Apex Balloons
Apex Balloons
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Apex Balloons offers hot air balloon rides above scenic Phoenix, Arizona daily at sunrise year-round, and in the late afternoons between October through March. Each aerial sightseeing expedition is topped off by a traditional champagne toast and post-flight celebration. We are a professional, dynamic company run by passionate and experienced balloonists who strive to make your flight an experience you'll always remember fondly.
Phoenix, Arizona

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Travelers' Choice
2023

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ericandtracy
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Our pilot, Jon, was great. He was very knowledgeable about flying and the area in particular. We booked a sunrise flight, but he accommodated us the day prior for a sunset flight, which we greatly preferred. The set up time was quicker than I expected and the flight was absolutely smooth and beautiful. Nothing scary, just a peaceful, serene experience. I would definitely do it again.
Written March 12, 2020
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Lulu
Las Vegas, NV2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Friends
I loved the peacefulness, and that wouldn’t have been possible without feeling totally confident in our safety. Jon was so knowledgeable and calm. We loved hearing how well he and his crew communicate and work together. He was also very informative about the entire city and current happenings. Overall, a terrific experience!
Written October 7, 2021
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Barry H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
My wife and I booked a Sunrise trip with Apex Balloons and when we phoned the night before we found the weather forecast was perfect. We were the meet the team at the specified location at 6:15 a.m. on the morning of the flight. Jon and Lindsay arrived right on time and we found we were the only ones on the flight. Wow a private flight with Jon. Jon and Lindsay kept us informed on where we were headed and answered any questions we had. Once we arrived at the launch site they were very organized in preparing the balloon for launch. Jon was our pilot and Lindsay was in our chase vehicle. We launched so smoothly and elevated over other balloons in the area. During our flight Jon answered all of our questions and fully explained the capability of the balloon. Our flight lasted for about an hour and our landing was soooo smooth. At the end of our flight Jon shared a story about the history of ballooning as we sipped on our champagne and orange juice. This flight was a very memorable experience for us and I would highly recommend Apex Balloons. We felt completely safe after reading their website and then felt completely safe during the flight.
Written February 23, 2024
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Missy701
Bismarck, ND21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
I have flown with Jon and Apex Balloons twice now and both were excellent flights! The 1st time in Nov 2021 we did the sunrise flight and in Jan 2022 the afternoon flight. Both times Jon was great at calming the new fliers, and answering all of our questions about the balloon and the area we were seeing. I would definitely ride with Apex Balloons again!
Written January 18, 2022
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dmmmk
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
What an amazing experience! We added the "City Lights" to our sunrise flight and that made our entire day! It was so worth getting up an hour earlier and leaving in the dark. The city lights of Phoenix/Scottsdale were spectacular! All was so quiet and peaceful. The transitioning to daybreak with the colorful sky and the earth shadow receding was awe inspiring. Jon is a wonderful pilot with so much knowledge and Lee a great chase person and ground photographer. The private flight was so comfortable for the five of us. The landing was fun and the toast an added bonus! Words truly can't describe it - you need to experience it!
Written November 29, 2022
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Kelly F
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
Nice long trip for first-time flyers. Jon was fantastic pilot who got us in low for pictures of wildlife and flew us high for scenic views. Softest touchdown! Felt safe whole trip and truly enjoyed our private basket with just my family. Great experience from start to finish!
Written June 20, 2021
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Cindy U
Portland, OR34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Friends
During Covid time, I was happy that hot air ballooning was even an option. Apex makes you rent the whole balloon, but gives you a discount. When else can you have an entire balloon to yourself for a reasonable rate??? It was great! We could move around & take all the photos we wanted without tripping over other people. Such a personal experience. Jon took us over the hills where we saw lots of different critters running around. We saw a larger company’s balloon with the max 16 people crammed in one basket, shoulder to shoulder, most not wearing masks...we were very thankful to have chosen Apex, & would gladly fly with them again anytime.
Written March 10, 2021
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D M
32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Friends
An experience of a lifetime! The Apex name says it all. Jon is not only passionate about his craft, extremely knowledgeable about the Sonoran desert ans surrounding areas, but he has over 20 years of experience so we felt very safe in selecting this company to celebrate milestone birthdays with. Most importantly Apex has committed to "Safe" rides in this pandemic and does private rides so that you are NOT in a basket with 12 + people you dont know. With any possible hesitation removed, we embarked on a tranquil, mesmerizing ride that took us at one point 5,000 above the valley, gliding peacefully around mountains with views as far as the eye could see to the north & south. Meanwhile directly below we had views of bunnies running and Saguaro cacti on the desert floor. No video prepared me for this experience that is still keeping me high days after the ride. For yourself or others, give the gift of a Hot Air Ballon ride with Apex, you will be forever grateful that you did!
Written December 7, 2020
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Rhonda Q
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Two thumbs up!! Absolutely beautiful and peaceful. Riding in a hot air balloon and seeing the sun rise in the early am has always been on my bucket list. Finally checked it off after 40 years. The owner/chief pilot Jon and (driver Lindsey) were awesome, fun and answered all our questions. Jon is very knowledgeable! It was safe and we had a great experience taking off & landing with APEX Hot Air Balloon Rides. I highly recommend this company and the experience you will receive. The champagne 🍾 toast, mimosas and OJ was a great way to hear the history behind it all. Thanks Jon for the great time! We will be back!
Rhonda
Written October 28, 2023
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Tiffany D
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
This was an absolutely amazing experience. It started with the booking. The registration was easy and the directions on where to be, the time, what pitfalls to avoid were very clear. Upon arrival, Jon and his crew were friendly, and knowledgeable. They were excited for our experience and it was clear in all they did to get us ready to fly. Once in the air, Jon was the pilot and it was plain to see that ballooning was his passion and vocation. He answered all our questions both technical as well as geographical of the area. As we descended, Jon set expectations and we had a fun and safe landing. The crew were there to met us instantly and celebrate with more balloon history and champagne. Overall, a phenomenal experience and more than checked the bucket list. Thank you Jon and crew!!
Written October 8, 2023
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