Absorbing the Beauty of Sedona's Red Rock by Helicopter

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Imagine seeing some of the most beautiful canyons you’ve ever seen from high above the sky in a helicopter? Sedona Air Tours allows you to do precisely that, floating above Arizona’s most beautiful views.

If you haven’t been to Sedona, it makes for a great side trip if the Grand Canyon is on your list — simply head south out of Flagstaff and be prepared to hit some of the most amazing views you you’ve ever seen.

Located at the airport, there are a variety of tours you can choose from, all of which include a jet-powered copter experience above Sedona’s famous rock formations. Tours are narrated by pilots so you can better understand the history and geology of what you’re seeing in real time.

Below are random views I breathed in from the front seat of a helicopter on my hour long tour.

The most basic tour is something they refer to as the Bear Wallow Run, which takes you on a 20 mile journey pass Lee Mountain before gliding past a set of canyon peaks they call The Three Nuns, Chapel of the Holy Cross, Snoopy Rock, Steamboat Rock, Bear Wallow Canyon and Schnebly Hill Road.

The Ancient’s Way is their signature tour, which takes you through the scenic Dry Creek area, and then deep into Secret Canyon – it includes views of Rattlesnake Mesa and into Boynton Canyon (which is where we stayed in Sedona) and then beyond into ancient Sinagua Cliff Dwellings, Canyon Arch and Doe Mesa.

The Hog Wild tour takes you through Sedona’s vortex locations, which is the reason so many spiritual seekers head to Sedona. It will take you over Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte before passing The Three Nuns near Chapel of the Holy Cross and Chicken Point. You’ll also see Snoopy Rock, Wilson Mountain, Steamboat Rock, Secret Canyon, Boynton Canyon, Bear Mountain and Red Canyon.

From 20 minutes to four hours, there are plenty of options to choose from. I wish I had more time to try one of their open cockpit biplanes. Other cool tours include combo packages, which includes part time in the helicopter and part time in a shuttle that takes you to Page Springs wine country for wine tasting. Once on the ground, you head off on horseback guided by experienced wranglers, along and across the famous Oak Creek as you explore the lush beauty of Arizona’s vineyards. They also offer tours to Grand Canyon, which is a great family option.

More of the views from my tour below – stunning, stunning, stunning! Need I say more? Sedona Grand Canyon Air Tours are a “must do” whether you’re heading to Sedona or Grand Canyon, or if both depending on your time.

Be sure to read my Ultimate Culture and Nature Guide to Sedona Arizona.


Sedona Air Tours

1225 Airport Road (at the Sedona Airport)

Sedona, AZ 86336

(928) 204-5939 or 888.866.RIDE


NOTE: We were hosted by Sedona Air Tours, but all opinions expressed are entirely my own. It was amazing AND a ton of fun!!

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