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Hot Air Balloon Flights Over Rio Grande Gorge from Taos
Balloon Flights from Taos
Enjoy a hot air balloon flight over the Rio Grande Gorge from Taos, New Mexico.
This is the neatest thing to do in New Mexico!
Your adventure begins bright and early, when you are picked up from your Taos area hotel or B & B. The crew and FAA certified pilots are personable and entertaining, making even the drive to the Gorge fun. After the flight, you will have a 226 year-old traditional champagne toast, followed by filling out your Flight Certificates.
Taos is located about 130 miles from Albuquerque.
There are no refunds. All sales are final.
Change Fee Policy: If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.
Each guest must sign a liability waiver before boarding the balloon. Parent or legal guardian must sign for any minor child.
Plan your flight early in your trip, just in case the flight is weathered out on your primary date choice, so you will still have another day to fly during your Taos visit.
Because the cool mountain air usually drains southward out of Colorado, the balloon will likely drift gently down the Gorge, following the running water of the Rio Grande River. Once airborne, your pilot will guide the balloon over the Gorge and gently descend as much as 600 feet below the rim. As you float through the Gorge, you will want to have your camera ready to snap shots of the shadow of the balloon, Golden Eagles or perhaps a hawk perched on the cliff walls. After flying inside the Gorge for awhile, your pilot will ascend to an altitude that will allow you to see the entire Taos Valley.
After about an hour to an hour and a half, the balloon will reach the landing site, where the chase crew will greet it as you make touch-down. The crew will deflate and repack the balloon.
After the flight, there will be a 226 year-old traditional champagne toast, along with food. During the summer months, lunch will be provided in the park, next to the gorge. During the winter months, lunch will be held at a restaurant in town. The crew will also fill out "Flight Certificates" for you as proof to the world that you are now "Lighter-than-air-heads." You cannot imagine how enthralled you will be with what you have just experienced, and you will truly enjoy reminiscing about your flight!
Frequently Asked Questions
What do we wear? -- Wear anything comfortable - Jeans and Sneakers are a great choice. However, open toed shoes and high heels are not allowed. Be sure to dress for early morning temperatures and "layer" so you can stay comfortable as the day warms up. Hats and sunglasses are good items to bring!
How many people will be on the flight? -- Because this flight is so unique, we try to limit each balloon to only 4 adult passengers. This enables each passenger to truly enjoy his or her first balloon flight. But fear not, we have multiple balloons for groups larger than four. And if we need to squeeze more than four in a balloon we can arrange that also.
How long is this experience? -- The whole adventure will take approximately 3.5 to 4 hours, but because of the early morning start, you will be back at your hotel in time to spend much of the day enjoying other things to do in Taos.
What all is included? -- You will be picked up at your Taos hotel or B & B, then travel to the launch site. Then you will board your balloon for your exciting Rio Grande Gorge flight! After the flight you will celebrate with a champagne toast and a meal. You will receive a Flight Certificate. You will be returned to your Taos area hotel or B & B.
"We just arrived home from a wonderful vacation which was made even better by a terrific hot air balloon experience with some of the nicest people that one would ever meet. Your hospitality and genuine friendliness was overwhelming. Not only were we privileged to fly with an experienced balloon pilot but it was also very educational. We are telling everyone who will listen to us about how great your whole crew was, and how exhilarating the experience was. It was definitely the highlight of our vacation." - Ken and Marni
"We are now back home from our New Mexico vacation, and we just wanted to let you know that our balloon adventure with you was the high point of our vacation, both literally and figuratively. Ed's expert piloting was a source of great reassurance for whatever anxiety we had at the start. The views and the serenity of floating over New Mexico made for an extraordinary experience. Most importantly, the hospitality that all of you showed us made us feel that we were your special guests. We cannot recommend the experience more highly. We hope that others NM vacationers enjoy the thrill of ballooning with you." - Frank, Helen and Teddy
Pick-up from Taos hotel hotels and B & B's is included. All children ages 6 to 12 must be accompanied on the flight by an adult. Children under 6 are probably too small to fly but are more than welcome to ride in the chase vehicle. Please order online or call to order or for more information.
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