your ultimate guide to the best Albuquerque hot air balloon rides

Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Rides

Did you know that Albuquerque is considered the hot air ballooning capital of the world? As the site of the world famous International Balloon Fiesta and several hot air balloon companies, this comes as no surprise! During your visit to our incredible city, take your vacation to new heights with one of the many Albuquerque hot air balloon rides. Whether you’re looking for the perfect activity for your romantic getaway or family vacation, you’ll hardly do better than this memorable experience. Just to get you started, here are some of the area’s most popular balloon companies and what you can expect from each one!

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3 of the best Albuquerque hot air balloon rides

  1. Rainbow Ryders

For over 30 years, Rainbow Ryders has been the top choice for many hot air balloon enthusiasts in Albuquerque, Phoenix, and Colorado Springs! They are also the official ride operator during the International Balloon Fiesta.

Rainbow Ryders has 4 incredible rides to choose from, but their most popular is the Albuquerque Sunrise Balloon Ride.Should you choose this adventure, your journey begins in the early morning as you watch the balloon inflation process. Once the balloon is ready for flight, you and your party will climb aboard and begin your ascent into the sky. Although the sight of the sun rising over the Sandia Mountain Range can’t be justified by pictures, you’ll want to bring your cameras along for the experience! Once you return to the ground, you’ll enjoy a traditional champagne toast and post-flight refreshments. Plus, you’ll be presented with a flight certificate as a memento of your hot air ballooning experience.

  1. World Balloon

As the city’s original hot air balloon ride, World Balloon Albuquerque is also a local favorite.  As they say, “Missing a balloon flight in Albuquerque would be like going to Paris and not seeing the Eiffel Tower!” You may choose from a variety of flight experiences, each offering its own perks and amenities. Their most popular option is the Champagne Flight, which includes an hour long excursion in the sky and a complimentary champagne or sparkling cider toast. Adventures begin at sunrise and continue with a peaceful journey down the Rio Grande Valley.

  1. Hot Air Balloonatics

Hot Air Balloonatics offers private hot air balloon rides for up to four people. This means visitors will receive a much more personal experience. The family-owned company offers flights over the Rio Grande River’s west side for awe-inspiring views of Sandia Peak, University of New Mexico, and the Petroglyph National Monument. Each flight is guaranteed to be completely safe, fun, and memorable.

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Our city is overflowing with outstanding things to do, including Albuquerque hot air balloon rides. With numerous museums, excellent annual festivals, and exciting outdoor activities, this intriguing city is your ideal vacation destination. Stay with us at the Bottger Mansion of Old Town, a historic bed and breakfast in Albuquerque, to complete your trip to this exciting city. Not only do we offer comfortable rooms, outstanding amenities, and friendly hospitality, but we also serve a warm, delicious breakfast first thing in the morning that will help you start your day off right. Explore the many attractions of Albuquerque or simply relax in the peace and quiet of our cozy inn. Our beautiful oasis in New Mexico is waiting for you, so check our availability and book your stay today!

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