Where will you be for the destination event of a generation? Hop in a helicopter and experience even more!

The first total solar eclipse touching the continental United States since 1979 touches down on the Oregon coast between Lincoln City and Newport at 10:15 a.m on August 21, 2017 and races east to ground zero in Madras and waiting solar eclipse watchers from around the world.

Join us in Madras and in the shadow of the snow capped Cascade Mountains with an estimated crowd of 30k at Solarfest 2017. For three days you will have the opportunity to lift off from the heart of Solarfest to explore the beautiful and dramatic high desert  by private helicopter. Experience Lake Billy Chinook and it’s deep set cliffs set against the famous Three Sisters mountains in the distance, from there we turn north and follow the deep cut Deschutes River gorge, flying through ancient lava flows and remote landscapes and then back for a quick tour of the 30K people camped below waiting for their look at the first total solar eclipse in over four decades. This private helicopter tour was created for you and two lucky friends.Tours can be combined to fly more than one helicopter at a time for larger groups.

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Trip Overview

30 Minutes
Tour Style
Scenic Helicopter Tours
199 per person save 119 @ 3

What's Included

Amazing aerial views of Solarfest below, Smith Rock State Park, Lake Billy Chinook and the snow capped Cascade mountain range.

Save an additional $119 by booking all three seats on this flight, Solarfest 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 at sunrise and four hours to sunset. The peaks of Smith Rock contain a lot of iron ore giving them a multilayered red rock look similar to Arizona.

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!

We will be offering select Solarfest equipment and specialty item flight support from Bend. Forgot something vital? Let us fly it in for you!

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

Water: You may bring a bottle of water, however the bottle is not allowed to be opened in aircraft

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


“Thank you ever so much for making the Drake/Coco wedding rehearsal a big event by putting smiles on everyone’s faces as they were all still talking about how exciting it was the next day. The helicopter tours were over the top and your pilot and ground assistant was great. Your teams generosity of stretching your air time to take everyone up was greatly appreciated.”

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!

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.

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!

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.

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!

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!