This was our splurge on our recent trip to the Black Hills and it was well worth it. We took our flight out of the Keystone heliport, which couldn't have been any more convenient. We took the ultimate 30 minute flight and saw gold mines, Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, the Needles, the Cathedral Spires, Sylvan Lake and Mt. Harney.
We later went to Crazy Horse on the ground tour and I can tell you the view from the air is far better. You see Crazy Horse from the side only on the ground, and from a distance unless you spend extra money to get a little closer. In the helicopter you are at eye level and see his full face, which is much more impressive. The sculpture is huge and very well done.
Our pilot was Shane and he was a wealth of knowledge while he flew us around the circuit. He was a lot of fun and obviously enjoys his job. Unlike many helicopter tours we have been on, this one was nice and smooth and no sharp turns. No worry of getting air sick on this flight. Shane made the whole thing a lot more enjoyable, we would gladly fly with him again.
Sure, the flight is expensive, but it gives you a perspective that you just cannot get on the ground. They offer a variety of flights to choose from, so cost should not keep you from trying this out.
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