Excited To Do A Helicopter Ride Over The Sedona Valley
We were so excited to do a helicopter ride over the Sedona Valley. When we found out that hot air balloons were all booked during our stay in Sedona, we were disappointed. But our spirits soared we found that we could get the great Cathedral Tour with Guidance Air Helicopter Tours.
We saw the most amazing views of the towering rocks of Sedona from a bird’s eye view. The helicopter dipped into the canyons. We saw vast valleys. And ancient ruins. This was such a spectacular way to experience Sedona in the fall.
Planning To Head Into The Skies
On our travels through Utah and Arizona, we were disappointed a few times when excursions were over-booked. We learned we should have booked well in advance. Not something we expected in the middle of October. So we were not totally surprised when we did not get a hot air balloon ride booked. Going up in a hot air balloon has been on our travel wish list since we visited the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.
When we walked around old town Sedona, we got pulled in by a sign saying “Helicopter Rides $40”. Always looking for a bargain, we went in and asked what the deal was. After a 10 minute discussion, we learned that the bargain came with a 90 minute time share presentation. We later learned that these presentations could take 3-4 hours. We did not want a bargain that bad!
So when we saw the Guidance Air Helicopter Tours sign at the Sedona Airport, we just needed to book a helicopter ride over the Sedona Valley. There were four different tours available. We chose to do the Cathedral Tour. This gave us a great mix of rocks and canyons on our helicopter tour.
We Headed Into The Air
David and I met at an airport when we both took flying lessons. I have over 150 free fall skydiving jumps. So the thought of a helicopter ride in a small helicopter that sat only four people did not faze us at all.
We joined pilot Jerry and put on our headsets. Jerry provided a running commentary on what we saw. And we chattered away between “oohs” and “ahhhs”. David got the front left seat view and I was behind the pilot on the other side. This gave us the best light at all times. We flew as the sun started to dip and the rocks glowed.
The Sedona Airport was at about 4000’ above sea level. And flying a helicopter close to the rocks was a challenging task. But Jerry grew up flying in this area. So we settled in for an amazing helicopter ride over the Sedona Valley.
Flying Over The Rocks Of The Sedona Valley
As the helicopter flew, we got the most amazing views of the rocks of the Sedona Valley. We started with Cathedral Rock. This was another interesting perspective on this iconic sight we saw from other viewpoints on our visit to Sedona. We moved on and saw Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte. And waved at the Snoopy Rock. The rock faces were stunning as we moved close by.
After we travelled through the big five Utah National Parks, we might have thought we would be immune to the sight of massive and intricate red rocks. A helicopter ride over the Sedona Valley gave us the most amazing view of the rock structures around Sedona. And we were not bored for a minute!
Flying Through The Canyons Of Sedona
We started our trip into the canyons of Sedona in Secret Canyon. We caught glimpses of wilderness as we climbed up onto the Mogollon Rim. Jerry said he once saw a black bear from the helicopter.
As Jerry moved from canyon to canyon, he called in his position over the radio. We next descended and flew through Boynton Canyon. This canyon dive was not for the faint of heart.
We then moved back into the sun for a look at the ancient Sinaqua Indian cliff dwellings. Jerry hovered the helicopter so we got a great view. We remembered this view when we visited the rock dwellings at Montezuma Castle.
Flying through the canyons was a fun part of our helicopter ride over the Sedona Valley.
Flying The Helicopter Over The Sedona Valley
As we left the canyons, we got amazing vast views of the valleys under the rocks of Sedona. The sun slipped lower. And the valleys and rocks started to glow with colour.
It was hard to take in all the amazing scenery. I put my iPhone away so I could just delight in the views in front of me. Luckily David kept shooting while I relaxed.
The panoramic views were a stunning way to finish our helicopter ride over the Sedona Valley.
We Were Delighted On Our Helicopter Ride Over The Sedona Valley
The helicopter tour was over far too quickly. We saw the airport sitting up on the plateau as we approached. When we landed back at the Sedona Airport, I was ready to go back up again. And take the doors off the helicopter!
We saw the rocks and canyons from so many perspectives on our visit to Sedona. But we really wanted to see it from the air. We were disappointed when we could not book a hot air balloon ride. But our helicopter ride over the Sedona Valley provided both excitement and stunning sights.
We added this helicopter ride over the Sedona Valley to our growing list of fun adventures we did no our fall trip to Utah and Arizona. Our fun started with a hair raising ride over the hills on our jeep adventure in Moab, Utah. We continued our fun with a fast speedboat ride through the Navajo Canyon in Page, Arizona. Who knew what we would do next?
Did you do a helicopter ride over the Sedona Valley? Wasn’t it the most amazing experience?
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