Understanding what Grand Canyon East is all about
The East Rim is the perfect place for Grand Canyon helicopter tours! There is so much to see at this rim that it would take several trips there on foot to get even a glimpse of all the natural beauty it has to offer. Flying overhead gives you the unique opportunity to see it all at once, and from a viewpoint not commonly experienced by many individuals.
What is found in the East Rim?
Located in the East Rim, you will find scenic sights, such as the historic Cameron Trading Post, Horseshoe Bend, Marble Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Navajo Bridge, Tower Butte, Rainbow Bridge, and a portion of Lake Powell. You will also find the Colorado River between Glen Canyon Dam and Lee’s Ferry.
Cameron Trading Post
At Cameron Trading Post, you’ll find lodging and dining options, as well as Native American arts and crafts, many of which are for sale. If you’re interested in learning more about Native American culture, you can head over to the Navajo Interpretive Center located at Navajo Bridge and find out more about the history of the Navajo tribes in the area.
Horseshoe Bend is a great place to go to see incredible views, but you’ll need to be careful, especially if you have small children, as there are no rails along the edge of the rim.
Antelope Canyon offers spectacular sights at two different levels with the upper level being more popular and crowded.
Helicopter tours of the East Rim
If you’re taking a helicopter tour, find out if you can land on Tower Butte. You’ll get to see amazing views and it’s the perfect place to take some memorable photographs. If you travel over to Lake Powell, you can take a boat ride to Rainbow Bridge or Lower Antelope Canyon to see the sights. You can also spend a few days or more on a rented houseboat on the lake, or camp out on the beaches. There are two floating marinas for dining options and you can even take a dinner cruise. This is the perfect place to spend a few days relaxing.
Taking a water float trip
You can also take a water float trip on the Colorado River from Glen Canyon Dam to Lee’s Ferry. You’ll float along Horseshoe Bend and get to see the amazing canyon walls from down low. If you prefer, you can rent a boat to take out on your own for some fishing fun or just to relax on the river. There are also a variety of campgrounds situated along the river’s edge.
There’s plenty to discover on the East Rim. A helicopter tour of this part of the Grand Canyon will certainly allow you to see more and arrive faster.