Enjoy A Helicopter Ride Over The Sedona Valley

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Rock Views - Helicopter Ride Over The Sedona Valley.jpg

Rock Views - Helicopter Ride Over The Sedona Valley.jpg

Rock Views - Helicopter Ride Over The Sedona Valley.jpg

Rock Views - Helicopter Ride Over The Sedona Valley.jpg

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Vast Panoramic Views - Helicopter Ride Over The Sedona Valley.jpg

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.

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Vast Panoramic Views - Helicopter Ride Over The Sedona Valley.jpg

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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!

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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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42 Comments

  1. I only did my first helicopter ride last year and that was over the rupting volcano on the island of Big Hawaii. Looking at your experience and the views, I so want to do this helicopter ride now. The ride looks totally amazing and so want to add this to my list of things in Sedona.

    • Danik, We have yet to travel to Hawaii. But taking a helicopter over an erupting volcano would draw me there for sure. If you get to Sedona, a helicopter is an amazing way to see it all. Linda

  2. I haven’t experienced helicopter ride yet but I definitely would like to experience it. It looks like a great and memorable experience

  3. WOW! $40 for a helicopter ride is an amazing deal anywhere, but even more so in Sedona. I hadn’t even thought of doing this when I visited. I would love to see all the formations from above and the ride through Boynton Canyon looks incredible.

  4. Such great photos! What an adventure! This is definitely something we would love to do. Thanks for the great tips about booking in advance for the hot air balloon adventure and the tip about the time share $40 helicopter ride. I too would not sit for 3-4 hours just for a $40 ride.

  5. How exciting! I would love to see that area from the air. We considered a helicopter ride at Grand Canyon but since we have small kids with us, we decided to do it later when they are bigger. The red rock formations in Sedona are just amazing! I hope we get to visit there soon again. Very interesting that they offer helicopter rides for time share presentations.

  6. This looks like such an adventurous thing to do. I haven’t sat in a helicopter till now, so cant really relate to the feeling of being in there, overlooking the beauty of mother earth. I so need to look out for such Helicopter tours, as the views are just too good.

  7. That sure are pretty canyons. I would want to fly over them and take in the scenery from above. Plus I always wanted to do a Helicopter ride, your post just reminded me of that!

  8. Well I can understand the disappointment of not being able to do the hot air balloon ride but the helicopter ride has its own thrills. And the way you had a chance to see the gorgeous canyons, all that adventure and the amazing views, you did have a great ride. I would love to explore Sedona Valley this way.

  9. I absolutely love this area of the US and getting an aerial view must have been amazing. It’s too bad that the hot air balloons were fully booked, but it looks like you had a great time on the helicopter. I would have been terrified, but seeing that you have experience being in the air I can see why it was not scary to you at all 🙂

  10. We recently did a helicopter ride over Uluru in Australia and it really is worth the splurge. I think if we were headed to this area of the US, or any expansive landscape like this it really would have to be a mandatory event for us now.

  11. Wow that scenery! I’ve flown in a chopper in the Grand Canyon and in PNG where I had my first ride. Takes some getting use to seeing the ground so close through the floor, but I loved it.

  12. Such great aerial views! I thought the best way to see canyons would probably be hiking among these red giants but a slow careful and travel adventure via helicopter ride seems like the best way to take in the Sedona Valley. Almost looks like the grand canyon on a smaller scale with reddish hues!

  13. I’ll be honest: I’m pretty scared of heights so I don’t think I’d try this helicopter ride myself! However, I’m more than happy to live the experience vicariously through your post! The Sedona Valley is stunning, and is somewhere I’ve yet to visit when in the US. That canyon dive is definitely not for me, but your photos are incredible!!

  14. Wow, what stunning scenery! I would be super disappointed about the hot air balloons, but you definitely made up for it with the helicopter! We did a doors-off helicopter tour on Kauai and it was incredible – so I know how it must have felt! Your photos are awesome.

  15. What a fantastic experience! I don’t know that I’d want to trade 3-4 hours of precious travel time for a cheap flight and presentation either. But it all panned out for you in the end.

  16. I love helicopters, I always try and include a ride when I travel to New Zealand because the scenery is amazing. The red rock formations and the canyons of Sedona are perfect for this sort of activity and you got very lucky with the weather. These blue skies are amazing! I’m also very impressed with your photos, very well done!

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