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Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters

Over the last five decades, Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters has evolved into the largest, most experienced, and longest-running air tour operator in the world. Our tour offerings have grown to include flights throughout the entire Grand Canyon - as well as landings on the canyon floor, and to southwest destinations like Las Vegas, Sedona, Page, Flagstaff, Phoenix, and Scottsdale. We offer everything from short trips over the Strip to all-day outdoor excursions, overnight trips, and everything in between. Our catalog of tours and activities extend beyond just aerial travel and include guided tours on horseback, ATV and Polaris Ranger tours, river rafting, and even Hummer tours. Our travelers have a variety of options for an up close and personal experience they'll carry with them long after they leave.   

Papillon's story begins over 50 years ago. At that time, founder Elling Halvorson owned a construction company known for taking on logistically-challenging and often dangerous projects. His company had been tasked with transporting and a pipeline through rugged canyon terrain. In order to move and place large amounts of pipe across the Grand Canyon, Halvorson began using the most efficient method he could imagine: helicopters. Curiosity got the best of both construction employees and locals alike, and it wasn't long before they began asking Halvorson for rides over the canyon. Halvorson immediately saw an untapped market and began developments for a new business venture. In 1965, Papillon Airways was born.  

Our aircraft are specifically designed for sightseeing with some on-board upgrades developed and patented by Papillon itself. All aircraft offer pre-recorded narration in 16 languages (including English) with noise-cancelling headphones for passengers. As member in good standing of The Tour Operators Program of Safety (TOPS), Papillon abides by flight safety rules and regulations that substantially exceed the regulations required by the Federal Aviation Administration. Additionally, the program infuses the safety mindset into the very culture of our company.


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