We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
$25 Amazon.com Gift Card Get yours when you book a hotel on TripAdvisor and review your stay!
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 422 Mount Rushmore Rd, Buffalo Ridge Camp Resort, Custer, SD 57730-6800
Phone Number: +1 605-673-2520
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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. 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.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Black Hills Hot Air Balloon Ride
Why book on Viator?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 44 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 38
  • 4
    Very good
  • 0
  • 0
  • 2
Amazing opportunity

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Megan S
Lincoln, Nebraska
Add Photo Write a Review

44 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Showing 44: English reviews
Lincoln, Nebraska
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank Megan S
New England, North Dakota
Level Contributor
196 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 

Thank Bdela
Plattsmouth, Nebraska
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank melindabaumgart
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We absolutely LOVED our balloon flight! It was amazing! The staff was spot on. Damien, Keely and the entire crew made this the best part of our trip! They were fun and friendly as well as very knowledgeable and experienced. The flight is very smooth and peaceful. We loved searching the woods below for wildlife. To have a birds eye... More 

Thank enoelle74
Deadwood, South Dakota
Level Contributor
33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

Beautiful day for a ride well worth getting up and heading to the park at 5:15! We saw elk, deer, geese, buffalo, antelope and a rabbit! The views the sunrise were spectacular! Damien and staff were great! We took our 16 year old grandson and he was smiling ear to ear! Just WOW!

Thank CCote_12
Saint Augustine, Florida
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

If you like having a great time with great people then you need to put this tour on your list! It's so much more than just a balloon ride, Keely, Damien and their crew really make sure to give you a wonderful experience. The views are incredible and the ride is super smooth. Then once you think it's all over... More 

Thank JimmyFox
Level Contributor
55 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

Singer-Songwriter Greg Brown in his song "My Home in The Sky" sings --'Some say that heaven is beyond the blue but I've done some lookin and I don't think that's true. Lookin up from the land, birds and clouds floating by, I'd have to say that heaven is a thousand feet high. It's my home in the sky, my home... More 

Thank Buttman73
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

We really enjoyed this experience. It was so fun to fly over incredible landscapes, wildlife, and little hidden homesteads.

Thank Erika J
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Level Contributor
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016 via mobile

Awesome experience from the start of booking several months ago to taking us back to our vehicle after the flight. Damien and Keely were wonderful, quick to answer any questions, full of humor, and totally sweet couple. This was a bucket list trip for us and well worth the money. The flight was peaceful and effortless from take off to... More 

Thank Pam Q
Orlando, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

This was the experience of a lifetime! I flew with Black Hills Balloons on my first trip to South Dakota and had an amazing time! The owners - Damien and Keely - and their entire crew made this such a special occasion for all of the passengers. The view was incredibly beautiful and it was so fun to meet and... More 

Thank flynncollenp

Travelers who viewed Black Hills Balloons also viewed


Been to Black Hills Balloons? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Black Hills Balloons and other visitors
4 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (4)

Questions? Get answers from Black Hills Balloons staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?