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Address: 5601 Eagle Rock Ave. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87122
Phone Number: +1 505-823-1111
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"The Experience of a Lifetime Happening Right Now!" Rainbow...

"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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We went for a one hour tour with Rainbow Ryders. They were top rated out of all the balloon companies for safety in ABQ. They were excellent to deal with, from setting up... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
BarbaraLL22
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Vero Beach, Florida
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Vero Beach, Florida
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went for a one hour tour with Rainbow Ryders. They were top rated out of all the balloon companies for safety in ABQ. They were excellent to deal with, from setting up reservations to handling payment at the end. The tour guide. Dean, was excellent in making sure we saw everything there was to see. He was also good... More 

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Puyallup, Washington
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Like many, a balloon ride had been on my "life to do / bucket list" for many years. Going to all 50 states was on my list as well. New Mexico was my 50th state to travel to, so it only made sense to go on a balloon ride here. We chose Rainbow Ryders based on all the great reviews.... More 

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Thank Traci R
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife surprised me and took me on a sunrise hot air balloon ride. Pilot Dean and the crew was stellar and he was in complete control. we saw couple coyote's, rabbits, and the rio grande river. First experience and I would definitely do it again. Great way to see Albuquerque scenery! topped it off with some mimosa's and breakfast... More 

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Mackay, Australia
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had THE best morning, our guide was so nice - happy and enjoyed his job, was fantastic to see!! the view was stunning. Must do! :)

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Thank dita16
RainbowRyders1, Front Office Manager at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind words! We're very happy to hear you enjoyed your flight and would love to take you on another one if you're visiting the area again. More 

Albuquerque, New Mexico
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is absolutely nothing more serene and yet thrilling than a balloon ride, and NOTHING compares to a ride while attending the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Scott and his crew are masters in the field, and you can trust to put your safety in their hands.

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Thank Cristabelle_Casa
RainbowRyders1, Front Office Manager at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! The Balloon Fiesta is a beautiful time to visit Albuquerque and take a balloon flight. It's definitely a very unique experience and we'll always do our best to make your bucket list flight memorable and safe! More 

Agoura Hills, California
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30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Booked our family's 1st balloon ride and paid the significant premium for the private, pre-dawn flight. Our pilot Dean and his assistant were fantastic throughout. Lifted off in the dark and got to experience Albuquerque all lit up. Tough to see too much in the dark and was looking forward to watching the sunrise toward the end of our flight.... More 

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Thank Socalsix
RainbowRyders1, Front Office Manager at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to review the unique adventure of a dawn patrol flight. In the pursuit of excellent customer service, our pilots and crew will always do their best to optimize your flight experience with every circumstance. We thank you again for choosing Rainbow Ryders as your bucket list hot air balloon flight, and hope... More 

Flat Rock, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The sunrise balloon ride in Arizona was the highlight of my trip! Jesse was our pilot and his personality, knowledge and expertise made it a wonderful experience!! We were up in the air over an hour and it was absolutely the most beautiful view of the sunrise, mountains and desert.

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RainbowRyders1, Front Office Manager at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this review

We may be biased, but we think the best way to see the Arizona landscape is from a hot air balloon. We love having Jesse on the Rainbow Ryders team, so we'll be sure to pass along the kind words. Thank you for flying with us, and if you're ever in the Phoenix or Albuquerque areas again, we'd love to... More 

Grand Forks, North Dakota
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7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My sister and I went on a Hot Air Balloon with this company in Phoenix and our pilot was Mark. He was so knowledgeable and welcoming! The view was amazing and the ride was so smooth! Loved every moment of it! I would recommend this to everyone looking to do something outside of the box on a trip to the... More 

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Thank gretelv14
RainbowRyders1, Front Office Manager at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! The Sonoran Desert in Phoenix is beautiful, so we're very happy to hear you enjoyed the view. Mark is a wonderful pilot and addition to our team as well, so we'll be sure to pass on your kind words. More 

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21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My favorite activity in New Mexico was the hot air balloon ride with Rainbow Ryders. Troy made all of us feel safe during the flight.

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Thank Bird91
RainbowRyders1, Front Office Manager at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind words! Troy is an amazing asset to our team and we're very happy to hear you enjoyed your visit. More 

Columbus, Ohio
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5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was amazing to ride on Ballon. It was first time we ride and we took Sunset tour which was really good to see sunset from top. It was really beautiful, the only thing the trip was short, I was expecting more time to spent there on top. I would really recommend this. It was great we did on new... More 

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Thank Vijendra_Anand
RainbowRyders1, Front Office Manager at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we're happy to hear you enjoyed seeing our beautiful city in such a unique way. Our trip times will vary, just depending on what the winds are up to that day. Overall, we do try to fly for roughly 45 minutes to an hour each time. Happy New Year's to you and yours, and we... More 

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