Quietly suspended in the skies above the red rocks at dawn, gently propelled by an early morning breeze, while the rising sun bathes the highest pinnacles below you in the day´s first golden light – few adventures compare to the spectacular experience of a hot air balloon ride over Sedona´s magnificent landscapes!
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Several outfits in the Sedona area offer to guide you on a trip with humanity´s oldest means of air transportation, first demonstrated by the Montgolfier brothers of France in 1783. Experience the magic of gently soaring through the blue Arizona skies, of gliding along like an eagle among the highest pinnacles of Sedona´s fantastic red rock formations. Take in the breathtaking beauty of the Verde Valley, Mingus Mountain, the Colorado Plateau and the Mogollon rim from a bird´s eye view, and truly measure the vast expanse of this monumental landscape from high above the ground!
Your experienced pilot will be on the lookout for wildlife while low-contour flying, he´ll take you on an exhilarating lift into higher elevations, and show you an aerial close-up of the red rock cliffs. He might even demonstrate his skills with a “splash´n´dash”, briefly floating on the surface of a desert water hole. Finally, you will softly touch down on the ground again, where a champagne breakfast under the early desert sun awaits. This overall experience is a great thing to do in Sedona.
Attention, late risers! Due to the more favorably calm wind conditions of the early morning, this is when your hot air balloon ride will lift off. The pickup for your ride will arrive at your hotel before sunrise – and sunrise in Arizona can be as early as 5 a.m. in the summertime! Luckily, you will be compensated with a champagne breakfast after landing.
Attention, photo buffs! There are several companies offering hot air balloon rides in the Sedona area, and before you climb in the basket with your camera ready for spectacular, aerial red rock shots, you might want to look into where exactly the respective tour will take you. Not all companies are permitted to operate in close proximity to Sedona´s red rocks, some fly farther away in the Verde Valley.