Aerial Drone Photography& Videography

Defy Gravity

Imagine ascending to greet the sunrise as you drift among geologic wonders that were being created when dinosaurs roamed the earth. The fragile sandstone of Arches National Park and precarious rock towers drift past, each one defying gravity with you. Across the horizon, the 13,000 foot La Sal Mountains cast a long shadow upon the town of Moab and Canyonlands National Park. The pilot and the winds navigate to your own personal destination, your mind and camera alive with images that will last a lifetime.

Your Adventure Awaits

Safety           Professional              Fun

Our Team

Who We Are

As the pioneering company for passenger balloon rides in the Moab/Canyonlands area, we are proud to offer you a unique and unforgettable balloon adventure.

Lou Bartell in balloon basket

Lou Bartell

Owner, Pilot

As an FAA licensed pilot, I have flown everything possible - hot air balloons, sail planes, hanggliders, ultralights, and airplanes. Having spent the last 26 years exploring the Canyonlands, I am familiar with the beautiful intricacies of this delicate landscape. Starting Canyonlands Ballooning is a dream come true, blending my love of flight, the Canyonlands, and sharing adventure with people from around the world.

We Love our Clients, And They Love Us

“Lou and his staff were incredibly professional, informative, and entertaining. The hot air balloon ride provided my wife and I with a new and beautiful perspective of the Moab landscape that we would otherwise not have been able to obtain. The takeoff, flight, and landing were very serene and peaceful. Thank you very much.”

Bryan & Michelle – Tampa, FL

“I loved my balloon ascent. Lou is the best! He calmed my nerves and made me feel so secure. Our morning was filled with the silence and beauty of the landscape. When we landed he gave us the traditional celebration to accompany our flight. I didn’t want it to end!”

Sue H. – Knoxville , TN

“Our balloon ride was so special. Lou put us all at ease and after we were airborne pointed out features below. A hawk was hunting and didn’t even realize we were flying silently above him. It was a magical experience! We’ll never forget it.”

Judy & Michael J. – Saline, MI

Meeting Site

We'll be meeting at the Archview Campground, 8.6 miles north of the CO River crossing and 6.5 miles north of the entrance to Arches National Park.