Morning Catalina Mountain Flight

Why We Love This

  • Our balloons are piloted by highly experienced FAA Certifed Commercial Pilots with First Class Medical Certificates. The same certificate required for airline pilots. See Insider Tips in the Details section for full package details and benefits.
  • Includes our frame mounted Nikon 35 mm wide angle camera on board to capture high resolution selfies you take with a remote control AND our Hasselblad camera equipped drone flying along side to capture incredible video of you taking off and flying hundreds of feet above the ground - a WORLD FIRST only with Balloon America! See Insider Tips in the Details section for full package details and benefits.
  • We serve authentic Jannison FRENCH Champagne (not inferior cheap sparkling wine like our competitors) in crystal flutes post flight next to our private and serene duck pond at our private members only club. See Insider Tips in the Details section for full package details and benefits.

Balloon America

This hot air balloon adventure lasts up to 2 hours total from arrival at the launch site to return, where you'll be traveling 5 to 10 miles at altitudes from treetop level to 5,000 feet above ground. Our typical flight path takes us toward Sabino Canyon and over the foothills of the 9,100 foot tall Santa Catalina Mountains. We fly at tree top level for the first 10 minutes over the Isabella Price nature preserve. Staying low on purpose allows passengers to feel the motionless nature of balloon fight. We ascend to higher altitudes where we have vistas over 100 miles into Mexico. We typically accommodate up to ten passengers in a balloon designed and certified to carry twelve to allow ample room for all passengers. We have minimum booking of 2 passengers and do not accept single passengers. If you would like to guarantee a private flight for two or more passengers consider booking our Private Tour. See Insider Tips in the details section for full package details and benefits.

Insider Tips

With this package, you'll receive: (1) Your balloon piloted by an FAA Certified Commercial pilot with 30 years of accident and incident free experience. (2) Exclusive authentic Jannison FRENCH Champagne toast (not inferior domestic sparkling wine like our competitors) post flight in glass flutes next to our duck pond. (3) Forty minutes to an hour in flight, about 2 hours total time from arrival at the launch site to return. (4) A photo album taken from our on board fixed mounted Nikon 35 mm wide angle camera to capture high resolution selfies YOU take with a remote control. SO much better than ANY phone selfie! (5) Our Hasselblad camera equipped drone flying beside us to capture incredible video of you taking off and flying hundreds of feet above the ground. This video is edited then posted on You Tube with titles and music for you to share with friends and family. This is an exclusive ONLY with Balloon America! (6) Exclusive on site password protected access to the Sky Island Eco Tour. Travel 7000 vertical feet skyward and 64 miles on an American Scenic Byway. This self-guided audio visual driving tour starts 5 minutes from our balloon port - although you can take it any time during your stay in Tucson. This tour is highly curated and takes place on the General Hitchcock national scenic byway - with some of the most awe inspiring scenery in the world. You'll climb almost 7,000 vertical feet to the top of the Santa Catalina mountain range. Highly educational, this tour includes: * Stories about discoveries made by UA scientists here in the Santa Catalina Mountains. * Graphic slide-shows that help interpret what you see on the trip up the Catalina Mountains. * Animated videos that explain complex science in an easy-to-understand way. * Music by the band Calexico, and narrated by Calexico front-man Joey Burns

Meeting Location

Balloon America flies exclusively from La Mariposa Resort, 1501 North Houghton Road, Tucson, Arizona 85749. Our balloon port is owned and managed by an American Airlines captain. La Mariposa is located on the west side of Houghton Road 1/2 mile north of Speedway Blvd. and 1/2 mile south of Tanque Verde Rd. Look for the TWO LARGE STONE MONUMENTS that mark the entrance just a few yards west of Houghton Rd. The name of the street you will be turning west on is E Corte Vista La Mariposa. Follow it past the main building to the south end of the paved parking lot across from the tennis courts. Park there. We take off from the large polo field to the west.

When To Arrive

20 minutes prior to takeoff. Please limit coffee consumption prior to your flight and seriously consider using the bathrooms located in the main building locker rooms upon arrival. We don't have facilities on board hot air balloons! :-)

Cancellations & Refunds

Cancellations and Transfers: When you make a reservation, we block space for you on an exclusive, definite basis, remove it from inventory, and often must turn away other paying passengers who would like to go on the same flight you have reserved. We guarantee that space will be available for you that morning. We do not take tentative or speculative reservations, overbook our flights, or have standby status. No refunds once booked. If we are forced to cancel a reservation due to wind or weather conditions we will issue a full refund MINUS a 4% credit card fee. This is an upfront expense which we cannot recover or have reversed regardless of reason.

"Tucson Balloon ride"

January 4, 2019 - 

Was expecting a longer and higher ride. Did not enjoy flying over homes and big box retailers. Expected to see sunrise but by the time we took off sun had already risen. Original booking was for 7am but it was changed to 8am, presumably due to weather conditions. Captain was very friendly and entertaining. Not worth the money.


November 23, 2018 - 

We had a fantastic ride. Captain Ron took great care of us. There wasn’t much wind, so finding and navigating the landing we learned was a bit more challenging for him. For us it meant a longer ride :-) and our landing was great. We’d do it again in a second. Thanks much Ron and Crew.

"Balloon ride over Foothills"

November 11, 2018 - 

Awesome experience and the pilot and ground crew were exceptional. I can easily recommend this to my friends.


November 10, 2018 - 


"So cool"

November 6, 2018 - 

Ron was super fun, professional, and a joy to fly with!

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