Hot air ballooning in Denver Colorado has been one of my favorite all adventures. I can’t lie!
I met up with some friends at the Chatfield State Park in southwest Denver before sun up where we met the balloon company, Rocky Mountain Hot Air to take a ride.
We went over the safety features, signed our release and learned how to position our bodies for the landing.
As the sun began to rise, we watched as the balloons came out of the trailer carts and were hooked to the baskets we would ride in. The flames and fans to blow the hot air into the balloons were turned on and they began to inflate.
What I really appreciated was that we got to be close up and personal to experience the set up, flight and take down of the balloon. It was fabulous getting to be a part of that.
It took awhile to fill that balloon with enough hot air to raise it! These balloons are huge!
We were ready to take off. It was time to hop in the basket. We had two balloons reserved. We took up the one I’m working with the above baskets and the red, white and blue balloon in the pictures.
I was surprised at how many of us fit in the basket. Seven including the hot air balloon pilot.
It was AMAZING as we lifted off. I don’t know what I expected, but it was such a smooth, soft liftoff, we simply lifted off the ground and continued to climb and drift. We all got excited as we cleared a tall tree lifting off… it was a good laugh!
We were almost immediately over a body of water and kept climbing. Our balloons were floating together so the only thing the pilots controlled where the height above the ground each would drift at so we didn’t run into each other. Our balloon went way above the other as you’ll see in the picture below. We are almost right over the other balloon.
Its SO QUIET! Because you are IN the wind, you cannot hear the wind. It’s so quiet, so smooth. The only thing you hear are the flames when the pilot expels hot air into the balloon to keep it up.
The other thing I didn’t expect was how much I could feel the heat when the pilot turned it on.
It’s definitely a new experience to be so close to the flame, the huge balloon above your head, the ground below and absolutely no sound. I took in each moment.
I’ve always wanted to take a hot air balloon ride and I was able to cross it off my bucket list this day.
The landing was a little bumpy but nothing that would keep anyone from experiencing a hot air balloon. Remember, you’re traveling with any wind. So when you land, your basket may tap the ground, lift up a bit, tap back down, lift up a bit as the pilot is bring the balloon to a stop and the staff is right there on the ground to help hold the basket down.
It’s amazing! It’s fun! It’s an adventure!
Once back on the ground and out of the basket, we all worked as a team under the direction of and instruction of the Rocky Mountain Hot Air staff, we gathered up the balloon and put it back into the cart. We of course, landed in a different location from that which we took off and the trucks met us there.
Once everything was put away, we enjoyed cheese, wine and other snacks and beverages. We received a certificate of flight given to us by Rocky Mountain Hot Air and posed for a memorable picture.
I can’t wait to go again!
Here’s an excerpt from the Rocky Mountain Hot Air website:
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 don’t 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.
This is absolutely true. If you get to Denver, don’t miss the opportunity to take flight in a balloon. Check their website and schedule and of course, everything depends on the weather.
The pilot and staff of Rocky Mountain Hot Air was first class all the way!
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Back on the ground, we spent the rest of the day on a Cherry Creek Trail bike ride In Denver which is where we headed from here! What a fun day!
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