Skywalk Express Tour Details
The Skywalk Express Tour from Sundance Helicopters is an excellent option for visitors looking to make their trip out to the Grand Canyon just that extra little bit exciting and special. Enjoy complimentary hotel pickup, then take a 45-minute ride aboard a state-of-the-art Airbus helicopter out to the Grand Canyon itself. Along the way, peer below and all around you to see the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Mojave Desert, Colorado River, and much more. Then, you’ll land at an exclusive landing point in the West Rim, where you can explore the many fine attractions of the Hualapai Tribe, including the must-see Skywalk. Your tour actually includes expedited access to the Skywalk, a free photo, and a complimentary souvenir bag, too! Then, after some time spent exploring Eagle Point, return to Las Vegas and soar over the impressive Strip for some final photographs.
Skywalk Express Tour Highlights
Hoover Dam: This astonishing man-made structure is a testament to the ingenuity and talents of American engineers. Soar overhead to truly get a sense of the thundering waters and impressive size of the dam itself.
Lake Mead: An artificial lake created by the Hoover Dam, this beautiful reservoir provides water for many desert plants and animals, as well as a place for visitors to enjoy a variety of activities from swimming and boating to fishing and sunbathing. Plan to come back another time if you can to enjoy its many charms.
Mojave Desert: A stunning stretch of terrain that spans the space below you for much of the journey, the Mojave Desert is in fact teeming with life. Keep an eye out for desert flora and fauna if you can, and try to notice changing habitats from mountains and valleys to forest and desert
Colorado River: Follow the trail of the Colorado River as you soar out to the Grand Canyon. See how the speed and volume differs at various points, and then fly right along its path into the Canyon itself.
Grand Canyon: You’ll get the chance to hover above the Canyon for some unbeatable photographs, as well as the opportunity to land at the West Rim itself. This part of the Canyon is Hualapai territory, and is not part of the National Park.
Eagle Point: One of the key observation points at the West Rim, Eagle Point is home to a Native American village, a gift shop, an amphitheater, and much more. On this trip, you’ll also get the chance to explore the famed Skywalk – perhaps the most popular attraction in Grand Canyon West.
Skywalk: This attraction is not for the faint of heart! You’ll walk out on a clear (and very sturdy) glass platform that makes a horse-shoe shape out from the edge of the Canyon. It will look like you’re standing on air in the complimentary photograph, which is why it’s so incredibly popular with visitors. Your tour with Sundance Helicopters provides expedited access, too, plus a free souvenir bag, so you’re actually getting a VIP Skywalk experience.
Las Vegas Strip: At the conclusion of your trip, you’ll soar over the Las Vegas Strip. If you’ve chosen an afternoon flight, you’ll likely get to see some evening views of the illuminated skyline. Keep an eye out for major landmarks like the Stratosphere Tower, the Luxor Pyramid light, the fountains at the Bellagio, New York – New York, and more.
Is the Skywalk Express Tour for You?
This tour packs a lot of value into only about 3 hours of time. You’ll get a round-trip helicopter tour, time spent at the West Rim, expedited Skywalk admission (which is by itself pricey but truly valuable given how long the lines for the Skywalk often are), and some souvenir items. It doesn’t include much time spent at the Canyon floor, like some of their other tour offerings, nor does it include any meals or food. It is, however, a short time commitment and you can choose between morning or afternoon flights to plan your day the way you want it. Depending upon what you’re most interested in, it may be more important for you to find a tour that includes more time in the Grand Canyon, by the river, or above the Canyon itself – this tour splits its time evenly in the air and at the West Rim, which can be very busy. Overall, however, it’s a nice option if you have a fairly robust budget.