Summer Update: Make this city tour a “Sunset and Fire Tour.” When regional fires add smoke to the air our local sunsets explode into vibrant colors not seen any other time of the year. In 30 minutes starting from 7:30 we’ll fly you into the heart of late summer atmospherics. Bring your camera!
With stunning Cascade Mountain views to our left and right our helicopter pilots will take you and your friends on a scenic tour of Bend, Oregon “Beertown USA” and on to our local lava flow at Lava Lands State Park a National Volcanic Monument. Over the past 300,000 years massive volcanic eruptions have left volcanic scars outside of Bend. You may have visited Lava Lands and walked through the ancient flows but seeing their sheer size from the air is a unique look into the awesome power of Mother Nature, frozen for all time just as they happened, and devoid of life for thousands of years.
Located on the north flank of the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, what is now known to the locals in Bend as lava lands was officially created about 7,000 years ago after a massive and prolonged series of volcanic explosions of Lava Butte. A miles wide sea of jagged lava rock was left behind creating a unique geological landscape that served as that training ground for moon bound astronauts in the 1960’s.
We’ll take you on an unprecedented 360 helicopter tour of this amazing lava formation that changed the course of the Deschutes River before heading past the scenic Benham Falls, Dillon Falls, and Lava Island Falls then back along the Deschutes to Bend. Look down below in the spring and summer months and you might just catch a glimpse of the white water rafting groups negotiating Big Eddy’s class 4 rapids.