Balloon rides in Albuquerque are among the most popular things to do for visitors. If you think watching a hot air balloon soar from the ground is beautiful, wait until you see the views from inside the basket! Albuquerque is known as the “hot air balloon capital of the world” since it provides some of the best balloon rides in the nation and the world-famous International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. During your next romantic escape or family getaway, here are some of our favorite local balloon rides in Albuquerque that we’re sure you’ll love just as much as we do.
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3 of the best balloon rides in Albuquerque
1. Rainbow Ryders
For over 30 years, Rainbow Ryders in Albuquerque has been the top choice for many hot air balloonists in the Duke City, Phoenix, and Colorado Springs! They are also the official ride operator during the International Balloon Fiesta. They provide four incredible adventures to choose from, their most popular being the Albuquerque Sunrise Balloon Ride.
2. World Balloon Albuquerque
As the city’s original hot air balloon ride company, World Balloon is also a local favorite. You may choose from a variety of flights, 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.
3. Hot Air Balloonatics
Hot Air Balloonatics offers private balloon flights for up to four people. After the balloon flight, the pilot and crew have breakfast at a local restaurant. You are welcome to join them (your own expense for breakfast) and hear more facts and stories about hot air ballooning in Albuquerque.
how to have the best hot air balloon ride
Most hot air balloon rides in Albuquerque take off early in the morning. Depending on the season, the temperature can range from moderate to very cold! Layers of clothing are the best option, so bring jackets, hats, gloves, and scarves that can be removed as the sun and the temperature rises. Sturdy shoes are advisable, and sandals or open-toed shoes are not permitted. Plan to take plenty of photos as you watch the crew lay out the gondola (basket) and the huge, colorful “envelope” on the ground. The balloon is then inflated and burners heat the air, causing the balloon to inflate and rise. Climb aboard and begin your adventure! The baskets are very deep to keep you safely enclosed, and assistance is available to help you in and out. In perfect weather conditions, you may even take a “dip” in the Rio Grande River! After landing, you can help the crew pack the envelope away. Traditionally, a hot air balloon ride concludes with a champagne toast.
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