Grand Celebration Helicopter Tour in Boulder City, NV

Papillon Grand Canyon HelicoptersBoulder City TerminalBoulder City, NV 89005
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Fly high in luxury while observing some of the best views Mother Nature has to offer. The Grand Celebration Helicopter Tour is lauded as the most in-demand tour from Las Vegas. Sightsee magnificent rock formations of the Grand Canyon, fly above extinct volcanoes, take in the scenic beauty of the Mojave Desert, and more. Get ready for an airborne adventure of a lifetime.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Boulder City Travel Experts
  • Tour duration: 4-4.5 hours
  • Flight Duration: 70 minutes.
  • Suitable for all ages.
  • A weight restriction applies.
  • Pick up is available from most major Las Vegas hotels on the strip and downtown.
  • Wear comfortable shoes.
  • Multilingual narration available.


from Grand Celebration Tour
The Grand Celebration Helicopter Tour is our most in-demand tour from Las Vegas. The route of flight will take you over Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, extinct volcanoes, the Colorado River, and the scenic beauty of the Mojave Desert.

As you fly over the West Rim on the Hualapai Reservation, your helicopter will begin a 4,000-foot descent to the canyon floor. Take in the magnificent views of the massive walls and rock formations as you descend to the bottom. As you climb out of the helicopter, you’ll see the rushing Colorado River as it continues to carve the Grand Canyon like it has for over a billion years.

You will have ample time to explore the canyon floor and enjoy a light meal and a glass of celebratory champagne. Lunch is served under a “Ramada," a traditional Hualapai shelter offering shade and a picnic table.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
"Excellent Service"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 29, 2020
Because of Covid we had to cancel our trip to Las Vegas and unfortunately our helicopter ride with Papillon I asked for a full refund not knowing if this would be possible I should not have been understanding during this unprecedented time Full amount credited to my bank account.......BIG THANK YOU and see you soonest once this virus has been beaten Glenn
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"Good tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 16, 2020
We took the small airplane to the west part of the canyon. The views on my husband’s side of the airplane were awesome. I thought I would see them on the way back, but the pilot did not fly over the dam on the way back. Not sure if this is what he always does, or if he went straight back because it was cold and windy. Going on the Skybridge had been on my bucket list for years. Once there, the views were really amazing. I highly recommend Paillon. They were prompt and very nice. I would also recommend not going at the beginning of March because the weather was cold, rainy and windy.
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"Awful. Use any other company."
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed March 10, 2020
I assume the flight is fun, if you can get that far. We reserved via phone and were told we could pay over the phone or at check in only to arrive and find they had sold our seats. They had taken our money first, of course. Rather than apologize for the mistake and put us on the next tour, the women at the desk loudly tried to make it my fault, even accusing me of having a bad credit card. They said we could buy our way onto the next tour for an additional $330. Bait and switch. A tortuous hour later, a manager from their office said the desk women should have put us on the next tour. But since it was now too late all she could do was put us on one the next day. Unfortunately we had to leave for home and couldn't make that work. The women at the terminal check-in were shockingly caustic. Like your worst visit to the DMV. Just avoid what happened to us and instead use any other company.
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"Excursion of a Lifetime!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 09, 2020
Four of us took the Grand Celebration helicopter tour with Papillon Helicopter Tours out of Boulder City. It was the first time in a helicopter for three of our group. The experience was absolutely amazing. The helicopter was comfortable and clean. Our pilot Alex was the perfect mix of fun and informative. We got to see the Hoover Dam and flew through the Grand Canyon. We landed at the botton of the canyon on the side of a river where they provided champagne and snacks. We cant say enough about our experience and highly recommend this adventure! Thanks Papillon
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Tlalnepantla, Mexico
"Amazing tour to Grand Canyon with flight back over LV"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 29, 2020
Since taking a trip by helicopter is fairly expensive, I had done some homework on the topic. Reading lot’s of reviews and looking at the best options. I also verified taking as tour by bus and rental car. But the distance to Grand Canyon from Vegas is a lot. Besides that, my wife cannot take static’s positions so many hours. So no option. Also no option was leaving her behind... Now price comparing is one thing, but if you are talking helicopters, safety is actually the priority. Since there are quite a few options from companies that take this tour, I found out that Papillon is actually the cheapest option, without compromising on the safety part. They can offer the flights relatively cheap because they focus on the mass consumption. Others operators might focus more on an individual basis (call it a VIP treatment) which for sure costs more. However also Papillon has a VIP service, and that is truly amazing! Of course adding some upgrades will also here raise the bill...but how often do you make a tour like this?? So standard I found the Papillon helicopter tour from Boulder City to the west rim of the canyon (helicopters cannot fly to the south rim, only bus tours or cars get there). But because of my wife’s condition (even though Boulder should be about 35 to 45 minutes if I’m correct) I decide to upgrade to Las Vegas airport leaving. And that immediately is considered a VIP treatment. Now we had a 5 min transit time from the Strip hotel by limousine (Lincoln MKT) included. The airport facility was small, but also few people were there. We only had to wait some minutes to be transported to the helicopter. Next to flying to Grand Canyon I wanted to land there as well. Have the 30 minute lunch. That was another upgrade and last but not least I bought front seats for my son and myself which was another 50 USD per seat. Although the Ecostar 130 (used by Papillon for there VIP flights) is far more convenient than the older ones like the Bell, or Astar (from Boulder City you can get any of these helicopters) a front seat is awesome! Probably I could have gotten the front seat without paying, but I did not wanted to take the risk. My original flight got cancelled because of Trump being in town, but after having received the email, I got in contact with customer services and they were able to change for a sunset flight. If not I would have had to cancel the flight all together, but the refund policy would cover it all (all was paid upfront through the Papillon website). The tour was breathtaking! It was my first time in a helicopter. Some mild turbulence, but the whole experience was just amazing! The lunch was simple, but who cares, we had champagne, some apple pieces, and a granola bar together with some cheese and cookies. For me it was more the experience of being on the ground in the canyon. It was a great place. The whole west rim is so beautiful to fly over. I really loved it. Coming back 2 circles over Las Vegas, great for some awesome pics and videos! Because of the fact Trump was leaving Vegas that same night, we did not really get to see Vegas at actual sunset. Just like 15 minutes before that point. However, I’m completely satisfied with what the tour offers. It was about 3.5 hours all together, close to 4 hours. Of which just a littler bit of non-quality time. Papillon has organized this so well, I cannot think of anything bad in this whole concept they offer! Well done!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Grand Celebration Tour

What are the hours of operation?
The first tour of the day is at 6:45 AM. The last tour departure of the day varies and is based on the time of year.

What should I bring?
Bring your I.D. All passengers booked on a tour must have government-issued forms of identification. Bring a camera, too. Cameras and phones are allowed and encouraged, but be aware that the use of "selfie sticks" and extending camera poles are strictly prohibited in and around the aircraft.

What should I wear?
Layered clothing is recommended through the months of March to September, and winter clothing should be worn from October to mid-March. Wear sensible shoes. The ground at the Grand Canyon is rough, rocky and uneven. It is important to wear sturdy, toe-covering shoes that can handle rough terrain. Sneakers or hiking boots are highly recommended.

Where is it located?
Passengers are picked up from most major Las Vegas hotels. Then, check in at the state-of-the-art terminal in Boulder City, NV. Once in the air, you will fly over the world-famous Hoover Dam and Lake Mead on your way to Grand Canyon West, Guano Point, and Eagle Point. For the landing, touch down and disembark at an exclusive landing site 4,000 feet below the rim of the Grand Canyon.

Is the tour appropriate for children?

Is transportation included? If so, where is the pick-up spot or how do I arrange it?
The tour will pick up tourists from most major Las Vegas hotels on the strip and downtown. Call the tour after your order.

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?
Wheelchair passengers must have a companion capable of assisting them in and out of the aircraft. The wheelchair can possibly be taken on the aircraft. It must be collapsible with the pop-off wheels. This is not a guarantee, is based on weight and balance of the aircraft, and is determined after passengers have checked in.

How long is the tour?
The tour is approximately 4-4.5 hours. The flight duration is approximately 70 minutes. The canyon landing duration is approximately 30 minutes.

What’s included in my ticket/experience?
Breathtaking views of the Hoover Dam, Grand Wash Cliffs, Grapevine Mesa, and Grand Canyon West are included. A canyon landing 4,000 feet below the rim is included in a luxurious helicopter with wraparound windows. An unforgettable champagne picnic with time to explore the Canyon and multilingual narration are included as well.

Can I bring my own food/beverages?
You may bring a bottle of water, however, the bottle is not allowed to be opened in the aircraft.

Can I bring my pet?

What safety precautions are in place for the activity?
There is a weight restriction. Passengers weighing 300 ponds (136.36kg)  or greater will be charged a fee for an additional comfort seat. This fee is based on the product and ranges from $50 to $200. Call the tour company for more information.