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Hot Air Balloon Ride is the Perfect Way to Start Your Vacation

Make a Balloon Ride the Perfect Way to Start Your Vacation

Why not start your vacation is style by enjoying a scenic and atmospheric sunrise hot air balloon flight across the beautiful mountain valleys of Colorado? Life Cycle Balloons can organize hot air balloon rides from two central Colorado locations including from the beautiful South Park, which is a stunning mountain valley just 55 miles away from Colorado Springs. Booking at the start of your vacation means that you can always reschedule if need be if the weather is inclement! This is a wonderful way to see this truly beautiful part of the country at its very best. Life Cycle Balloons is dedicated to ensuring you have the best possible hot air balloon experience. Balloon flights start just after sunrise, and once your balloon is set up, you then enjoy at least an hour flight in this spectacular Colorado mountain valley.  After your flight Life Cycle Balloons offers a special champagne toast and picnic style brunch, an after flight celebration in true ballooning tradition. If you’re looking for an unusual way to propose to your significant other, or simply want to organize something special to round of a wonderful vacation then there is no better experience than taking flight in a hot air balloon. Why not book today and experience the spectacle for yourself?  Life Cycle Balloons hosts two summer events in South Park; the Fathers Day Flyout over Fathers Day weekend in June and the Umteenth Annual South Park End of Summer Flyout Flight the third weekend of August where special pricing on balloon flights is offered.

While visiting the Colorado Springs area, check out these suggestions offered by Suzie Finch:

Vacation Guide: Top Things to do in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs is a widely popular vacation destination, particularly for those who enjoy spending their vacation time in the great outdoors. The city is situated at the base of Pikes Peak, one of the most famous American mountains which stands at over 8,000ft above the city and is an all year round destination for hikers, mountain bikers, fishers and other outdoors enthusiasts. Thinking of choosing Colorado Springs for your next vacation? Here are some of the main attractions in the city you simply shouldn’t miss:

Go Outdoors at Garden of the Gods

US News list Garden of the Gods as the number one attraction to see when you’re in Colorado Springs. Garden of the Gods is a natural landmark consisting of magnificent red rock formations that jut from the earth below like deities. Interested in learning more about how these rocks formed? At the entrance to Garden of the Gods you’ll find a Visitor and Nature Center which opens daily both through the summer and winter months. Here you can numerous informative displays, enjoy daily nature presentations, and book a van or jeep tour around the park: these cost just $10 and are a great way of experiencing everything that site has to offer in a relatively short period of time. Of course, if you prefer to explore the Garden of the Gods for yourself you can also set off on foot or explore the area by mountain bike. Any photographs you might have seen really won’t do justice to the splendor of this incredible attraction, so be sure to stop by as part of your trip to Colorado Springs.

Release Your Inner Cowboy

If you want to find out more about the people who have lived on and worked the land of Colorado for generations then you’ll find a host of fascinating museums dedicated to exactly this is the area. Start your journey at the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site. Here dedicated tour guides will help bring the spirit of the west to life before your very eyes as you’ll visit a working imagining of a rangers farm: an experience not to be forgotten. For a more traditional museum experience head to the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. Located in a beautifully restored 1903 El Paso County Courthouse, the museum outlines the realities of the history and culture of the Pikes Peak region. You’ll find permanent exhibits on the history of the area and the museum also houses a comprehensive collection of quilts, pottery, and landscape art depicting scenes from the local area.

Take a Road Trip

If you’re travelling to Colorado Springs from out of state, or even from outside of the United States then you may want to take a whistle stop tour of the whole city to give you an overview of everything the region has to offer. Why not take a Colorado Jeep Tour for the day? This will offer a variety of information including western history, geology, and even paleontology while traveling on some of the most scenic roads and trails in Colorado. If you prefer not to join an organized tour you could also hire a car and head out to explore the beautiful countryside surrounding Colorado Springs independently. The Colorado Springs Visitor Center offers a free visitors guide that will enable you to plan the perfect itinerary for a mini road trip around the city. Colorado Springs is perfectly set up for its many out of town visitors, offering several car hire companies, bureau de change facilities giving you the opportunity to change your travel money, and even a nearby international airport. You certainly won’t be disappointed if you choose this cultured and cosmopolitan city as the destination for your next vacation.

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We got a great flight off today

Happy Passengers Helping with Packup

We started in Boulder, CO and it was too windy to fly.  We moved to Longmont, CO and the conditions were perfect.  We enjoyed an awesome hot air balloon flight.  We got to see a bald eagle and osprey and the view of the snow covered mountains was spectacular.  We had very happy passengers celebrating their 2 year anniversary.


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Great Flight Today

We didn’t fly mom today but a grandfather and grand daughter and her 2 friends.  A great hot air balloon flight out of Boulder, Colorado.

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Colorado Hot Air Balloon Rides Spring Special

Spring Specials from Life Cycle Balloon Adventures!
$50 – $100 Savings!
Champagne Balloon Flight only $195 per Person!

Boulder Champagne Flights: Hour to an hour and a half flight followed by a traditional champagne toast from our northeast Boulder location.

 We fly 2 -5 passengers per balloon.  Enjoy a personalized balloon flight for you and your group without being stuffed into a 10-15 passenger basket.  We also specialize in private flights for two. We offer coffee, tea & hot chocolate for you while you watch the balloons being setup and then we follow each hot air balloon flight with a special champagne toast, to celebrate your flight in true ballooning tradition. Non-alcohol champagne is available upon request.
$195 per adult, children 12 and under $145 each

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Valentine Specials from Life Cycle Hot Air Balloon Adventures

Treat your Valentine to a romantic hot air balloon flight for just the two of you with Life Cycle Hot Air Balloon Adventures.   We offer those special touches to make your flight a wonderful occasion starting with coffee, tea & hot hot chocolate for you in the morning while we setup your balloon.  Before we take off, we make sure to get a picture of the two of you in the basket and then send you on your way as the ground gently moves away and you enter a wonderful 3-dimensional panoramic world.  We will enjoy an hour flight soaring over a 1,000 feet above the world in your own private basket.  Take in the wonderful views of Denver, the Boulder Flatirons, and the whole Colorado Front Range.   After we land and pack-up the balloon, we bring you back to the launch field to enjoy a special picnic style champagne brunch with special gifts for the two of you.

We are offering a very special $200 off pricing for private hot air balloon flight gift certificates.  Check out our website for more information about Life Cycle Hot Air Balloon Adventures and our special flight deals at

Present that special someone a gift certificate for a Romantic Hot Air Balloon Flight for two on Valentine’s Day and then give us a call to schedule your flight.  We’ll send you a flight confirmation with all the information you need about your hot air balloon flight.

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Winter Project – Hot Air Balloon Basket Repair

For my winter project, I decided it was time to rebuild my 11 year old FireFly 5.0 hot air balloon basket that has about about a 1000 hours. The hoses are a year old, the floor, runners, and load ropes are in great shape. The vertical wicker was looking pretty tired and damaged and had a lot of broken horizontal wicker. This project took a little over 2 months to complete (not working on it full time, I had other hot air balloons in the shop to work on as well). Glad the project is done  and looking forward to a great flying season.  If you would like to fly with us this summer, check out our specials on

Basket before rebuilding

Some of the basket damage

All the old wicker removed

Basket rebuild complete

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Sid Cutter “Best of the Best”

We are honored to tribute  Sid Cutter… the founder of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.  An ambassador to ballooning.  Me, my crew chief (my wife Lisa), my crew and former students are proud to be be a part of this tribute.   All of us at Life Cycle Balloon Adventures offer our well wishes to Sid and Jewel.

Sid Cutter "best of the best"A toast to SidReleasing the pibals

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Great flight on Sat March 19th

What a great way to start the Spring Season with a great hot air balloon flight!  We launched from Boulder and flew across Longmont and landed to the northeast of Longmont.  A spectacular flight covering about 20 miles (we usually fly about 5 miles on most of our flights) at altitudes of around 9,000 ft above sealevel.  We had spectacular views of Denver and the front range of the Colorado Rockies.  Of course our passengers thoroughly enjoyed the flight on this wonderful spring day in Colorado.

A happy group of passengers

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We have a new pilot!

Lu got his private hot air balloon pilot certificate this past Saturday in Albuquerque.  He did a great job on the oral exam and his flight exam.  We had a nice celebration afterwards.

Ray (the FAA examiner) congratulating LuLu's wife pouring the champagne

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Balloon Flights at the Erie Town Fair are available to the public

This year, the Erie Town Fair, the second largest balloon rally in Colorado out of Erie, CO is offering balloon rides to the general public.  Just visit for more information.  Click on our contact us tab to get info on how contact us and schedule your flight.  Proceeds from the flights go to the Erie Chamber of Commerce in support of their annual fund raiser.  We will be launching from Erie Municipal Airpark Friday, Saturday, & Sunday May 20th, 21st, & 22nd.  When you schedule your flight we will send you information about your flight and a confirmation of date, time and where to meet.  All of us at Life Cycle Hot Air Balloon Adventures and the Erie Chamber of Commerce are looking forward to flying with you.

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