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A local pilot offers you a helicopter flight over Eastern Idaho

Garrett McGroarty is a pilot and tour guide for Idaho Extreme Adventures, which offers helicopter tours of parts of eastern Idaho. See what the helicopter looks like in the video above. | Rett Nelson, EastIdahoNews.com

ST. ANTHONY – Garrett McGroarty loves watching the sunset over the St. Anthony Sand Dunes and the Tetons from the cockpit of his three-seat Robinson R42 Raven helicopter.

The 20-year-old St. Anthony man is a pilot and tour guide for Idaho Extreme Adventures, a company that offers helicopter tours from Rexburg to the edge of Island Park. The hangar and launch pad are located near the sand dunes at 1695 East 500 North in St. Anthony.

The tours are open to everyone, including farmers who would like to see their land from the air.

“We fly them over hundreds or thousands of acres of land and let them see their cattle from above or watch their crops grow,” McGroarty tells EastIdahoNews.com.

One of the most popular tours gives passengers the opportunity to see the Rexburg Temple from a bird's eye view.

The company was founded in April 2023, and last summer McGroarty said he conducted tours for about 450 people.

EastIdahoNews.com met McGroarty in the hangar for a look inside, which you can see Watch the video above.

The business is located next to Idaho Dunes RV, an RV park near the sand dunes that his family also owns.

McGroarty came up with the idea for Idaho Extreme Adventures during the COVID-19 pandemic. He was a sophomore in high school at the time and everything was shut down, so it was a “rare opportunity” for McGroarty to think carefully about what he wanted to do with his life.

“Because the St. Anthony area – the Tetons, Island Park and West Yellowstone – has some of the largest sand dunes in the country, there were no helicopter tour operators, so we thought this would be a great career,” says McGroarty.

McGroarty started flying helicopters about three years ago while attending Idaho State University. He will graduate in about a year now and he is excited to be doing something he loves.

He has fond memories of flying in a helicopter as a young boy. An employee of Air Idaho Rescue in Idaho Falls is close friends with his family and they often took him with them.

“As I flew other tours and other places around the country, I realized how much I loved flying and felt like I could challenge myself and get my own license,” says McGroarty.

Currently, tours are limited to a 25-mile radius of the helipad at the St. Anthony hangar, but McGroarty is in the process of obtaining Part 135 certification as an air carrier and operator, which will allow him to fly longer distances.

He hopes to be able to offer flights to neighboring countries in the near future.

The introductory flight offers passengers a helicopter flight over the dunes, covering all the sand dunes, including some hidden ones, as well as Devil's Dune, Thunder Mountain and Egin Lake. The price starts at $140 per person. The price increases depending on the length of the flight.

To schedule a tour or learn more, call (208) 243-9554 or email info@idahoextremeadventures.com. You can also visit the website.

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