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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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Honeymoon ride of a lifetime

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Debbie K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 stars 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 stars 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 

Plattsmouth, Nebraska
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016

We did a balloon ride with the Black Hills balloons in July 2016. It was an absolutely amazing flight! Damien and crew were very helpful and friendly and the ride was breathtaking! We will definitely book another flight when we are back in South Dakota. Highly recommend this company for anyone looking for a remarkable experience.

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

Thank you so much for your kind review. The Black Hills are breathtaking and the only way to see it from above is floating in a balloon. Keep spreading the word. More 

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