Las Vegas: Grand Canyon Helicopter Landing with Transfers
- Small group
- Pickup available
- Duration: 4.5 hours
Whether you see it from above by helicopter, below by boat, or choose to tour its hiking trails by foot, Arizona's Grand Canyon is one of North America's most breathtaking sights. Here's a step-by-step guide on how it came to be!
When the Kaibab plateau was forced upwards 35 million years ago, the ancestor of what is now the Colorado River was diverted away from its previous route towards the Pacific Ocean.
The river's new route saw it empty into the Gulf of Mexico. Volcanic activity caused this river to become obstructed as well, creating a vast lake.
Eventually a path was eroded through the Kaibab plateau, accelerated by the last ice ages, and the old Pacific-ward segment of river was reconnected to the rest of it.
With a steeper route heading west now open, the waters of the ancient Lake Bidahochi were drained, leaving just a deep crevice through which the Little Colorado River now runs.
Though the bulk of it formed during this epoch, continued erosion and rock falls have expanded the canyon further still. It may look very different in another 35 million years!
April to early June is a great time to visit the Grand Canyon, arriving just in time to make the most of the rising temperatures before the intense heat and bursts of rain that come with summer. September and early November are also good times to go if you want to avoid the peak-season crowds before it gets too cold!
The weather can be unpredictable so pack rain gear even if it's gorgeous when you set out. In summer, the cool canyon breeze can also disguise the heat of the sun's rays, so be sure to wear sunscreen even if it doesn't feel necessary. Bring plenty of water, too, of course, and light snacks. Trust us, you'll be better off topping your energy up as you go rather than setting out after a heavy meal!
When it's hot, cover up in light, airy fabrics rather than revealing tops and shorts, as you'll be highly exposed to the sun. Sunhats and sunglasses are also a must in summer, and comfortable walking shoes are essential at any time of year. Make sure your feet don't slip around in them either, or the steep canyon trails may result in bloody toes!
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Pickup was on time. Communication was excellent. They email you all the info you need before the tour. The tour was great, Brandon our tour guide was excellent, very knowledgeable and accommodating. Mona our driver was sweet. Enjoyed this door and highly recommended. Be prepared for the long hours tho' cause this is a long 15 hours tour but worth it.
We loved our trip and our tour guide Steve was amazing! I wish the Hoover Dam stop was longer and that you actually got to look from the top of the dam. However, the view that we had from from the Pat Tillman, Mike O’Callaghan bridge was breathtaking.
Ron and Charlie were amazing and fun! The only thing I was frustrated with was the morning pick up situation, exceptionally confusing how to know what bus to get on! Trip was worth every penny!!!
Very funny trip with very funny guide. It was very nice and relaxed even assuming long time in the car
It was absolutely amazing and worth every penny, everyone was very friendly and very informative.