Peaceful. Beautiful. Awe inspiring. These are just a few words that can be used to describe the view of Douglas County and all other areas of Colorado from a hot air balloon.
Have you ever seen a hot air balloon drifting in the distance and wished you were inside of its basket – peering down at earth from several hundred feet above ground? If so, you’re in luck. There are several companies in Colorado that offer hot air balloon rides to people who want to see the state’s most stunning sites from a perspective not available by any other means.
Where to Find Balloon Rides
A few companies that offer hot air balloon rides in Douglas County and other areas around the state of Colorado include these:
- Colorado Balloon Rides (extensive list of companies)
- Fantasy Balloons Colorado
- Denver Hot Air Balloons
The experience of riding in a hot air balloon is unforgettable. Many choose to celebrate a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary with a hot air balloon ride adventure. Following are a few common Qs and As about riding in a hot air balloon. Make sure to contact a hot air balloon company directly for answers to more specific questions or to make a reservation for your hot balloon journey.
Q: What types of things can you see from a hot air balloon ride over Douglas County?
A: No matter where your ride takes you in Colorado, you should see magnificent views, natural bodies of water, wildlife, and more.
Q: Can I give the gift of a hot air balloon ride to someone else?
A: Yes, many balloon companies offer gift certificates.
Q: How long do hot air balloon rides usually last?
A: Each balloon company offers unique rides, and some rides may last longer than others depending on where your ride is headed, wind conditions on the day of your ride, and other factors.
Q: Do hot air balloon rides leave from areas near Douglas County?
A: Many of the hot air balloon companies that operate in Colorado offer launch sites around the state. Make sure to call and/or visit the website of each hot air balloon company that offers the type of ride you are seeking for more information.
Q: Can more than two people fit in a hot air balloon basket?
A: The number of people who can fit in the basket depends on the size of the basket, the size of the balloon, and other factors. If you want to take a ride with a large group (e.g. more than 8 or 10 people), make sure to specify the size of your party when you make a reservation.
Hot Air Balloon Festivals and Rallies in Colorado
If you’re not interested in taking a ride yourself, but you like the idea of watching others launch their hot air balloons, there are plenty of hot air balloon festivals and rallies that take place in Colorado each year.
Following are some of the most popular:
- Telluride Annual Balloon Rally – Telluride, CO
- Steamboat Hot Air Balloon Rodeo – Steamboat Springs, CO
- Moffat County Hot Air Balloon Festival – Craig, CO
- Snowmass Balloon Festival – Snowmass, CO
- Colorado Springs Lift Off – Colorado Springs, CO
- Erie Town Fair & Balloon Festival – Erie, CO