How to Find Hot Air Balloon Rides in Arizona
Want to book a hot air balloon ride for your vacation in Arizona? Learn how to find hot air balloon rides in Arizona, what to bring, wear, and more in our latest post.
Arizona has a lot of amazing sites. But as the sixth largest state, it’s also huge.
One way to do a lot of sightseeing all at once is to take a hot air balloon ride. The views are amazing and it’s an experience you’ll never forget.
But, as with everything else, there are a few things to be aware of before you set sail in a beautiful hot hair balloon. Keep reading to learn all about hot air balloon rides in Arizona.
What To Wear During Hot Air Balloon Rides In Arizona
While it is possible to come aboard a hot air balloon in Arizona wearing anything you like, you might wish you had come prepared.
Here are a few items to consider bringing along to help you feel more comfortable during your hot air balloon ride.
A Head Cover
You might think we’re recommending a head cover because it gets chilly up in the air but we’re not. We actually recommend bringing along a hat to protect your head against the heat of the burners.
The burners stand only 6.5 feet from the floor. When ignited, the heat radiates downward. Most people find a hat (or baseball cap) that covers their head shields them from this heat.
Protect Your Feet
While you think of hot air balloon rides in Arizona as a fun event, we know it as the sport it truly is. Which means wearing proper foot attire to protect your feet.
Please do not wear high heels and then wonder why you’re having difficulty climbing in and out of a small basket. Plus, the terrain doesn’t exactly make for ideal conditions for your Jimmy Choos.
We never know exactly where we are going to land. You could encounter burrs, snakes, hot terrain, or cow patties.
Do yourself and us a favor and wear flat-soled shoes that cover your entire foot. That way, you can enjoy the ride rather than worrying about your safety.
Bring A Light Coat During Fall, Spring, & Winter
The weather in Arizona changes. It can dip below 40 degrees and soar higher than 105 degrees. Because of this, you’ll want to come prepared.
Check the weather conditions before you head out for your hot air balloon ride. If you’re scheduled for a morning ride, you’ll want to wear a windbreaker or light jacket until the temperatures begin to rise.
For those taking a hot air balloon ride at sunset, you’ll need that jacket along as the temperatures begin to fall.
Clothing You Can Move In Freely
Many of us imagine a hot air balloon ride as romantic. Except, what you don’t see in the movies is the romantic couple trying to get in and out of the hot air balloon basket.
Wear comfortable clothing you can move freely in so you can get in and out of the basket easily.
Protect Yourself From The Sun
The Arizona sun is no joke. The higher we rise, the more you’ll be exposed to the sun’s rays. You need to protect yourself.
Bring along plenty of sunscreen to protect your delicate skin from the sun exposure. We recommend you wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun as well.
What Else To Bring
You’re probably going to want to take lot’s of photos during your trip. We welcome small cameras. If you’re planning on bringing larger, professional equipment, contact us first to ensure we can handle your request.
Then just empty your bladder before you head up with us as there are no bathrooms aboard. The only things you’ll really need when you’re up in our hot air balloon are your sense of spirit and adventure.
What To Expect During Your Hot Air Balloon Ride
Now that you know exactly what to bring, let’s discuss what will happen before and during your hot air balloon ride in Arizona.
The Inflation and Launch Process
You’ll start off by meeting with your pilot and crew. Together you’ll caravan to the launch site. Where the launch site is depends upon the direction of the wind.
Be on time so you can experience the full flight time. Especially if you haven’t booked a private flight – you don’t want to ruin other people’s experience by making them wait for you.
Once at the launch site, the pilot will begin assessing the weather and begin his or her launch process. The pilot begins by laying out the basket and balloon envelope to let the wind aid in the launch process.
Preparing For Inflation
The pilot will then connect and check all components to ensure a safe balloon ride. Once everything is determined safe, the balloon is ready for inflation.
A high-powered fan forces air into the balloon forcing it to expand. This process requires two people to help hold the envelope open. It’s a sight to behold, so have your cameras ready.
If you’ve volunteered to hold the envelope, mind the cables and do NOT wrap any ropes or cables around your body. Listen to your pilot and crew at all times to ensure a safe ride.
Once the balloon envelope is full of hot air, it’s time for the pilot to light the burner and bring the balloon upright by blowing fire into the envelope from the propane tanks. Then it’s time to climb into the balloon gondola to prepare for taking off.
The Ride And Landing
Hot air balloon rides in Arizona are peaceful. You’re traveling wherever the wind takes you.
On your ride, you may skim a few trees or soar over a few thousand feet. Your pilot may even dip the gondola into a lake or pond performing what’s known as a “splash and dash”.
When it’s time to land, the pilot will spot out a landing site that’s best depending on the geographical landscape and time of day. Landings vary depending on wind speed and terrain.
Calm winds tend to allow for a stand-up landing. This is when the balloon calmly rests on the ground with little or no impact felt.
During moderate winds, your pilot may instruct you to crouch down and turn sideways from the approaching ground. This softens the impact felt when landing.
With higher winds, it’s possible for the balloon to drag and turn sideways. You can use the gondola to lean against to ensure no injuries occur.
Book Your Balloon Ride
Hot air balloon rides in Arizona are a great way to see Arizona while taking an unforgettable ride.