Float over the Sonoran Desert in a hot air balloon! Depart before daybreak to get incredible views of the desert sun as it rises. Be a part of the action as the balloon is inflated to the height of an 11-story building. If the wind is right, you can go inside for amazing photos. Following the flight, be greeted on the ground with breakfast in the desert.
Large baskets beneath the balloon hold up to 20 people comfortably
See desert wildlife and the unique Sonoran plant life from above
Enjoy a lavish champagne breakfast in the desert
Celebrate the first timers' ride with a 200-year old ceremony
So, I have always wanted to do a hot air balloon ride and finally did! Apparently this balloon is the biggest in North America...maybe the world (my memory is pretty sketchy here), so it took a while to inflate. But after all the hard work is done we got it and lift off! We weren't in the air for as long as I would like or as long as other companies with smaller balloons. Which was a deal breaker for me. But the company and history lesson made up for that.
We had a crash landing which sounds scarier than it actually was...our pilot was very knowledgeable and explained that the wind played a huge factor in the landing plus plenty of information on plan b landing.
Afterwards we had breakfast, took lots of pictures, did a toast, got a certificate and saw beautiful souvenirs.
This was a true bucket list experience. Randy and his team are extremely experienced and offered wonderful customer service throughout the journey educating us on desert animals and plants and history of ballooning. The champagne breakfast at the end was amazing!