A hot air balloon in the Sonoran Desert. Photo: Hot Air Expeditions

Top 5: Hot Air Balloon Tours (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Hot Air Balloon Tours — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Hot Air Balloon Company

1833 E. Redfield Rd.,
Phoenix, AZ 85022
(800) 843-5987
arizonaballooning.com
The vast desert and the ideal Arizona weather make it the perfect environment for hot air ballooning. Watch your pilot gradually lower the balloon to inches above saguaro cacti and evergreen trees as you spot a coyote or jackrabbit. Flights end with the traditional champagne toast and brunch.


Fleur De Tucson Balloon Tours

4635 N. Caida Pl.,
Tucson, AZ 85718
(520) 403-8547
fleurdetucson.net
Each journey is unique, combining low-level views of the beautiful desert landscape, javelina, deer, bobcat, rabbits and red-tailed hawks, and spectacular panoramas from higher elevations. After landing, each flight is celebrated with a continental brunch. Season is from October 1 to April 1.


Rainbow Ryders

1725 W. Williams Dr.,
Bldg. D, #39,
Phoenix, AZ 85027
(877) 771-0776
rainbowryders.com
The premiere balloon ride company in the Southwest, Rainbow Ryders offers scenic hot air balloon rides daily in Albuquerque, Phoenix and Scottsdale.


Arizona Balloon Safaris

Exclusively in Tucson
(520) 505-9647
arizonaballoonsafaris.com
There is no better way to see Arizona than by hot air balloon, floating silently over the majestic Sonoran Desert. Flying close to the ground, usually under 400 feet, you’ll be able to hear and see the sights and sounds of desert life.


Hot Air Expeditions

2243 E. Rose Garden Loop, #1,
Phoenix, AZ 85024
(800) 831-7610
hotairexpeditions.com
As you gently leave the Earth, you’ll be amazed at how light the balloon feels. During the flight you have an unobstructed 360-degree view to take excellent photographs.

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012