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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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Cheers to Black Hills balloons

Always an amazing time with Damien and Keely great people to work for and fly with I'm so glad to be a part of Black Hills balloons keep up the good work guys

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 4, 2015
Elijah K
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Custer, South Dakota
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Custer, South Dakota
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW

Always an amazing time with Damien and Keely great people to work for and fly with I'm so glad to be a part of Black Hills balloons keep up the good work guys

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This was our second balloon flight but our first with Black Hills Balloons. Though we had a great experience the first time, our trip with Black Hills Balloons was even better. Our pilot was funny, knowledgeable, and just did everything to make the riders in the basket comfortable and relaxed. The history lesson provided at the end of the flight... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

I have a fear of heights but this was a lifetime adventure not to pass up. So with my daughter, her hubby and my 2-grandkids (4 and 6) we took the ride. Damian the pilot was very good both at his job of flying the balloon and entertaining the 10 people in his large basket. The view of the scenery... More 

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Appleton
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

The balloon ride was worth every dollar we paid. An experience like none other. We were in the Hills for a family reunion and stayed at Rafter J Bar Ranch Campground, which was only 11 miles from the pickup point for the balloon ride. The Rafter J is also a great place to camp.

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

Hello Thomas T. Thank you so much for your review here. I am so glad you had fun taking to the friendly skies with us! Come back and see us sometime! More 

Hannibal, Missouri
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7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

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

Hello Cheryl H! Thank you so much for your nice review! Walter is awesome, no doubt about it. Come back and see us sometime! 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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3 reviews
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
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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 

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