South Rim Helicopters: Coupons
Grand Canyon National Park is the best of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World. And seeing it from a helicopter makes you privy to one of the most spectacular landscapes on the planet.
I sincerely believe you need to fly the canyon once in this life. To make that happen, I scour the Internet daily for the best deals. My findings unearth some incredible offers. But, as we all know...
All that glitters is not gold.
That's why I read the small print. Promotions featuring silly blackout dates, ridiculous cancellation fees and unfair surcharges don't make it on this page. Ones that do drop the B.S. and deliver true value.
Check out today's specials below. Find one you like & click "use coupon" to activate the deal.
South Rim Air Tours
These South Rim tour prices CHECKED & VERIFIED
|30 Minute Flight (Basic)
Cheapest Option. Fly from South Rim to North Rim and back. En route, ride through the Dragoon Corridor, the widest, deepest section of the Grand Canyon!
|30-Minute Deluxe Flight
30-minute rim-to-rim trip in a luxury EcoStar 130, which boasts 25% more cabin space, theater-style seats & full, wrap-around windshield.
|50-Minute Deluxe Flight
Recommended! Up to 50 minutes air time! See Desert Watchtower, Zuni Corridor, Dragoon Corridor, Painted Desert & more. EcoStar 130's used exclusively.
Types of Tours
Unlike the West Rim, there are only aerial helicopter tours at South Rim. The Federal Aviation Administration governs airspace over the canyon and prohibits flights below the rim primarily as an environmental protection.
Thus tours are distinguished by airtime, aircraft and flight plan. Airtime ranges from 30 to 50 minutes. If you have the budget, always go with more air. You can't change tours mid-flight.
You'll either fly an AStar or an EcoStar 130. Go with the later. This "bird" comes with 25 percent more cabin space, theater-style seats and a wraparound windshield. The chopper is also remarkably quiet and comes with awesome A/C.
The standard 30-minute flight goes rim-to-rim and back. The 50-minute ride encompasses the South, East and North Rims, and you'll see Desert Watchtower, Zuni Corridor, the Colorado River Confluence, Imperial point and more.
The South Rim's elevation is 6,000 feet. During summer it's temperate. There are brief thundershowers from July to September (this is the most dramatic and spectacular time to fly). Winters are cold and snow and ice is present. My advice is dress accordingly and for comfort. Flights depart every day of the year from Tusayan. Morning departures offer the best visibility, and sunset flights are available.
Get That Deal!
South Rim helicopter tours are extremely popular. It's not unusual for them to sell out during peak season. Knowing this, I recommend that you always book your chopper trip in advance. Strive to RSVP at least three (3) days ahead of time. The more time the better, as you'll have more tours and flight times from which to choose.
The coupons on this page are Internet-only deals. Translation: You must book these flights on the Web in order to get the price break. Failure to do so will result in paying full price. I can't over-emphasize this. It's disappointing to have readers work this hard to save money and then drop the ball at the end. Please don't be one of them.
Take a South Rim Flight