Upon pleading for its preservation and declaring it a national monument over a one hundred years ago, President Theodore Roosevelt called the Grand Canyon, The one great sight which every American should see.
Fast forward a century and Teddy’s desire is a bit problematic for many Americans. Vacation time is limited and getting to the Grand Canyon usually requires months of planning and several days of PTO.
And least it used to.
But now there’s a way to see one of the seven wonders of the natural world and still be home in time for dinner.
Pilots Dave Story and Bret Kobe recently started Utah Airways. Their goal is to share the beauty of the Western US with those who don’t have unlimited amounts of vacation days to spare.
There’s a whole demographic of people out there who want to see and experience stunning places the American West has to offer, but they struggle to earmark the vacation time for it, noted Story. When you fly with Utah Airways, you can get to the South or West rims of the Grand Canyon in less than two hours, spend the day there, hike around, see the highlights, and be back before the sun goes down, he added.
Utah Airways can fly up to six passengers on their Piper Navajo 310. Both pilots are fully licensed by the FAA and undergo rigorous training and certification. Passengers can be picked up at their choice of private airports: Ogden, Heber or Salt Lake, where they’re greeted on the tarmac and airborne within minutes.
While the Grand Canyon is the most popular destination Utah Airways serves, the company offers an extended menu of locations, including: Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion, and Moab. Additionally, Utah Airways is known for customizing and packaging locations. If you want to hit Vegas on the way back from Zion, they’ll make it happen. The Badlands and Yellowstone in one day? It’s possible.
There are so many amazing places to see in the West, but they’re often difficult to access and require a full day of driving. We wanted to be able to share these fabulous destinations in a convenient and cost effective way. Checking something off your bucket list shouldn’t have to require your annual allotment of vacation time, Story added.
Another bonus for passengers is the chance to take in the landscape’s beauty from the air.
We don't fly at 30,000 feet; we'll fly between 8,000 and 10,000 feet. You're actually flying over Bryce Canyon as we get to the Grand Canyon, and you get the bird’s eye view you can’t get in a typical commercial flight and certainly not a vehicle, Story added.
Even better, Utah Airways contracts with a professional photographer and videographer who can join you on your trip. So the entire family can be in all the photos together.
In short, Utah Airways makes it possible to experience the trip of a lifetime, without spending a chunk of your lifetime just getting there.