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flying with hot air expeditions
Breathtaking. Magical. Awe-Inspiring.
These are just a few words that have been used to describe Hot Air Expeditions’ Arizona ballooning experiences.
Hot Air Expeditions has been making memories with guests in sunny Arizona, providing hot air ballooning experiences locally for over 28 years. Family owned and locally operated, we take pride in offering high-end hot air balloon rides in Phoenix and hot air balloon rides in Tucson.
At Hot Air Expeditions, we believe the little touches make a world of difference, which is why we take pride in providing the very best service and offerings that are available to our guests, ensuring an enjoyable ride and memories to last a lifetime. Our hot air balloon rides are perfect for special occasions, or just for an adventurous date or family outing. We love celebrating with you, whether you’re looking for a fun birthday or anniversary celebration, rewarding your staff for a job well done with a group hot air balloon ride, or considering a hot air balloon proposal or hot air balloon wedding, we are here to make your time with you extra special, making memories that stand the test of time.
Whether you’re a first-time flyer, or ballooning connoisseur, floating over the stunning Sonoran Desert will leave you in awe of nature’s beauty and the peacefulness of flight. Your ballooning adventure is waiting for you…what are you waiting for?
Turn your occasion into a celebration among the clouds
balloons & tunes
Two of the most popular attractions in one package
groups & events
Do the unexpected with a group ballooning excursion or tethered hot air balloon rides
Give the gift of an unforgettable memory
At Hot Air Expeditions We Believe That Your Time Up, Up And Away Should Be More Than Just A Balloon Ride, It Is An Experience.
know before you go
Take a look around for more information and read the answers to frequently asked questions by our guests before your ballooning experience.
Top 5 questions asked
The total tour time is 3-3 ½ hours if meeting at our check in location or 4-4 ½ hours if utilizing our roundtrip hotel transportation services. The total tour time includes your transfers to our desert launch site, the viewing of the inflation of the balloon, the approximate 45-60 minute hot air balloon ride, post-flight champagne toast and catered cuisine, as well as the presentation of commemorative flight certificates to take home.
Balloon rides in Phoenix and Tucson, AZ are offered daily, year-round in the morning, taking flight just after the time of sunrise. Afternoon balloon rides are only available seasonally in Phoenix, during the cooler months of November-March.
Comfortable casual clothing is always recommended on our ballooning excursions, as we are enjoying nature in a desert environment. The temperature in the balloon is about the same as on the ground, so be sure to dress appropriately for the day’s anticipated temperatures. On any given day we recommend:
- Closed toe shoes
- Light jacket
To ensure a safe and enjoyable hot air ballooning experience, each passenger must comply with the following physical requirements:
- Minimum age of 5 years old
- No pregnancies at the time of flight
- No broken bones or recent surgery at the time of flight
- Passengers should be able to jump off the second step of a ladder
- Must be in good general health
- A signed waiver of liability is required for all guests flying and/or riding in our vehicles
There are no passenger weight restrictions for any of our tours, however we do collect passenger weights at the time of booking, to ensure a safe and comfortable time up, up and away.
Though we have the most flyable days per year of anywhere in the country, poor weather can happen. For this reason, we always recommend booking your ballooning excursion early on in your stay so you have alternate date(s) for your flight should there be poor weather on your selected flight date. In the instance of a weather cancellation there is no charge to you, and you can reschedule at your convenience, or cancel your reservation entirely.
what our guests are saying
I can’t say enough good things about our balloon ride early this morning. It was a beautiful day made even better by the care and concern shown by our captain and crew. From tending to those with nerves to providing detailed explanations to those who were curious, they really went above and beyond. Well worth the 4 am wake-up call!!
We had the privilege of experiencing a hot air balloon ride when we were in Arizona to celebrate our vow renewal last Fall. An amazing experience to say the least. The crew is very professional and safety conscious. We thoroughly enjoyed it. We thought it would be a one time experience, but we definitely want to do it again.
This was the best! We thoroughly enjoyed the adventure and I would recommend this to anyone that loves the scenic outdoors and the great hospitality of a balloon ride!!!! From start to finish it was awesome!