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Sedona Helicopter Tour: Desert Thunder Tour provided by Guidance Air

Sedona Helicopter Tour: Desert Thunder Tour

Sedona Helicopter Tour: Desert Thunder Tour
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98% of travelers recommend this experience
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
30–35 minutes
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
3
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 30-35 minutes
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 30-35 minutes
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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Call the number below and use the product code: 54668P2
Important information
Inclusions
  • Beverages
  • Bottled water
  • Driver/guide
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Live commentary on board
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Alcoholic Beverages
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
30–35 minutes
Departure details
  • 1200 Airport Rd, Sedona, AZ 86336, USA Please check in 10-15 mins early.
Additional information
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Maximum weight is 300 pounds per seat
  • Seatbelt must be worn at all time
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Masks are required to fly
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 3 travelers
Inclusions
  • Beverages
  • Bottled water
  • Driver/guide
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Live commentary on board
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Alcoholic Beverages
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
  • 1200 Airport Rd, Sedona, AZ 86336, USA Please check in 10-15 mins early.
Duration
30–35 minutes
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Maximum weight is 300 pounds per seat
  • Seatbelt must be worn at all time
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Masks are required to fly
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 3 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Jul 10, 2021
A note from Sedona Helicopter Tour: Desert Thunder Tour
Same household groups preferred, not required
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    1200 Airport Rd
    1200 Airport Rd, Sedona, AZ 86336, USA
    Please check in 10-15 mins early.
    See address & details
  • 1
    Guidance Air
    Stop: 45 minutes
    There’s lots to learn from this vantage point. As you pass the many points of interest, your pilot will share legends of the land and historical tidbits that color the excursion. • Take a 30-minute helicopter flight over the Sedona desert. • Head south to the iconic Cathedral Rock. • Next, it’s on to Chapel of the Holy Cross, a towering chapel built right into the rock! • Swoop over Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte. • Spot the famous Snoopy Rock! • Cross Oak Creek Canyon and soar toward Devil’s Bridge. • From here, you’ll fly to Secret Canyon and ascend onto the Mogollon Rim. • Finally, approach Boynton Canyon and the Anasazi cliff dwellings!
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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Teresa F
Tampa, FL11 contributions
Sep 2021
From the moment we stepped into Guidance Air and were greeted by the smiling faces of Ashley, Jamie and Christian (aka Peaches), we knew it was going to be a fabulous experience. The weather was a little cloudy that morning, so we took a short hike on the Airport Loop trail while waiting for clear skies. So, while my bonine kicked in, we enjoyed a rocky hike before our aerial adventure. After watching a safety video and chatting about our chopper ride down into the Grand Canyon, Jamie gave us a short van ride to the takeoff pad. She assisted us with boarding and setting up headphones while Christian communicated with ground control. From lift off to landing it was a smooth, safe experience with "Peaches" narrating the vista. He also answered all of our questions about what we were looking at... including how close we were to the rocks when flying through the "gunsight"... which was spectacular! We navigated for 35 minutes on the "Desert Thunder Tour" over all of the famous rock formations in Coconino National Forest, including Coffee Pot Rock, Chapel of the Holy Cross, Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock, Courthouse Rock and the 700-year-old settlement of the Anasazi people! This was a priceless experience and we plan to do it again!
Written October 23, 2021
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All of us here at Guidance Air want to thank you for making "Peaches" world renown on Trip Advisor forever! It was our pleasure to have you fly with us. Thanks so much for the Exceptional review!
Written October 24, 2021
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Jennifer R
6 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
This was nothing short of epic. It was a beautiful sunny day and our pilot Christian was excellent. He was not only a great pilot but also did a fantastic job pointing everything out and adding additional color. I highly recommend this tour!
Written April 4, 2022
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Thank you for the recommendation, and we are glad you had a great time with Christian!!!
Written April 24, 2022
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Tyna E
The Cincinnati Region63 contributions
Nov 2020
We took the guided Cathedral Scenic Tour to see the cave dwellings. I took my 79 year old mother. She giggled, ohh'ed and ahh'ed throughout the trip. Mike our pilot was wonderful answering all of our questions and adding more stories to the trip. So memories are so worth the trip. The staff was efficient and friendly. They were very aware of covid and kept us a safe distance from other travelers and on task. Thank you!
Written November 24, 2020
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Dan N
Eugene, OR64 contributions
Jan 2021
We love helicopter tours, but because they are pricey, we will only take them if we're convinced that the scenery will be spectacular. In the case of Sedona, we couldn't wait because, damn, there's no other place like it with the unique, panoramic assortment of massive red rock formations and canyons, some quite accessible and others remote. It is also difficult to grasp the extent of the formations surrounding Sedona from any terrestrial perspective. Our 30 minute tour with Guidance Air was well worth the money ($299 pp plus tax). It certainly ranks among the greatest helicopter rides of our lives. Our pilot, Ken, was friendly and knowledgeable (hard not be if that's your main occupation), but he gave us an excellent grasp of things that are widely known and some that are likely known only by long time insiders. The helicopter itself is very well suited for viewing, the staff host with the very cool name Jamaica, a Sedona native, couldn't have been more helpful or pleasant. This was a great experience, one we highly recommend.
Written January 23, 2021
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Thank you so much for the glowing review! We are so glad that you chose Sedona for one of your helicopter tours! You just cannot beat the views! See you next time!
Written January 27, 2021
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Gavin Cutshall
San Diego, CA17 contributions
We took the Desert Thunder flight while visiting Sedona last weekend. It was an amazing experience. The views from the helicopter are unparalleled and the pilot added so much to the experience. The staff of Guidance Air were friendly and helpful. It was a highlight of visiting Sedona.
Written March 30, 2021
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We are so glad that you enjoyed your tour with us here at Guidance. We love being a highlight for visitors!
Written April 10, 2021
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vaughanm1976
Amarillo, TX523 contributions
Dec 2019
Three of us took the Desert Thunder Tour or as the Guidance Air people designate it, the Cathedral Tour. It is a combination of two of their shorter trips. They also offer a longer trip. The weather was perfect since it had snowed and rained the previous few days but the day of our flight was bright and sunny. The snow on the rocky ridges of Sedona added contrast to the normal beauty of the area. Ken was a great pilot and narrated what we were viewing. We saw beautiful rock formations, mesas, plateaus, streams, along with cliff dwellings of the Anasazi from a vantage point not available from the ground. Well worth the time and expense.
Written January 2, 2020
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Thank you for this glowing review! We are so glad that you enjoyed your pilot and the tour.
Written January 8, 2020
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262grl
Allentown, PA36 contributions
Excellent experience! 30 minutes of pure joy! Our pilot, Christian, was great. He explained all the areas we flew over and went slow enough that we could really enjoy the sights. We felt very safe in his hands. Everyone at Guidance Air was wonderful and made our flying experience top notch. Highly recommend seeing Sedona and it’s beautiful buttes and canyons by air!
Written January 18, 2022
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Thank you so much for the kind review. We are glad that you enjoyed your flight with Christian and your experience with our staff!
Written January 24, 2022
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Erin M
2 contributions
Sep 2020
We had an amazing experience with Desert Thunder Tour. They were timely and professional. They even called us when we got stuck in the holiday traffic through town to make sure everything was okay. The pilot has years of experience and was so knowledgeable about the area. It was super cool to see the area this way. The windows are huge and you can see everything! Going through Boynton Canyon was unbelievable! It looked like you to reach out and touch the canyon walls. That was our favorite part. The ruins were awesome to see tucked into the caves and there were several to see. It was one of the best things we've ever done for our anniversary! Highly recommended!
Written September 6, 2020
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We are so happy that you enjoyed your experience with us here at Guidance. Happy Anniversary and thank you for sharing it with us!
Written September 25, 2020
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I S
2 contributions
May 2022
This Guidance Air helicopter tour was fabulous! Historic ruins, landmarks and the red rocks of Sedona are breathtaking from the air. Our pilot Ken was superb! He gave us history with humor as we flew through canyons and over landscapes we had formerly only seen from the ground. Our helicopter tour was a beautiful flight creating a memory we'll never forget.
Written May 22, 2022
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Thank you for the five star review and we are glad you appreciate the history with humor from Kenn! We hope to see you again soon!
Written May 30, 2022
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EmmaMom1
Saint Paul, MN13 contributions
Jan 2020
We went mid-day on the 30 minute tour, which was spectacular. Great overview of area and the chance to get close to ruins sites. Our pilot was knowledgeable and capable, and we even found elk on the top of one mountain! A high point of our trip of Sedona, and much more comfortable than any jeep ride!
Written January 5, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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530britneyr
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Sunset flight
Ken was our pilot on our sunset flight in Sedona. We had an amazing experience! The girls in the office were super
Gwen P
Gwen P
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Incredible scenery!
Our pilot, Ken, was very knowledgeable about the area and provided a great overview as we flew past the rock format
yumbo2016
yumbo2016
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Fabulous Sedona Flight!
My wife and I took the Cathedral Tour with Ken. The 30 minute tour covered everything we wanted to see in the grea
C3407RAfredt
C3407RAfredt
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Easy and quick way to the Grand Canyon South Rim
We took a helicopter trip to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Laura, our pilot, was wonderful. The ride was smo
990andrewi
990andrewi
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Great first time!
Enjoyed the 50 minute tour of Sedona. It was my first time in a helicopter - it was surreal. Highly recommend it.
jeffvezina
jeffvezina
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Beautiful Views
The office staff was friendly and helpful. Our pilot Christian was a great guide and was able to give a history of
kimballw2022
kimballw2022
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Sedona AZ helicopter tour
Bro-in-law, 13yr old son, & I thoroughly enjoyed Skyline tour ($150 each) : pilot Laura Wilper, was excellent- real
Samiseal
Samiseal
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Incredible - go for the longer tour
Ok, so you are in Sedona, and have a choice between helicopter operators and the tour. Choose these guys and this
Ana M
Ana M
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Amazing Pilot and Educational Fun
Ken,the pilot, made this incredibly beautiful experience funny and friendly. We were able to make conversation and
jcafarr
jcafarr
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First -times Helicopter flight with kids
Excellent all around. The experience, the service, the views. Pilot was fantastic. Top it off with a complime
tonirA7639IT
tonirA7639IT
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Simply amazing!
Booked the dream catcher tour. 55 minutes of beauty, awe, and appreciation. Our pilot Ken was exceptional. He made
joel b
joel b
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Amazing time!
This is a MUST do if you're in the area. The views are one of a kind and Christian is a great pilot and tour guide.
paulalG5133XV
paulalG5133XV
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Me and my brother had a great flight and was treated so well. Couldn't ask for better service.
I enjoyed the helicopter ride and seeing Sedona from up in the air. It was really a beautiful site. The pilot was v
I1553IYgaryl
I1553IYgaryl
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Great Tour
From start to finish the whole team at GA was wonderful. The tour is something you will not experience from any ot
RPrice64
RPrice64
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Amazing!
My son and I at a whim decided to take a helicopter tour and it was amazing! I had never been in a helicopter and
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