Imagine soaring into the vast horizon. A gentle breeze guides you over wandering hills and sweeping valleys below. The allure of flight captured the minds of great inventors and explorers for centuries, until one day, hot air balloons finally graced the elusive skies. We’ve come so far since then, but the nostalgic joy of hot air ballooning is as grand now as was back then.
Last weekend was the annual Autumn Aloft Festival here in Park City. Spectators delighted in the wondrous display as hundreds of colorful hot air balloons launched into the skies at once. If you attended the event, then perhaps you wondered how you too, could sail through the clouds.
Fortunately, Park City is home to several trusted balloon ride tour services that specialize in the art of balloon adventures. Rides are available all year round, weather permitting. That being said, the best time to take to the skies is from May through October. We’re still in the midst of hot air balloon season.
Here’s how it works at Park City Balloon Adventures:
Step 1: Call our front desk team at 435-658-9500. We will personally schedule your preferred day and time at the best available rate.
Step 2: On the day of, your hot air balloon team will escort you to the launch site. Launch sites regularly change, and are determined each morning based on wind report patterns.
Step 3: Lift off! Your expert pilot will guide you on the ride of a lifetime. Enjoy the gorgeous views from your own private balloon.
Step 4: Soar wherever the wind carries you. Not even the pilot knows where the balloon will land. He must telephone his crew for pick-up once it drifts down for landing.
Step 5: Conclude your adventure with a bottle of champagne (or bubbly alternative), a personal certificate of flight, and lasting memories from your once-in-a-lifetime trip!
Experience Park City from new heights this fall. Book a hot air balloon ride today!
The surrounding hillsides of beautiful Park City are transforming from lush greens into vibrant yellows and deep reds. Some treasure the remaining days of summer, while others welcome a crispness in the air and the promise of winter.
Most outdoor activities are seasonally specific. Mountain bikers cherish a few more trail rides, while winter enthusiasts eagerly dust off their skis. Looking forward to seasonal sports is fun, but there is one activity you can enjoy all year-round. Strap on your waders and take to the great Provo River, because it’s time to learn how to fly fish!
Fly fishing has been deemed “the quiet sport,” and rightfully so. Tranquil alpine valleys and the gentle calm of the meandering river make for a very peaceful experience. However, you still have to be on your game to catch a fish! Unlike spin fishing, the sport of fly fishing requires that you constantly cast your line. It takes practice, patience, and the right technique to reel in a fish.
For you first-timers, we highly recommend you utilize the help of an expert guide. With so many nuanced factors, it is difficult for a beginner to read the river on your own.
Not only are guides happy to provide tips and tricks, but they love sharing their enthusiasm for their favorite sport. We asked an avid fly fisherman, Blake, to describe his passion.
“For me, fly fishing is an art. Every aspect is meaningful. The bait is intended to mimic the lifecycle of ever-changing river fauna. When you craft flies that work, it’s incredibly gratifying because it means you understand the river.”
A beginner certainly does not need to craft his or her own flies. In fact, a lot of experts prefer to purchase their flies too. However, it’s nice to consider the subtleties of the sport in order to better understand and appreciate what really goes into catching a fish.
Park City is the ideal place to start your fly fishing adventure. It is teeming with blue-ribbon streams (designation of extremely high quality), and beautiful mountain scenery.
Our front desk team is happy to book your trip with one of our preferred vendors to ensure your first time on the river is a rewarding and meaningful experience. 435-658-9500
Try something new this fall, reconnect with nature, check a new sport off your bucket list, and if you’re lucky, you may even discover a new lifelong passion.