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Ballooning over Arches & Canyonlands National Parks in Utah

Utah’s stunning landscape is one of the perfect places to enjoy air ballooning

Best time: all year round

Ballooning over Arches & Canyonlands National Parks
Ballooning over Arches & Canyonlands National Parks

What image comes to mind when you think of ballooning in Utah? Stunning views over red rock deserts, unique geological formations, majestic valleys, large mountains, and rivers can be seen as far as the eye can see! Air ballooning is a perfect way to marvel at the beauty of any location from a bird's eye view. The sacred Arches and Canyonlands National Parks serve as some of the favorite spots for American balloonists. These places are visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists from all over the world.

Balloon festivals are also held in the region. Ballooning over these stunning sights can't be compared with anywhere else in the world. Thousands of people come to watch large, colorful balloons floating above the parks in the morning sky.

Locations for Hot-Air Ballooning

You have plenty of options to experience the magnificent views of breathtaking canyons in Utah's national parks. Ballooning tours take place near Moab, which is located 5 miles (8 km) from Arches National Park and 30 miles (48 km) from Canyonlands National Park. The rides provided by Canyonlands Ballooning and Moab Adventure Center begin at the Archview Campground. If you chose Red Rock Ballooning, the Canyonlands Field Airport is your meeting spot.


The cost of a flight over the Aches & Canyonlands National Parks ranges from $325 to $345 per person. It includes transportation from the landing location and a celebratory champagne ceremony after the flight. Because the activity is highly popular, the cost is non-refundable in case of cancellations 72 hours before the flight.

Time of the Rides

The flights are conducted throughout the whole year. However, some scheduling changes might happen due to severe weather. The rides usually take place in the early morning, thirty minutes before dawn. Thanks to this, you'll have a chance to witness the magical sight of the sun rising over the desert peaks of Canyonlands and Arches. The overall experience lasts anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours.

Rules & Restrictions

Although there are no significant age restrictions for ballooning, some still apply. For example, only children 5 years old and older can fly in a hot-air balloon. If you have any health concerns, the organizers recommend you disclose them. Another tip from them is to travel light and only bring your camera and light snack, if needed.

Bluff Balloon Festival (January 17-19, 2025)

Outside of the regular ballooning, there's another chance to enjoy breathtaking Utah sceneries from the hot air balloon—at the Bluff Balloon Festival. It's held annually in mid-January in the Valley of the Gods, which is as picturesque as the Monument Valley. It's found within Bears Ears National Monument, just a little northeast of the Monument Valley.

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