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Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise
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Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise

By Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon
Recommended by 98% of travelers
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Get the best possible views of the Albuquerque area without the expense of a helicopter tour. By heading out at sunrise in a hot air balloon, you'll be able to watch and snap photos as the sun's first rays fall on the dramatic landscape of the Sandia Mountains. Dip low over the mighty Rio Grande while listening to commentary on the area's geology and environment from your pilot. Then land for breakfast and sparkling wine.
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$169.00
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$169.00
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Ages 5-99, max of 6 per group
Duration:4h
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Ticket type:Mobile
English

Highlights
  • 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

  • Professional guide
  • Scenic hot air balloon flight
  • Champagne toast
  • Light continental breakfast
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities

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.

Departure details
  • 5601 Eagle Rock Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113, USA Please check in at our office location.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6746SUNRISE

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

How much is Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise?
Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise price starts from $169.00. Discover and book Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise on Tripadvisor
What is the Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise cancellation policy?
Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise?
Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise is hosted by Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise on Tripadvisor
How much time do I need for Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise?
On average, this experience will take approximately 4h. Discover and book Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6746SUNRISE

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    5601 Eagle Rock Ave NE
    5601 Eagle Rock Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113, USA
    Please check in at our office location.
    See address & details
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    Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon
    Stop: 4 hours
    Rise early to begin your hot-air balloon experience. Stop into the office for check-in, then ride to the balloon launch site (which varies day-to-day depending on weather). Your pilot begins the process of inflating the balloon when you arrive. You can even help out the crew during the inflation process for a more hands-on experience. As you float high above the ground, enjoy incredible birds-eye views of the Rio Grande Valley. Your pilot determines the route for the day depending on the wind’s direction. You may fly over the city of Albuquerque and even dip low enough to wave at people or skim the Rio Grande River. Throughout your flight, your pilot shares informative commentary about the landscape beneath you. After approximately one hour in the air, your pilot lands the balloon and the ground crew comes to meet you. Celebrate your flight with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine and a commemorative flight certificate before returning to the original starting point.
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

kenapastore
kenapastore
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A Must While in ABQ
We were happy that the winds were on our side and we were able to take a Hot Air Ballon flight with Rainbow Ryders.
katiemI3700HP
katiemI3700HP
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Bucket list day!
Awesome experience!!! We had Alfred as our pilot and he was so friendly and very informative. For sure check them o
Thomas W
Thomas W
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The ride of a lifetime
The ride of a lifetime! Beautiful weather. Alfred did a great flying job and great landing. Mimosa and snacks and a
xo_Lana99
xo_Lana99
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THE BEST EVER
THIS IS THE BEST EXPERIENCE!!!! I came here for my anniversary with my boyfriend. I haven’t been happier with an ex
Romeo98Melendez
Romeo98Melendez
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A wonderful anniversary!
The whole experience was amazing! Great flight and conversation. Alfred, Frank, & AJ are great at what they do! Alf
lutherwillis
lutherwillis
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Flying with Alfred
After two weather cancellations, we were finally able to take a flight. Alfred was great, explaining everything, v
prezriv
prezriv
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Hot Air Balloon with Cool Help
Will be taking ride on November 3,2021. But our pre experience is excellent. We called and left the message. One of
Scenic04385208366
Scenic04385208366
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Magical balloon ride at sunset
Our balloon ride couldn’t have been more magical! After our original morning ride got cancelled due to the weather,
Kim G
Kim G
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A not-to-be-missed experience
Rainbow was easy to book for a sunrise hot air balloon ride in Albuquerque. The company treated the assembled group
267steveq
267steveq
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Hot air balloon ride
Disappointed,short ride,did not go very high stayed low,went another time and got higher to see the countryside
Pamela T
Pamela T
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Ask for Alfred, he is an amazing balloon pilot! Bubba and Frank were fun and excellent helpers as well.
We loved our sunrise hot air balloon ride yesterday with Alfred as our pilot and guide. Alfred was dynamic, fun an
952tori
952tori
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Spectacular Experience
We had a wonderful Experience with our ride with Damian and Steve. Very professional and Fun. Thanks so Much
Treanakay
Treanakay
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Amazing morning!!!
OMG! Just the most amazing morning ever! This was my second balloon ride but this team was so wonderful! Great e
JAtravels9999
JAtravels9999
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Peaceful, fun, breathtaking
We did the early morning Scottsdale balloon ride during our vacation. This is a top notch, premium experience. The
sab123
sab123
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Wonderful experience
It was a little colder the day we went but it was amazing. Dean was our pilot and he was enjoyable. Highly recomme
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7continents_50states
East Brunswick, NJ126 contributions
Oct 2021
We had an awesome experience with Rainbow Ryders at the ABQ Balloon Fiesta! The communication from the time we booked the ride, through to the end of the flight, was well done. They had us do electronic signing ahead of time, then sent us the follow-up information including instructions on where to meet, a map of the site, with caution to allow enough time for traffic despite the early hour.

From the time we checked in at the RR tent, we had nothing but positive experiences. We booked the private sunrise ride, which included a hot breakfast in a private tent. As the balloons first ascended, they opened the tent flap so we could watch the beginning balloons take flight. At 6am our balloon crew came to get us and walked us to the balloon we would be going up in.

Our pilot, Michael G., Lisa, Colin, Jennifer and Mike were awesome! Michael gave us instructions on how to stand as we were preparing to land because it isn't always a smooth landing. However, Michael was incredible! He has many years experience, which allowed us to feel very safe and enjoy the peacefulness of the balloon ride. We took it all in and got lots of pics. Our landing couldn't have been smoother! He kept in touch with his balloon chase team and they were at the landing site as we descended. Their experience was also comforting - after we touched down, they grabbed onto the basket, walked us across the field and we gently lifted slightly to get the basket over the picket fence and directly behind the chase team's van.

We totally recommend Rainbow Ryders and couldn't be happier that we got Michael G. as our pilot!
Written October 19, 2021
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Darci, your experience sounds like it was phenomenal! We like to say "communication is key" and try our best to make sure that task is fulfilled. We really appreciate that you noticed the work the office and pilots put in to achieve the communication we have with our passengers. From the office, we take take those working skills to the tent. The Ryders Club tent is a wonderful way to start your morning off before the flight and I am so glad that you enjoyed your time in Ryders Club. You can never go wrong with a heated tent and a tummy full of food. Michael sure is a well experienced pilot that we love to have around during the Balloon Fiesta. It's great knowing that he made sure you were aware of the safety tips and ensured you guys were in great hands during the flight. Micheal and the crew members enjoy every second with their passengers. Every flight is unique and always different, but our crew knows exactly what needs to be done for all circumstances. Hopefully we can see you again during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta!
Written October 24, 2021
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Antoinette S
35 contributions
Feb 2022 • Friends
This was my first time hot air ballooning and it was a wonderful experience! Rainbow Ryders was super communicative prior to the ride— we confirmed via email the day before. Everyone was super friendly and helpful. Our crew was great! Alfred our pilot was super experienced and a great guide— he has even flown a prime minister before so you know you are in good hands with his decades of flight experience! His crew also ensured a safe and comfortable landing. Ken handed out these fun certificates after and Frank was very good about making sure everyone had photos to remember the flight. The flight itself was awesome! Great views of Albuquerque— absolutely serene. We ended with a celebratory champagne toast too! I would wholeheartedly recommend Rainbow Ryders and Alfred and crew for anyone looking to try hot air ballooning!
Written February 21, 2022
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Communication is key! Thank you for noticing the work our office put in to make sure that we have the best communication possible with our passengers. Alfred sure is one amazing and well experienced pilots. I'm glad to hear that he ensured that your group was in great hands. Ken and Frank are the best with our passengers. Always making sure everyone is having a great time and have the best photos. Albuquerque has a beautiful scenery! Plus, you could never go wrong with a celebratory toast after a great flight. Thank you for leaving a great review!
Written February 24, 2022
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Debroop D
Coppell, TX8 contributions
We had an outstanding experience taking our first hot air balloon ride with Rainbow Ryders. The check-in at the office was smooth followed by a short ride to the launch site. Anthony (our pilot) and Robert (crew member) introduced themselves and explained the procedures in detail. Luckily the conditions at the first launch site were good. So, we got down from the truck and helped inflate the balloon. Actually, Anthony and Robert did most of the work. We just helped hold up an end for a few minutes. Just getting the balloon ready is quite an experience itself. Once the balloon was ready we got into our baskets, Robert clicked the first set of pictures for us and we launched. The sights were spectacular - caught a view of the sunrise behind the Sandia mountains. Anthony steered the balloon expertly and talked to us about various things including his many incredible experiences riding a hot air balloon. Felt very safe despite my fear of heights. The landing was the smoothest and was followed by a champagne toast! Robert was kind enough to click a few amazing videos of us while following us in the chase vehicle. Thank you Anthony and Robert for making it such a memorable experience for us!
Written October 31, 2021
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It sounds like your flight with Anthony was outstanding! He sure is a loved pilot by his passengers and your review gave me an understanding of how great he is. Robert is one hard worker, that's for sure. Thank you for acknowledging all the hard work our pilots and crew members put in for our passengers. Also, it sure is fun to be hands on for the set up. Those Albuquerque views from a hot air ballon is a sight you may never forget! I'm proud that you were able to over come your fears and have a phenomenal experience with us! I'm sure Anthony and Robert will love to hear all the great things you have said about them. Thank you for flying with Rainbow Ryders!
Written November 4, 2021
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Justin D
Albuquerque, NM4 contributions
Oct 2020 • Friends
Very memorable experience, Alfred, Gage and Andrew were a great crew. We got to hold open the mouth of the balloon. The pilots let us walk inside the envelope. Winds were calm (at times a little too calm) and we went up with a large number of other balloons that morning. The first few minutes are scary as you get used to the basket sensation, as the wicker floor yields a bit to your weight and you get the sensation you might fall through. There are rope handholds on the insides of the gondola you can hang om to to ease the sensation a bit. We expected the landing to be hard but it wasn't. The landing sensation was quite gentle. Most of the people in our group decided to get in the vans after getting their mimosas, but I wouldn't recommend it as there's a substantial wait time while the crew muscles the basket and envelope onto the trailer. Our landing was in Rio Rancho and we took off around LBJ Middle School so the drive back to our cars is also a significant amount of time. Be prepared. Anyhow, thank you for the memories!
Written October 25, 2020
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We are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your flight with Alfred and his crew! They are great at what they do and love to give our passengers a memorable experience, including helping with the balloon setup! We hope to fly with you again soon.
Written October 27, 2020
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Theresa M
12 contributions
May 2022
My cousin and I booked this experience while on a road trip out West. Taking a hot air balloon ride was on my bucket list and she was agreeable to join me on my adventure even though she was a bit nervous. The whole experience was nothing less than amazing. Our balloon pilot, Don, was skilled with both the balloon flight and managing a group of novice passengers. The team that gets the balloon inflated and airborne were clearly experienced. From the ride to the launch location, the balloon inflation, flight, gentle landing, and champagne toast at the conclusion, this met every expectation! Met some great people as an added bonus. Can't wait to go again someday! Thanks to Don and all the team at Rainbow Ryders!
Written June 5, 2022
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Nicola V
We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your flight with Don and that he was able to provide you with the most memorable bucket list experience! There's no better place to take your first hot air balloon flight that the hot air ballooning capitol of the world. We look forward to flying with you again soon!
Written June 10, 2022
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Camper67640
Hatteras Island, NC6 contributions
Nov 2021
My wife, son and I experienced a wonderful and gentle lift-off this morning just as the sun began to peek over the nearby mountains. My son and I were actually recruited to assist in preparing the balloon for inflation. It was fun to have a part in it. Our ride had 10 passengers plus the Pilot, Alfred. He was excellent in maintaining a stable platform while sharing a bit about his experiences and background as we flew over neighborhoods and desert. It was a great ride and we will do it again when we return to Albuquerque!
Written November 2, 2021
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How great, I'm glad to hear your time with Alfred was so wonderful! He is defiantly an expert at his profession. You and your son must have been some excellent recruits to help out. We can't wait to see you again in Albuquerque!
Written November 4, 2021
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ChristianBrother
Marietta, GA54 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Expect a unique experience and be flexible. Previous days trips were canceled due to too much wind. Our days group moved to a second location as initial location had too little wind. Despite EARLY AM departure from their headquarters we missed the sunrise.
That said our flight was wonderful. Our pilot (and an apprentice pilot) adroitly maneuvered us into winds giving us a range of vistages. Currents vary at different heights and from what I saw of the other balloons we traveled farther.
Having the training pilot aboard enhanced the experience as we listened to the instructions given. They also gladly answered questions and indicated points of interest.
Be prepared for the loudness of the burners as they are fired intermittently to maintain or raise altitude. Also a couple of volunteers help with the initial balloon inflation.
Written June 23, 2022
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Nicola V
We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your flight with us and that despite being canceled due to weather, we were able to get you up for a great morning ride. We are also very pleased to hear that having a pilot in training on board made your experience more enjoyable. We hope to fly with you again soon!
Written July 4, 2022
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Anita S
Deatsville, AL10 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
I was scheduled for a ride this morning and they had about 7 or 8 groups go out to the launch site and we waited due to the weather. As we waited we noticed in the distance another hot air balloon company launch their balloons but we did not. Rainbow riders balloon pilots were more concerned with the customers safety then taking the risk of launching.
They were more invested in the safety of their customers then the all mighty Dollar. They took a big financial loss but gained the respect of the customers.
God Bless this Small Business for their integrity
I will recommend them to anyone I know going to Albuquerque and I still want to go up in a balloon.

Thank you
Written July 27, 2021
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Hello Anita, we do take the safety of all our passenger very seriously. With weather changing all the time, we make sure to keep a close eye on that. Thank you for taking the time to give us a review and acknowledge our care for our passengers. Hopefully we can have you back and fly with us! Take care.
Written August 3, 2021
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Pete S
Florida, NY478 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
Purchased through trip advisor and was advised initially hotel pick up and a light continental breakfast was included. Either was covid canceled hotel pickup nothing said about breakfast.
The Balloon ride experience was fantastic. What made it even better was pilot Dean (working his easy retirement job hahaha) great sense of humor and did a fantastic job getting us up and down safely. His ground crew and him work very hard. A tip is not included in fare but they all deserved and received so plan on bringing cash or put it on a card. Excellent experience we wanted to do for many years. I will say our landing was a little rough as wind picked up just before we hit ground, but Dean did a great job minimizing impact.

If you have a recent injury or surgery read the waiver and I would advise not to go. This is a bucket list adventure

Thank you
Written March 24, 2021
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We are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your flight with Dean and his crew! He is an amazing pilot and loves to share his passion for ballooning with our passengers. We are also very happy to hear that we were able to help you check something off your bucket list! We hope to fly with you again soon!
Written April 12, 2021
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Jeraldine G
Tacoma, Washington, United States45 contributions
Sep 2020
We were able to help inflate the balloon. Then we loaded up and floated skyward. The morning was beautiful and the weather perfect. Our pilot was experienced, polite and informative. He would point out landmarks, animals and other balloons making the morning accent. When we asked questions that were of concern for the first-timers, he would reassure us. It was wonderful experience. The safety record for Rainbow Riders is excellent. They only use their balloons for a certain number of flights then retire the crafts. We would recommend Rainbow Riders to anyone interested in ballooning.
Written March 20, 2021
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We are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your first hot air balloon flight with us! Our pilots love what they do and enjoy sharing their passion for ballooning with our passengers. We hope to fly with you again soon!
Written April 12, 2021
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