Offering door-to-door pick-up and drop-off service, your day begins when Papillon’s shuttles come to your hotel for the trip to their Vegas airstrip. Once there, visitors board a Vistaliner aircraft for a 70-minut round trip flight from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon. The oversize windows of the Vistaliner aircraft allow for great views of the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead along the way as well as several notable areas on the Canyon’s West Rim. The entire tour includes prerecorded narration, available in several languages, in order to make sure that each person understand what they see and has the opportunity to learn about it. Travelers end their journey where they began it, at Papillon’s Las Vegas airstrip.
Major Highlight: Grand Canyon West
Partly because of its proximity to Las Vegas and partly because of the unique natural beauty of its geography, Grand Canyon West, which sits on the Hualapai Reservation, is the real highlights of Papillon’s Grand Canyon Highlights Air Tour. Because it is not part of the National Park (that is located on the South Rim), Grand Canyon West presents a more “untouched” version of the Canyon notable for its panoramic views of everything from the Skywalk to the mines at Guano Point. Grand Canyon West also features steep cliff sides and a lack of the oft-seen guardrails on the park end, allowing for more pristine photos and a better overall feel of the natural wonder of the Canyon itself.
Is It the Tour for You?
Less expensive than most full-day tour options, this quick round trip flight exposes you to the Grand Canyon along with the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead in one simple package. However it doesn’t allow for the full appreciation of these wonders which only comes from viewing them on foot. Instead, the 4 hour, door-to-door travel time of the Papillon’s Grand Canyon Highlights Air Tour fits the specific needs of those looking to see the highlights of the southwest without sacrificing too much of their time in Las Vegas and those uninterested or unable to hike or endure the physical stress of an all-day trip.