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What to Expect:

  •  Arrive at the meeting location at 7:20 A.M. Click HERE for directions.

    • Hot air balloons fly during the early morning due to the outside temperature is at the coolest and the winds are the calmest.​

  • Travel to launch location.

    • Chosen based on wind and conditions​, predetermined             by the pilots.​​​​​​

  • Safety brief- Safety is our number one concern.

  • Set up and inflation of the hot air balloon.

    • Active participation is encouraged.​

  • Board the balloon as directed by the pilots and ground crew.

  • Take flight!

    • our pilots will expertly navigate you using wind for steering        to a safe landing location​

  • Deflation. 

    • Active participation is encouraged!​​​​​

  • Post-flight ceremony.

    • A champagne tradition spanning nearly 240 years! (non-alcoholic options also available​

    • small snacks provided.​​

  • Tranportation back to the meeting location

Explore by Air

#ComeAdventureWithUs

Whether you're 5 or 105 you can take your adventure to new heights with Pagosa's premier hot air balloon adventures. Explore the exceptional landscape of the Pagosa Springs area by way of air. A family-friendly adventure that fulfills dreamers of all ages.

Adventure

F.A.Q's

 

Surprisingly, hot air balloon rides are smooth and gentle.After initial launch the air becomes very still and quiet. Periodically the pilot will ignite the burner system to keep the balloon aloft, however for the most part the only noise that is heard is from the valley below.Most people expect the adrenaline rush of roller coasters but are pleasantly surprised with a peaceful, soothing experience. The stillness of the air gives way to a panoramic view of the valley floor. The tapestry of the area provides the perfect playground for animals so, keep your eyes open for them. Also, make sure to take in the grand mountains of the San Juan range as well as mountains as far as New Mexico and Arizona are visible on the right day. Who knows what you’ll see?!

  • How long is the flight? 

    • The flight lasts approximately 30-45 minutes, however, you should anticipate the entire activity to take 3-4 hours. 

  • What ballooning terms should I know?

    • Envelope- Fabric material that contains the "hot air".      

    • Basket/Gondola- Woven wicker basket where passengers/pilot stands.   

    • Burner- Loud, heat-producing ignition systems secured above the basket.

    • Chase Crew- Ground crew members who meet at the landing spot.

    • Redline- Not always red, vent line to let heat out of the balloon.

    • Tanks- Tanks filled with propane.

    • Lines- Fuel hoses taking propane from tanks to burners.

    • Fan- Propeller inflation fan, inflates envelope with cold air. 

    • Going Hot- Means the burners will be ignited and the air inside the balloon heated. 

    • Splash and Dash- When the balloon skims the top of a body of water before rising into the air again.                  

  • Is there an age limit? 

    • Flying is a great activity for most ages, we discourage riders under 7 years old as it is difficult to see over the basket and most younger children fear the noise of the burner and become bored.

  • Is there a weight limit? 

    • Usually no, however, if you have concerns please give us a call.

  • Can I cancel my flight? 

    • There is a $25.00 cancellation fee for flights canceled more than 24 hours before launch. There is no refund available If canceled within 24 hours. THIS EXCLUDES FLIGHT CANCELLATIONS DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER.

  • Can we fly in bad weather? 

    • All flights are weather dependent: a flight may be canceled for rain, snow, cloud coverage, wind, or fog. Winds are most calm at sunrise and sunset. Our pilots check multiple weather services and conduct their own weather observations prior to every flight. Our pilots make safe and conservative decisions before every launch to ensure safety for ALL participants. Every flight is subject to cancellation under the pilot's discretion.

  • Do I need to be physically fit? 

    • Each passenger must be able to get in and out of the basket and be able to stand for 1 hour.

  • How many people can go? 

    • 6 people plus pilot, two 1/2 hour flights may be booked back to back.

  • What time of year should I fly? 

    • Hot air ballooning can be done year-round!

  • What should I wear?  

    • We always recommend dressing in layers, the mornings begin cold (hats and gloves encouraged) and by the end of the flight, it is warm enough for a t-shirt. GOOD CLOSED-TOED SHOES ARE A MUST. Hiking boots or tennis shoes are recommended. Remember to bring sunglasses, hats, and sunscreen.

  • What should I bring? 

    • Camera, video camera, and your smiling face. A water bottle, sunglasses, hats, sunscreen.

  • Should I fly if I get motion sick? 

    • Because the basket and envelope move with the wind most people do not feel motion sick.

  • When should I book my flight? 

    • Summer is our busiest season. We recommend you book your flight as soon as you make your travel plans.

  • Tipping policy

    • Tipping is always appreciated and will be split between the chase crew.

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Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations will be accepted up to 48 hours before your departure and your adventure will be refunded minus a $25.00 per person cancellation fee.

  • Cancellations within 48 hours of your departure can NOT be refunded.

 Release forms. A release form must be signed for each participant. Release forms can be found here. 

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Allow your dreams to take flight with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Experience the majestic Southern San Juan mountains and the mesmerizing mighty San Juan River Valley. Don't take our word for it, experience for yourself why Pagosa is a world-renowned area to fly.