About Us

Destination Balloon Rides is committed to offering an exclusively private or small group experience where you know exactly who you are flying with! Owned and operated by Shawn and Sharon Wix, we specialize in private balloon rides and small group flights over the Sonoran Desert in North Phoenix, Arizona. If you’re looking for the experience of a lifetime with memories that cannot be duplicated please let us be a part of it! Can you feel the EXCITEMENT?!

Get to Know Your Pilot

Shawn Wix, originally from Delaware, became interested in ballooning while spending winters in Phoenix. Starting out with a well-known local commercial balloon company as ground crew, Shawn developed a love for ballooning. Soon after deciding to take the plunge, it didn’t take him long to meet and exceed his goals of becoming a commercial balloon pilot. Since then he has logged over 500 hours flying in Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico. Flying whenever and wherever he can, his love for ballooning continues to grow!

A Little Note From the Pilot’s Wife

Well, hello there! Let’s start with this – Can I say that as a child I dreamt of growing up to be a hot air balloon pilot’s wife? No, but I can say that it’s been the most exciting thing I’ve ever been and I wouldn’t trade it for anything! This ballooning life has been simply amazing to me – the people, the networking, the events, and the balloons…let’s please not forget to mention the balloons!

People and their balloons come from all over the world to fly the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, the largest balloon festival in the world. I have been fortunate enough to crew here, to even fly here during this event. We’ve crewed and/or flown balloons for events such as Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off, Lift Off 4 Lift Up near Vail, The Surprise Balloon Glow, Lake Havasu Balloon Festival, Balloon Spooktacular, and hopefully more to come! I have pictures and memories that I don’t even believe and all the while I’ve got this big grin plastered on my face saying…I have “enough” balloon photos! I’m seriously like a kid in a candy store every time I get to go out and I can’t see ballooning ever getting old!! #pilotwife

~ Sharon

two people in a balloon basket

Coronavirus update

Crazy times right? 

No one thought that in a couple of months, we’d have stores closing and people being quarantined!

I hope you’re not going to crowded places, washing your hands frequently, and keeping yourself safe. 

Maybe hot air ballooning is the last thing on your mind.

 But as a small business owner, I have to keep on pushing and doing the best I can to give you a great and exciting time. (Which seems to be harder and harder by the day.) 

Officials have also stated that we should not have a gathering of more than 10 people. 

And you may have some questions on your mind about which hot air balloon company to ride with.

Or what company would be the best choice for you. 

Here’s what we are doing to keep you and our crew safe:

  • We are only flying with a maximum of 5 people
  • We are only flying private flights (“small group ride” will also be private)
  • We are making sure all our pilots and crew members are healthy. Any sickness or a cold will replace the members.
  • If you or someone who is flying is sick or has similar symptoms, we will refund your cash. No questions asked. Or, move the date.
  • We are cleaning our ballooning equipment after every single flight. 
  • We are following up with you 24 hours in advance, making sure everyone is healthy and good to fly.

We are doing our best to keep ourselves and you safe throughout the whole journey. 

The good thing is, you will only be flying with your friends and family.

I’d love to answer any questions you have about our plans regarding COVID-19.

Call me at my cell at (302) 236-7425

– Chief Pilot Shawn