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Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters

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Address: 3568 Airport Road, Papillon Heliport, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86023
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+1 702-736-7243
08:00 - 17:30
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Since 1965, The Papillon Group has been providing visitors a privileged...

Since 1965, The Papillon Group has been providing visitors a privileged perspective to one of the world's greatest natural wonders. Papillon is the only company flying the entire Grand Canyon, including areas untouched by man and inaccessible by foot. As one of the world's oldest and largest sightseeing companies, Papillon flies an estimated 600,000 passengers a year on its daily tours to the Grand Canyon and the surrounding southwest. Recognized world wide for its aircraft tours, Papillon's fleet of 70 helicopters and airplanes gives guests a bird's eye view all their own. Whether by helicopter, plane, or coach, Papillon offers more than 40 unique excursions. Choose from air only flights, combo tours, all-day excursions, or a stunning flight to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

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so glad we did this

While waiting to fly I relaxed by reading about their history They really made me feel safe, I was very nervous but WOW it was great well worth the money such a cool experience... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the most expensive of the tours in order to go in the best helicopters with the best views. As they seat you in a position (due to weight distribution) if you are in the back row, in central seats, you don't see anything. I was sitting close to the windows so I had wonderful views and a great... More 

Thank Rodrigo D
Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We ended up paying for the 1 hour one with the "best" helicopter (big windows, stadium seating). It is very expensive and we took off at 9:08 and landed at 9:43... not really an hour it is? Out of that time we flew over pines for half the time so you do the math. Also, they tell you that it... More 

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PapillonHelicopters, Manager at Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to post a review, and we apologize that the overall tour did not meet your expectations. We were able to locate your reservation for the Imperial Air Tour, which we quote a flight time of 40-50 minutes. We checked the flight records for your tour time, and the aircraft departed at 9:01am and landed at... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While waiting to fly I relaxed by reading about their history They really made me feel safe, I was very nervous but WOW it was great well worth the money such a cool experience. so glad we did this!!

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College Station, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

We stayed in Flagstaff and drove an hour to the Grand Canyon airport outside of Tusayan. We did the 45 minute Imperial Ecostar tour, and it was great. The building you meet at was nicely decorated and clean. They provide a quick safety tutorial before you board the helicopter. The soundtrack in the helicopter is very appropriate. You ascend to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Great day! Beautiful views. Bit windy and made us motion sick. Pilot was lovely. 30-40mins would have been long enough rather than 70mins. Took about 10-15 to get out to Canyon from airport, then back. Apparently west rim is better. Either way, a must see in Vegas!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

nice helicopter flight, a pity was that we were crammed in with a lot of people and we could not see much because we were in the middle. Left and right they were filming and photographing with large tablets.... The highlight was that we saw some bison (dots) on the north rim.

Thank Linda P
Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

The helicopter ride was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. It was so unbelievable and amazing, that it was almost overwhelming. It's been a week since I took flight, and I still can't appreciate everything I saw. If one can afford it, it is definitely a must-do. Also, our pilot, Matt, was phenomenal. He had an incredible... More 

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sf, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

due to safety restrictions does not go over south rim, we knew that, does give reasonable big pix perspective. Fairly pricey, my family felt worth it, i was on the fence.

Thank Junaid K
Parker, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

My husband, 5 year old son and I splurged and did the 40-50 min tour of the canyon. It was an awesome experience. The one thing that this company could work on it their ground crew being more friendly. We spent over $850 for this and when we tried to take one picture after exiting the tarmac safely away from... More 

Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

Absolutely fantastic from the pick up at the airport onwards. Lovely friendly people, clean stylish facilities, amazing experience..... the flight, information given, attention to detail, lunch on the floor of the canyon all fantastic. Dianne our pilot was second to none - informative, funny, very skilled at her job. Take my advice and do this now!

Thank Helen F

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