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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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This experience is top notch!

Our experience started at a gathering place where we left our cars. The Black Hills Balloon staff transported us to our launching area. We got to enjoy the total experience from... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
Cheryl H
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Hannibal, Missouri
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Hannibal, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Our experience started at a gathering place where we left our cars. The Black Hills Balloon staff transported us to our launching area. We got to enjoy the total experience from unloading the balloon/basket to launching our flight. Our pilot, Walter, is a seasoned hot air balloon pilot and he made the flight extraordinary! We were in the sky for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

The process was easy, stress-free, and fun. The crew were professional, funny, and very caring that we enjoyed ourselves. The scenery was beautiful and the experience just phenomenal. The only reason I didn't rate it excellent was because of the price for the time spent in the air (30 min). I would have like the flight to be a little... More 

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Damien M, Owner at Black Hills Balloons, responded to this review

Hello and thank you for your kind review Joe. I am so happy you had a good time flying with us. Our flights usually go a little longer for sure but every now and then we may have to cut a flight short for landing site availability. Safety first of course and I thank you for understanding. I really appreciate... More 

Walker, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

A hot air balloon ride was on our bucket list, and this was a total blast. We had a great day for flying and our pilot Damian was an awesome host. We saw deer, antelope, buffalo and elk on our flight. We flew over Custer State park and saw a beautiful sunrise and miles of the hills. Would definitely do... More 

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Damien M, Owner at Black Hills Balloons, responded to this review

Well, you might have to put it back on your bucket list and fly again sometime! I'm so happy you had fun and enjoyed the sporty landing!! Appreciate you spreading the word. More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

The one thing you cannot control is the weather. Luckily our plans were flexible enough to allow us to go on another day. Damien and his crew were pleasant and professional. Would do this again with my spouse even though I have a fear of heights.

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Damien M, Owner at Black Hills Balloons, responded to this review

Great to hear you would do this again! Weather can be tricky thats for sure. If I ever figure it out completely I'll let you know and we will make millions together!! Appreciate the kind words and the nice note. More 

Ellsworth, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

My wife has been wanting to do this for many years, so we decided to take a ballon ride on our 40th wedding anniversary, it was our first experience. When I came accross their website and read about them, I knew this is the one I wanted to call. All I can say is WOW. They are first class all... More 

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Damien M, Owner at Black Hills Balloons, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words. And once again, happy anniversary! Thank you for spreading the word and maybe we will see you for your next big occasion! More 

Highmore, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

This was an amazing experience! Everything, from watching the preparations, to the wrap-up time, was a five star experience. Words can't describe what it feels like to be floating so close to rock formations and tree tops. Lookimg down on someone drinking an early morning coffee; watching the wildlife; drinking in the beauty. Even the landing was fun! Definitely an... More 

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Damien M, Owner at Black Hills Balloons, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! This is truly one of the best places in the world to float! We look forward to seeing you again sometime. More 

Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

My husband surprised me for our 10 year wedding anniversary with this bucket list item of a hot air balloon ride. Communication with Damien was perfect, take off was easy, balloon ride was magical, landing was soft, fun was had!

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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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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
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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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Address: West Main Street, Flinstone's Village, Custer, SD 57730
Phone Number: +1 605-673-2520
Location: United States  >  South Dakota (SD)  >  Custer

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