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Address: 5601 Eagle Rock Ave. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87122
Phone Number: +1 505-823-1111
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Description: "The Experience of a Lifetime Happening Right Now!" Rainbow Ryders Inc...
"The Experience of a Lifetime Happening Right Now!" Rainbow Ryders Inc. Hot AIr Balloon Company is proudly celebrating 30 years of flight experience. Offering hot air balloon rides first thing in the morning at sunrise year round and sunset flights in the winter months. Enjoy your hour long flight over the beautiful Rio Grande Valley, upon landing you will be welcomed back to the ground with a celebratory toast and a light continental breakfast as you are presented your commemorative flight certificate. We have proudly flown over 170,000 passengers and are the official balloon ride operator of the Worlds Largest Balloon Event. Flying in PHOENIX and ALBUQUERQUE year round!
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Breathtaking

We were there on our wedding anniversary. The flight was exhilarating! The views were spectacular! The crew were very friendly. Another thing off our bucket list!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
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Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey
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Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

We were there on our wedding anniversary. The flight was exhilarating! The views were spectacular! The crew were very friendly. Another thing off our bucket list!

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Owensboro, KY
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

What a beautiful way to see part of Albuquerque. The staff is pleasant and professional. It was neat to take part into launching the balloon and then packing it up. This is not hard work but was fun being a part of it. We ended up landing on a street in a subdivision which made the residents day. One lady... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

First balloon ride ever during our first trip to New Mexico! We went up as a group of 4 along with 7 others around 6am on May 12th. The winds were pretty steady and the flight was so graceful, the basket barely felt like it was moving! Our pilot Dean, was such an enthusiastic and quite funny individual who explained... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

I took my daughter for her first balloon ride on her 21st birthday back in September. The morning was cool and the there was a slight breeze. It was both interesting and fun to watch the crews prepare the balloons for their trip into the early fall Albuquerque sky. The best part, of course, was the ride itself. There were... More 

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

What a great experience! We were up before 5AM in order to be at the Rainbow Ryders before 6AM. We were assigned Troy as a pilot, filled in the paperwork, and were on our way to the take off spot by 6:30AM. The crew quickly got the balloon blown up and nine people climbed into the balloon basket and took... More 

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Woodbridge, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We went up as a group along with others on 05/01. It was truly an amazing experience. Troy, our pilot explained everything he was doing along the way to make sure we were both aware of what was going to happen (going up, down, around), wind turbulence, and answered questions asked by the riders. My daughters who were afraid for... More 

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El Paso, Texas
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

We are in our lower 30s, female. We were a bit nervous but wanted to have this experience. There was no issue whatsoever, even people afraid of heights can handle this. The pilot and rest of the crew were extremely friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. I completely recommend this and would go again...hopefully I will, soon!

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Neepawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

This was an awesome experience! We left the office at 0600 and were in the air at7 for an hour and half ride over Albequerque. 12 people are in the basket with 6 per side. You do not feel lift off or movement when in the air. We traveled approx 4 miles with a great view of the Rio Grande... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Friendly, competent crew take you over Albuquerque in their colorful gentle balloons. With outstanding sunrise views, champagne toasts afterward, lots of fun, and interesting anecdotes. Hotel pick-up and drop-off worked well. Thank you to pilot Dean Donley for a beautiful Albuquerque memory.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

We had an awesome time! Our pilot Dean and our crew guy Doug were so cool and helped calm my nervousness. I would highly recommend Rainbow Ryders

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