Hot Air Balloon Tours

In the Pikes Peak Region

Have you ever been in a plane and wished you could feel the breeze in your hair, or have a bigger window? Hot air balloon flights are the most beautiful way to see the world. Completely serene, with no “dropping” feeling or shaking. The Pikes Peak Region offers some of the most beautiful views with the ease and calmness of experiencing them from a hot air balloon. These crafts are carried exclusively by the wind with no propellor or motor of any kind. Want to be inspired? The annual Labor Day Lift-off event is a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with hot air balloons, talk with operators, and view them in action in Memorial Park in Colorado Springs on Labor Day weekend – weather permitting.

Getting Started

Be sure to select and book your hot air balloon tour in advance to beat the crowds. It’s essential to discuss any specific requirements or preferences you may have, such as group size or special occasions. On the day of the tour, arrive at the designated meeting point on time and follow any instructions provided by the company. Enjoy the breathtaking experience of soaring above the picturesque landscapes of the Pikes Peak region as you embark on an unforgettable air balloon adventure.


Pro Tip

About 25% of flights are canceled due to weather/safety concerns. If possible, it’s a good idea to book your flight with one or two days as a “backup.”

Be Prepared

To best be prepared for your flight, make sure all guests meet the weight and height requirements while also being able to get in and out of the basket with ease.

Be sure to pack
  • Sunscreen
  • Layers of Clothing
  • Water and Snacks

Outdoor Ethics for Hot Air Balloon Tours

The Leave No Trace Seven Principles are reprinted with the permission of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. For more information, visit

  • Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you’ll visit.
  • Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies.
  • Schedule your trip to avoid times of high use.
  • Visit in small groups when possible. Consider splitting larger groups into smaller groups.
  • Repackage food to minimize waste.
  • Use a map and compass to eliminate the use of marking paint, rock cairns or flagging.
  • Durable surfaces include established trails and campsites, rock, gravel, dry grasses or snow.
  • Protect riparian areas by camping at least 200 feet from lakes and streams.

Good campsites are found, not made. Altering a site is not necessary.

In popular areas

  • Concentrate use on existing trails and campsites.
  • Walk single file in the middle of the trail, even when wet or muddy.
  • Keep campsites small. Focus activity in areas where vegetation is absent.

In pristine areas

  • Disperse use to prevent the creation of campsites and trails.
  • Avoid places where impacts are just beginning.
  • Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your campsite and rest areas for trash or spilled foods. Pack out all trash, leftover food and litter.
  • Deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 6 to 8 inches deep, at least 200 feet from water, camp and trails. Cover and disguise the cathole when finished.
  • Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products.

To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water 200 feet away from streams or lakes and use small amounts of biodegradable soap. Scatter strained dishwater.

  • Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch cultural or historic structures and artifacts.
  • Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them.
  • Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species.
  • Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches.
  • Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the backcountry. Use a lightweight stove for cooking and enjoy a candle lantern for light.
  • Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings, fire pans, or mound fires.
  • Keep fires small. Only use sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand.
  • Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfires completely, then scatter cool ashes.
  • Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them.
  • Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers.
  • Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely.
  • Control pets at all times, or leave them at home.
  • Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young, or winter.
  • Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience.
  • Be courteous. Yield to other users on the trail.
  • Step to the downhill side of the trail when encountering pack stock.
  • Take breaks and camp away from trails and other visitors.
  • Let nature’s sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises.

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