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Bar 10 Ranch

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters

Primary Use

River Rafting Transportation

The primary use of our helicopter transportation service is to get river rafters (on commercial trips) transported between the Colorado River and the Bar 10 Ranch. This exchange is done at the end or beginning of your white water rafting trip at river mile 187 (Whitmore Wash). This service is typically part of your Grand Canyon rafting trip package. If you are entering/exiting the canyon with a commercial river outfitter, all logistics are taken care of by your commercial river outfitter.

Helicopter Services

Papillon Airways

Presently, we have Papillon Airways Inc. based out of the Grand Canyon South Rim doing all of our helicopter services. The Halvorson family began flying guests in 1965, and Papillon Helicopters has been the world’s oldest and largest sightseeing company flying an estimated 600,000 passengers a year on its daily tours in and around the Grand Canyon. Papillon is certified by the national Tour Operators Program of Safety (TOPS) for exceeding Federal Safety Standards and Procedures! Papillon also operates helicopters for both the U.S. Department of Defense and Interior! At Papillon, experience is the difference, and great service is the key and all pilots are trained in accordance with guidelines laid out by the Federal Aviation Administration’s Part 135 requirements, which is specific for sightseeing operators.

About the helicopter


The type of helicopter that Papillon is using for river raft transports is the Bell 206L (Long Ranger). The LongRangerIV is a remarkable combination of power, room, and range. Some highlights of this helicopter include:

  • The patented Nodal Beam suspension system for the smoothest ride available and club passenger seating for face-to-face conversation.
  • Wide opening doors and a roomy cabin ideal for cargo hauling, utility work, and law enforcement missions.
  • A simple high inertia two-bladed rotor system for superior safety and excellent autorotation characteristics.
  • An overall best value offering, this simple and durable design which incorporates a powerful and reliable 650 horsepower engine makes the 206L-4 the best 7-place light helicopter available for the money.
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Exploring the Grand Canyon

“Awesome place for an unforgettable experience”

Bar 10 Ranch offers a diverse selection of western ranch activities and tours, all within view of the magnificent Grand Canyon. The ranch is open seasonally mid-March thru mid-November (some limitations may apply in March and April).

For all bookings, please select your lodging and continue through the checkout process to add on additional activities.

What people are saying

Guest Reviews

The Bar Ten staff are simply the nicest people you'll ever come across. They helped me with transportation logistics after a Grand Canyon rafting trip and exceeded all expectations. They went above and beyond to make everything easy on us, leaving a personalized note for us and even calling us once we got back into service to make sure we had gotten to St George without any trouble. Thank you to Sarah...

- Andrew Schwartz

This is a great experience for a change from the ordinary. My wife and I stayed there (only 1 night) in a wagon and that was kinda different and cool. The staff were just super fantastic people that went out of their way to make you feel like your just hanging out at the family ranch. They honestly treated you like part of their family. They had a lot of info on what to see in the area and how to get places and how long it would take...

- David Johnson

Awesome place for an unforgettable experience. We stayed 3 days after rafting Lee's Ferry to Lava Falls. If you're visiting in conjunction with a rafting trip, consider adding a few days - the staff is outstanding and the food plentiful and delicious. The activities are unparalleled - horseback riding, ATV rides to the rim, Ranger rides into the high desert, skeet and pistol shooting - you won't have time to do it all...

- Sandi Lieb

From making reservations with Sarah to Joseph and his amazing staff walking out to greet our group of 18 on our UTV’s I can’t say enough about our stay at Bar 10. The new wagons are a great addition to our Grand Canyon experience. Food was always tasty and served with a smile. Joseph’s stories around the campfire added a nice touch to our stay. Really hope we go back soon. Loved our trip to the Bar 10.

- Peggy C.

What a truly magical stay. Bar 10 Ranch is quite literally in the middle of nowhere....80 miles from the nearest tarmac road. It is an oasis. Beautiful, rustic, peaceful and so calming. We flew in from Las Vegas (horrible place - don't go!) and stayed for one night, sleeping in the prairie wagons - a unique experience. The shower and toilet block is extremely clean and well maintained. We went horse riding with Austin...

- McGinnegan

Up at 06:30 we were picked up by a shuttle bus from our casino and taken to Boulder City Airport. Once there you are brought into a very nice waiting room that belongs to Papillon airlines and Grand Canyon Airlines. We took an old 208 Caravan into a primitive airstrip. While flying over they have headsets that give information on what you are seeing. Once there they take you up to the ranch and...

- Eddie JF