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Hot Air Ballooning FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We get a lot of questions about hot air ballooning around Utah. Here's a list of answers to the most common questions we receive from clients.

Hot air balloon from Utah Balloon Flights leaving the ground.

Not at all! In fact the balloon performs better in cooler temperatures. Despite popular belief, it is very warm in the basket while flying in the winter time, after all you are adjacent to a 17 million BTU burner. 

During the winter months, the coldest part of the flight is the set up, and we keep our wonderful clients warm in the chase vehicle until it’s time to fly.

Yes! Ballooning is the oldest and safest form of flight on the planet.Utah Balloon Flights is proud of our PERFECT safety record.

Hot air balloons are FAA registered aircraft and follow strict maintenance and safety regulations.

All passengers must be in good health and be capable of climbing in and out of the basket and be able to stand for a minimum of one hour. 

For safety reasons we cannot accommodate pregnant women, people on supplemental oxygen or passengers over 75 years of age. Hot air ballooning is not a recommended activity for people who have trouble breathing at high altitude.

We do not have a maximum per passenger weight restriction but our balloons do have a total maximum lift capacity. Passenger weights are required at the time of your reservation and we plan our flights accordingly.

Yes, we take children 8 years of age and older.

Comfortable, casual clothing is always recommended on our flights. The temperature in the balloon is about the same as on the ground, so be sure to dress appropriately for the day’s anticipated temperatures.

  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Light jacket
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera

We offer a 25% discount for hot air balloon rides to auction at charity events. you can sell the gift certificates for full price or above full-price in an auction. 

We have had more than 100 nonprofits use this option and combined they have raised more than $100k in 2020 alone!

Rules: 

  1. You must use the email address associated with your nonprofit.
  2. You will be required to show proof of nonprofit status or the certificates will be cancelled. Please use the code “nonprofit” at checkout.

Check out our Reviews!

Lance Peterson
Lance Peterson
2022-07-16
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Me and my wife decided to try out hot air ballooning at the tail end of our honeymoon in November . Not only can we say it was one of the most incredible experiences of our lives, but it was even greater because we decided to use Utah balloon flights the whole crew was very professional and a easy to get along with. We couldn’t have chose a better group to take us on our first balloon and I would definitely fly with them again! - Lance AKA (Mercedes boy)
Ali Thompson
Ali Thompson
2022-06-27
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We had a fantastic time! Everyone was so friendly. It’s a “must do”! Would definitely book again with Utah Balloon Flights.
Marilee Childs
Marilee Childs
2022-05-16
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We had a perfect day for our 50th anniversary celebratory flight! Our pilot, Derek, was knowledgeable, informational, friendly, professional and expert at handling the balloon. He and the crew had it all down to a fine art and it was truly smooth sailing. They gave us important info to keep us safe and comfortable and we felt we were secure in the very capable hands of our pilot. We enjoyed every minute of our flight, as well as the set up and take down. The mimosa toast at the end was the frosting on the cake! Thanks for a once in a lifetime experience!
Diana Alberghini
Diana Alberghini
2022-05-09
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Derek made my mom's Mother's Day/70th birthday! Weather was a bit finicky so we weren't sure the day or two leading up to our flight if it was going to work out. He was super communicative and on top of it, and luckily we were able to make it happen! He made our ride fun, and his crew was also great. We had a blast and my mom was grinning from ear to ear, even when she was ridiculous enough to take a phone call in the air. Definitely recommend Derek and his team!
Amber Janowski
Amber Janowski
2022-03-25
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My sons and I had an awesome flight with Derek! The views were incredible, and we felt very safe and comfortable. Derek also did a great job explaining the process and answering our many questions about balloons and weather. His crew was incredibly kind and competent. All in all…an amazing once in a lifetime experience!
Mark Lehman
Mark Lehman
2022-03-22
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My girlfriend booked this flight for a short trip in SLC. We had to cancel the first day due to winds but Derek was able to get us up the morning before our flight! His communication and coordination was excellent! I learned a lot about balloon flight tried my hand at the burner and have a new appreciation for was Derek does! Thanks!
Dave Aditya
Dave Aditya
2022-02-26
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Way fun experience, even in subzero temperature. Derek and his crew were friendly and enjoyable to be around.
Jason Dixon
Jason Dixon
2022-02-13
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Perfect day! Perfect captain for our flight
Makenzie Templeton
Makenzie Templeton
2022-01-04
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Mort is an awesome pilot, so much fun to fly with! We had a great time, and the views were amazing, I would HIGHLY recommend.
Thomas Stringham
Thomas Stringham
2021-12-06
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I’ve gone out twice with Mort. We had an amazing time both times! I had never been in a hot air balloon before and I loved it. I’ll definitely be going out with Utah Balloon Flights again.

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Utah Balloon Flights serves Park City, Utah, and the surrounding areas of Salt Lake City.

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