Summer tours and adventures in Bend, Oregon. Fly in your own private helicopter in Bend to explore wildfires. In 2017 and 2018 Oregon experienced some of the worst local forest fires in history, torching an estimated million acres of forests across the state. Locally, in Bend we watched the Mt Jefferson and Milli Fires rage while the Nash Complex Fire threatened our iconic Elk Lake Lodge. These fast moving and destructive fires have been successfully extinguished thanks to the support of air tankers, helicopters, and an army of ground teams who battled for three months to hold containment lines.

Now is your chance to explore Central Oregon’s incredible fire scarred forest by helicopter, on a 80 mile sunset flight when our mountains explode into the golden hues, and bright sunset rays that make for legendary end of day scenic helicopter flights.

Bend “Fire Sky” Sunset Flights

Each year from September through late March the sun sets lower over the Cascade Range, and for Bend residents and visitors alike the sunsets these late fall afternoons bring fill the sky with golden pink hues and candy floss atmospherics over the Cascade Range that are best experienced from the air – in a private helicopter.

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, and we’re lucky to get to explore them with our signature helicopter tours from Bend, Oregon. In fact all of the eruptions in the contiguous United States over the last 200 years have been from Cascade volcanoes. While catching the perfect sunset is our focus on this scenic helicopter tour, we’ll also highlight the Three Sisters, Broken Top, and a wide variety of volcanic mountain terrain bathed with slanting rays of golden sun.

The Helicopter Tour

Our Cascades Fire Scar Helicopter Tours 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 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 helicopter sightseeing and feature a nearly 180 degree field of view, clear passenger to pilot communications and in cabin air-conditioning.

Helicopter Tour Gift Certificates

Corporate gift giving, holidays and birthdays mean exciting Gift Certificates for Bend’s best scenic flights and tours through the stunning Cascade Range and beyond. Book today and give the gift of exciting memories to those you love on this amazing fall/winter tour. Guaranteed good weather flights. You’ll love getting up close to Mt. Bachelor and the Cascades. Breathtaking views are all yours to discover.

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Tour Overview

45 Minutes of Flight Time
Tour Style
Scenic Helicopter Tours, Summer Helicopter Tours, Corporate & Custom Tours, Travel Trailer Rental
$649 For 1-3 Passengers

What's Included

Guaranteed weather flights or same day refund.

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

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


Bend Local's Tip

Best time for these flights are from 6pm to sunset. 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.

Looking to explore the great outdoors? Rent a rugged $99 tent camper travel trailer in Bend and go explore over 200 lakes, rivers, hot springs, and the Oregon coast today!

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


“Thank you ever so much for making the Drake/Coco helicopter 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 helicopter pilots and ground assistant was great. Your teams generosity of stretching your air time to take everyone up was greatly appreciated. I would recommend Big Mountain Heli Tours to anyone getting married in Bend or Central Oregon, what an exciting way to sightsee in Bend! “

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!