Scenic Airlines

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Scenic Airlines - On the River!
Scenic Airlines - Down at the bottom!
Scenic Airlines - Their sign at the Airport
Scenic Airlines - Flight towards the western side
Scenic Airlines - Guano Point

Scenic Airlines Grand Canyon Reviews

sarahthevegasbride sarahthe…
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An Experience of a lifetime! Oct 17, 2009
I used Scenic Airlines for a recent trip to the Grand Canyon South Rim from Las Vegas. We were picked up at 4am from our hotel and taken to the Scenic Airlines Terminal in Boulder City where we caught a 18 seater plane to the Grand Canyon National Park which took over an hour.

The flight was amazing and we watched sunrise.

When we got to the Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines terminal we all got taken to a Best Western for Breakfast.

After Breakfast we all got on the coach and taken to 2 viewing points around the GCNP.

We spent around 30 minutes at each place, and the views were awesome.

The plane ride back to Boulder City is around another hour and from pick up at our hotel from in the morning and taken back it is a 9.5 hour trip.

From start to finish on this tour they were very professional and organised.

Highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to visit the GCNP on a one day trip from Las Vegas.
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bkretzer bkretzer
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Scenic Airlines Colorado River Adventure Jun 17, 2004
Scenic Airlines offers several tours of the Grand Canyon. We chose the deluxe model, The Colorado River Adventure. This particular tour encompasses both a fixed wing flight and a helicopter tour (and a boat portion, too), which are the same modes of transportation on the other tours, so you can probably get a feel for then as well.

The people at Scenic Airlines were very easy to work with. We began planning our trip months in advance and I sent them an e-mail asking a lot to dumb questions (Have you ever had a plane crash?) and they answered everyone promptly and completely. In 2004 they did not require a deposit. That may have changed. The cost for this trip in 2004 was $239 per person. It has gone up to $319 per their website. For that price you got a 45 minute plane ride from the south end to the west end, a helicopter ride down to the bottom of the canyon (about 10 minutes), and short pontoon boat ride (20 minutes or so), another helicopter ride back up top, a bus ride to Guano Point for lunch, souvenirs, and great photo ops. Then another plane ride back to the South Side.

No one in our party really enjoyed the airplane portion of the trip. It was too long, too cramped, and the scenery was not that good. You were technically flying over the Grand Canyon, but not the “good” part. Still if you have never been on a small plane before, that in itself could be enough. The helicopter ride is great! The views are awesome and the feeling of going down into the canyon and having it swallow you up it special. It is very hot at the bottom!! At the bottom of the canyon a guide quickly gets you onto a pontoon boat, for a leisurely, but short ride on the Colorado River. This is a whole new perspective on the canyon and one only a small fraction of visitors will ever see. Our only gripe here was the boat ride was too short. But the guide was very friendly and informative. Then back into the helicopter. More Great!! Up top a bus took us to Guano Point. The views were better than the South Side. Lunch was a Mexican meal, served buffet style, and eaten outside under a covered area on tables. It was actually pretty good. Local Indians had set up tables to sell various things they had made. The final leg reversed the plane ride back home.

I would do it again, even knowing that I wouldn’t like the plane rides. The rest of the trip more than makes up for it. It was a great experience.
Their sign at the Airport
Flight towards the western side
Down at the bottom!
On the River!
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TessaHill says:
Terrific blog and I appreciate your sharing- gave us some valuable info for our upcoming trip there. Thanks!
Tessa in TX
Posted on: Mar 23, 2008

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