Rocky Mountain Balloon Ride

Lake George, CO

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Your true mountain balloon adventure begins at sunrise amidst the crisp clean air and deep blue skies of South Park Valley located high in the central Colorado Rockies! 

  • FAA Certified Pilots have over 60 years of combined hot air ballooning experience
  • Take in the stunning views of the Colorado Rockies
  • Provider featured on The Today Show and MSNBC's Great Escapes
  • Enjoy a continental breakfast and traditional champagne toast upon landing!

Launch site is 1 hour south of Breckenridge, CO
*You can meet at a central location in Breckenridge and be transported to the launch site or meet at the launch site in South Park Valley

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Mid-May through October:
Daily- Sunrise

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Essential Information
  • Participants must be between 5 and 80 years old
  • For safety reasons pregnant women and people on supplemental oxygen or who have trouble breathing at high altitudes cannot fly
  • Round trip transportation is provided between Breckenridge and the launch site
  • Individually wrapped snacks are offered upon arrival at the launch site
  • Post flight traditional ballooning ceremony includes your choice of champagne, mimosas or sparkling cider
  • Continental breakfast includes individually wrapped snacks such as muffins
The experience will take a total of 3 hours once you arrive at the launch site, with approximately 1 hour of flight time.
Experience Provider Info
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Maximum Participants
You will be accompanied by other tour participants, with a maximum of 12 per balloon. For groups larger than 4 please contact Cloud 9 Living directly for pricing.
This experience is for booked participants only.
Weather Dependent
This experience is weather dependent. In the event your experience is canceled due to inclement weather you will reschedule your experience directly with your experience provider. Always contact the experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.
What To Wear
Wear comfortable clothing appropriate for weather conditions. Sunglasses and a hat are recommended. Please do not wear sandals or open-toe shoes. Athletic shoes and socks recommended.

For this experience, our partners are taking added measures to ensure that they help prevent the potential spread of COVID-19. Our partners are providing hand sanitizer on site and providing gloves for those who wish to wear them. They kindly asking that all guests please bring and wear their own face mask for the duration of their experience. Those without masks will not be permitted to board their flight. 

Why are the flights sunrise only?
The flights take place only at sunrise because that's the only time of the day in Colorado when the winds are calm and stable enough for safe ballooning.
What is the meeting time in the morning?
The exact meeting time varies throughout the season depending on the time of sunrise. However, it is usually between 5:30 AM and 7:00 AM. The actual meeting time will be given at the time of your reservation.
How does if feel to fly in a balloon?
It can be characterized as surreal. There is no sense of motion as the basket hangs motionless in the air mass in which it is suspended.
Is it cold in the air?

Actually, at sunrise it is not uncommon for it to be slightly warmer in the air than on the ground due to a temperature inversion at that time of the day.

How far/high do we fly?

Because ballooning is 100% weather dependent no two flights are identical. Typically, our flights take us from the treetops up to several thousand feet and travel approximately 2-10 miles. Our highest flight has taken us over 7,000 feet above ground level.

How do you steer a balloon?
The only way to steer a balloon is by finding different wind directions at different altitudes. Our pilots are specifically trained for mountain flying and are extremely skilled at navigating the balloon.
Are the pilots certified?

Yes! The pilots are commercially licensed with thousands of hours of mountain flying experience. They are also fully insured, and all of the equipment is inspected and certified in accordance with FAA guidelines.

Can I bring my camera?
Yes! Cameras and video cameras are welcome.
How do hot air balloons work?
Hot air balloons rise because the air inside the balloon is warmer than the surrounding air and the resulting pressure differentials produce an upward lift.

Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be returned hassle-free within 30 days.  All refunds will be made to the original purchaser.

Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be exchanged for anything else in our marketplace at any time.  If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs more, you'll simply have to pay the difference.  If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs less, you'll have a credit towards your next booking with Cloud 9 Living.

Cancellation Policy

Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation, no refunds will be given. Rescheduling is allowed up to 7 days prior to your experience, failure to appear on your booked date or to reschedule at least 7 days prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience. In the event your experience is canceled due to inclement weather you will reschedule your experience directly with your experience provider.

Customer Reviews
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“Pilot was professional, safety conscious, and entertaining ! Balloon ascent was amazing. Breakfast served after flight superb.”
Response from Cloud 9 Living
Hi Maureen, thanks for taking the time to tell us about your Rocky Mountain Balloon Ride. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the flight, your balloon pilot, AND the breakfast served after! We hope to see you back soon and hope you have a wonderful weekend. Best, Kelsey
“I would recommend the hot air balloon ride to anyone who is even considering it. Everything was beautiful, from the early morning drive out to the launch site, to the champagne breakfast toast after landing. Everyone involved was in a great mood, communicative, and helpful. ”
“Mr. Tommy and his staff are top notch! He is so knowledgeable and experienced in hot air ballooning. I was very nervous to begin, but once Mr. Tommy began speaking I quickly became at ease. Floating above the ground is such a beautiful, ultimate peacefulness that I have ever experienced. There were many herds of different animals and unique land forms. We couldn't ask for a more perfect weather nor pilot. Upon landing, we were greeted by a local goat farmer who was coasting by with her small flock. Of course, the goats were curious and we were able to pet their small heads. Once back at the meeting spot, the crew was cooking a first-class breakfast of eggs, hash browns, homemade French toast, and bacon, as Mr. Tommy prepared mimosas with fresh orange juice. We all gave a toast as he said a prayer for ending in a safe journey and when were treated to breakfast. Words can not explain how precious this memory is for my husband and I. God truly blessed us with Mr. Tommy and his crew as I couldn't imagine having anyone else. We will absolutely be ballooning with them again!!!! Absolute tranquility!”
“I have never been on a hot air balloon so have nothing to compare to, but I don't think the weather was ideal. I expected to go faster and see more. We stayed in the same area the entire hour. But, the pilot was great and the breakfast fantastic which made it a memorable experience.”
“Our pilot was very very knowledgeable about flying and had a lot of info regarding that process as well as what we were seeing. He had a great sense of humor and the crew was great as well. Breakfast was also great.”
“We thoroughly enjoyed our experience. Having the breakfast was a nice add-on to the ballooning. Our pilot seemed very knowledgeable and friendly. Maybe in time Cloud 9 Living will have more and more options. Was good to know we could use our certificate in other states as well. Neat experience, and I've already shared with a friend who is intending to get an experience for a couple of her kids for Christmas. Thank you. ”
“We had a great time and the hot air balloon ride in the Rockies was an experience we will never forget. We will look forward to another adventure through Cloud 9 in the future.”
“This balloon trip was our first and the most fabulous scenery ever. The hospitality was tremendous. Thank you our new friends.”

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