What You Need to Know About Hot Air Balloon Rides in Albuquerque

A bright and colorful hot air balloon floating through the sky is a beautiful sight, but the views from inside the balloon are even better!  Known as the “Balloon Capital of the World,” the city of Albuquerque is the ideal place to enjoy a hot air balloon ride.  With impressive scenery and excellent flying conditions, this area is also home to the world’s largest annual balloon event, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.  Hot air balloons are an essential part of this city, which means that these flights are one of the best things to do in Albuquerque.  Many companies provide balloon rides in Albuquerque.  Rainbow Ryders is rated #1 on Trip Advisor and is a five-time winner of the Certificate of Excellence.  Start planning your trip so you can check this activity off your bucket list!

How to Have the Best Hot Air Balloon Ride

Hot air balloons 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, with jackets, hats, gloves and scarves that can be removed as the sun and the temperature rise.  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 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.

Let us do all the work for you–choose our Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Ride Package for your stay. Plan to take your balloon ride the next morning after you arrive. If that day’s balloon ride is canceled due to weather, it will be rescheduled for the next morning so you’ll have another chance to go.

Plan a Trip with Rainbow Ryders, Inc.

See Albuquerque in all its glory when you book a trip with Rainbow Ryders, Inc in Albuquerque, NM.  This esteemed highly-rated company is the official hot air balloon operator at the annual Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.  They offer daily rides all year round so you won’t have a problem working this activity into your schedule.  For the most spectacular hot air balloon ride, go during the Balloon Fiesta and lift off with hundreds of hot air balloons at Balloon Fiesta Park.  These must be booked directly with Rainbow Ryders.

Come Stay with Us at the Bottger Mansion of Old Town to Enjoy Albuquerque to the Fullest

After a wonderful day of experiencing amazing hot air balloon rides in Albuquerque, take some time to unwind in comfortable and convenient accommodations.  The Bottger Mansion of Old Town is a historic bed and breakfast in Albuquerque offering lovely rooms, outstanding amenities, and friendly hospitality.  Explore the many attractions of Albuquerque or simply relax in the peace and quiet of our shady courtyard.  You will love your time in our beautiful oasis of New Mexico, so check our availability and book your stay today!

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