Morning Catalina Mountain Flight/Gift Certificate

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.
  • Our on board remote 35mm Nikon digital camera with a wide angle lens will take some amazing pictures of you while flying. SO much better than any phone selfie!
  • We serve Jannison FRENCH Champagne post flight next to our private and serene duck pond in a Mesquite grove at our private members only resort.

Balloon America

A gift certificate from Balloon America makes a great birthday, anniversary, or Christmas present for the person who “has everything.” Since they serve as a ticket to a memorable journey, they’re guaranteed to be one of the best presents ever this hot air balloon adventure lasts up to 2 hours total from arrival at the launch site to return, where you'll be traveling up to 5 miles at altitudes from treetop level to 1,000 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. This is a group tour and has a minimum of 4 passengers to operate. We typically accommodate up to ten passengers in a balloon designed and certified to carry twelve to allow ample room for all passengers. If you would like to guarantee a flight for two or more passengers consider booking our Private Tour, please inquire for details. Distance and time aloft is dependent on how fast the wind is moving that day.

Insider Tips

With this package, you'll receive:

  • Piloted by an FAA Certified Commercial Pilot.
  • An exclusive multiple picture photo album taken in flight. (not from the ground like our competitors.)
  • Exclusive Jannison real French Champagne toast post flight in glass flutes next to our duck pond.
Forty minutes to an hour in flight, about 2 hours total time from arrival at the launch site to return.

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.

Cancellations & Refunds

Cancellations and Transfers: This tour has a minimum number of 4 passengers to operate. In the event we are unable to meet the minimum booking by adding additional passengers we will notify you of the cancellation as soon as possible and refund you in full. We CAN guarantee a flight for two passengers by upgrading to our Private First Class Balloon Tour - full details are here: 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.


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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