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A hot air balloon ride is a one-of-a-kind adventure for South Dakota locals and visitors. With over thirty years flying experience, your guide will take you on the only hot air balloon ride adventure offered in the Black Hills.

Flying in the beautiful Black Hills is a unique experience. While balloon flights are generally focused over vineyards and farmland, you will fly over some spectacular, rugged terrain on this route, typically in the southern hills. From up high you'll see the Custer Valley and the world-renowned Custer State Park. On certain days if the winds are favorable, you'll be able to see Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial. There are mountains, valleys, lakes and prairies to view as you drift along on the morning breeze, and travelers quite often see some unique wildlife that you really don't see in many other places from a balloon! The Black Hills are home to elk, antelope, buffalo and mule deer. If you're really lucky you might even see a mountain lion from the secure gondola! There’s nowhere else in the world where you can witness the same views from a hot air balloon and fly over such a historic and beautiful landscape.
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Black Hills Balloons
Easily book this Black Hills hot air balloon ride ahead of time and avoid the stress of trying to get a last-minute, sunrise ride while in South Dakota. Fly above the black hills for stunning 360-degree views from up above. This hot air balloon tour also comes with a glass of Champagne, a souvenir flight certificate, and a postcard.
  • See South Dakota’s Black Hills at one of the most stunning times of day—sunrise
  • Toast to your experience with an included glass of Champagne
  • An early start time leaves the rest of the day open for other activities
  • Bring home a souvenir flight certificate and a postcard for memories
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Well worth it!!!!

I can NOT believe we did this!!!!! It was such an adrenaline rush, but I felt 100% safe!!!! Mother Nature can be unpredictable, but if she behaves, you should go!!! It is a totally different experience...the views, the sounds, the sights...WoW. The champagne toast with...More

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KeelyWade, Owner at Black Hills Balloons, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

You are so kind! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and describe your flight! We're so pleased you felt safe in our hands.

Reviewed 9 August 2018 via mobile
Amazing experience!

Just had a family ride in hot air balloon. Everyone should do this. It was amazing.The ride was so calm and peaceful as we were floating. The staff are clearly expert and have great humor. There were three balloons going up this morning and the...More

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KeelyWade, Owner at Black Hills Balloons, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your descriptive review! We're so glad we could make such a fun memory for your family.

Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile
Ride of a Lifetime!

We set this ride up for the first part of our trip to the Black Hills as we would still be on east coast time and the 5:30 a.m. meeting time would easier. The only thing wrong with this tactic was this balloon ride set...More

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KeelyWade, Owner at Black Hills Balloons, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We're blushing! Thank you for your kind words. We truly love what we do because we get to meet such fun, adventurous travelers.

Reviewed 29 July 2018
Sunrise over Custer

Thank you Black Hill Balloons for helping cross off a bucket list item. It was OUTSTANDING!!! Take off and landing were smooth and the after flight party was fun. This was a great way to start a July morning in the Black Hills. It was...More

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KeelyWade, Owner at Black Hills Balloons, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2018

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We remember that day; the elk were amazing! We're so glad you enjoyed your flight.

Reviewed 24 July 2018
Beautiful Flight over Custer State Park

One word...AWESOME! Whether this is your first time or you’ve flown before, I highly recommend you take this flight. It was a beautiful clear morning and we saw lots of wildlife. Damien (our knowledgeable and funny Irish pilot) made this flight very enjoyable. We flew...More

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KeelyWade, Owner at Black Hills Balloons, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2018

Vickie, thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We remember that flight well! A herd of elk and landing at the Custer State Park Wildlife loop. Such a beautiful morning. Thanks for flying with us!

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5 May 2018|
Response from Linda S | Reviewed this property |
The price is 295 per person and for us well worth it
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