The Roping The Wind Hot Air Balloon Team occasionally travels around Arizona for
unique adventure flights. These flights may originate from a small
Arizona town or from a very remote location. Your pilot has flown some
very exciting and rewarding flights in the remote backcountry of
Arizona. We have flown over high mountain peaks, thru remote canyons
and valleys, across rugged expanses of rocky terrain and from some
beautiful small Arizona towns and communities. Sometimes, these flights
carry higher risk and are flown only with experienced team members.
However, on occasion and dependant upon the flight area, we can offer
REAL adventure flights to our customers who are looking for a bit more
than the usual offering. When we do, you will find these flights posted
on our special offers page.
When we use the word
'ADVENTURE'... we are serious and are talking about a REAL adventure
flight! Several companies advertise adventure flights and they are
really nothing more than a flight in their local flying area that is
slightly different than the usual offering. We offer REAL adventure
flights for couples who enjoy a real outdoors experience. These flights
are designed for those who have perhaps flown in balloons before and
already have some understanding of what balloon flight is all about.
These flights are also designed for those who are real backcountry
enthusiasts. This kind of flight is not for someone who can't be away
from modern conveniences for more than a few hours. These flights
typically are 1 hour to 1.5 hours in length, but we may find
ourselves aloft for more than a couple hours. While our local flights
may have us in the desert for approximately 3-4 hours... its possible
you will be in a remote location with us for several hours, a half day
or even a full day during an adventure flight outing. This depends upon
the flight location and the outcome of the flight itself. This often
times cannot be determined until we are aloft!
We REQUIRE our
passengers who wish to join us on an adventure flight to be in
EXCELLENT physical condition and health. Are you the right person for
such a flight? Have you flown in a hot air balloon before? Do you
consider yourself a backcountry enthusiast? Are you capable of hiking several miles in various
terrain? Do you greatly appreciate nature and the outdoors and are
comfortable being away from modern conveniences and facilities for
several hours or even an entire day? Do you enjoy backcountry
tent camping in the wilderness and roughing it without modern
conveniences? If you can answer yes to all these
questions... you are likely a good candidate for an adventure flight
with the Roping The Wind Balloon Team!
Your pilot enjoys
exploring the backcountry and has hiked many, many miles on some of
Arizona's most remote trails and even off trail hiking and climbing
adventures. He has a strong knowledge of Arizona history and geography
and can point out terrain features along the flight route anywhere in
Arizona. He has also made many great high adventure balloon flights all
across our beautiful state, from the sand dunes of Yuma to flying over
the worlds largest stand of Ponderosa Pine forest along the Mogollon
Rim and Colorado Plateau and the great Sonoran Desert in between. He
posesses the necesary skills to guide you on a safe, exciting and
rewarding ballooning adventure. Backcountry hiking, driving, exploring
and ballooning is something your pilot continues to enjoy to this day.
Occasionally, the team will even camp out the evening before an
adventure flight and we welcome you to join us camping under the stars
in the great outdoors and then waking up to a beautiful Arizona sunrise
and a once in a lifetime hot air balloon flight over some of the most
spectacular scenery Arizona has to offer!!! You cannot get this with
any other balloon company in Arizona!
Each of these flights are very unique and some
require specific pre-flight planning. Our equipment is rugged and
designed for backcountry flying.... from our specially built chase
vehicle, to our balloon system with FAA approved modifications and any
additional equipment and electronics carried onboard or in our chase
vehicle... we go prepared and well versed on the terrain we will be
flying over and flight area we will be exploring together. This
pre-flight preperation allows us to offer you a very unique, exciting,
rewarding and most importantly, safe... ballooning adventure.
carry on equipment is limited, but the usual cameras, binoculars, etc
are welcome. We also recommend you prepare a daypack that can be
carabiner connected to the outside of our basket (for snacks, water,
etc while awaiting retrieval) or overnight camping pack that we can
carry in our chase vehicle for any time spent in the backcountry after
your flight. We will make sure you are prepared for an enjoyable
backcountry experience. This is balloning as only can be experienced
with the Roping The Wind Hot Air Balloon Team!
Flight rates vary
depending upon location and flight. Please bookmark our website and
check out our special offers
page for any upcoming adventure flights!
If you have a particular location you would like to fly from... email
us and let us know and we can take a look at the location and determine
if such a
flight is approachable (accessibility, airspace, permits, etc).