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Balloons over Arizona

7 May

Cool weather signals the start of the hot air ballooning season in Arizona. The cooler the air, the less fuel it takes to heat the air inside the balloon and rise above the deserts. For hot areas like southern Arizona, temperatures finally dip below 80 degrees Fahrenheit in early November. The Colorado River Crossing Balloon Festival celebrates the cool weather, bringing balloonists and charter bus visitors from around the country to soar over Arizona’s picturesque desert. Visit Arizona with a bus, coach bus, party bus, mini bus, passenger coach or school bus chartered from Bus Charter Arizona and travel through the state in comfort and style.

The Colorado River Crossing Balloon Festival takes place in Yuma, Arizona, over three days in mid-November. The ballooning event heralds the arrival of cool weather and winter charter bus visitors that flock to the area for its warm winter climate. On Saturday and Sunday, the balloons are launched from West Wetlands Park near the shore of the Colorado River. Buttes in the desert beyond serve as a dramatic backdrop for the ballooning events. Other events, such as a media balloon flight and Saturday evening balloon glow, take place at other locations in the city of Yuma.

The balloons lift off en mass Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings. Early birds on a Arizona charter bus can arrive at 6 a.m. when balloonists begin the process of inflating their balloon and readying it for flight. Coffee, hot chocolate and food items are available for sale as you walk around observing colorful nylon material transform into their familiar shapes. The balloons go wherever the wind takes them, so you may see them head over the desert or float above town.

Charter bus visitors can watch the balloonists to have a competition called “Hound and Hare.” The balloon acting as the hare changes elevations to catch different wind currents while the hound balloons seek to follow. The hare will eventually lay out a large “x” on the ground where it lands. The hounds then try to maneuver over the “x” and drop a weighted marker with their number on it. The pilot whose marker comes closest to the center of the “x” is the winner. It is more difficult than it sounds, since balloons have no steering wheels or rudders and rely solely on the skill of the pilot to catch delicate wind currents at varying elevations to change direction.

A Saturday afternoon carnival features rides in a tethered balloon. The flight lasts about five minutes and bring rental bus visitors 75 feet in the air. Students from local schools launch handmade tissue-paper balloons to see whose can fly the longest and farthest. Darkness sets the stage for the Balloon Glow, where colorful balloons are lit from inside in timing to music. At West Wetlands Park, parents with young children can check out the The Stewart Vincent Wolfe Memorial Playground, a large fanciful castle filled with slides and other delightful activities for kids on a charter bus visit. Fishermen can cast a line in the park’s pond and kayakers and other paddlers may wish to launch at the boat ramp to watch the balloons lift off from the vantage point of the water.

Fly high over Arizona in a balloon when you plan a charter bus visit to Arizona with Bus Charter Arizona.