Balloons

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.


jbb1521
jbb1521
2020-09-14
Our Breath-taking San Juan Balloon Wedding My fiance and I booked our wedding ceremony with Gary Woods (San Juan Balloon Adventure out of Ridgway, CO) in mid August, 2020. We opted for the hot air balloon wedding since Covid restricted large gatherings which resulted in a wonderful, breathtaking and memorable wedding experience. We were both surprised with the extra touches they added to our special day. Gary and his team did a great job decorating the balloon basket. And they took pictures of us (using one of our cell phones) throughout. We had a sweet champagne toast during flight & a champagne brunch with wedding cake after landing. Our wedding experience was elegant, memorable, enjoyable, safe and FUN! We have no regrets about ditching the traditional wedding format for this wonderful memory-making experience. Thank you San Juan Balloon Team! Jackie & Gary,
Norma H
Norma H
2020-08-29
Balloon ride This was our first balloon ride. We had a blast we got to help with the setup. Gary was very knowledgeable about the town as well as surrounding towns.
Derek C
Derek C
2020-08-21
Awesome Gary, Dom, and TJ made this so much fun. The scenery was beautiful and the envelope (balloon) was HUGE! Colorado is absolutely gorgeous. Breakfast and champagne with a story afterward. We loved it, thank you so much. We will be back.
Vicky R
Vicky R
2020-08-08
Retirement/bucket list memory - check Gary and his crew made sure my retirement/bucket list adventure was memorable. They are a great crew and made a great memory enjoyable! Thanks guys!
Adam-Margaux
Adam-Margaux
2020-08-02
Gary made us Aeronauts! What a neat experience I checked off my bucket list! Gary and his crew made us feel very comfortable. You get to have the whole experience, from setting up the hot air balloon, taking a ride, then having champagne and food while learning about the hot air balloon history. We are impressed with all the work that goes into a balloon flight; we had no idea!
Heather P
Heather P
2020-07-31
Incredible Experience! Gary and his team were incredible! Gary kept great communication the days leading up to our flight. We could not fly on our scheduled day due to rain but he was sure to fit us in a few days later before our vacation was over. Any nerves I had about flying and landing in the hot air balloon were put to rest once I met Gary. He is very knowledgeable and made the trip very smooth. They were eager to take pictures for us to help us record the memory. As soon as he found out we were on our honeymoon, he made a point to celebrate that as well. The post flight champagne and breakfast was delicious and we got a chance to learn about the history of ballooning. Gary continued the great experience by sending us t-shirts that arrived the day we got home. It was a great reminder of the amazing trip we had. A big thank you to Gary and his team!
WJE
WJE
2020-07-09
Fantastic Experience My boyfriend surprised me by proposing right before we went up in the hot air balloon. It was a fantastic day! Gary is wonderful and made the whole event not only special, but memorable. I have a fear of heights, but I felt safe and comfortable on our journey. We had a great time in the air and after landing we were provided a lovely brunch. Gary is an excellent storyteller and we enjoyed learning more about the history of hot air balloons. I have and will continue to recommend Gary and his crew. Thank you again for the wonderful memory on such a special day!
Theresa B
Theresa B
2019-09-21
Wedding Day! Cannot express enough gratitude to Gary and his crew! An experience we will never forget. Above and beyond all expectations!!
HollyD2020
HollyD2020
2019-08-23
Most Concerned with Customer Experience We are giving San Juan Balloons 5 stars even though weather prevented us from a balloon flight this trip. Gary and his crew are extremely professional and safety is their utmost concern. On our second try, even when the conditions technically were safe, they decided there was a chance the flight would either be cut short, or too bumpy. Our safety and our comfort were first priority with them, and we so appreciated that. The reservation process is strict, but understandably so. They go to a lot of trouble to get everything set up. We will be definitely be calling them again next trip, which we hope is soon. Highly recommend San Juan Balloons.
Beth
Beth
2019-07-03
Unbelievable customer service! Our trip was last-minute, and I gave Gary like 3 days notice that I was hoping to get a balloon ride for my mom. She was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and a balloon ride was her biggest bucket list item. He was already booked solid during our trip, but went out of his way to make it happen for us - and then made it happen again working around # of travelers and weight restrictions and even physical disabilities. The little celebration at the end was spectacular and more than expected. Overall, a fantastic way to spend a few hours, and I couldn't imagine a better way to give mom a memory!

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