We’re celebrating 40 years in business!

Fly in a hot air balloon and soar over the beautiful Black Hills.  Make memories that will last forever.

Your Adventure Awaits!  Black Hills Balloons flies in the southern Black Hills, making the Custer Valley and world-renowned Custer State Park the heart of our flying area; just miles from Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Wind Cave National Park, and the South Dakota Badlands!  Your flight over mountains, valleys, lakes, and prairies, is one of the best ways to view the Black Hills; home to elk, antelope, whitetail deer, buffalo, and mule deer. If you’re lucky, you might even see a mountain lion from our secure gondola!  The beautiful Black Hills is the only place in the world where you can witness such a historic, wild landscape and abundant wildlife from a hot air balloon.

FLY the Black Hills and experience the true beauty of South Dakota!

  • Prices: Adults – $375 per adult. Children 4-12 – $300 per child.
  • Flights take place daily at sunrise, weather permitting, near Custer SD; May 1st through Oct 31st
  • Guests can expect an hour flight over the historic and beautiful Black Hills
  • Celebratory champagne, light snacks, and a souvenir flight certificate is included
  • Reserve an off-season Winter Flight by calling direct. Special appointment only
  • Located just miles from Crazy Horse, Mount Rushmore, Rapid City, and more
  • Named Top 10 US Hot Air Balloon Flights by USAToday, three years in a row!

Black Hills Balloons was established in 1984 and has been flying the Black Hills for 40 years.  Awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence multiple years in a row, we take pride in creating the best experience for our passengers and sharing the beauty of the hills with everyone we meet.  Join us for a flight and we see why we are one of the top attractions in the Black Hills!

What should you expect?

Reservations are required.  We meet our passengers each morning at a central meeting location in Custer, SD.  Passengers will park their vehicles and travel to the launch field in one of our insured Black Hills Balloons vans.  Once you arrive at the field, our crew gets to work unloading and preparing the aircraft while passengers are briefed and take photos.  The balloon takes 20 minutes to prepare for flight and once ready, passengers are requested to board.  The flight is approximately one hour, determined by weather and available landing locations.  Upon landing, our ground crew will pack the balloon while passengers and pilots celebrate the flight with complimentary champagne, light snacks, and a story about the origin of hot air ballooning.

We fly daily at sunrise when the winds are calm and consistent.  Flights are weather-dependent and at the discretion of the pilot.

Questions?  Check out our FAQs or call 605-673-2520.