Meteor Crater is located 40 miles East of Flagstaff, Arizona and is the World’s best preserved impact crater.
How does adding Meteor Crater affect your Grand Canyon Tour?
Meteor Crater is BY FAR the largest detour of all the stops. It adds about 1.5 hours of driving and takes about 1 hour to explore.
If you’d like to see Meteor Crater, we suggest making it your ONLY stop. This is still give you about 2 hours at the Grand Canyon. Plenty of time to see the best-of-the-best overlooks.
Is 2 hours enough time to see everything we want to see at the Grand Canyon?
As far as the overlooks, absolutely.
NOTE: If you’re planning on doing a hike/walk, you may not be able to see the most remote overlooks in the Park. Most of our Guests are perfectly fine with this adjustment, since their hike/walk follows the rim of the Grand Canyon.
What you’ll see – Approx. 50,000 years ago a 150 foot iron/nickel meteor blasted a hole in the ground. At over 2.5 miles wide and 550 feet deep, standing next to it you can’t help but marvel at its size.
Our “Deluxe Package”.
We’ve combined our award winning ground tour “Premium Package” with a private charter flight over the Grand Canyon on the way back to the Phoenix Area. You won’t find it anywhere else. We’ve created a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.
TRIP HOME: Once finished with your ground tour, your Guide will take you to the Grand Canyon airport, where you’ll board your PRIVATE CHARTER. After liftoff, your pilot will spend 30 minutes flying over the Grand Canyon before turning South for Home.
Your flight is about 1:45 minutes, including your 30 minute flight tour. If you drove? About 4 hours with stops.
Once arriving at the airport, your private transportation will be waiting to take you to your resort.
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Our Advantage – We tailor your helicopter tour around your ground tour, MAXIMIZING your experience.
Our Approach – Todd setout to perfectly blend the ground tour with the helicopter adventure, making BOTH BETTER.
We’ve discovered that by seeing the remote overlooks FIRST (East end of the National Park), it elevates your helicopter flight to yet another level. Now when your Pilot points out a landmark below, we’ve already seen it from the ground.
We actually modify your ground tour to heighten your helicopter tour experience. Rather than go into the Park through the busy South entrance, we’ll swing around the East entrance. Starting at the East entrance allows us to start with the remote overlooks, ending at the Grand Canyon airport.
The Other Guys – The odds are someone in your mixed group isn’t doing the helicopter tour, tossing a wrench in everyone’s day. You’ll be dropped off at the airport, while the rest go into the park. Both groups end up waiting, wasting valuable time.
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The National Park Service has announced that the Grand Canyon National Park has officially received its International Dark Sky Park certification.
Our Approach – We adjust our pick-up time, so you leave later.
SUMMER: From the Phoenix area, Approx. 1PM pick-up (rather than 7AM), 12:30AM return. Sedona area, 3PM (rather than 9AM), 11:30PM return.
WINTER: From the Phoenix area, Approx. 11AM pick-up (rather than 7AM), 10:30PM return. Sedona area, 1PM (rather than 9AM), 11:30PM return.
Departure times VARY throughout the year. We will contact you by email with your actual departure time.
While there are several places to take in the dark, glowing sky, we focus on the more remote overlooks. Typically, they’re less crowded.
While the entire Park is “Dark Sky” certified, we’ve found that the further away from the historic village, the better. Many of the remote overlooks don’t have a light bulb within 20 miles. However, it’s incredible the intense glow that can emanate from a cell phone…
The remote overlooks offer seclusion, which is perfect for stargazing.
The Other Guys – Simply, most tour companies don’t offer a tour after dark. Also, the mixed group tours depend on “seat volume”. Simply, filling seats. While AMAZING, most visitors want to go during the day.
Of course your family/group isn’t restrained by these limitations.