hike down into the Canyon at the beginning, and some require a 10-mile hike out at the end. Dories, rafts, and motorized rigs are the watercraft of choice through this world-class river rafting wonderland, and trips can be powered by oar, motor or paddle. Trips are moderately expensive, often require some advance planning, and last anywhere from one day to three weeks.

In one day and on a moderate budget (under $400 per person), you can whitewater raft from Peach Springs toward Grand Canyon West, or take a smooth-water float from Lees Ferry, about 50 miles north of the North Rim. If your budget, travel planning and vacation schedule allow, you can embark on a 4 - 9 day excursion on the Upper or Lower half of the Grand Canyon in a motorized or oar-powered raft or dory for as little as $1,110 per person. For the extreme level of adventure and budget, you can spend two-to-nearly-three weeks rafting the entire length of the Grand Canyon, from Lees Ferry to Lake Mead, to the tune of about $5,550 per person.

Once you've narrowed down your choices by trip length, style and budget, be sure to ask your river outfitter or us here at theCanyon.com for help with your travel planning pre-and-post river trip. Your transportation will likely be covered by the outfitter, and you can find accommodations (and a hot shower, trust us!) before and after your river trip here.

The proverbial “walk in the park” is a great way to explore the Grand Canyon. Millions of visitors stroll along the South Rim Trail each year, taking a self-led tour from viewpoint to viewpoint; no guide required. But hiking the Grand Canyon's more difficult trails, mule trips, day hiking, and overnight backpacking provide the sturdy traveler challenging access to the amazing inner Canyon from the South, North and West Rims (from Havasupai Hilltop; not to be confused with Grand Canyon West.)

Hiking the Grand Canyon with a guide offers adventurers several benefits beyond simple access to the Colorado River, well-known trails and classic views. Professional guides and hiking outfitters coordinate and provide for you transportation, required backcountry permits, utmost safety, first-rate gear, extraordinary meals, and years of experience and knowledge to share.

You can take a guided day hike of some of the most famous trails from the South Rim, or go further into the Grand Canyon than you might attempt on your own on an overnight trip. Guided backpacking trips typically last 3 - 5 days and offer a range of difficulty, views, destinations, periods of solitude and amenities. Expect to spend anywhere from $100 to $300 per day per person, a considerable value when you keep in mind all that comes with an all-inclusive guided hike or backpacking adventure.

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Ground tours are some of the easiest, most affordable, accessible, and laid-back tours to the Grand Canyon. Perfect for groups of various ages, abilities and budget, ground tours allow Grand Canyon visitors to ride to their destination in air-conditioned comfort, while taking in the scenery and receiving expert narration from their guide. Upon arrival at either the South Rim or Grand Canyon West, ground tour participants are allowed ample time to wander to various viewpoints, take photos, explore visitors centers, stroll along the trails and listed to ranger or Hualapai-led talks.

Ground tours from Las Vegas are commonly destined for Grand Canyon West, home of the glass Grand Canyon Skywalk attraction, and are highly recommended for visitors who like having their transportation, tickets and upgrade options available in an all-inclusive booking experience. We recommend you inquire about adding a stop at Hoover Dam to your ground tour from Las Vegas; this man-made engineering marvel, located at the stateline between Arizona and Nevada, is not to be missed.

Starting your trip from Phoenix, Sedona or Flagstaff? Ground tours to the South Rim are readily available from all three of these Grand Canyon gateways. With hotel pickup frequently included at no extra cost, it's easy to take a ground tour to the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, and enjoy spectacular views of the Sonoran Desert, Mogollon Rim and Red Rock Country along the way. No matter what your departure point, all Grand Canyon ground tours pack a full 14 - 18-hour day with views, adventures and memories.

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For nearly a century, since Grand Canyon National Park was established in 1919 and the Santa Fe Railway stretched from Williams to the South Rim, the train has been an integral part of the Grand Canyon's history. In the middle of the 20th century, when Route 66 came roaring into town and newly popular automobiles barreled into town on the wheels of progress, rail service to the Grand Canyon ceased. But in 1989, Max and Thelma Biegert revived and restored the rail line, establishing one of the South Rim's most popular attractions - the Grand Canyon Railway.

Today, Grand Canyon visitors have a range of options among Grand Canyon Railway train tour packages. From train-only tickets to railway and lodging packages, visitors are invited to select from a variety of seating classes, overnight accommodations and other options to custom design the train tour package that's right for them.

Riders board the train in Williams in the morning, ride up to Grand Canyon Village at the South Rim and have several hours to spend walking the Rim Trail, taking the shuttles to various viewpoints, visiting the visitor's center, listening to ranger-led talks, taking photos, dining overlooking the rim, and more. Visitors take the train back to Williams in the late afternoon. Be sure to watch out for train robbers (!) - a band of marauders just might board the train, providing riders with a little bit of theater and lighthearted fun.

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1. Bearizona Wildlife Park

At Bearizona Wildlife Park you will Steer your way through 2 miles of forest and get up close to bears, wolves, bison and more. After your d...  More
  • (928) 635-2289
  • 1500 West Route 66
  • Williams, AZ
  • 86046
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2. Maverick Helicopter Tours

Maverick Helicopters provides helicopter tours at the Grand Canyon South Rim. Maverick brings VIP and first-class service to the Grand Cany...  More
  • (800) 962-3869
  • 6075 South Las Vegas Boulevard
  • Las Vegas, AZ
  • 89119
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3. Las Vegas South Rim Van Tour Fr...

Tour from Las Vegas to experience the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, the deepest and widest part of the Grand Canyon. On this full...  More
  • (855) 458-7511
  • 3510 Cavaretta Court
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • 89103
  • $229.00 - $229.00
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4. Looktours – Grand Canyon ...

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  • 4285 North Rancho Drive
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • 89130
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5. Helicopter Tours Of The Grand C...

A helicopter tour is the express way to see the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas. Picnic inside the Grand Canyon on a scenic helicopter tour, fly...  More
  • 2730 Airport Drive
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • 89032
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6. Looktours – South Rim Tou...

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  • (866) 868-7786
  • 8525 Edna Avenue
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • 89117
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7. Bus, Coach & Ground Tours O...

Viator is your one-stop-shop for researching, planning, and booking Grand Canyon activities. Take a Grand Canyon bus or motorcoach tour or ...  More
  • (888) 651-9785
  • 8525 Edna Avenue
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • 89117
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8. Single Day Tours From Las Vegas...

DETOURS of Nevada offers single day tours from Las Vegas to the West Rim, Hoover Dam, Skywalk, South Rim, Death Valley, Zion NP or Bryce Can...  More
  • (855) 458-7511
  • 3510 Cavaretta Court
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • 89103
  • $229.00 - $400.00
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9. Condé Nast Top Travel Speciali...

$99 Grand Canyon Luxury Tour Special w/ Classic Victorian Picnic, Expert Guides (some with Ph.D.'s), Luxury Touring Vehicles and more privat...  More
  • (928) 213-9085
  • 2401 West Coronado Avenue
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86001
  • $99.00 - $200.00
Early Bird Special

Book any multi-day Grand Canyon National Park or Havasu Falls camping adventure with Discovery Treks for 2014 and Discovery Treks will provide a free hotel room in Flagstaff the night before your Discovery Treks Lifetime Adventure. Offer expires 12/30/13. (Room available as double occupancy only. May not be combined with other offers. New reservations only.)
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10. Discovery Treks

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  • (888) 256-8731
  • 28248 North Tatum Boulevard
  • Cave Creek, AZ
  • 85331

Grand Canyon West Rim VIP Helicopter Tour from Las Vegas

Choose the helicopter tour that flies furthest and deepest into the Grand Canyon. You'll feel awe and exhilaration as you fly like a bird on the most extensive helicopter tour there is from Las Vegas, taking you below the rim into the mysterious depths of the Grand Canyon.

    Highlights
  • 90-minute helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas
  • The most extensive helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon, flying further and deeper beneath the rim than other helicopter tours
  • Panoramic views of Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Iceberg Canyon, the Valley of Fire, the Bowl of Fire and Las Vegas Strip
  • Onboard commentary
  • Choice of morning or afternoon flights
  • Departs from Las Vegas, not Boulder City (a 45-minute drive from Las Vegas)
  • Pickup and drop off from Las Vegas hotels

As you descend below the rim on your 90-minute flight, you'll be amazed by the majesty, brilliant palette of colors and rugged beauty of the Grand Canyon. You'll pass through millions of years of geological time, as the colorful canyon walls provide a remarkable record of the Paleozoic era, dating back from 250 to 550 million years and beyond.

After leaving the Grand Canyon, other natural wonders unfold. You'll enjoy panoramic views of Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Iceberg Canyon, the Valley of Fire and the Bowl of Fire. Your flight concludes with an unforgettable pass over the dazzling Las Vegas Strip.

You will travel in a 6-seater, A-Star Helicopter.

Save over 10% off the recommended retail price. Additional specials are available throughout the year. Visit website for details. - BOOK NOW!

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11. Helicopter & Airplane Tours Of...

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  • 2730 Airport Drive
  • North Las Vegas,
  • 89032
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12. Great West Adventure Tours

The Sedona and Grand Canyon Specialists! Enjoy the scenic views of Sedona on our Sedona tours and learn all about the geology and history th...  More
  • (877) 367-2383
  • Sedona
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86336
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13. Maverick Airlines Fly To The...

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  • (800) 962-3869
  • 6075 South Las Vegas Boulevard
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • 89052
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14. Grand Canyon Railway

Visit the official website for Grand Canyon Railway. Book your reservation online for a train tour on one of five classes of service on our ...  More
  • (303) 843-8724
  • 233 North Grand Canyon Boulevard
  • Williams, AZ
  • 86046
  • $75.00 - $132.00
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15. Papillon Helicopters

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  • (800) 528-2418
  • 1265 Airport Road
  • Boulder City, NV
  • 89005
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16. Wildland Trekking

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  • (800) 715-4453
  • 4025 East Huntington Drive
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86004
  • $110.00 - $1500.00

Grand Canyon South Rim Bus Tour with Optional IMAX

Sit back and relax as your coach driver takes you on a narrated journey from Las Vegas to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. You can upgrade your tour to include discounted tickets to the incredible IMAX footage of the canyon at the National Geographic Visitor Center on the only South Rim bus tour that makes a stop at the center.

    Highlights
  • Fully narrated bus tour to the Grand Canyon South Rim and National Geographic Visitors Center from Las Vegas
  • Upgrade to view the most watched movie in IMAX history, The Grand Canyon
  • Discovery and Adventure
  • Only South Rim Bus Tour that stops at the National Geographic Visitor Center
  • Time to explore the Grand Canyon at your own pace
  • Entertaining and informative commentary from your driver/guide
  • Pickup and drop off from Las Vegas hotels
  • On your exclusive stop at the National Geographic Visitors Center you'll enjoy lunch (included) before viewing National Geographic's exhibits of the Grand Canyon, including the amazing photo gallery.

You'll get a spectacular taste of the Grand Canyon if you attend a screening of the most watched movie in IMAX history, The Grand Canyon Discovery and Adventure. The footage captured by airplanes, helicopters, hang gliders and canoes is truly incredible.

Next, it's on to the National Park where you will visit the two most spectacular lookouts, Mather Point and Bright Angel Lodge. Take a hike along the various trails to lookouts such as Mather Point, visit the historic El Tovar Lodge, shop for souvenirs or simply sit and gaze at the awe-inspiring beauty of this seventh wonder of the natural world.

There is approximately 1.25 hours at each look out point and 1 hour at the Grand Canyon IMAX Theatre.

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Why not upgrade your tour to include an approximate 30-minute helicopter flight over the amazing Grand Canyon. There really is no better way to experience the magnitude of this wonder of the world. With this option you will not visit Mathers Point.

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  • (888) 651-9785
  • 8525 Edna Avenue
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • 89117
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18. South Rim Ground Air Tour From...

Experience the deepest and widest part of Grand Canyon National Park on a guided exploration that travels through the Mojave Desert, across ...  More
  • (855) 458-7511
  • 3510 Cavaretta Court
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • 89103
  • $419.00 - $419.00
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19. Day Tours From Phoenix Area Ho...

DETOURS of Arizona offers single day tours from almost any Phoenix area hotel to the South Rim of Grand Canyon NP. Travel by van, and add op...  More
  • (866) 438-6877
  • South Terrace Road
  • Tempe, AZ
  • $90.00 - $150.00
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20. Walkabout Audio Tours

Walkabout Audio Tours are walking and driving tours designed to use as you visit a site with a portable audio player. Written and produced b...  More
  • (928) 284-0604
  • 435 Bell Rock Boulevard
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86351
  • $9.00 - $12.00
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21. Grand Canyon Airlines

Don't just view the Canyon from the rim when you can fly the Grand Canyon with a legend! Since 1927, Grand Canyon Airlines has been the prem...  More
  • (928) 638-2463
  • Fire Road 771
  • Tusayan, AZ

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TOURS FROM SEDONA

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TOURS FROM WILLIAMS

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A Day At The Canyon from John Burcham Photography. John Burcham is a commercial, editorial photographer based out of Flagstaff, AZ. You can see more of his work at www.johnburcham.com