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Helicopter and Air Tours

There is perhaps no better way to view the San Juan Skyway than from the vantage point of a helicopter. Certain areas of the skyway are so remote that you could not get in to see them on your own. This is an activity that is worth the splurge.

Helicopter and Air Tours

There is perhaps no better way to view the San Juan Skyway than from the vantage point of a helicopter. Certain areas of the skyway are so remote that you could not get in to see them on your own. This is an activity that is worth the splurge.

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Helicopter and Air Sightseeing in the San Juans

The San Juans are Colorado’s largest mountain range. The San Juan National Forest covers 1.8 million acres. The only way to grasp the immensity and beauty of the volcanic and heavily mined mountains is by air. The four-wheel drive roads that lace their way through these forests owe their existence to the mining heritage that defined the history of these mountains. Much of the land in the National Forest is contained in the Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado’s largest wilderness. Visitors get only a tantalizing taste of this wilderness by riding the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge railroad into the Chicago Basin with its multiple fourteeners. Many of the most stunning views in the National Forest, like the blue-green waters of Emerald Lake reflecting surrounding peaks, require backpacking. Visitors see only a fraction of the 126-mle long Animas River and the San Juan River of which it is a tributary. Likewise the Colorado Trail along which it flows. Even marvelous Molas Lake close to Silverton is mostly seen by campers. The point here is that many of the most incredible places to see in the San Juan Mountains can only be seen by air tours, especially by helicopters that, weather permitting, can get upclose to most attractions in any season or land conditions permitting.

There are so many ways to experience the San Juan Mountains on the ground and from the air, in any season or time of day. However, after sightseeing from above the mountains and valleys via a helicopter or a private plane, people often are spoiled for other kinds of guided tours. Before boarding air tours passengers can express their desires for scenery or special moments and experienced pilots know how to fulfill them, moving as smoothly as airflow between unique vistas. Couples eloping or having small weddings can choose breathtaking or simply beautiful settings for their memorable moments. Incredible views of the San Juans and its over 14,000’ peaks are just moments away from Durango and other towns along the San Juan Skyway. Air journeys reveal sights such as the Southern Ute Reservation, Chimney Rock National Monument, Animas Valley, Engineer Mountain, the Needles and so much more. Each of these and other sightseeing attractions combine aesthetic beauty and their own form of inspiration for people that are open to it.

Winter sports enthusiasts get some of their biggest thrills from helicopter skiing and snowboarding in the high-altitude powder of the San Juan Mountains. Ski tours can be combined with helicopter tours of the pristine mountain terrain tailored to the customer’s preferences and skill levels. Heliskiing adventures can include personalized backcounry touring and guided snowcat tours through untracked powder. When snow has fallen and trails and alpine lakes seem inaccessible, they become accessible for discovery by air. Most winter visitors are familiar with the options for downhill skiing and snowboarding in Purgatory, Hesperus, Telluride, and Wolf Creek, but there are so many other places to walk a trail, snowshoe, cross country ski, snowmobile or snow-bike that air touring can reveal. Some like Haviland Lake, about 17 miles north of Durango and Molas Pass Winter Recreation Area a little further to the north past Purgatory provide wilderness experiences that most visitors miss without touring by air.

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