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Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise

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Float over the Rio Grande Valley during a sunrise hot-air balloon flight from Albuquerque, home of the largest hot-air balloon festival in the world. As the sun comes up over the Sandia Mountains, admire the dramatic reds and oranges that fill the sky, and learn about the features of the New Mexico landscape from your expert pilot. Back on the ground, celebrate a memorable flight with sparkling wine and a light breakfast for a perfect start to your day.
  • Superb sunrise views of Albuquerque, the Sandia Mountains, and the Rio Grande
  • Commentary from your pilot on the region's geology and environment
  • Early morning tour leaves the day free for other activities
  • Continental breakfast and sparkling wine on landing
What to Expect
Greet the day bright and early to catch the sunrise from your hot air balloon. Drive yourself to the balloon operator's downtown headquarters, or arrange for pickup at your hotel (additional expense).  Get the opportunity to watch the balloon be inflated before stepping on board; you can help the crew if a hands-on experience appeals to you. Listen to a safety briefing and take off for aerial views of the city, the Sandia Mountains, and the Rio Grande. A hot air balloon experience allows you amazing views without the expense of booking a helicopter or flight tour, and there's no glass between you and the landscape. Listen to your pilot's commentary on the region's cultural, geological, historical, and environmental aspects.  Land after about an hour for a continental breakfast and a glass of sparkling wine and then leave your experience with a commemorative flight certificate in hand.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Central departure location
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Professional guide
  • Scenic hot air balloon flight
  • Champagne toast
  • Light continental breakfast
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (can be requested at an additional fee directly through the tour operator)
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Not recommended for participants with knee problems
  • Due to the nature of this tour and the safety of all guests, the tour operator reserves the right to refuse service to passengers who are intoxicated or show signs of intoxication. If, as a result, your tour is canceled, you will not be entitled to a refund.
  • Flights can only be operated with safe winds, clear sky and no rain. In case of unsuitable weather conditions, you will be provided the option to take the tour on an alternative date or be refunded in full.
  • A maximum of 12 people per balloon
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed yesterday

We thoroughly enjoyed our early morning ride with Alfred as our pilot. His expertise was evident from beginning to end. For anyone hesitant about taking a hot air balloon ride I would definitely recommend Rainbow Ryders for a great experience.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Pervey
Reviewed yesterday

Dean and his crew were amazing during our mass ascension flight at the Balloon Fiesta 2019. The experience was spectacular from start to finish, especially the “Albuquerque Sunset” toast and prayer.

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank April T
Reviewed 2 days ago

These guys are top professionals and our pilot Alfred Salazar was a great informer and storyteller. Worth every cent!

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank ReneL22
Reviewed 2 days ago

Our experience was amazing. We weren't sure what to expect, first balloon ride ever. It had been on our bucket list for a while. It was fantastic and so easy! We had Al Lescarbean as our pilot, and he was awesome and so fun! He...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Dreamer567478
Reviewed 3 days ago

Oct 12, 2019 was an excellent day for Hot Air Ballooning on Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Festival 2019. We got to experience a wonderful time by all the senses. Our pilot, Patrick Steven, is very knowledgeable, with wealth of experience that made it such a...More

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank Mary R
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October 9, 2019|
Response from David R | Reviewed this property |
Call Rainbow Ryders in Albuquerque. Google search will show their number.
June 2, 2019|
Response from David R | Reviewed this property |
If you want to call the largest commercial balloon ride provider in this, it's Rainbow Ryders, 1-800-725-2477. That's who I went with, and I was very satisfied.
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