Riding the soft desert wind in a hot air balloon is the perfect way to celebrate your special occasions with friends, family or when romance is in the air, and there is no better place to enjoy it than here in Taos, New Mexico.
Duration: Allow 3.5 hours from the time we meet until we return to the meeting location.
Flight Time: You will be in the air 45-60 minutes or longer depending on weather.
Occupancy: 12 passengers max. each.
$275 $250/Adult, $200 $150/Kids (6 - 14)
Duration: Allow 3.5 hours from the time we meet until we return to the meeting location.
Flight Time: You will be in the air 45-60 minutes or longer depending on weather.
Occupancy: 12 passengers max. each.
$275 $250/Adult, $250/Kids (6 - 14)
Flight Vouchers make the perfect birthday, Christmas, anniversary, wedding, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, graduation or Valentine gift. They are emailed within 24 hours, and are fully refundable at any time prior to check-in for your first scheduled flight. Book and fly now, or buy flight vouchers as gifts and fly later. Our balloon flight gift cards don't expire making them the perfect gift that will be remembered forever!
Are you ready for the experience of a lifetime? Pueblo Balloon is committed to capturing the imagination, attention and memories of our customers. From memorable vacations, to birthdays and anniversary, count on Pueblo Balloon to deliver a truly magical experience for you, your friends, family, coworkers, and loved ones. More about our flights...
Your Pueblo Balloon adventure begins bright and early when you're picked up at your Taos area Hotel or B & B. Our experienced crew and experienced FAA certified pilots are personable, knowledgeable and entertaining.
Our Champagne balloon flights provide guests beautiful panoramas of Taos and the Sangre de Cristo's before we drop down into the *Gorge and kiss the historic Rio Grande river as it gently flows south into the Gulf of Mexico. This is the most thrilling balloon ride anywhere. After the flight we celebrate with the traditional Champagne (or sparkling cider) toast where you'll be presented your official Flight Certificates. The flight lasts about an hour, but the memories will last a lifetime.
* While it is always our preference to fly in the gorge, due to prevailing wind patterns in Taos, in winter we may end up flying in town instead. Flight location is always at the discretion of the pilot in command with your safety in mind.
All Pueblo Balloon rides conclude with: Champagne / Sparkling cider toast, Light refreshments and snacks, Commemorative flight certificate.
* Kids pricing ONLY available when purchasing from puebloballoon.com.
* Kids must be a minimum of 6 years old and must be accompanied by a fare paying adult.
* Kids discounts and Special Offers can not be combined with any other specials, discounts, or 3rd party offers.
Thank you! We will never forget, and are grateful for your service.
The least we can do is offer anyone currently serving, or who has served a 10% discount for them and any other adults accompanying them. You must provide proof of service in the form of a military ID, DD214, a badge or ID card. Should you not have this proof on flight day, the discount will have to be removed and full price of flight will be charged.
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Check “hot air balloon ride” off your bucket list! Schedule a flight experience to remember with Pueblo Balloon Rides! Our quick and easy online scheduling system will have you making new flying memories before you know it! It's never been this simple to schedule your hot air balloon flight! To keep things running smoothly, our friendly support staff are here to answer any of your scheduling questions. Should you have an inquiry, feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us 8am - 7pm at (575)-751-9877.
If you have any questions, please call (575)-751-9877 .
"Kris and Ozzy were fabulous, Kris will tell you he has no control but that's hard to believe when he's skipping along the river and easily hopping over bridges and trees. I can't say enough good things about these guy they have a very professional operation and it's ton's of fun. My boyfriend and I did it with my Mom and her partner for her 60th birthday and it was an incredible experience. I highly recommend this activity as someone who had never been in a hot air balloon before it's way more fun then I expected it to be. "
- Emily D., Denver, CO
"Pueblo Balloon Company is the BEST in the sky!!! Chris, Ozzie, Rosie and all the gang made our air balloon trip a flight in surreal heaven!!! This was beyond all transportation I've traveled on ...I've been on planes, trains, automobiles, Goodyear blimp, helicopters..., now the best....Pueblo Balloon Company!!! Thanks so very much!!! "
- Patti C., Cypress, Texas
"We had 8 people in our group with the eldest being 76. She was worried about getting in & out of the basket but Alex (Moose) as he just lifted her in & out. Ozzie and Alex as the ground crew were great with the release and catch of the basket after our Marshmallow landing. Chris, the pilot, is one of the finest and best known pilots in the area. Flying down into the gorge, touching water, then flying back up to 3000 ft was incredible. This was the highlight of our week in New Mexico!"
- Michael G., San Pedro, Belize
"AMAZING experience, Kris and his crew are exceptional! Worth every penny and then some! Was so much more than expected! You've GOT to get in the air with them!"
- Julie K.
"Kris and his team are top notch! We had a great time and got to check this one off the bucket list! Check them out for the best hot air balloon flight in the country!"
- Tera A.
Our Taos balloon adventures all begin at sunrise when you arrive at the launch site in time to watch us inflate the balloon.
Shortly after the sun rises we will lift off for a peaceful journey over Taos lasting approximately one hour.
After your flight, when your feet find their way back to earth, the Pueblo Balloon crew will be there to greet you and help you celebrate your voyage with the traditional champagne (or sparkling cider) toast, light continental breakfast, commemorative flight certificate suitable for framing, and memories to last a lifetime.
Your safety is our main concern, so we reserve the right to cancel a flight due to adverse weather conditions or safety reasons. All flights must adhere to all FAA safety standards for passenger-carrying commercial balloon operations. We don’t anticipate flight delays, however if the pilot requires more time to see how the weather is developing, it is possible that your flight might be put on hold. If that happens, you will be instructed to phone back at a later time that day for an update.
Fact: Pueblo Balloon Rides has an impeccable safety record.
Fact: Pueblo Balloon Rides does NOT operate the largest fleet of hot air balloons, but we do operate the newest and best balloon equipment available.
Fact: Pueblo Balloon Rides is a zero tolerance workplace. All of our pilots, crew and office staff are subject to random drug screenings.
Fact: Pueblo Balloon Rides requires all of our pilots to maintain an FAA certified 2nd Class Medical certificate.
Fact: Our pilots are some of the most experienced FAA certified commercial pilots in the industry.
Fact: We will not fly in unsafe conditions and have a very strict operations guide that all of our pilots must follow that defines weather conditions we will and will NOT fly in.
Fact: Our equipment requires a full FAA inspection annually or every 100 hours (which ever comes first) by FAA certified aircraft inspectors.
Fact: Before every flight our pilots and ground crew inspect the balloon, envelope, rigging and gondola.
If you have any questions, please call (575)-751-9877 .
Are we insured? We are insured by an American-owned, A+ rated insurance company.
Where do we meet? The address to our meeting location is: 926 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur, Taos, NM 87571. ( Map )
What time are the balloon flights? We meet about 30 min. before sunrise. Click here for a sunrise chart , find your month and day. The exact meeting time will be included with your balloon ride confirmation.
Where will the balloon land? A hot air balloon flight is dependent on wind speed and direction, so every flight we make in Taos is different and our landing sites vary from day to day.
Can I take a camera? Absolutely, there is always plenty to photograph both prior to the flight, during and afterwards. You may bring a video camera also. We recommend that you have a suitable soft case, including carry strap, with you to stow and protect the camera during the landing. Bring extra memory cards and batteries. Panoramic cameras are nice for scenery.
How long will we be in the air? You will be in the air 45-60 minutes or longer depending on weather. Please allow 3.5 hours from the time we meet until we return to the meeting location.
How many people are in the balloon? Our hot air balloons carry a maximum of 12 passengers plus the pilot. Our gondolas (baskets) have partitioned compartments for passenger comfort and safety.
How do I book a Hot Air Balloon Ride? It's simple, just give Pueblo Balloons a call at (575)-751-9877 and we'll give you all the information you need to book a flight. If you already have flight vouchers, click here to schedule your flight. If you need to purchase a flight click here.
How long are flights? On average, passenger flights are approximately one hour in length. Some flights can vary from 45 minutes to 1 1/2 hours depending on the amount of fuel on board, the passengers combined weight, the temperature of the air and when the pilot finds a suitable landing field.
What type of weather conditions are needed to fly? Hot Air Balloon passenger flights take place in winds less than 6 knots, with no rain or approaching storms within 100 miles. Flights also require visibility of at least 3 miles and ceilings of at least 3000 feet.
What type of clothing should we wear? Special clothing is not required for hot air ballooning. We always suggest practical wear, such as long pants, a light jacket, a hat and no sandals or high heels. We do not fly high enough for a change in temperature so plan to dress for the temperature of the day. Please read our day of flight information page for details.
Can I bring my camera and binoculars? Yes, we encourage it. Some of the greatest pictures of the surrounding area can be taken from 500 feet in the air. Don't forget to bring batteries for your camera and a protective case for landing. Please read our day of flight information page for details.
Is it cold up there? No, the temperature in the air is the same or even warmer than it in the ground. The temperature only begins to drop when you begin to fly very high.
How big is the hot air balloon? Pueblo Balloons flies balloons that typically carry 8-12 passengers, making it easy to accommodate families and groups. The large baskets make for more space per person and our balloons have turning vents so the pilot can rotate the balloon during flight, giving everyone a 360 degree view.
What makes the hot air balloon rise? Hot Air! A pair of high-powered propane burners ignites and heats liquid propane that is aimed into the balloon to make it rise. The burners create 30 million BTU's of heat. In comparison, an average home barbecue generates 30,000 BTU's. Each flight uses approximately 60 gallons of propane.
How fast do you fly? The balloon travels the same speed as the wind. An average flight is approximately 7 miles in distance.
How do you steer the balloon? Hot Air Balloons can not be steered like a plane or helicopter. Balloons travel only in the direction of the wind. There may be different wind directions at different altitudes that the pilot may use to maneuver the balloon. Upon landing, our "Chase Crew" that has been following the balloon since lift off retrieves the balloon and passengers and returns them to the launch location.
Can anyone fly the balloon? To fly a hot air balloon you must be a licensed balloon pilot. Much like a fixed wing pilot, balloon pilots go through extensive training including ground school, written exams and hands-on flying.
What is the balloon made of? Balloons are made from rip-stop nylon much like a winter ski jacket. Yet unlike a jacket, the balloon is coated in a special chemical to help it resist heat and last longer. Balloons have an average life expectancy of 300 hours of use. Manufacturers have many different colours of fabric to choose from to create the many different patterns seen flying through the sky.
How much does a hot air balloon cost? An average hot air balloon, including the basket will cost approximately $60,000.00.
Who makes hot air balloons? Hot air balloons are made by a small group of select manufacturers around the world. The largest manufacturers of which can be found in England, The United States, and Spain.
How high do you fly? Though the altitude record for hot air ballooning is 90,000 feet, the height of passenger flights range anywhere from treetops up to 2,500 feet.
What happens if I don't fly? Will my voucher still be valid? As ballooning is weather dependent we have to cancel your flight if conditions are not safe. If your flight is canceled, you simply reschedule either online or by phone, for another date that suits your schedule. Sometimes passengers can be canceled a few times before being able to fly. If you have tried a few times during the flight season and have not been successful going, don't worry, Vouchers purchased directly from Pueblo Balloon Rides don't expire. We simply keeping trying until mother nature is in a good mood.
What can cause a cancellation of a flight? As safety of the passengers, crew and equipment is of utmost priority, flights will sometimes have to be cancelled. Various factors can cause cancellation such as weather conditions, equipment malfunction or pilot injury or illness. Your safety is our concern and we will not fly if this is jeopardized. If your flight is cancelled you can simply reschedule for another flight.
What happens if I don't want to use my balloon ride voucher? All vouchers purchased directly from Pueblo Balloon that are prepaid in full, are 100% refundable and also transferable within one (1) year from the date of purchase as long as either no flight has been scheduled, or you cancel your first scheduled flight at least 48 hours prior to flight time. If you wish to transfer your voucher to another party, please ensure their health or ability is not restricted. Simply let us know who you have transferred the voucher to and we will adjust the file so they can continue to schedule on it. Please read all policies here.
Address: 926 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur, Taos, NM 87571
Telephone: Reservations/Information Line: (575)-751-9877 8am - 7pm daily
Flight Status Line: (575)-751-9877
Meeting Location: If you are not being picked up at one of the local hotels or bed & breakfasts, we will meet you at the Taos Walmart (in the south east corner of the parking lot) located at: 926 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur, Taos, NM 87571
Our hot air balloon adventure begins when you meet your pilot and flight crew. Our passengers and pilots meet approximately a 1/2 hour before sunrise. Passengers are then transported to our launch location where they will watch in awe as the hot air balloons are inflated like a colorful canopy. After our safety brief, passengers embark on an experience of a lifetime. Approximately an hour later we will land and enjoy a champagne toast while sharing memories and stories of ballooning. Passengers are then returned to our Welcome Center or their individual hotels. Let the amazing adventure begin and get ready for your morning take off! Please plan 3-4 hours for the complete adventure.
Pueblo Balloon invites you to view Taos as you've never seen it before! Get carried away in a Hot Air Balloon adventure, unlike anything you’ve ever seen. During your flight you will get a spectacular bird’s eye view of the gorgeous Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Rio Grande Gorge. You will drift silently over the countryside where you will watch for wildlife and talk with envious onlookers down below. After drifting serenely for approximately an hour, we prepare for landing.
On landing, a traditional champagne toast is held to celebrate your wonderful adventure. Non-alcoholic beverages are also available. We will then return to the Pueblo Balloon Rides meeting location. Most importantly we are fully licensed and insured. Our pilots are all FAA certified, highly experienced and are full time professionals.
For the safety of all our passengers we enforce the following flight restrictions:
All passengers must be 6 years of age or older. Age 6-18 requires parent or guardian to fly.
Maximum weight per passenger cannot exceed 280lbs / 127 Kilograms / 20 stone, passengers may be asked to be weighed for accuracy at check-in.
It is strongly recommended that someone in the party be able to communicate in English.
Back, Neck, Knee, Hip, Joint, Bone, Osteoporosis or Similar Physical issues within 2 years.
Inability to walk unassisted or stand for one hour unassisted. Canes / Walkers / Wheel chairs / Scooters not permitted.
Recent Surgeries or Other Conditions that may be aggravated during flight and landing.
We want everybody to be able to fly, but to do so safely. If there is anything you think we should know, or you are unsure of prior to your flight date, please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss.
All flights are weather dependent.
The Pilot in Command may cancel the flight, or deny a flight for any passenger for any reason and they are the final authority on all flight and passenger related decisions.
All Private flights require a minimum of 2 passengers to fly
All non private flights require a mimumum of 4 passengers to fly. As a result, you will be with other guests on all non private flights
All passengers are required to read and sign our passenger release prior to flight.
Click here to review our passenger release document.
Unfortunately none of our aircraft are considered handicapped accessible. They are unable to accommodate wheel chairs and do not have doors to allow for access other than climbing over the sidewall of the basket. There is also no way for the aircraft to be modified to be made handicapped accessible. Additionally, we love animals and want them to be safe and protected. This unfortunately means that we do not allow service animals onboard or around the aircraft. Hot Air Balloon burners are loud and will scare many animals. It is simply not safe or prudent to allow a service animal in or around the aircraft.
All flight certificates are emailed within 24 hours of order receipt. If you are unable to receive and/or print the flight certificates via email, please call us and we will mail the certificates via US Postal service. When US Postal Service delivery is requested, we will ship them within 48 hours of order receipt.
Simply present the flight certificates and other paperwork to whomever you intend to give the ride, and have them contact us to schedule, or they may schedule on our website using the codes on the flight vouchers. Since we will not know to whom they have been given, we will not contact you to schedule. It is your responsibility to make sure the recipient contacts us to schedule their ride. Please ask the recipient to have a calendar handy when calling so we can pick a mutually agreeable time. If we are unable to fly the first opportunity for any reason, they can contact us to reschedule at their convenience. Flight Certificates issued by us do not expire unless they are forfeited or were donated by us for a charitable donation. Any charitable donation certificates will expire 1 year after the issue if no expiration date is on the certificate.
Once your reservation is completed, and you have received a confirmation from us, you are confirmed for that specific day's flight. The email confirmation will include the flight status line number to call before your flight. You are required to call that number at the time indicated in the email to get the status of your scheduled flight. The flight line will inform you of three options: 1. that the flight is a go, 2. on a weather hold, or 3. canceled. It will also provide instructions about how to proceed based upon the flight status. If the flight is on, it will include the meeting time at our meeting location, the address of the meeting location, and hotel pickup information for those who reserved round trip hotel pick up transportation.
Please note hot air ballooning is weather dependent and that we do expect all guests to be in the local area prior to your flight; to avoid being late or missing your flight please make necessary preparations. Pueblo Balloon will not be responsible in the event you do not arrive for your flight. This is true even if the flight is placed on a weather hold. If something changes on our end, such as weather, we will amend the flight status line, so please check the flight status line one more time in the morning prior to leaving for the flight location. It is your responsibility to ensure we have a valid contact phone number and you are available. Please arrive at the given meeting location on time. We will leave for the launch site approximately 10 minutes after the meeting time. If you are not present, you will be considered a no-show. Please see the policy below on no-shows. If the weather is unsafe to fly, we will work with you to reschedule your flight.
We ask that you call the flight status line after 8pm the evening before your flight. The flight line number is (505) 273-9765. This recording will have the status of the flight, as well as any last minute updates for the flight information (if any). It also contains the address of our meeting location and other pertinent flight information.
We will meet you at our flight location which is the open field behind Village Inn at 6390 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque NM 87120. Click here for a Google map to this location.
A "No-show" is anyone who fails to show up for a flight after scheduling a flight. No-shows have a substantial impact on our business. As a result of no-shows we either flew an aircraft only partially full, or we didn't fly at all. Either way we incurred the same expense to fly whether we were able to fly you or not, therefore a no-show will result in a forfeiture of your flight fee, certificate, voucher or deposit and we will consider our obligation for that flight to be fulfilled. No refund will be possible since we incurred the cost of the flight in your absence.
Please make sure to allow sufficient time for arrival at the meeting location, and call us if you are running late. If you are using a third party certificate of any type to pay for your flight, that voucher will be redeemed and considered used and you will not be entitled to a refund from that third party agency. Should you manage to get a refund from them, we will charge the card you provided us at scheduling for your flight fee. There are no exceptions to this policy under any circumstances.
We are diligent in ensuring your credit card information is protected and not used without your permission. If you are paying for your reservation with a credit card, the cardholder must present the credit card used AND a valid photo ID upon check-in on the day of your scheduled activities. If the cardholder will not be present at check in, we will require some additional documentation PRIOR to the day of your scheduled activities. Please contact our customer service agents who will be happy to assist in completing these verification steps with you. Please note that if we are unable to verify the cardholder with a valid photo ID, your party will not be able to fly.
Weather is always a concern and does force cancellations and rescheduling of flights. If it clearly isn't going to be safe to fly on your date and time, the flight status line will announce this as soon as the decision is made before the flight. Please call us the next business day to reschedule your adventure. If the flight is on, we will provide specific meeting times and locations for the morning's adventure.
If the weather forecast isn't clear for the next morning, we will place the flight on a weather hold and ask everyone to call about 1 hour before the morning's expected meeting time to get an updated forecast. At that time we will let you know for sure if the flight is on. If we must cancel your flight due to weather, simply call us to reschedule your flight. If you are unable to reschedule, and you paid us directly for your flight, please call us for your options.
If you cancel at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled flight, there is no penalty and you may reschedule. If you cancel with less than the required notice, or fail to show up the morning of your flight, we will charge the full amount to the card on file as a cancellation fee, or your flight certificate, voucher or prepayment will be considered forfeit and you will not be allowed to reschedule that reservation. No credit will be given in any way for cancelling with less than the required notice or for no-shows.
All flight certificates and prepaid flights purchased directly from Pueblo Balloon are fully refundable within one (1) year from the date of purchase as long as either no flight has been scheduled, or you cancel your first scheduled flight at least 48 hours prior to flight time. All refunds will be issued to the original purchaser in the original purchase method (credit card purchases will be refunded via the same credit card) if possible. If not, a refund will be issued via company check. No refunds will be issued to no-shows, those that show up intoxicated, or anyone whose flight certificate, flight, or voucher has been forfeited for any reason. No refund will be granted after one (1) year from sale. Even if the certificate is not refundable, as long as it hasn't been forfeited or used, it can still be used. There are no exceptions to this policy.
If you are eligible for a refund, we will process the request within 7-10 business days. If your flight was purchased through any third party, you will have to discuss any refund request with them. We are not able to provide refunds for any third parties for any reason.
We are pleased to accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express, and cash.
We do not accept checks as a form of payment.
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We will use your information to respond to you regarding the reason you contacted us and to schedule and execute hot air balloon rides and other services you might contract with us to perform. We will not share your information with any third party outside of our organization, other than as necessary to fulfill your request, e.g. to ship an order.
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