Take a Ride in a Hot Air Balloon
Grand Adventure offers Colorado hot air balloon rides right in Winter Park and Fraser Valley with stunning views of the mountain peaks, valley and Continental Divide. Grand Adventure caters to individuals, couples, families and large groups. There is even a special wedding option. Mountain flying experts provide a safe, quality flight and make every flight a unique occasion.
What to Expect
There are rides every day of the year, weather permitting, which take off at sunrise. The mornings in the Winter Park/Fraser Valley are calm and provide the most stable atmosphere for hot air balloon rides. Gather as the balloon is inflated and then climb into the basket as the pilot gets ready for take-off. Heating the balloon allows it to gracefully ascend.
The low-level contour flying lets passengers view wildlife from above while higher altitudes offer distant views 100 miles away. Each flight includes a traditional champagne toast – a tradition over 200 years old – a continental breakfast and a commemorative flight certificate. Flights are approximately one hour depending on landing site availability, wind direction and fuel consumption.
Our experienced pilots know exactly how to adjust the altitude to hitch a ride on a friendly breeze going their way. While the flight paths of the balloons vary with the direction and speeds of the winds, the balloons may not land in the same location each day. A chase vehicle follows each balloon and a trained crew is on hand at the end of a flight to assist with the landing and transport the passengers back to their vehicles.
What to Bring/Wear
Since Grand Adventure’s hot air balloon rides go through the Fraser Valley, rides are 20 to 40 degrees warmer up in the air. The mountain valley has a temperature inversion where warm air rises and cold air sinks. It is best to wear layers and comfortable clothes to get in and out of the basket. And don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the breathtaking views.
Visit our website at www.GrandAdventureballoon.com or call us at 970-887-1340 to make reservations. Our website has all prices listed.
Colorado Hot Air Balloon Festivals
While there are no hot air balloon festivals in Winter Park, Colorado boasts numerous events around the state where locals and tourists can witness spectacular take offs and brightly colored balloons. Here are a few annual Colorado hot air balloon festivals taking place between July and November:
- Hot Air Balloon Rodeo | Steamboat Springs, CO
- Moffat County Balloon Festival | Craig, CO
- Labor Day Lift Off | Colorado Springs, CO
- Creede Balloon Festival | Creede, CO
- Colorfest | Pagosa Springs, CO
- Snowmass Balloon Festival | Snowmass, CO
- Arkansas Valley Balloon Festival | Rocky Ford, CO
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