Are we insured? We are insured by an American-owned, A+ rated insurance company.
Where do we meet? The address to our meeting location is: 4390 Polaris Ave Las Vegas, Nevada 89103 . ( Map )
What time are the balloon flights? We meet about 30 min. before sunrise. Click here for a sunrise chart , find your month and day. The exact meeting time will be included with your balloon ride confirmation.
Where will the balloon land? A hot air balloon flight is dependent on wind speed and direction, so every flight we make in Las Vegas is different and our landing sites vary from day to day.
Can I take a camera? Absolutely, there is always plenty to photograph both prior to the flight, during and afterwards. You may bring a video camera also. We recommend that you have a suitable soft case, including carry strap, with you to stow and protect the camera during the landing. Bring extra memory cards and batteries. Panoramic cameras are nice for scenery.
How long will we be in the air? You will be in the air 45-60 minutes or longer depending on weather. Please allow 3.5 hours from the time we meet until we return to the meeting location.
How many people are in the balloon? Our hot air balloons carry a maximum of 12 passengers plus the pilot. Our gondolas (baskets) have partitioned compartments for passenger comfort and safety.
How do I book a Hot Air Balloon Ride? It's simple, just give Vegas Balloons a call at (702) 553-3039 and we'll give you all the information you need to book a flight. If you already have flight vouchers, click here to schedule your flight. If you need to purchase a flight click here.
How long are flights? On average, passenger flights are approximately one hour in length. Some flights can vary from 45 minutes to 1 1/2 hours depending on the amount of fuel on board, the passengers combined weight, the temperature of the air and when the pilot finds a suitable landing field.
What type of weather conditions are needed to fly? Hot Air Balloon passenger flights take place in winds less than 6 knots, with no rain or approaching storms within 100 miles. Flights also require visibility of at least 3 miles and ceilings of at least 3000 feet.
What type of clothing should we wear? Special clothing is not required for hot air ballooning. We always suggest practical wear, such as long pants, a light jacket, a hat and no sandals or high heels. We do not fly high enough for a change in temperature so plan to dress for the temperature of the day. Please read our day of flight information page for details.
Can I bring my camera and binoculars? Yes, we encourage it. Some of the greatest pictures of the surrounding area can be taken from 500 feet in the air. Don't forget to bring batteries for your camera and a protective case for landing. Please read our day of flight information page for details.
Is it cold up there? No, the temperature in the air is the same or even warmer than it in the ground. The temperature only begins to drop when you begin to fly very high.
How big is the hot air balloon? Vegas Balloons flies balloons 210,000 cubic ft to 310,000 cubic ft in size. They typically carry 8-12 passengers, making it easy to accommodate families and groups. The large baskets make for more space per person and our balloons have turning vents so the pilot can rotate the balloon during flight, giving everyone a 360 degree view.
What makes the hot air balloon rise? Hot Air! A pair of high-powered propane burners ignites and heats liquid propane that is aimed into the balloon to make it rise. The burners create 30 million BTU's of heat. In comparison, an average home barbecue generates 30,000 BTU's. Each flight uses approximately 60 gallons of propane.
How fast do you fly? The balloon travels the same speed as the wind. An average flight is approximately 7 miles in distance.
How do you steer the balloon? Hot Air Balloons can not be steered like a plane or helicopter. Balloons travel only in the direction of the wind. There may be different wind directions at different altitudes that the pilot may use to maneuver the balloon. Upon landing, our "Chase Crew" that has been following the balloon since lift off retrieves the balloon and passengers and returns them to the launch location.
Can anyone fly the balloon? To fly a hot air balloon you must be a licensed balloon pilot. Much like a fixed wing pilot, balloon pilots go through extensive training including ground school, written exams and hands-on flying.
What is the balloon made of? Balloons are made from rip-stop nylon much like a winter ski jacket. Yet unlike a jacket, the balloon is coated in a special chemical to help it resist heat and last longer. Balloons have an average life expectancy of 300 hours of use. Manufacturers have many different colours of fabric to choose from to create the many different patterns seen flying through the sky.
How much does a hot air balloon cost? An average hot air balloon, including the basket will cost approximately $60,000.00.
Who makes hot air balloons? Hot air balloons are made by a small group of select manufacturers around the world. The largest manufacturers of which can be found in England, The United States, and Spain.
How high do you fly? Though the altitude record for hot air ballooning is 90,000 feet, the height of passenger flights range anywhere from treetops up to 2,500 feet.
What happens if I don't fly? Will my voucher still be valid? As ballooning is weather dependent we have to cancel your flight if conditions are not safe. If your flight is canceled, you simply reschedule either online or by phone, for another date that suits your schedule. Sometimes passengers can be canceled a few times before being able to fly. If you have tried a few times during the flight season and have not been successful going, don't worry, Vouchers purchased directly from Vegas Balloon Rides don't expire. We simply keeping trying until mother nature is in a good mood.
What can cause a cancellation of a flight? As safety of the passengers, crew and equipment is of utmost priority, flights will sometimes have to be cancelled. Various factors can cause cancellation such as weather conditions, equipment malfunction or pilot injury or illness. Your safety is our concern and we will not fly if this is jeopardized. If your flight is cancelled you can simply reschedule for another flight.
What happens if I don't want to use my balloon ride voucher? All vouchers purchased directly from Vegas Balloon Rides that are prepaid in full, are 100% refundable and also transferable within one (1) year from the date of purchase as long as either no flight has been scheduled, or you cancel your first scheduled flight at least 48 hours prior to flight time. If you wish to transfer your voucher to another party, please ensure their health or ability is not restricted. Simply let us know who you have transferred the voucher to and we will adjust the file so they can continue to schedule on it. Please read all policies here.