Ever wonder what all you get to do on a hot air balloon ride? Well...
1: Welcome & Orientation
The adventure begins when we meet our guests shortly after sunrise when the mountain air is still calm and stable, the perfect conditions for ballooning!
During high season, we may need to do back-to-back flights. This does not limit your time in the air. Read how this works.
3: Ascending to the Sky
Get ready to climb aboard our basket for the flight of a lifetime, enjoying the enchanting sights and tranquility that can only be experienced from a hot air balloon.
As you gently ascend, the Earth seems to fall away below you revealing hidden canyons and valleys. Because a balloon moves at wind speed, you could hold a candle and the flame would not flicker!
4: Float Through the Air
Floating softly through the air, we may fly inches over the area lakes for a breathtaking "splash-n-dash," a little higher for some souvenir pine cones from the tops of trees or up to 3,000 feet for a 200 mile panoramic view of 4 states.
Listen to a history of Pagosa and ballooning while riding the peaceful breezes with the hawks, ospreys and the majestic bald eagles.
How do Back-to-Back Flights Work?
Rocky Mountain Balloon Adventures has a large basket that can carry 10-12 passengers depending on the time of year and outside air temperature.
During our busy season, we may book up to 20 people and do flights back-to-back to accommodate all passengers. This means everyone pitches in to inflate the balloon and the first group will fly while the others watch and follow in our van. Then, the second group will fly. Afterwards, we'll all deflate and pack the balloon away.
Please note that back-to-back flights do not cut into your air time.
Because we drift with the winds we'll return to the original launch site by van for the closing ceremony.