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Rainbow Ryders

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Address: 5601 Eagle Rock Ave. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87122
Phone Number: +1 505-823-1111
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7:30 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:30 am - 7:00 pm

"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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What a Way to Start the Morning!

WOW. Just wow! Super crew: fun, knowledgeable, professional. Couldn't ask for a better crew, thanks to our pilot, Alfredo along with Brad and Elijah. Would recommend everyone... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Barbara B B
Mansfield, Pennsylvania
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Mansfield, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

WOW. Just wow! Super crew: fun, knowledgeable, professional. Couldn't ask for a better crew, thanks to our pilot, Alfredo along with Brad and Elijah. Would recommend everyone should take a hot air balloon ride at least once. Albuquerque at dawn. Take your camera.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

First, for anyone who is apprehensive about the heights (or anything else) - don't be!! Secondly, the team does a great job with all the logistics - emails, phone calls, etc. so you don't have to do anything except focus on enjoying the ride. We were in a balloon with Dean and 4 other people, and he was knowledgeable about... More 

Thank gersh183
Charleston, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Was an amazing experience. Dean (our pilot) was great and the ground crew (Zach and the quiet guy) were also really good. Ballooning at night was so cool. Then we got to watch them inflate the day trip balloons. Totally worth getting there for the pre-dawn part.

Thank jdepriest
Yukon, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I booked a flight with Rainbow Ryder's during the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. We lucked out getting lucked out getting Troy Bradley, who just broke a world's record for ballooning, as our pilot. The chase crew were informative and wonderful as we waited for the pilot's meeting to end - they meet to discuss conditions, etc. before the... More 

Thank Martingirl2
Waco, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This hot air balloon ride was incredible. The pilot was exceptional. He was very fun and made the ride even better interacting with us on board. The views were absolutely beautiful. I am afraid of heights and my girlfriend all but drug me into the basket, but I felt so safe and I am so glad I went! This is... More 

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Hollywood, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The booking of the flight was easy. I called and for a nominal fee they would pick us up. While I was on the phone the receptionist was able to find the address since I wasn't sure. The pick up was prompt :the driver was polite and funny. Once we got there the check in process was extremely efficient. We... More 

Thank Kay S
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Mother nature provided an absolutely perfect morning for a balloon ride. Pilot Dean and his crew were took the adventure to the ultimate level with their professional expertise. Be sure to put this adventure on your bucket list and trust in Rainbow Ryders to provide you the ultimate experience. You will not be disappointed.

Thank mlunstra2
Vancouver WA
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We signed up for a balloon ride in conjunction with our bed and breakfast. Rainbow Ryders picked us up promptly from our accommodation and took us to the RR office. There we met our fellow riders. After filling out a waiver we were on our way to the launch site. My husband got to assist with the initial filling of... More 

Thank Rice360
Rhondda Cynon Taf, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We wanted to do something different on this roadtrip as the whole holiday was to celebrate our being married for 30 years. With both of us being apprehensive about heights, this trip would be a bit of a challenge for us. We booked a private flight and although the cost was marginally more it is definitely recommended. The balloon pilot,... More 

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Levittown, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Troy Bradley was our pilot, very experienced and informative. I was in a full gondola, about 12 people plus the pilot. Sunrise ride, very cold in the am, dress in multiple light layers. Camera is a must. I had my phone, took great pics. One of the most relaxing experiences, just riding the air currents.....beautiful scenery and upon landing a... More 

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