The breathtaking views one can experience when visiting the Grand Canyon in the US are nearly unmatched in quality. Located in Arizona by the Colorado River, this steep-sided canyon is 446 km long, getting as wide as 29km wide with a maximum depth of more than 1.8 km.

It comes as no surprise that such a vast area is home to thousands of species of plants and animals, as well as unique landscapes and parks.

Such magnificent scenery calls for a visit to the Grand Canyon, and what better way to do so than take the aerial route and gain a unique perspective of nature’s most beautiful displays like this helicopter ride from Adrenaline. Here we have all you need to know to take a helicopter ride around the Grand Canyon, so sit back and prepare for a thrilling experience.


First things first, you do not require prior flying experience so you should not pass up the opportunity even if you are a newbie to aerial tours. Physically speaking you do not have to be exceptionally fit as hiking will not be a significant component of the tour.

You might want to pack your sunglasses, however, as well as any comfortable clothing that is not too baggy or constricting. It would also be criminal not to bring your cameras or smartphones as you will want to capture every bit of scenery.

What to expect

This will ultimately depend on what kind of package you are taking, but there are some necessary details that you will expect to experience when taking a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon. The duration will be roughly 70 minutes of the Grand Canyon’s Western Rim, giving you plenty of time to savor the aerial views.

There will also be a scenic flight over the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead to boot. The helicopters themselves will be very comfortable and spacious, with large windows giving you as much access to the view outside as possible.

Pilots will be, and their presence will serve to provide a useful local narration of the scenery as well as keep you airborne safely. Typical helicopters in which you will ride are the Airbus EC-130.

Shuttle service from the hotel is provided as well as drop-offs. The total time taken from pickups to being dropped back at your hotel will be around 3-4 hours.