The Pagosa Adventure Family
Marissa was born and raised in Pagosa. With both parents owning hot air balloon companies she was exposed to flying since birth, which instilled a passion for the art of ascension.
Marissa’s dreams took off after retiring from the field of nursing to pursue a career as a business owner and pilot.
Her passion is sharing happiness with people and this is the perfect opportunity for that! As a young girl, Marissa renamed Pagosa Peak “my mountain”. She aspired to have a “twenty-hundred” (children speak) acre horse ranch and fly her helicopter to and from Pagosa daily for work.
Dreams have become a reality as the flight has become a daily activity for her and Cody. When Marissa is not busy with Pagosa Adventure she enjoys, spending time with their three children, hiking, boating, snowboarding, and traveling.
Marissa’s specialty at Pagosa Adventure is ensuring an amazing experience for each and every passenger!
Marissa’s favorites in Pagosa are:
- Restaurant: The Alley House
- Relaxation: Amber’s Alchemy- amazing massages
- Bar: Coyote Moon
- Ski Rental: Pagosa Ski
- Ski Run: Summer Day
- Hiking Trail: Pagosa Peak
- Scenic Drive: Pagosa Juction
While not born and raised in Colorado, Cody got here as soon as he could. He spent his childhood outside of Fort Worth in Aledo, Texas where his days were spent playing sports.
After Graduating from Texas Tech with a Bachelor’s in Business and later Texas Christian University with a Master’s in Geology, Cody knew his true love was outdoor adventures. Cody is a F.A.A. Licensed Commercial Hot Air Balloon Pilot & Hot Air Balloon Pilot Instructor. Cody also is a Certified Raft Guide & Guide Instructor.
Cody’s passion is enjoying adventures and sharing the beautiful outdoors with new and old friends alike. When not ballooning or rafting, he enjoys playing clue with his kids, skiing, playing guitar, riding dirt bikes, traveling, and reading. His most thrilling adventure happened rafting when he came upon a group of mountain lions drinking from the river. His specialty at Pagosa Adventure is lifting the heavy things!
Cody’s favorites in Pagosa are:
- Restaurant: For Breakfast: The Peak; Otherwise: Chavolo’s
- Relaxation: Overlook Hot Springs
- Bar: Coyote Moon
- Ski Rental: Pagosa Ski
- Ski Run: Shambala
- Hiking Trail: Piedra Falls
- Scenic Drive: Plumtah Road
Nick ReinschFleet Manager/Crew Chief
Nick moved to southwest Colorado in 1996 after growing up in Chicagoland area. After Nick’s first hot air balloon adventure, he knew it would be a way of life for him.
Nick has been a ground crew for many hot air balloons across the southwest area and has been a professional Crew Chief for nearly a decade. Nick loves to travel and balloon, and hot air balloon rallies marries both of these passions. Nick joined the team during a balloon event in Farmington, New Mexico and has since become invaluable. He is an essential member at Pagosa Adventure with his specialty being Pagosa Adventure’s Fleet Manager and making sure all equipment is in safe and running order.
Nick’s ability to fix anything and willingness to do what needs to be done is critical to our operations. As a skilled mechanic, welder, and general fabricator, everything that needs to be taken care of is taken care of by Nick. He has recently taken his love of flight to the next level and become a student pilot!
Nick’s favorites in Pagosa are:
- Restaurant: Mountain Pizza
- Relaxation: The Springs
- Bar: Pagosa Bar
- Ski Rental: –
- Ski run: “Are you kidding me?”
- Hiking Trail: “Anywhere in the mountains.”
- Scenic Drive: Vallecito Lake Northwest, Pagosa
“The Pagosa Adventure family has been in the Pagosa Springs, Colorado area since the mid-1980s. A love of adventure and the passion to share it with others is what guides our crew in making sure guests have the best time of their lives.”
Addy is an adventure seeker at heart and she is always up for something new.
During the summer, she can be found in/or near water. During the winter, she spends every second skiing she can.
When she grows up she wants to be a marine biologist.
Julian enjoys spending their days on their grandparent’s ranch riding horses.
They are also an avid hunter.
During the winter, Julian dreams of riding their snowmobile every day. When they grow up they want to work on a ranch.
Jaiden, the oldest of the adventure kids, is keen to lead the way.
From rafting to flying, Jaiden enjoys all adventures. When not on the river or in the sky, Jaiden loves to fish, hunt, and ride his snow machine.
When he grows up he wants to be a cardiothoracic surgeon.
Denise, Chase Crew
Denise came to us as a fan, a lover of the outdoors, with a desire for fun, and a hobby of all things balloons.
Denise is a native of New York, came to Colorado in the late 80’s, and has been a follower of balloon events dragging her family far for the pure joy of the colorful spectacles.