Ridgway Colorado is ten minutes from Ouray and sits lower in the valley and has stunning views of the Mt. Sneffels massif as well as the Cimmarons. Ridgway is the "Gateway to the San Juan Mountains" and is a perfect spot to enjoy a hot air balloon ride.
San Juan Balloons offers rides year round (but May - October is the busiest season so be sure to book these rides well in advance). You meet your balloon pilot in the very early morning in Ridgway, a mere ten minutes from Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs. If the winds are calm, you will ascend from town and float weightlessly across the town and whereever else the gentle currents take you. The panorama of the mountains is majestic and the peaceful drifting through the air is an unmatched experience.
Hot air ballooning in Ouray County adds a new dimension for photographers as well. Consider the splurge during the fall foliage season where golden aspens create waves of color across the rugged hillsides.
We offer our "Up, Up and Away" vacation package and we are happy to schedule your balloon flight for you. We recommend this package for a romantic weekend getaway or for a great add on to any vacation. Get up bright and early in the morning and enjoy a hot air balloon ride for two complete with a champagne brunch over the spectacular Ridgway Valley, surrounded by snow-capped mountain peaks, beautiful green mesas and rugged rocky plateaus. Book this in conjunction with the honeymoon suite and this incredible experience is only $700 + tax for the night! (Slight rate variations with different room combinations are available). Advanced booking required.