Where To Go On A Hot Air Balloon Tours in Steamboat Springs

Published on 06/27/2019 by Brad Luth

Steamboat Springs is known for attracting outdoor enthusiasts and thrill seekers alike for unique mountain experiences. From winter sports, like skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling, to warm weather activities, like mountain biking, white water rafting, and more—there’s plenty to see and do during your stay in Steamboat Springs.

Wouldn’t it be great to get a bird’s-eye view of the mountains while enjoying a tasty adult beverage and sharing the view with a loved one? Well, we’ve got great news! This dream can easily become a reality by booking a hot air balloon tour. That’s right—you can book a ride in a hot air balloon in Steamboat Springs!

If seeing Steamboat Springs peaks piques your interest, check out this quick guide that covers everything you need to know to book your hot air balloon adventure.

Wild West Balloon Adventures


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753 Dougherty Rd, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 | (970) 879-9191

Locally owned and operated by Ian Cox, a Steamboat Springs resident for over 30 years, Wild West Balloon Adventures offers the complete package. A nature enthusiast himself, Ian fell in love with the sport and thrill of riding and operating hot air balloons and decided to share his passion with the world. He spent several years curating a team of likeminded mountain lovers and thrill seekers that now help him run hot air balloon adventures.

Wild West currently offers three packages, with pricing that varies seasonally. Here’s a quick breakdown of the per person price of a hot air balloon ride in Steamboat Springs:

Kids (Ages 6 – 12) Adults (Ages 13 – 64) Seniors (Ages 65+)
$175 $245 $225
$225* $275* $245*

*Peak season pricing applies December 20th through January 5th and during the entire month of July.

If the price seems steep, keep in mind that the total experience lasts about two and a half hours and includes a FAA certified pilot, trip snacks, a champagne celebration, a personalized flight certificate, and a shuttle service (available upon request). That’s a pretty big bang for your buck!

All flights booked through Wild West Balloon Adventure depart in the morning, usually between 7 a.m. – 8 a.m. Mornings typically offer better weather and calmer winds than the afternoon or evening. The exact time of trip departure will vary based on the current weather conditions. The FAA-certified guides are well-trained to provide full safety orientation and to manage the entire adventure from start to finish. Rest assured that you will be in great hands!

Adventure with a view—a hot air balloon tour is a truly unique way to experience Steamboat Springs. If you’re still on the fence, check out our FAQ list below to decide whether a hot air balloon adventure is right for you!

Hot Air Balloon Ride FAQs

If you’ve got a question about booking a hot air balloon tour in Steamboat Springs, you’ve come to the right place. Check out our quick FAQ recap and start planning your trip!

How much does a hot air balloon ride cost?

The cost of a hot air balloon ride depends on the age of the rider and the time of year. In general, expect to pay between $175 – $275 per person.

What’s included in a hot air balloon ride?

Wild West Balloon Adventures, Steamboat Springs’s premier hot air balloon tour guide, provides a complete experience. The cost of the balloon ride includes working with an FAA certified pilot and local tour guide, snacks for the trip, a champagne toast, a personalized flight certificate, and a shuttle service. How’s that for the complete package?

What should I wear on a hot air balloon ride?

We recommend dressing for the weather. Mornings in Steamboat Springs are chilly, even in the summer. Long pants, jackets, gloves, and a hat are recommended. Heavier materials and boots are recommended in the winter. Comfort is key, so make sure you’re warm, cozy, and able to relax during your flight. And don’t forget to bring your camera!

How long does a hot air balloon last?

The entire hot air balloon experience, from orientation to take off and return, lasts between two to two and a half hours. The in-air time ranges from 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Is there an age requirement to ride in a hot air balloon?

Yes. Riders must be at least six years old or at least four feet tall in order to see over the basket edge.

How many people can fly at once?

The standard hot air balloon fit up to ten guests in the basket or up to 1,500 pounds. Of course, you are welcome to enjoy a flight as a couple or smaller group.

What is there is inclement weather?

Don’t worry—Wild West Ballooning prioritizes safety first! All flights are weather permitting; flights will not run in rainy, snowy, or windy conditions. You will receive a call in advance if your flight needs to be rescheduled due to weather.

Are you ready to go sky high? Contact Wild West Balloon Adventures to book your flight today and visit our Steamboat Springs blog for more thrilling mountain vacation inspiration!