- Balloon flights are weather permitting, therefore we recommend trying early during your stay.
- Colorado hot air balloon rides take place in the morning when breezes are gentle and the atmosphere is most stable.
- The lift off is so gentle that many people do not realize that they have left Mother Earth.
Low level contour flying allows spotting wildlife, picking pinecones from treetops, and splash’n’dashing in a nearby pond or river. At higher altitudes spectacular peaks in the Colorado Rockies including Grand, Routt, Summit, Clear Creek, Gilpin, and Boulder Counties of Colorado can be seen.
Our flights launch in Fraser Colorado in the heart of the Colorado Rockies. We are conveniently located about 1.5 hour drive from Denver, Boulder, Breckenridge, Frisco, Silverthorne, Dillon, Keystone and Copper. We are 15 minutes from Winter Park Resort, Granby Ranch, and 5 minutes from locations in Winter Park and Fraser. We are 30 minutes from Grand Lake, the west entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park and 1 hour 45 minutes from Estes Park, Colorado, the east entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. Flights are celebrated with a post flight traditional champagne toast.
Our hot air balloon rides include:
- Traditional Champagne Toast
- Continental Breakfast
- Passenger Photo
- Flight Certificate
The rate is $250 per person
After the flight you will be close to many other Colorado Activities Including:
- Colorado River Rafting
- Horseback Riding
- Mountain Biking
- Georgetown Loop Train
- Boating Rentals/Tours
- Hot Springs
- Sleigh Rides
- Snow Tubing
- Ice Skating
- Dog Sledding
- Snow Cat Skiing
A hot air balloon ride is a great way to celebrate a special occasion or make any occasion special. We hope to have the opportunity to share our personal world class adventure with you. We are confident that your Colorado balloon flight memories will last a lifetime.
We imagine that nothing comes as close to a magic carpet ride as a balloon flight. Grand Adventure provides a breathtaking flight over the beautiful Colorado Rockies. Every morning at sunrise the skies are brightened by a hot air balloon taking off from the Winter Park/Fraser Valley Area. Passengers’ excitement begins to build as they gather to watch the balloon being inflated. Then they climb into the basket as the pilot heats the air inside the balloon until it becomes “lighter than air”. This heating allows the balloon to gracefully ascend, affording magnificent views of the mountains.
In addition to the awesome beauty of the valley illuminated by the clear morning light, the sensation which impresses most first-time aeronauts is the absence of any perception of motion. There is a sense of suspended animation, of being one with the wonders of nature.
Our experienced pilots know exactly how to adjust the altitude to hitch a ride on a friendly breeze going their way. While the flight paths of the balloons vary with the direction and speeds of the winds, the balloons may not land in the same location each day. Therefore a chase vehicle follows each balloon and a trained crew is on hand at the end of a flight to assist with the landing, to pack up the balloon, and to transport the passengers back to their vehicles.
Included with each flight is the traditional champagne toast – a tradition over 200 years old – a continental breakfast, and a commemorative flight certificate.
Flights are approximately one hour, depending on landing site availability, wind direction, and fuel consumption. Flights are scheduled at sunrise when the atmosphere is most stable and breezes are gentle.
When people hear about hot air ballooning in Colorado during the winter months, the first thing they say is “it must be cold up there”. In the Winter Park valley we get a temperature inversion, the warm air from the rising sun lifts and the cold air from the mountain tops settles to the valley floor. We often experience temperatures 30 to 40 degrees warmer in flight than on the ground. Dress as if you were going skiing or snowmobiling, you will be comfortable and may even find yourself peeling off a layer.