GPS Users: Do not enter Chatfield State Park into your GPS as those directions will take you to the Park’s office. To reach the Launch Site, enter Chatfield State Park at the DEER CREEK ENTRANCE which is located on South Wadsworth Blvd. (Highway 121).
Please click the above box for the exact location.
Hot air balloon rides are one of the most unique and exhilarating
experiences you will ever have. You will never forget your first balloon flight; it
is truly an experience that cannot compare to anything else. The roar of the burners as
you rise into the sky, the silence of floating, drifting with the winds. The sensation of flying over trees, lakes and streams, spotting deer and other
wildlife is unique and inspiring; an "uplifting" experience.
Hot air balloons are a timeless and unique form of flight. You
dont feel the wind, you are a part of it, almost not even realizing you are
moving. Hot air balloons drift gracefully above the terrain where peace and
tranquility reign as you float over the tree tops. The incredible feeling of time
suspended as the world drifts quietly below is one you will never forget.
Upon completion of your flight, we will celebrate your adventure as you reminisce about
your journey. You will receive a certificate of ascension and commemorative balloon
If you really want to make a lasting impression, a hot air balloon ride is the ultimate
"unforgettable" gift. Gift Certificates are available.
We are happy to announce the addition of a new hot air balloon, Bandit (pictured on this
page), to our fleet.
Highlights & Features of your Hot Air Ballooning Adventure:
Hot Air Balloon Flights
The flight will last approximately one hour, but you will need to allow at least 3-4 hours
for the whole experience. When you meet on the launch site you will be checked in by our
groundcrew. After the passenger safety briefings are completed the hot air balloon will be
prepared. As part of the experience you are always invited to help the crew if you
would like. When all of the final safety checks are complete the adventure
Hot Air Ballooning is very weather dependent. We need light surface winds, below 10 mph
with no rain and good visibility. We always obtain the latest weather forecasts before
making a decision to fly. Passenger safety and enjoyment are our prime considerations so
if conditions do force a cancellation we will rearrange your trip for the next mutually
What Do I Wear?
We recommend you wear casual clothing suitable for a country walk, including long trousers
and flat shoes or walking boots - no open-toed shoes, sandals, or flip-flops. Dress
comfortably, and preferably in layers. The early a.m. temperatures range from the
30's to 50's, however it can warm up quickly as the morning wears on. Please bear in
mind that fields may be wet or muddy. A hat may be needed for those who are a
little thin on top as the burner gives out radiant heat. Don't forget to
bring your camera.
Are There Any Restrictions On Who Can Fly?
There are no restrictions but you must be agile enough to climb in and out of the basket
and stand for the duration of the flight. Sorry, but pregnant women will not be able
to ride in our balloons. If you have any doubt you should consult your family
doctor. Please advise us of any medical condition. Children should be tall enough to
see over the edge of the basket (4') and must be accompanied by an adult.
What Does a Hot Air Balloon Ride Cost?
Our prices are $225 per person, which includes a certificate of ascension and commemorative balloon pin.
From I-25, take 470 west to Wadsworth, exit at Wadsworth, then proceed south on Wadsworth
to Chatfield State Recreation Area. Turn left into park. From I-70, either
take I-25 south to 470 and follow previous instructions, or take 470 south to Wadsworth,
exit at Wadsworth, then proceed south on Wadsworth to Chatfield State Recreation Area.
Turn left into park.
Map Quest or GPS Users PLEASE NOTE
If you use Map Quest or a GPS unit, do not enter Chatfield State Park into the search address; it will take you to the park office on the other side of the lake. To reach the Launch Site, you need to enter Chatfield State Park at the DEER CREEK ENTRANCE, which is located on South Wadsworth Blvd. (Highway 121), or enter the coordinates for the launch site parking lot
(39.545000, -105.08638889). Then use the maps below to guide
you to the launch site.
DO NOT show up at the shop at the Alaska Place address. It is over 30 minutes from the Launch Site, and both of our mornings will be ruined!!
Chatfield State Recreation Area is a Colorado State Park. There is a
$9.00/day park entrance fee, or you can use your annual parks pass.
you arrive at the park in the morning, there will probably not be anyone at the entrance booth collecting money. Go to the self-service billboard just past the booth where
you can pay the fee and get your pass. The pass is good for one day only - you may
be ticketed if you do not have one.
Reservations and Gift Certificates
Reservations can be made and gift certificates can be purchased over the phone with name,
credit card and phone number. Vouchers are sent out with full details of how to book the
balloon flight and once a date has been set you will receive a further information pack
detailing our launch site and check in times.
We require a 72 hour cancellation notice. If your reservations are not cancelled
prior to this time, or if you are a "no show" the day of the flight, you will be
charged the full amount of the flight. If your flight is cancelled by Rocky Mountain
Hot Air, LLC., due to inclement weather or other circumstances beyond our control, there
will be no charge. We will then do our best to reschedule your balloon ride to
another date. Rocky Mountain Hot Air, LLC., reserves the right to cancel, postpone
or delay any flight due to safety considerations.
We are dedicated to providing you with excellent service and a memorable experience.
Although tipping is customary in our industry, with 10% being the average, please remember
that a gratuity is completely at the discretion of each of our guests. It is
however, always greatly appreciated. For your convenience, your gratuity may be
added to your credit card after the Flight.
Safety is our number one priority. We have gone to great lengths to provide the safest
equipment possible. The pilot will brief the passengers on their safety and procedures.
During the flight passengers are always encouraged to let the pilot know of other
balloons, or obstructions such as power lines, fences, ditches, etc., that he may not be
aware of. If you have questions, PLEASE ASK. There is no such thing as a
Hot Air Balloons are aircraft, and as with all forms of flight, there
are possible risks. It is important that all passengers understand and realize these
risks of personal injury, or loss of life, or damage or loss of property. The landings are
most critical and when higher winds exist, the balloon may tip and drag, bounce along,
etc. While this is not the typical "stand up" landing, it may happen. All
passengers and crew members will be required to sign an "Acknowledgement and
Release" form prior to flight.
Advertising and Sponsorship
Many organizations have recognized the value of aerial advertising. A hot air balloon
serves as a floating billboard to display your logo and is excellent for building brand or
product awareness. As well as advertising they can be used for corporate entertaining.
Taking your clients, competition prize winners, and staff into the air. Rocky
Mountain Hot Air, LLC., can offer you a complete package from the specification of
equipment to the detailed operation of the balloon. If you would like further
information on sponsorship opportunities please contact us.
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Golda's Hot Air Balloon Ride
The air was crisp and the butterflies were fluttering in 97-year-old Golda Yates-Tylers stomach, but she was unwavering in her resolve to see her dream come true as she watched the hot air balloon inflate early Monday morning June 11th. Surrounded by friends, neighbors and associates at Christian Living Communities The Johnson Center Retirement Community, Golda fulfilled her long-pondered wish to float on the gentlest of breeze in a colorful balloon. With assistance from her daughter Ruleen and caregivers at The Johnson Center, Golda made it across the lawn to the balloon and was lifted from her wheelchair into the basket. Conner, a Certified Nursing Associate, and Ruleen hopped in for the ride with Ken from Rocky Mountain Hot Air Balloon.