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Tips On Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours During The Winter Months

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Tips On Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours During The Winter Months

Author : Lea Fallon   Top Author

Submitted : 2014-01-03 15:07:09    Word Count : 624    Popularity:   Not Rated

Tags:   grand canyon, grand canyon tours, national parks, helicopters, flights, reviews, deals, travel, las vegas, south rim

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Wintertime will soon be upon us. Thus if you plan to take a Grand Canyon helicopter tour anytime soon, make sure you bundle up. For the most part, days are clear and crisp, but at times it can be downright cold.

"Cold" is a relative term. Cold in the Southwest means daytime highs that break into the 60s. Temperatures can dip into freezing at night, although that is pretty rare.

Although 60 degrees may sound warm for the winter, don't assume you'll stay nice and warm without the right clothing. If you are going to the South Rim in particular, you definitely do not want to wear sandals or shorts. I've seen people arrive like that and all it's going to do is cut into the "enjoyablity" of your trip.

Listen To The Weather Forecasts

Pay attention to the weather forecast on your tour date and dress accordingly. Even though Grand Canyon helicopters offer complete climate control that will keep you toasty, you want to be dressed appropriately when you are out of the chopper, so be prepared.

You also have to consider which rim you will go to. The West Rim is the closer one to Vegas and the warm one, while The South Rim is situated at an elevation of 7000 feet so it can actually snow there.

You also want to dress for comfort. Do as I do and dress in layers. A t-shirt, sweater, and jacket is a great way to go. I like to bring gloves too and you might want to bring sunglasses, a hat, and some lip balm. You can add whatever else you need such as a scarf.

Chilly Arrival

You want to avoid wearing sandals on these air tours. Although sandals are okay when walking around Vegas, they are not that great for the early morning chill you encounter on the way to your chopper. The real moment, however, comes when you land and exit the aircraft, which will be either the bottom or top of the West Rim.

It is important to know that Grand Canyon helicopters that depart from Las Vegas do not fly to the South Rim. It is too far away. Thus you have two options: Bus or airplane. The bus ride there lasts 5 ? hours. The plane ride takes just 60 minutes. A lot of people choose the plane ride since it is so much faster.

You will enjoy climate control on airplanes too. You will be comfortable during your flight. It's when you deplane at Tusayan, home of Grand Canyon National Park Airport, that you suck it up and enter a climate that's nothing like Vegas'. In fact, you may want to pack some cleats to put on before you go walking around the lookouts since you might encounter some icy patches.

Icy Lookout

I visited Mather Point at the South Rim just last year. There was ice entering the lookout and actually on it. Even though park workers keep the icy areas salted, you will be a lot safer if you wear cleats. Cleats give such great traction, you'll walk as easily as if you were on the beach. So that isn't the ideal comparison but you get my point!

I hope you are a little better prepared for winter air tours of the Grand Canyon. Please remember that the West Rim is much different than the South. The West Rim is chilly and windy while the South Rim is cold with the possibility of ice and snow. As for taking a heli, good decision. Helicopters offer the best way to experience the beauty of the Grand Canyon, you will have a fantastic time, even if the weather is cold.

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Ready to helicopter over the Grand Canyon? Go here for best deals on South Rim flights: http://www.grandcanyonhelicopters.org/south-rim Or here for specials on Las Vegas tours: http://www.grandcanyonhelicopters.org/las-vegas

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