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Address: West Main Street, Flinstone's Village, Custer, SD 57730
Phone Number: +1 605-673-2520
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description: For most, flying in a hot air balloon is a once-in-a-lifetime bucket-list...
For most, flying in a hot air balloon is a once-in-a-lifetime bucket-list adventure. But flying in the beautiful Black Hills is more than that, it’s unique. While balloon flights are generally focused over vineyards and farmland, Black Hills Balloons flies over some spectacular rugged terrain. The Custer Valley and the world renowned Custer State Park make up the heart of our flying area. There are mountains, valleys, lakes and prairies to view as you drift along on the morning breeze. We quite often see some unique wildlife that you really don't see in many other places from a balloon! The Black Hills are habitat to elk, antelope, buffalo and mule deer. If you're really lucky you might even see a mountain lion from the secure gondola! There’s nowhere else in the world, where you can witness the same views from a hot air balloon and fly over such a historic and beautiful landscape. Flights take place daily at sunrise, weather permitting, near Custer SD from May 1st through Oct 1st. Meeting time is approximately 30 minutes before sunrise. Guests can expect an approximate hour flight over the historic and beautiful Black Hills. 45 minutes to an hour and a half is normal depending on wind conditions and availability of landing sites. Champagne Toast and souvenir flight certificate included.
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Sideways Landing

A group of 8 of us went on this adventure in September 2014. The crew was great. Walter, the pilot, pointed out wildlife and great photo opportunities as we gently drifted along... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 16, 2014
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Hurst, Texas
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Hurst, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

A group of 8 of us went on this adventure in September 2014. The crew was great. Walter, the pilot, pointed out wildlife and great photo opportunities as we gently drifted along. About 40 minutes into the flight, Walter announced we were ending early because he had found a great place to land. I was disappointed about the loss time... More 

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Columbia, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

This was an awsome experience! Walter, our pilot, and Nate and Chumley, the assistants, were very fun, yet professional. It was the first time myself and my husband, and our traveling friends every went up (and came down) in a balloon. We got to scratch another item off of our bucket list! The view was gorgeous! We had no problem... More 

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Rockport, Texas
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I am sure the pilot and ride is great, However, the man who Is the owner/manager is hard to work with. I got up at 3:30 am to make the drive into Custer. I allowed time to drive slowly due to the curving and hilly roads. Also, here was a lot of wildlife to avoid. There was flashes of lightening... More 

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Poulsbo, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Go ahead and make a reservation to mark this off your bucket list! Steve and his crew were amazing. He has 30 years of experience flying a balloon, and it shows. When you first talk to him or meet him, you may think he is being short tempered or curt, but in reality, he is super focused on safety. He... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Everything was so well planned and executed! Booking the flight was easy and the staff were friendly and knowledgable. The website is a bit outdated and doesn't have much info, but I read precious reviews and am so glad I did! Our pilot Walter was awesome and the flight itself was gorgeous!!!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

Great place for a balloon ride and to see the black hills from the air. Steve (our pilot) is a genuinely nice guy and has years of experience. He is safe and really knows his stuff. For anyone wanting to try a hot air balloon can highly recommend.

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Bismarck
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

From beginning to end this was a great experience. The tour operators were on time and very professional and informative. Steve our pilot came with years of flying and was a great tour guide also. The mimosa and muffins at the end was a great final touch. Highly recommend to anyone want to try a hot air balloon ride.

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South Dakota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

A beautiful way to see the Black Hills of South Dakota. Exciting and very scenic. Could see Elk and Deer, Harney Peak and Crazy Horse Mountain.

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Medowie, Australia
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

This was a great way to see the beautiful Black Hills of Dakota. Tour operators were exactly on time, and the whole operation couldn't have been conducted more courteously and efficiently. Well worth the money for a totally different, unique experience. Thoroughly recommend.

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Williamsville, New York
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

My first ever experience in a hot air balloon - and enjoyed every second of it. Arrived at the launch site in time to see a beautiful sunrise, had beautiful views in every direction, peaceful and awesome sights, and the wind provided a long and breathtaking flight. Our pilot, Walter, was extremely capable especially for our "high speed" landing, which... More 

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