Saturday & Sunday ONLY, approximately 1 hour ride
Check-in begins at 6:00am
BALLOON RIDES: $300 online ONLY
It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience to quietly soar above Lake Skinner and the beautiful Temecula Valley wineries & vineyards, feeling as if you’re suspended in air. Hot air balloon rides offer a unique perspective of the scenery below, with flights soaring as high as hundreds of feet into the sky.
*All balloon rides are subject to cancel due to weather conditions
Saturday & Sunday ONLY, approximately 6am – 8am
Watch the spectacular site of over 50 hot air balloons lift-off from within the festival grounds.
EARLY MORNING FESTIVAL ADMISSION 6am – 8am: $20
*All balloon launches are subject to cancel or relocate due to weather conditions
No refunds if Balloon Launch is canceled or relocated due to weather conditions.
Saturday & Sunday ONLY, approximately 7am-9am
Check-in begins at 6:00am
TETHERED RIDES: $20 Tickets at the gate on a first come / first serve basis. Space is limited.
A BALLOON TETHER is a hot air balloon that is anchored to the ground with special ropes that only allow it to rise to a low altitude of 50 – 75 ft, where it hovers briefly with its passengers and then slowly descends. Because the balloon is secured to the ground, it does not float away with the wind, as it does in normal flight. A balloon tether ride is a great way to introduce the hot air balloon flight experience.
Hot air balloon tether rides will start at 7:00 am, and will operate for approximately 2 hours, weather permitting. For insurance purposes, each passenger will be required to sign a Release of Liability Waiver when they check in for the balloon tether ride. Arriving early is recommended, as the hot air balloon tether rides are very popular! Not recommended for children under the age of 4.
* All tethered rides are subject to cancel due to weather conditions
Unfortunately, Mother Nature does not always provide safe weather conditions for hot air balloon operations. Our balloon meister in conjunction with the local fire department are trained and qualified to evaluate the weather forecast and current conditions and decide if it is safe to operate the balloons. As much as we hate to disappoint the public, our first priority is the safety of our guests and pilots and crew. We will notify you via public announcement if we need to cancel the balloon portion of the event. NO REFUNDS, NO EXCHANGES
Winds are generally calm and stable the first hours after sunrise. Ideal winds for hot air ballooning are three to six miles per hour. Wind conditions in the Temecula Valley allow for balloons to fly only at sunrise.
Average flight altitude is from tree top level to 3,000 feet. The flight plan depends upon wind velocity and direction.