On a short weekend trip to Las Vegas, I decided to visit the Grand Canyon. Its a far drive so I decided to take a flight tour to the South Rim area and return to Vegas the same day. The tour starts with a tour bus that picks up guests from various resorts to re-group at another hotel to get on a larger bus. The larger bus drove a group of us to Boulder City right out side of Vegas.
We check in at the airport, out side you can see the helicopters that do the West rim tours. These fly into the West Rim and land inside and on top of the canyon. The airport staff announces that because of the small aircrafts every one will be weighed to distribute the weight on the aircrafts.
We walk out and it already getting really warm. Its still early morning.
We are shown our ride.
Its an 8 seater and I sit behind the pilot. I can see everything he does.
We are in the air, its really loud. but first we see Lake Mead.
View of Hoover Dam.
To see how much water its holding back for the sky is a unique perspective. Its a lot of water.
The West Rim begins to show its face.
The tour provides noise canceling headphones with a tour recording as you look out the window.
We land at the South Rim.
After we land, a bus takes us to the South Rim entrance, on the drive there, we see some wild life. There is an add on helicopter tour of the South Rim, I regret not taking that tour. The first view of the canyon… its GRAND…. again the pictures do not do it justice.
And a selfie.
I take picture after picture. When I arrived around noon, the sun was high in the sky and there were almost no shadows in the canyon.
Some areas do not have any man made safety facilities and anyone can walk right up to the edge.
There are various hotels on the South Rim.
It just goes on and on and on…
A famous view point with guard rails.
After some time, it was time to head back to Vegas…
Again the West Rim…
End of tour… I would have liked to the West Rim tour as it flies into the canyon and makes a few landings. . I feel like the flight over the West Rim gave too much of a preview of the South Rim and may have taken away from the ‘wow’ experience of seeing it for the first time. Or I should have taken the add on tour at the South Rim. Nevertheless the tour was worth the time invested.