Steamboat Springs Hot Air Balloon Ride

Drift Over the Beautiful Yampa Valley On a Hot Air Balloon Flight

About This Experience

General Information hide

Discover first-hand the fun and adventure of riding in a Hot Air Balloon during this sixty-minute airborne adventure over beautiful Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Your thrilling experience gift begins when you meet your friendly Pilot and their Crew at the launch location near Mount Werner. Your day will start off with helping the Pilot inflate the balloon at Sunrise. Once Pilot determines that the balloon is ready for flight, you and the rest of the guests will climb into the basket as the Pilot continues to heat the air inside the balloon's envelope. Once the balloon it becomes "lighter than air" it will ascend to over 1,000 feet, offering breathtaking views of the beautiful ski resort and town of Steamboat below - so don't forget your camera!

Upon landing, you'll enjoy a traditional champagne toast before helping the Pilot and Crew pack up the balloon and head back to the launch location. So whether you are looking for a unique gift or for a way to celebrate a special occasion, this Yampa Valley Balloon Ride is the ticket!

Where It's Located hide

  • Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Who Is Included hide

The Steamboat Springs Hot Air Balloon Ride Xperience Certificate® is for one participant. There will be approximately five additional participants on the flight.

This experience is not suitable for non-paying guests.

When It Is Offered hide

The Steamboat Balloon Rides are offered seven days a week year-round, subject to availability. Flights take place at Sunrise, appointment times will vary upon the time of year the flight is scheduled.

How Long Is It hide

The Yampa Valley Hot Air Balloon Rides have a flight time of approximately 1 hour and a total duration of approximately 2½ hours.

Weather hide

The Balloon Flights may be cancelled by the Pilot due to high winds, heavy rain, fog or other inclement weather.

What To Wear hide

Dress comfortably, flat rubber-soled shoes and layers are recommended for this open air adventure.

Additional Information hide

Participation in the Hot Air Balloon Experience is limited to individuals weighing less than 220lbs and less than 6'5" tall. Participants must be able to stand for a minimum of 90 minutes, should be at least 8 years of age and also a minimum of 4' tall. Individuals who are pregnant, have broken bones or other physical conditions which are considered unsafe conditions are not eligible to participate.

Participants are required to sign a Liability Release Form prior to flight.


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Reservation Information hide

All changes to reservations for the Steamboat Springs Hot Air Balloon Ride Experience require fourteen (14) days advance notice.

Xperience Certificates® cannot be exchanged once a reservation for the experience has been made.


JOTR GC FilmstripHello again from the UK! This week, my adventure had me going up, up, up in the air in a hot air balloon floating over Steamboat! What an incredible experience, especially as I had never seen one up close, let alone stepped inside a hot air balloon wicker basket. Once again, I bring you my personal experience so you know what to expect when you climb aboard for this fantastic balloon ride. For my journey I’m joined by a work colleague, Hannah, and we are pleasantly surprised to find we’re not joining romantic couples – although don’t let that stop you; we could both certainly imagine a wedding proposal happening 1,000 feet in the air upon this beautiful hot air balloon ride,over the stunning views of Steamboat.


After arriving at the launch location we are introduced to our pilot and crew with such a warm welcome, we immediately feel right at ease. Watching as the hot air balloon is warmed up and inflated, we climb aboard, ready for our flight. Our pilot talks us through some safety instructions and explains that throughout the duration of the ride there will be occasional blasts of fire to keep the balloon afloat, which will be quite loud so he may not be able to hear us talking. All ready and raring to go … and just like that, we’re in the air!

IMG_6411It’s a truly surreal feeling, just floating up without a care in the world and only a balloon to keep us up there … unbelievable. I can see why the pilot loves his job so much! I’m in such a state of tranquillity I almost forget to take photos of all the stunning views and the tiny houses below us. It really is quite something. I can’t recommend this experience enough and I honestly feel there are no words to describe the amazing sensation of a hot air balloon ride!


I find it unbelievable that we drift over Steamboat for a full hour – it seems to really fly past but before we know it we are preparing for landing. Turns out there’s quite an art to landing a hot air balloon – you certainly don’t land where you started off, mainly due to the winds. Fear not, we safely land in a quiet road and the landing crew are already there to help steady the balloon basket as it touches down on the ground. Remembering not to all jump out at the same time, we wait for their signal.

IMG_6416The second I saw another hot air balloon floating next to us I couldn’t resist – I knew what I had to do (photo above)! After landing and driving back to the launch pad, we’re offered drinks and snacks … and some champagne! There’s a small tale to tell as to why we drank champagne, but you’ll just have to try out the experience yourself to find out why!

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