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Address: 422 Mount Rushmore Rd, Buffalo Ridge Camp Resort, Custer, SD 57730-6800
Phone Number: +1 605-673-2520
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Flights take place daily at sunrise, weather permitting, near Custer SD...

Flights take place daily at sunrise, weather permitting, near Custer SD from May 1st through Oct 31st and by special appointment in the off season. 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 1 1/2 hours is normal depending on wind conditions and availability of landing sites.

Champagne Toast and souvenir flight certificate included.

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For most, flying in a hot air balloon is a once in a lifetime bucket-list adventure. But flying the beautiful Black Hills is more than that; the rugged terrain, wildlife and historic Black Hills are truly unique.

While balloon flights are generally focused over vineyards and farmland, Black Hills Balloons fly over spectacular rugged terrain filled with fantastic history and untouched wilderness. The Custer Valley and world renowned Custer State Park make up the heart of the flying area. Views vary from mountains, valleys, lakes and prairies. Quite often viewing wildlife unique to the Black Hills; nowhere else in the world can you view buffalo from a hot air balloon. The Black Hills are also home to elk, antelope, mule deer, mountain lions and more. 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.

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Black Hills Hot Air Balloon Ride
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Amazing experience! Would absolutely do it again. My Husband is afraid of heights and he loved it. Damien and his Crew are great ! Thank you for a wonderful morning.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 10, 2016
Chris P
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Papillion
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016 via mobile

Amazing experience! Would absolutely do it again. My Husband is afraid of heights and he loved it. Damien and his Crew are great ! Thank you for a wonderful morning.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016

This was our first time in an air balloon. Was a little worried since my husband suffers from severe vertigo. Needless to say the ride went off without a hitch. It was very smooth and scenic! Thank you so much to Damien, Elijah and Nate for a wonderful experience! We are so glad we included this adventure in our trip!

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

I am so glad I did this. It was worth every penny. The experience is beyond words. It was beautiful, breathtaking and unbelievable. Dropping into Spring Creek Canyon was just awesome. The absolute quiet was amazing. I have never experienced anything like my hot air balloon ride. Checking it off my bucket list but I plan to do it again!... More 

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

Thank you so much for your kind review! Spring Creek Canyon is quite the place alright. Not too many get to see it from that perspective! Thanks for flying and we will see you again sometime! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Took my 80 year old mom on this to fulfill a bucket list item. It was just a great morning! The equipment seemed well maintained and carefully set up, the communication with Damien put us at ease and it's not over after it's over. Damien has a post-landing event that was fun and educational. Be prepared for a potential rough... More 

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

Thank you for your kind review on here! Sometimes on the prairie, the winds get up a little and give us a push!! But we were all ready and got down safely. Hopefully we will see you in the skies again sometime. More 

Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016 via mobile

Before I booked this flight I canvassed opinion from friends who had done one to see how they had found it to see if my fear of heights would be a problem. I also emailed the guys at Black Hills and got lovely helpful responses that put my mind at ease enough to book it. I was very nervous on... More 

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

Wow!! A 6! Thank you so much! Well I'm so glad you really enjoyed yourself. Feel free to reach out anytime and I'll recommend who to fly with in your chosen area next! More 

Louisville, Kentucky
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

An awesome experience flying over the Black Hills with Damien. This is actually my second balloon trip with Damien, and I hope not my last. Both trips have been more than I could have dreamed. Thank you to Damien, Keely and the crew!.

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

Thank you so much for your awesome review! I'm sure we will share the skies again sometime soon! More 

Bismarck, North Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

We loved our balloon ride. I am very afraid of heights but enjoyed the ride - it was awesome. It was our first ride but wont be our last. Damien, the flyer, was very knowledgeable and we felt very safe. Thank you Damien for the great time.

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

You are so welcome! I look forward to your return! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016

This was a special ride for my parent's 70th wedding anniversary. They are 92/91 years old, and couldn't stop smiling. It was a bit of a trick to get them in and out of the basket, but the crew were very helpful and patient. It wasn't quite what we expected, I thought we'd be 'way up', but instead we mostly... More 

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

Thanks so much for your wonderful review. It was such a pleasure to take you family flying. Each flight is so different and sometimes we go higher but I'm happy you enjoyed the low level stuff. We really try and make our landings extra smooth for those celebrating 70th wedding anniversaries! More 

Lincoln, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016

Such an amazing opportunity to have with Damien, Keely, and their crew! Be patient...It took a third attempt to make it happen, but it was completely worth the wait and early mornings! They were great to work with, and very concerned on the safety of their travelers! If you want an amazing experience, check out Black Hills Balloons! I can... More 

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

Thank you for your kind review Megan. We play it safe if there is any doubt and thanks for sharing that too! See you again sometime. More 

New England, North Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016 via mobile

This was mine & my husband's 1st time for a balloon ride. He absolutely loved it which made me love it even more because it made him so happy! I really did enjoy the whole experience. For my spouse though, it was his favorite thing he has ever done. Nothing else of our 5 day anniversary vacation compared for him.... More 

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

I'm so glad you had a great time with us! Ballooning is a once in a lifetime adventure for most and I'm glad to hear it fulfilled expectations. Thank you for your review! More 

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