River Tours

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Above and Below

The Grand Canyon is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, each turn offering a unique view unlike the one before. Many people think that they must book a white water rafting trip to experience the Grand Canyon by water, but Grand Canyon West offers another option. From the West Rim, you can take one of our Helicopter & Boat smooth float tours. If you want to experience the wonders of the Grand Canyon from calm waters of the Colorado River, this is the option for you. If you are looking for more of a thrill, check out Hualapai River Runners, who run one- and two-day white water rafting trips from Peach Springs, AZ.

Tips for your boat tour:

  • Bring appropriate clothing for the weather during your tour.
  • Don’t bring anything you don’t want to get wet or drop in the water; anything dropped in the river will not be retrieved.
  • These boat tours are smooth rides (no whitewater rapids), but there may be some water spray from the boat here and there.
  • Have fun!

Helicopter & Boat Tour | $168

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  • Round trip helicopter flight to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
  • One of our best offerings, this tour allows you to see the canyon from the air and the water
  • You will land 4,000 feet below the rim and take short boat ride up river to Quarter Master Canyon
  • Your total tour time from check-in to return is approximately 1 hour
  • This is an Add On tour. Hualapai Legacy ticket is required to purchase.
  • Although the water is smooth you may be sprayed as the boat travels through the water.
  • No age restrictions.

Smooth Float Tour | $174

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  • Helicopter flight to bottom of the Grand Canyon
  • Pontoon boat ride 17 miles down river passing below the Skywalk & Guano Point
  • Stories and history of the Canyon as told by your river guide
  • Take out at Pearce Ferry Road and transportation back to Grand Canyon West
  • Total tour time from check-in to return is approximately 3 hours
  • This is an Add On tour. Hualapai Legacy ticket is required to purchase.
  • Although the water is smooth you may be sprayed as the boat travels through the water.
  • Check-in time is 1:45 pm at the Papillon Helicopter counter.
  • Minimum Age for this tour is 8 years.

Historical Float | $194

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  • Round trip helicopter flight to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
  • Boat ride down river to Skywalk & Guano Point
  • Interpretive stories about the Canyon as told by your river guide
  • Total tour time from check-in to return is approximately 2 hours
  • This is an Add On tour. Hualapai Legacy ticket is required to purchase.
  • Although the water is smooth you may be sprayed as the boat travels through the water.
  • Check-in times are 9:00 am and 11:00 am at the Papillon Helicopter counter.
  • Minimum Age for this tour is 8 years.

The Grand Tour | $283

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  • Hualapai Legacy ticket (Day Pass to the Tourism area of the Hualapai Indian Reservation)
  • Skywalk Ticket
  • Separation Canyon Tour (see Separation Canyon Tour for details)
  • This is a stand alone tour. Hualapai Legacy ticket is included.
  • The Separation Canyon Tour’s total tour time from check-in to return is approximately 5 hours.
  • Separation Tour check-in times are 7:30 am and 11:00 am at the Sundance Helicopter Counter.
  • Plan your Skywalk visit around the Separation Tour.

Separation Canyon Tour | $234

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  • Round trip helicopter ride to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
  • Boat ride 21 miles upriver to Separation Canyon where a key event in the well known voyage of the Powell Expedition took place
  • The Powell Expedition began August 28,1869 during a period when the Grand Canyon was being explored
  • You will stop at the beginning of Separation Canyon and disembark to climb up to a bronze plaque left in memory of the expedition
  • Your river guide will tell you the story of Separation Canyon before you head back downriver
  • Total tour time from check in to return is approximately 5 hours
  • This is an Add On tour. Hualapai Legacy ticket is required to purchase.
  • Although the water is smooth you may be sprayed as the boat travels through the water.
  • Check-in times are 7:30 am and 11:00 am at the Sundance Helicopter Counter.
  • Plan your visit around this tour.
  • Minimum Age for this tour is 8 years.

Emery Falls Tour | $234

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  • Round trip helicopter ride to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
  • Journey 13 miles downriver with short stops below Skywalk and Guano Point where your guide will share some history with you
  • You will beach near the end of the Canyon and climb a rough stairway to a hiking path
  • After a 10-15 minute hike you see Emery Falls. Your guide will give you approximately 15 minutes to look around and take photos
  • Total tour time from check-in to return is approximately 2.5 hours
  • This is an Add On tour. Hualapai Legacy ticket is required to purchase.
  • Although the water is smooth you may be sprayed as the boat travels through the water.
  • Check-in time is 8:15 am at the Papillon Helicopter Counter.
  • Minimum Age for this tour is 8 years.
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