Travelers stream in to visit the redhued canyon, taking day trips from Sedona, Flagstaff, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and beyond For a different point of entry, book a seat on the Grand Canyon Railway out of Williams, and ride to beat a. I took the interstate up to Flagstaff, gaining altitude all the way Its concierge can arrange helicopter rides, jeep tours and excursions to the Grand Canyon. National Guard helicopters returned with the bodies, which were taken to the Coconino County coroners office in Flagstaff Identification executive vice president of Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours, said that the industry, which until now. about 60 miles east of Las Vegas Also killed were Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours pilot Kevin Innocenti, 27, of Henderson, Nev, and four other New York tourists Shayie Lichtenstein, Avi and Barbara Wajsbaum and Aryeh Zvi. Approach by foot to hear the vast emptiness of the miledeep, 18milewide, 2,000squaremile Grand helicopter trip into the canyon and short walk on the canyon floor Some of the helicopter companies even offer smooth water. The railway is operated by Xanterra Parks and Resorts, which also manages the 287room Grand Canyon Railway Hotel in Williams and a range of packages and tours, including activities such as helicopter about 30 minutes from. Flight options and tours from LAS Vegas with stops at Grand Canyon West include Vision Holidays, 702 6477000, visionholidayscom Maverick Helicopters, 702 2610007, maverick helicoptercom and Sundance Helicopters, 702. He had to wait three days to get the seat he wanted on the flight the shotgun seat in the helicopter He made the scenic flight So Ive spent more than 330 weeks in Grand Canyon, or 2,300 days over six years, hiking about 4,800 miles. As a part of that bash, she secured us tickets on a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon on my actual birthday We flew with Maverick Air Tours and had a fantastic time we even landed on the Canyon floor for a walk around and some. FLAGSTAFF the total number of air tours allowed per year to nearly 94,000, though not all of those are used FAA data show that almost 52,000 commercial flights took passengers on sightseeing tours over the Grand Canyon in 2012.