San Juan Hot Air Balloons

Balloon Experience in Colorado

Welcome to Colorado!

A hot air balloon flight is one of life’s very special treats and worth doing with one of the best : San Juan Balloon Adventures! Now in their 37nd year of operation, have shared the “gentle adventure” with visitors from every state in the U.S. and almost every country in the world! This family business focuses on quality and personalized service.


Your balloon adventure begins at daybreak as you meet your pilot and ground crew. All passengers are then invited to put on some gloves and join the the crew ( optional) as they assemble and inflate the giant 7 story tall balloon. Once briefed , passengers climb aboard and with a mighty roar from the burners the earliest form of air travel eases gently into the waiting sky. As you drift along there is no movement of air, for you have become the wind and it’s the wind that determines your course and direction.


During the hour long flight your pilot will usually ascend to an altitude which will provide a great overview of the surrounding terrain, but a great deal of the flight takes place at treetop level in order to allow passengers to experience the countryside, engage in conversations with the people below and enjoy frequent sightings of area wildlife.


As your flight ends you descend gently to the valley floor, where you are greeted by a dedicated ground crew and treated to a traditional champagne celebration (non-alcohol available) complete with a light brunch. Each passenger is then presented with a personalized flight certificate. The experience takes about three hours but the memories will last a lifetime!


Who can fly? 

Almost anyone! ....we have flown passengers from 6 to 96. We have flown the timid and adventurous, the agile and the fragile as well as the physically challenged. The only real limitations are youngsters who need to be held or anyone who, because of a health condition, might be adversely affected by a rough landing. check with us for details

When do we fly?
 Our flights take place everyday weather permitting, during the months of May through September. We usually launch at daybreak, when the air is cool and the winds are light and predictable. Since safety is our primary concern, we do not fly when surface winds exceed 8 mph.

Where do we fly?

We launch from the town of Ridgway, surrounded by the scenic San Juan Mountains. Generally. we fly over the Ridgway valley, the Uncompaghre river and large open pastures. Each flight takes a different course and rarely do we return by air to our starting point.

Flight Services


San Juan Balloon Adventures specializes in "Personalized Service" with no more than 4 passengers aboard any balloon, and by providing "first class only" flights that include a complete hot air ballooning experience.


Safety is our first priority, therefore, we only fly when weather conditions permit. Your safety and enjoyment is further enhanced with "state of the art" equipment and a knowledgeable, friendly and attentive crew to serve you. Our reputation for providing safe, quality service is evidenced by a large number of referrals and repeat passengers.


We operate one early morning flight each day, weather permitting. Although an average flight lasts approximately one hour we ask that you plan to allow 3-3 1/2 hours in order to enjoy the complete experience including the inflation and deflation of the balloon as well as the post flight celebration.


All of our flights include a delightful champagne brunch which generally includes: assorted cheese, crackers, fresh fruit, orange juice and fresh pastries. Please let us know at he time of booking if you prefer N/A beverage or if you have any specific dietary needs. Each passenger also receives a personalized flight certificate.


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