Balloon rides by the Rocky Mountain Balloon Adventures are considered one of the best activities to do in Pagosa Springs. The company was founded in 1986 by Mike Marchand, a licensed pilot who became widely known by the city dwellers and tourists due to his signature red, yellow, and blue balloon.
Mike also happens to be the founder of two popular air balloon events, which are the Colorfest and the Winterfest.
Hot Air Balloon Ride in Pagosa Springs
Operating year-round every morning, shortly after sunrise, the Rocky Mountain Balloon Adventures uses a large basket that can carry 10 to 12 passengers. The whole tour, which consists of 6 parts, takes about 3-3.5 hours to finish. The tour begins with welcoming, orienting, and instructing the passengers, followed by the balloon inflation which can be a hands-on activity for everyone.
Once done, the balloon will ascend to the sky and float above the earth. Passengers will spend about 30 minutes in the air, with a chance for a Splash-N-Dash (depending on wind conditions) where the pilot flies the balloon just inches over the area lakes before ascending into the air again. The tour ends with the deflation of the balloon where the passengers will be given a hands-on experience.
There will also be a closing ceremony where everyone gets to enjoy delicious muffins and juice while receiving a personalized flight certificate.
The Rocky Mountain Balloon Adventures is a member of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Professional Ride Operators, Balloon Federation of America, and Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association; and of various Chambers of Commerce (Pagosa Springs, Bayfield, and Durango).
Address: 538 Village Drive, Pagosa Springs, CO