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We recommend that you book your hot air balloon ride early during your stay in order to take advantage of backup days in case your flight is cancelled due to inclement weather. Full payment at the time of reservation is required to hold your reservation on a definite basis. Please note that we do not accept tentative reservations. Only credit cards are accepted for payment in order to guarantee your reservation on a 100% non-refundable status. We accept  Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express and are authorized to bill to your account via phone. Please read our terms before making a reservation, which details our policies in full.

How To Book a Trip

Phone or email us with the full first and last names of passengers. We also also need your cell phone number and place of lodging. Early reservations are essential as weekend, holiday, and peak season dates frequently sell out months in advance. Reservations are open 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Departure times vary from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. depending on the month. All flight times are approximate time in air. Ticket prices do not include gratuities, which should be extended to your pilot on an individual basis, or fuel surcharges, sales taxes, launch site fees, amusement taxes, or transportation taxes which we may be required to collect.


Our balloon port is located at La Mariposa Resort at 1501 N Houghton Road, Tucson, Arizona 85749. There is no Balloon America staff permanently stationed at this location and La Mariposa staff is not affiliated with Balloon America.


We are located on the grounds of the private La Mariposa Resort on the northeast side of Tucson. La Mariposa is located on the west side of Houghton Road between Speedway and Tanque Verde. Look for the two rock monuments, gated entry, and La Mariposa sign. If heading north on Houghton from Speedway, go 1/2 mile and turn left into the entrance. If heading south on Houghton from Tanque Verde, go 1/2 mile and turn right into the entrance.

Parking and restrooms

Park at the south end of the paved main parking lot for check-in 20 minutes prior to the assigned flight time. It is extremely important to be on time. Due to safety and onboard fuel consideration for our balloon tours, we will not wait for late arriving passengers.  Restrooms are available inside the main building and we recommend consider using them before boarding - as well as going easy on the coffee.  We don't have restrooms on board hot air balloons!