3 of the Best Phoenix Helicopter Tours

by Oliver Stallwood  |  Published April 5, 2024

The Phoenix metropolitan area is a mix of sprawling, glittering metropolis, desert and mountains – take to the skies in a helicopter to see it at its best.


The Phoenix metropolitan area, also more romantically known as the Valley of the Sun, is a mix of urban environments and stunning natural landscapes. To get the best perspective on Phoenix and the surrounding area you need to take to the skies, with helicopter rides that show the region in a unique way. Along with the dramatic skylines, you’ll get to see mountain landscapes and desert wildlife from the air, with nature coming right up to the city limits. The best bit is a helicopter ride may be cheaper than you think. Here are three of the best Phoenix helicopter tours:

Helicopter Tour Phoenix, Desert Lakes

With almost an hour in the air you can take in a great deal with this tour. The flight travels over Paradise Valley and McDowell Mountains and on to the Fountain Hills, with amazing views of the infamous Camelback Mountain and the Phoenix cityscape to the west. Leaving fro Scottsdale Airport, there is not only a chance to get pics of both the sprawling urban developments and also natural wonders such as Red Mountain, Superstition Mountain, Weavers Needle, Salt River Canyon, Four Peaks and the McDowell Mountains, plus views of remote lakes tucked away between the canyons. It’s all extremely friendly and professionbal too. From $ 484.

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Phoenix Helicopter Tour – City Lights Tour

This 40 minute tour leaves from Scottsdale Airpark and zooms over the Phoenix metro area after sunset, taking in the glittering lights and warm glow of the city. The qualified pilot points out sites such as Arizona Biltmore and Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Then its on to Talking Stick Resort and See Salt River Fields, as well as Tempe Town Lake where the Elmore Pedestrian Bridge that is lit up at night. Western Sky is one of the leading helicopter tours operating in the greater Phoenix area with FAA-certified pilots who have a combined 60+ years of experience. From $225.

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Scottsdale to Sedona Tour

This is a unique extended tour where you will see an incredible mix of different landscapes, from the Sonoran Desert to the Juniper High Desert, into the towering Ponderosa Pines. The helicopter also takes in the beautiful sites of Cave Creek, the Verde Valley and on a clear day there may even be a glimpse of the San Francisco Peaks in the distance in Flagstaff. Also included are world famous sites like Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock, Courthouse Buttes, Devil’s Bridge, Anasazi Cliff Dwellings and the Chapel of the Holy Cross. It’s not cheap but this is one epic helicopter ride, taking place over one hour and 45 minutes. From $2,295.

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