brings you another exciting event to experience,

Hot Air Balloon Rides


Enjoy the adventure of soaring high about the Sonoran Desert.  You can choose to fly as a private party or share the adventure with your family and friends.  Everyone should experience hot air balloon rides at least once during their lifetime.

Hot Air Balloon Rides

Phoenix / Scottsdale








Rainbow Ryders offers sunrise balloon rides, sunset balloon rides and private balloon rides. Sunrise post flights include 

a Gourmet Breakfast.

Rainbow Ryders

715 E. Covey Ln. Ste. 100

Phoenix, AZ 85024


Please click the link below to find out more information about our balloon flights.


News Release


Contact: Joanie Griffin (505) 261-4444,


Rainbow Ryders’ Sister Company to Produce Scottsdale Event


September 17, 2019 – SCOTTSDALE – Hot Apple Productions AZ, LLC, a sister company to Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon Co., the nation’s largest hot air balloon ride company, will produce a brand new event Thanksgiving Weekend 2020 in Scottsdale, AZ – the Scottsdale SkyFest & Balloon Glow.  The new event will feature a weekend of activities including hot air balloon mass ascensions and glows in the evenings, a holiday arts & crafts bazaar, a kids zone, a beer garden, live music and entertainment and a weekend of fun.  The event will run from Friday, November 27th through Sunday, November 29, 2020, at WestWorld of Scottsdale. “We want to give residents and visitors alike a different kind of Thanksgiving Weekend experience,” said Scott Appelman, President of Hot Apple Productions AZ, LLC.  “Instead of spending their weekend in line at Big Box stores, people can be outside, enjoying the great Valley of the Sun weather, experience hot air ballooning, and the magic of a balloon glow.”  “Scottsdale SkyFest & Balloon Glow is poised to be the Valley’s next signature, must attend event,” said Michael Stavros of M Culinary Concepts, the exclusive caterer for WestWorld.  “We are excited to work with Hot Apple Productions to develop fantastic food & beverage elements that add to the SkyFest experience.” Appelman’s other companies have been producing successful events for nearly four decades.  Hot Apple Productions recently produced the 43rd annual Labor Day Lift Off event in Colorado Springs, which has become the largest hot air ballooning event in Colorado.  That event had more than 80 hot air balloons and more than 175,000 spectators.  The parent company, Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon Ride Co., is the official hot air balloon ride company of the largest hot air balloon festival in the world – the Albuquerque International Balloon FiestaⓇ. Rainbow Ryders will be providing all the hot air balloon rides for SkyFest & Balloon Glow. 


“We love events, and know what it takes to do them correctly,” Appelman added. “We are thrilled to partner with the City of Scottsdale, M Culinary and AZ Foothills Magazine on this event.  We know it will be hugely popular.”

Article is used with written permission from Griffin & Associates (now SUNNY505).

What you should bring so you can enjoy your balloon flight. 

The items are not required to enjoy your flight but we recommend them. 

Camera, hat, light jacket or sweater, sunglasses and sunscreen.

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