Go further, see more, on this incredible helicopter adventure over to the backside of the magnificent Cascade Range. The McKenzie River is a fast moving 90-mile tributary of the Willamette River, it drains part of the Cascade Range and flows westward into the southernmost end of the Willamette Valley through lush green sub tropical rainforest.The Cascades are a unique part of the Pacific Ocean’s Ring of Fire, the ring of volcanoes and associated mountains around the Pacific Ocean. In fact all of the eruptions in the contiguous United States over the last 200 years have been from Cascade volcanoes.

While the McKenzie is our focus this scenic helicopter tour will also highlight the Three Sisters and a wide variety of terrain. On our return trip we’ll say hello to the Cascade lakes outside of Bend. The Cascade Range is still active to this day. Mt St Helens (which you can see on most flights) to our North remains hot after a devastating and well known eruption in 1980.

Our McKenzie River helicopter adventure depart from our private heliport in Bend, Oregon and the tour includes aerial views of the City of Bend, The Old Mill and the Deschutes River as well as the spectacular snow capped Cascade Range with it’s soaring volcanic peaks. The tour is hosted aboard one of our comfortable and air-conditioned green helicopters with wraparound windows. These aircraft have been designed for sightseeing and feature a nearly 180 degree field of view, clear passenger to pilot communications and in cabin air-conditioning.

You’ll love getting up close to the Cascades and views of the lush green river valleys that are all yours to discover.

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Trip Overview

DURATION
1 Hour (60 minutes)
Tour Style
Scenic Helicopter Tours
PRIVATE FLIGHT
329 per person save 197 @ 3

What's Included

Amazing aerial views of Bend, Oregon, the Deschutes, Cascade Range, McKenzie and Metolius rivers.

Save an additional $197 by booking all three seats on this flight, Bend’s best scenic flight value!

Private helicopter tour designed for comfort and sightseeing. Personal communication headsets so you can chat with each other in the air.

Complimentary signature “Doors Off” flights by request. Must be 21 or older. Please request at time of booking.

Bend Local's Tip

Best time for these flights are all day. For photographers sunset flights offer the best light and most scenic vistas.

Big Mountain Heli Tours is the place for people who collect memories, not stuff – give the gift of a helicopter tour or fixed wing charter flight this year with one click. Helicopter tours are gifts that last a lifetime, email yours today!

May we suggest dinner tonight at one of our favourite Thai places? Noi Thai is the place to go for authentic Thai cuisine in a jaw dropping setting in the downtown heart of Bend, the cocktails are pretty epic as well.

What To Bring

Bring your I.D. – All passengers booked on a tour must have government issued forms of identification

Be sure to book your tour as early in your trip as possible

Don’t forget your camera! Cameras and phones are allowed and encouraged, but please be aware that the use of “Selfie Sticks” and extending camera poles is strictly prohibited in and around the aircraft

Not sure what to wear? Layered clothing is recommended through the months of September through June and winter clothing should be worn from October to April

Testimonials

My husband and I flew with friends visiting from Sisters and fulfilled a long standing wish to see our area from the air. The weather was beautiful! We booked the 1-hour scenic helicopter flight, and were able to fly over our homes in Sisters, then over the Cascades to the beautiful lakes on the backside. Beautiful waterfalls, Deschutes River, Pilot Butte, lava fields. It was amazing! Our pilot Shawn was very good, very accommodating. We’ll do it again with visitors to our area.


BEST surprise gift ever! As Bend locals we host family and friends all summer long so when we received a one hour scenic helicopter flight via email as a “thank you,” we didn’t know what to expect. The Cascades mountains (Broken Top and Mt Bachelor) were covered in deep snow and seeing Dillon and Tumalo falls from the air was a real treat! We cannot wait to fly in a helicopter again!


Big Mountain Heli Tours offers a number of different helicopter and fixed wing tours all around Central Oregon. They can also plan a custom tour for you as well. We asked them to modify our flight so we could fly over Pronghorn resort and they did. The staff is extremely friendly, professional, and courteous, with seemingly a ton of knowledge of both the area and the aircraft you fly in.  This is a great way to spend a sunny day if you are in town, or live in town and want a different view of the area. We’re glad we got to experience Bend like this!


I am really glad I did this scenic flight. It was very exciting. My helicopter pilot was experienced and pointed out many things as we flew over Crooked River and Prineville, around Smith Rock, over to the mountains North, Middle and South Sister, Broken Top, over Tumalo Falls, Lava Falls, Bend and back to the airport. I don’t think I would have been as happy with the shorter helicopter tours under an hour. My goal was to see Central Oregon and get pictures, not just go for a ride in a helicopter. Pictures turned out great because of the clear skies!


My wife and I flew the Winter Wonderland Helicopter Tour this year after the first snow storm dumped white powder all over the mountains. Even though it was December 2nd, the day was clear. At times it felt like we could touch Mt. Bachelor and Broken Top. We flew with Colby, truly an amazing chopper pilot. I highly recommend him as well as all the staff at Big Mountain Heli Tours. They are quite professional. This tour was outstanding, it is a must do. I can write many things about the flight but it is an adventure to be experienced and not read. Next time in Bend, take the Winter Wonderland Helicopter Tour and you will be pleasantly thinking about it weeks later.


I received this scenic flight as a present and enjoyed the Winter Wonderland Helicopter Tour with Jordon as my pilot. Getting to see the snowcapped Cascades from the air is thrilling. I want to go again & again. Jordon was very knowledgeable about the area and it was a joy to fly with him. If we were any closer to Mt. Bachelor & the Three Sisters I would have made a snowman. As a local Bendite I thought I had seen it all. Now I have!