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Black Hills Balloons

422 Mount Rushmore Rd, Buffalo Ridge Camp Resort, Custer, SD 57730-6800
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Black Hills Hot Air Balloon Ride
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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. More info: 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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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422 Mount Rushmore Rd, Buffalo Ridge Camp Resort, Custer, SD 57730-6800
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This was my second time to fly with Black Hills Balloons and I'm sure it won't be my last. Everyone is very professional and entertaining. Defiantly A+.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was probably one of the neatest experiences that I can remember. I went into it not knowing what to expect as I'm so used to something more fast paced. It was so freeing and relaxing to just being able to slow down and really...More

Thank Tom B
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KeelyWade, Owner at Black Hills Balloons, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

You are too kind! We're thrilled you enjoyed your flight!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What an experience! The views were absolutely breathtaking! The owner/pilot duo (Damien & Keely) were just a joy to be around along with the professional crew they had. We would recommend this to anyone thinking about visiting South Dakota. It is an experience you will...More

Thank Amy F
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KeelyWade, Owner at Black Hills Balloons, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We can't wait to fly you again!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Booked a tour as a birthday gift for my mother. Brought my children (10&11) along for the experience. Naturally, weather is a concern, but the owner, Damien, exercised prudent caution and carefully evaluated risk before committing to the ride. We couldn't have been more pleased...More

Thank Tim S
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KeelyWade, Owner at Black Hills Balloons, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

A++!? You are too kind! We love what we do and we're thrilled you enjoyed the experience. Thank you!

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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Reviewed December 27, 2017

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Reviewed October 2, 2017

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Reviewed September 27, 2017

This was our first balloon ride ever, so we have no basis for comparison. But, the pilot and chase crew were great and the Custer area is a beautiful place for a flight. We loved soaring eye and seeing the sunrise and the dropping down...More

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KeelyWade, Owner at Black Hills Balloons, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2017

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review! We're so glad you enjoyed your flight!

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Reviewed September 26, 2017 via mobile

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Reviewed September 26, 2017 via mobile

Absolutely wonderful time. The pilot, Damian, was amazing. I originally had it booked on a Friday but of course it rained and then on Saturday it rained and he fit me in on the schedule for Sunday. Absolutely great time great service great people great...More

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KeelyWade, Owner at Black Hills Balloons, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2017

Thanks for taking time to leave a review! Safety is our first priority and we truly appreciate your positive attitude and flexibility.

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MrsBaum
May 28, 2016|
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Response from Damien M | Property representative |
Hello MrsBaum and thank you for your question! I hope some previous customers respond here too but let me answer your question! A balloon ride is a very smooth ride. You don't have the noise and movement like a helicopter... More
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tooshies
September 10, 2015|
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Response from Damien M | Property representative |
Hello We normally do not offer pickups but if you are staying in Custer we may be able to figure something out. Where are you staying? Damien
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tooshies
September 10, 2015|
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Response from KeelyWade | Property representative |
Hi there! If you're in the Custer area, we can work something out but give us a call to discuss.
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