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Arizona: Helicopter to hop to the top of landmark butte

November 28, 2012|By Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
  • Sightseeing helicopters will begin taking tourists to the top of Tower Butte near Page, Ariz., in March.
Sightseeing helicopters will begin taking tourists to the top of Tower… (www.grandcanyonhelicoptersaz.com )

What would you do with 20 minutes atop a lofty sandstone butte above Lake Powell? Find out on a helicopter hop to the top of Tower Butte, a pinnacle more than 5,000 feet in elevation near Page, Ariz. 

Papillon/Grand Canyon Scenic Group, which operates sightseeing flights over the Grand Canyon and other spots in the Southwest, will take folks by helicopter to the summit of the flat-topped butte starting in March. There's no easier way to get to the high point of the remote formation that sits on Navajo Nation land just south of the Arizona-Utah border.

Helicopter rides fly east from Page over Antelope Canyon and Lake Powell on the way  to the top where a guide briefs participants about the land and Navajo culture. The lake, Glen Canyon, Grand Staircase-Escalante and Vermilion Cliffs national monuments are among the 360-degree views in this red-rock area. 

It costs $199 per adult and $179 per child 2 to 11 for the ride. Flights start March 7 and continue through Nov. 15. For more information, go to Papillon/Grand Canyon Scenic Group's website or call (888) 635-7272.

mary.forgione@latimes.com
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