Best Time to Ride
Hot air balloon rides are the perfect way to experience the beautiful scenery of Arizona. Sunrise and sunset balloon rides are some of the best times to ride in a hot air balloon. Not only is it beautiful to see the sunrise or sunset from the sky, but the temperature and weather conditions are the best during this time. We are often asked, “When is the best time to fly, at sunrise or sunset?” and the answer is it is usually personal preference. Firebird Balloons offers private and personalized sunrise and sunset balloon rides so you can enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Sunrise Balloon Rides
Nothing compares to experiencing an Arizona sunrise than in a hot air balloon with family and friends. Riders will see the Sonoran desert and other Arizona scenery in a way they haven’t before. The vivid colors of the sunrise combined with the panoramic view make for an unforgettable, unique experience.
We offer sunrise flights year-round because the early morning weather conditions create the perfect flying atmosphere. Wake up early to catch exhilarating views that cannot be seen elsewhere. Book a sunrise flight today!
Sunset Balloon Rides
Arizona sunsets are breathtaking, but seeing one from the sky in a hot air balloon is an experience like no other. Sunset balloon rides are the best way to enjoy the warm hues of the golden hour. What better way to witness the mesmerizing transition from day to night?
Our evening flights are only offered at certain times throughout the year because weather conditions are not always safe. Sunset balloon rides are available from November through March, so don’t wait to enjoy the experience of a lifetime!
What Makes Sunrise or Sunset the Ideal Time for Hot Air Balloon Rides?
Rising and falling with hot and cold air, our hot air balloons can soar up to 7,000 feet just floating with the wind. It takes experts to be able to master steering a hot air balloon. As mentioned before, weather conditions have to be just right to make for perfect balloon-flying weather. Rain, thunderstorms, and strong winds can make operating or riding in a hot air balloon dangerous.
The ideal climate for flying is during stable wind conditions and clear skies. The middle of the day is not always ideal because the sun heats the Earth, making it too hot for balloons to fly and harder to control. Arizona’s morning and evening times are usually when the wind is calm and the temperatures are cooler. Flight safety is important, so rides are sometimes canceled because of hazardous weather conditions.
Ready to embark on the journey of a lifetime with sunrise and sunset balloon rides? Book a flight with us and experience Arizona like you never have before!