Popular Sedona Air Helicopter Tours
Sedona Air Tours has an unlimited air carrier certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration, which stands as the airline industry’s highest-level of certification. With this ranking in hand, today Sedona Air Tours owns and operates 4 fixed-wing aircrafts alongside 5 helicopters. Sedona Air Tours flies only Bell Helicopters, the acclaimed aviation company that first developed the concept of “tiltrotor” aircrafts; this special technology allows Bell’s helicopters to lift off the ground in a traditional helicopter fashion, but once airborne to move forward with speeds more typically associated with conventional airplanes.
Bear Wallow Run Helicopter Tour
This popular tour is a great way to see the most famous attractions in and around Sedona. It costs almost $100 per person, and usually takes about 15 minutes. Along the way you’ll encounter such famous landmarks as Snoopy Rock, Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock, Bear Wallow Canyon, and the Chapel of the Holy Cross.
Ancient’s Way Helicopter Tour
Sedona Air Tours considers this option to be their “signature tour.” The Ancient’s Way tour takes you through a number of Sedona’s most stunning red rock formations; you’ll have remarkable views of such places as Boynton Canyon, Secret Canyon, Long Canyon, and more. Running nearly 25 minutes, this tour costs approximately $160 per person.
Hog Wild Helicopter Tour
Typically lasting around 35 minutes or so, this tour combines all the sights and sounds of the Bear Wallow Run and Ancient’s Way tours into one terrific aerial adventure. Costs about $200 per person.
Grand Canyon West Skywalk Adventure
This deluxe tour is a one-of-a-kind experience that takes you all the way from Sedona to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon and back. This elaborate outing lasts approximately 7 hours, and costs nearly $550 for adults, $515 for children. The tour includes a trip by airplane from Sedona to Grand Canyon West Airport, during which you’ll have lovely vies of Verde Valley, Sycamore Canyon, and the Grand Canyon; a helicopter ride from the airport to the Colorado River itself, where you’ll take a pontoon-boat ride through the Canyon; and another helicopter ride to the world-famous Skywalk at Grand Canyon West.
Things to Know & Insider Tips
- Sedona Air Tours’ daily schedule varies according to a variety of circumstances, but usually they offer tours beginning around 9:00am and running all the way until the sun sets. Tours typically depart every 15 to 30 minutes or so.
- Reservations are not required, but are highly recommended. Children under 2 are considered “lap children,” and do not require a ticket.
- Sedona Air Tours enforces a strict weight-limit policy, meaning that guests weighing over 285 pounds will be assessed an extra fee—equal to the price of half your ticket price—when they check-in to their tour.
- For those feeling a bit bold—and willing to pay an upcharge of nearly $20 or so per ticket—a number of Sedona Air Tours’ rides are available on door-less helicopters. This option is not for the faint of heart, but does provide you with the chance to snag unparalleled views and opportunities for photos.
- The price of your Sedona Air Tours excursion does not include any sort of gratuity. If you find that you enjoy your experience, it is considered polite to tip your tour guide approximately 20%.
Is Sedona Air Tours for You?
Sedona Air Tours has a strong reputation as a safe, reliable, and enjoyable provider of air tours throughout the beautiful Northern Arizona region. The prices of their most popular flagship tours are comparable to other companies in the area—though many of their listed ticket prices do not include all associated fees and taxes. However, they offer an extensive array of tour options—meaning that if you want something more complex and involved (and expensive, of course) than a basic tour of Sedona, Sedona Air Tours likely has a tour available that will suit your desires.