By Debbie Hall
Papillion Grand Canyon Helicopters offers packages, which includes some of the most breathtaking views, along with dining at Grand Canyon West’s new restaurant, Sa’Nyu Wa, which means “Home of the Eagle.”
Passengers leave from the Papillon Aerocenter located in Boulder City, Nevada, for a 45-minute ride over Lake Mead to the Grand Canyon West Rim. Viewing mountains and canyons that took centuries to create is only matched by the rich history of the American West. Upon landing, guests are taken to the Skywalk Bridge at Eagle Point, which offers unobstructed views nearly a mile down to the canyon floor. Homage is also paid to Native Americans with displays of artifacts that demonstrate its rich history.
Skywalk Bridge at Eagle Point is a 10-foot-wide, horseshoe-shaped glass bridge that extends 70 feet out over the rim of the Grand Canyon. Guests look down and can see through the glass platform 4,000 feet to the floor of the Grand Canyon below. Built in 2007, this engineering marvel offers unparalleled views of the one of the world’s Seven Natural Wonders.
Sa’Nyu Wa Executive Chef James Mendoza has created a lunch menu combining the unique fusion of Southwest and Asian cuisines combined with traditional Hualapai tribal dishes. Guests dine while surrounded by some of the most amazing scenery. The restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows offer dramatic views of the West Rim. Dining choices include pad thai, double bone pork chop and fried ice cream.
Eagle Point was named after a natural rock formation that looks like an eagle and offers a glimpse into the very distant past. Watch Native Americans dance in the amphitheater daily starting at 1 p.m. The Native American Village celebrates its history by welcoming guests to explore several dwellings of the region’s indigenous tribes including the Hualapai, Navajo, Plains, Hopi and Havasupai. There is even shopping at the Native American Gift Shop.
After being transported back in time, a Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters will whisk guests back to Southern Nevada after an adventurous full day. Family-owned and operated, Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters is the only company that flies the entire length of the Grand Canyon. For more information, visit Papillon.com.