Utah Helicopter Tour Destination

Utah Helicopter Tours

article by Staci Bunton

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Utah is a breath taking place to visit. Multiply that by 10 if you get to see it on a helicopter tour.

From the air you really get to take a lot in at once. This part of the country is so diverse and beautiful.

One minute your helicopter is soaring over vast amounts of deep blue salt water, the next you are zipping towards a rich sandy dessert.

Then in a blink of an eye you are getting a unique view of mountain tops and before you know it your helicopter is hovering over a metropolitan.

From the skies you will see that Utah is a rugged and geographically diverse state. It is located at the convergence of three distinct geological regions: the Rocky Mountains, the Great Basin, and the Colorado Plateau.

If you are visiting the Salt Lake City area, be sure to book a heli-tour so you can see this lovely area. It really has it all!

Home to features ranging from arid deserts with sand dunes to thriving pine, you will not disappoint your date, friends or family if you decide to travel via air.

Salt Lake City is the headquarters for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has many LDS-related sites. The most popular is Temple Square, which includes the Salt Lake Temple. The Temple is not open to the general public. But from your helicopter you are sure to get an exclusive observation.

The Salt Lake Temple took 40 years to complete and is decorated with symbolism and rare architecture.

Temple Square is home to the Beehive House. It is one of the two official residences of Brigham Young, an early leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons). The Beehive House gets its name from the Beehive sculpture atop the house. It was designed by Young's brother-in-law.

Also planted in the Temple Square you will see the Salt Lake Temple, also known as the Mormon Tabernacle.

While we are on the subject of the Mormon religion, be sure to glance down at Gilgal Gardens.

Gilgal Sculpture Garden is a small public city park, located at 749 East 500 South in Salt Lake City, Utah. The park is filled with unusual symbolic statuary associated with Mormonism, notably to the Sphinx with Joseph Smith's head.

Surrounding the area is of course, The Great Salt Lake.

Due to its proximity to the Great Salt Lake, the city was originally named "Great Salt Lake City"-the word "great" was dropped from the official name in 1868.

The mountains near Salt Lake City are easily visible from the city and have sharp vertical relief caused by massive ancient earthquakes, with a maximum difference of 7,099 feet.

And of course you can't miss Mount Olympus, it is one of the most prominent and recognizable mountains viewable from practically every location in the Salt Lake Valley.

But actually the highest mountaintop visible from Salt Lake City is Twin Peaks, which reaches 11,330 feet. Twin Peaks is located southeast of Salt Lake City in the Wasatch Range. (Twin Peaks is above the clouds to the right)

Now it's a stretch on the map and by no means would many helicopter tours offer packages showcasing Salt Lake City and these areas within the same trip. However, it is worth traveling to these areas to behold such aerial sights!

About 270 miles away from Salt Lake City is Bryce Canyon National Park.

I mean come on, look at this place! It's unreal how pretty it is. If you love photography now is your chance to capture those aerial shots from the helicopter. This would look fantastic in your picture collection.

This national park located in southwestern Utah in the United States.

Its dark reds, vibrant oranges, warm earth toned browns and whites combine like an artist's palette. The major feature of the park is Bryce Canyon which, despite its name, is not a canyon but a giant natural amphitheater created by erosion.

Or take a helicopter tour of Zion National Park.

Oooh.aaaahhh, this place is really pretty.

Within Zion National Park & Southern Utah Area, you have Kolob Canyons. This area is isolated on the northwest section of the park. An even better way to see the Kolob Fingers is from the air! The deep pink and orange glow of the Navajo sandstone formations are absolutely stunning, A must if you are thinking of visiting Kolob Canyons.

Eastern (northern quarter) Utah is a high-elevation area covered mostly by plateaus and basins, particularly the Tavaputs Plateau and San Rafael Swell.

Southwestern Utah is the lowest and hottest spot in Utah. It is known as Utah's Dixie because early settlers were able to grow some cotton there. Here's a lovely shot of it in Autumn.

Now that you've seen such a wide spectrum of Utah you can understand how even a helicopter ride couldn't even cover all the territory in one trip.

However a helicopter ride is not only the most efficient but provides the best views than any other form of transportation.

A tip to remember, if you want a scenic helicopter tour then you should get a provider who can go to different places. This means getting a helicopter tours provider who covers a wide range of areas and is not very restricted. This will allow you to look for scenic sites of your choice without any hold backs. Therefore, coverage is a very important aspect when considering a helicopter ride.

Click on the book a tour link at the top of this page and select Utah to find out more about the helicopter tour operators who make these magnificent sights available to you.

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