Grand Canyon West Rim Airplane Tour

Grand Canyon West Rim Airplane Tours

Soar over some of the world’s most famous and breathtaking natural landscapes aboard a Grand Canyon West Rim airplane tour. These world-class Grand Canyon airplane tours depart daily from both Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon West terminal. Experience aerial views of the canyon’s otherworldly landscapes or immerse yourself in the local culture and activities. Discover the best Grand Canyon West Rim airplane tour for you today.

Unique Attractions on West Rim Airplane Tours

The Grand Canyon West Rim attracts over 1 million visitors from around the world each year. This may seem like a lot, but the West Rim is actually less crowded than other areas of the canyon, yet it still features the majestic landscapes that characterize it as a Natural Wonder of the World. Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines’ world-class West Rim tours explore Grand Canyon landmarks like Eagle Point, Guano Point, the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon Skywalk, and more.

This rim of the canyon, which is owned and operated by the native Hualapai Tribe, also uniquely showcases the land’s rich culture and history. One of our West Rim airplane tours, the Native Explorer Tour with Legacy, even allots time to explore the Old Western town of Hualapai Ranch. Here, guests can watch a cowboy gunfight, explore Native American dwellings from several tribes, and enjoy cultural music and dancing.

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Explore Grand Canyon West Rim Airplane Tours

West Rim airplane tours from Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines leave from two locations: Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon West Rim.

West Rim Airplane Tours Leaving from Las Vegas

The West Rim is the closest rim of the Grand Canyon to Las Vegas. Compared to the South Rim, the west side is about a 2-hour drive - or a half-hour flight - closer to Las Vegas. As a result, this rim is ideal for a quick day trip from Las Vegas. Each airplane tour also includes complimentary pick-up and drop-off from a select number of Las Vegas hotels Downtown and on the Strip.

GCSA offers a variety of airplane tours from Las Vegas. From a half-day aerial excursion soaring over the highlights of the Grand Canyon West to an 8-hour immersive experience that includes a helicopter ride, pontoon boat cruise, Skywalk pass, and ground exploration time.

Discover all the Grand Canyon airplane tours from Las Vegas

Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines plane over Grand CanyonHighlights Air Tour

Soar across the expanse of the Mojave Desert to the Grand Canyon's West Rim in a first-rate aircraft. Sights of the Hoover Dam, the glittering waters of Lake Mead, and the Colorado River are just outside the cabin windows.

Duration: 4 hours
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Hoover Dam from the AirHighlights Air and Hoover Dam Bus Tour

This airplane tour features breathtaking sights of Lake Mead, the Hoover Dam, and the Grand Canyon. Upon return, guests board a coach for a guided tour covering the Hoover Dam and the history of its construction.

Duration: 6 hours
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Guests walking up to a Tent on top of a Grand Canyon cliff formation at Grand Canyon West RimIndian Country

Discover the mystique of the ancient Hualapai Tribe at the Grand Canyon West. You'll see the unique vistas on an exciting airplane tour, wander the canyon's edge on foot, and even visit the Native American Cultural Village.

Duration: 7 hours
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Guests standing on a steel and glass arch, far above the canyon floor. Eagle Point is behind them.Indian Country with Skywalk

With our Grand Canyon Skywalk tour, walk on air and experience freedom like never before as you step onto the glass bridge extending out over the Canyon at 4,000 feet above the ground.

Duration: 7 hours
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A boat floating down the colorado among tall rock formations Grand Voyager Expedition

Discover the most unique views of the canyon from the air, land, and water! Fly via airplane to the West Rim, where a helicopter will take passengers a mile down to the canyon floor for a boat ride down the Colorado River. Ample time is provided to see the canyon views from the rim, as well.

Duration: 7 hours
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People on Skywalk above the Grand Canyon West RimGrand Voyager Expedition and Skywalk

Experience tours from Las Vegas by airplane, boat, and helicopter! This adventure also includes access to the world-famous Skywalk Bridge for the most exciting sightseeing experience available.

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Airplane Tours Leaving from West Rim

Already planning a visit to Grand Canyon West? Take your vacation up a notch with an airplane tour soaring over the canyon’s magnificent landscapes. From the ground, you only get to grasp a small portion of the desert beauty. The Native Explorer Tour with Legacy uniquely combines aerial and ground explorations for a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.

This trip lifts off at the Grand Canyon West Airport before soaring over the Colorado River, Eagle Point, Guano Point, the Grand Canyon Skywalk bridge, and everything between. In-flight narration will offer interesting facts about the history and geology as you soar over the famous destination.

The tour doesn’t end there! After you touch down, hop on an air-conditioned motorcoach for a ground tour of the Grand Canyon West. Fully immerse yourself in each of the activities and famous landmarks that you just flew over on your airplane tour. Watch a cowboy gunfight at Hualapai Ranch, snap a few pictures of the enormous eagle-shaped rock formation at Eagle Point, and take in the 360-degree panoramic view at Guano Point.

Multiple people standing on the grand canyon skywalk.Native Explorer Tour with Legacy

Discover unbelievable aerial views of the canyon by adding an airplane tour to your trip to the West Rim. Afterwards, board a state-of-the-art motorcoach so you can see viewpoints like Eagle Point and Guano Point up close and personally.

Duration: 4 hours
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West Rim Airplane Tour FAQs

How much is the entrance fee to Grand Canyon West?

If you are not booking a tour through Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines, the minimum price to visit the West Rim is $47.74 per person.

With GCSA’s world-class airplane tours, access to the West Rim is already included. Plus, if you’re leaving from Las Vegas, you'll get to experience incredible aerial views of the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, the Colorado River, Grand Canyon West, and more. That's a price you just can't beat!

The cost of each airplane tour of the West Rim is listed online next the the booking location. With us, what you see is what you get. Our lowest prices are available online - taxes and fees included!

What is there to do at the West Rim of the Grand Canyon?

Grand Canyon West offers several exciting outdoor activities. 

  • Soar through the desert skies on an airplane or helicopter tour showcasing the highlights of Grand Canyon West
  • Walk 4,000 above the ground on the glass-bottomed Grand Canyon Skywalk bridge
  • Enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view of the canyon at Guano Point
  • Experience a cowboy gunfight at Hualapai Ranch
  • Descend thousands of feet to the canyon floor before embarking on a motorized pontoon boat trip of the Colorado River
  • Check out the fantastic eagle-shaped natural rock formation at Eagle Point lookout.
How far is the West Rim from Las Vegas?

Many people are surprised when they discover the Grand Canyon West Rim is just a couple hours from Las Vegas. At approximately 130 miles, this rim is the closest side of the Grand Canyon to Las Vegas. On average, the drive takes approximately two hours and an airplane flight takes just over half an hour.

Which days are airplane tours available?

Most airplane tours we offer operate year round. However, there are some tours that are seasonal, such as tours involving a lengthy raft duration or include an overnight stay at Bar 10 Ranch.