Rio Grande Gorge Balloon Ride

Rio Grande Gorge Balloon Ride

Detail Enjoy fantastic aerial views
Detail Family friendly
Detail Romantic experience, perfect for couples
Detail Duration: 60 minutes

Celebrate any special moments with a ride in a hot air balloon over the Rio Grande Gorge. The highlights include the aerial view and a special champagne toasting. Guests will come away speechless after experiencing a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Everyone will depart at sunrise at the Taos Visitors Center that is in the back parking lot. Once guests have arrived, it is time to board the balloon and get ready for an amazing adventure. First, there will be a toast made with champagne, and then the balloon will soar into the air. There are different courses that your FAA guides could choose from, but it depends on the weather conditions. Guests will get a magnificent aerial view of the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, the beautiful Taos Mountains, and the breathtaking Sangre de Cristo. Everyone will enjoy all of this while sipping on champagne.

There is also native wildlife that will be out and about as you sail high in the air above. Guests can get some very good photos of the sky and views below. There are non-alcoholic beverages for those seeking an alternative to champagne. Everyone aboard the hot air balloon will receive a special flight certificate, as a keepsake to remember their trip. This tour last for about three and a half hours, while the flight only lasts for about an hour. Guests will walk away from the tour with a better appreciation for nature and the beauty of the world we live in.

Children are welcomed on the hot air balloon. Everyone’s weight must be checked at the time of departure. Make sure to book a reservation right now.

We fly most days at sunrise, weather permitting. We begin by meeting you at the visitor's center here in town, which is easy to find right on the main road. Once we pick you up there, we will transport you to the launch site where we will inflate the balloon and fly for about an hour. During the summer months, this flight will often be in the Rio Grande Gorge, but we always decide where and when to fly based on what is safest for that particular day. During the flight, depending upon the direction of the winds on flight day, you will have great views of the Taos Mountains, The gorge itself, and beautiful wildlife. We have a chase crew that follows us during the flight and will meet us shortly after landing. After we pack the equipment, we will go the Rio Grande Gorge bridge for a champagne ceremony and a light snack. We always have non-alcoholic alternatives available as well. Each person that flew will receive a commemorative flight certificate to celebrate their adventure.
The whole duration of the event is about 3 ½ hours with the flight portion being about 1 hour.

Pickup & Return:
Taos Visitors Center in the back parking lot.
Departure Times: Departs at sunrise 


  • Bottled water

Does not include:

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup

Additional Information:

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Must contact provider immediately after booking to confirm. Failure to do so will result in cancellation.
  • All passenger weights must be advised at time of booking.
  • Hotel pick-ups are not available. 
  • Maximum weight 270 pounds per passenger
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not recommended for participants with back problems
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years
  • Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical condition
  • Not recommended for pregnant women
  • A small amount of walking is involved
  • Not wheelchair accessible

Book Now!
Date: Adults: Children:
Contact Customer Service at
Secure Online Payment Options
credit card logos