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Address: 5601 Eagle Rock Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113-1765
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 had a wonderful time ! thanks for the great time , outstanding views , and great accommodating crew

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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iowa
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I chose the Rainbow Ryder co. over the others in the area from reviews I'd read on this site. I believe they've been in business for many years. Our pilot, Dean, used to work for one of the other companies and chose to switch to Ryders. He was a joy and set us down with hardly a bump. He made... More 

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Thank amsdms
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

we had a wonderful time ! thanks for the great time , outstanding views , and great accommodating crew

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RainbowRyders1, General Manager at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time out of your day to write a review for us! We do our best to accommodate each passenger and are thrilled that you had a wonderful time. Soft Landings, RR More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This was an amazing ride! We got a beautiful clear day, and very friendly and professional staff! Troy was our pilot and he was excellent.. an experienced pilot that has flown a balloon over the Pacific! My favorite part of the ride was the splash and dash in the Rio Grande; Troy brought us down low enough to just kiss... More 

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Thank Marlon M
RainbowRyders1, General Manager at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this review

Great weather definitely makes this great experience even better! We do our best to make each person’s experience a memorable one. Troy is definitely pretty well known in the ballooning community and we so glad that you enjoyed having him! We hope to see you again, RR More 

Southlake, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

These guys are really well trained professionals. Top notch experience lasting a couple of hours. Be ready for a dawn liftoff and it can get really cold up there. They let you help get the balloon filled with hot air, and come find you with the chase car when you land. What a hoot!

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Thank Michael R
RainbowRyders1, General Manager at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this review

We do have a lot of fantastic and experienced pilots! We’re glad that you found your experience top notch. The mornings are definitely getting cooler as we head into our fall season. Keep Adventuring, RR More 

Albuquerque
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A marvelous experience. Quiet and serene and marvelous views. The balloon operator is a wonderful guide, pointing out all of the sights and very entertaining.

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Thank reufer
RainbowRyders1, General Manager at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this review

Our balloon pilots have to be very experienced to start working with us and we are so glad that you found them wonderful. It’s really amazing how quiet a balloon can be! Thank you for the review, RR More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

After speaking to one of their reps on the phone, we settled on Rainbow Ryders for our first-ever balloon flight. And, boy, were we not disappointed. Their professionalism was evident from the moment we arrived at their office, and subsequently reinforced after meeting and speaking with our pilot, Dean Donley. His expertise, coupled with the company's commitment to safety and... More 

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RainbowRyders1, General Manager at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this review

Hello Phil, Thank you so much for choosing us for your first balloon ride. We are thrilled that you found us professional and noticed that safety is our number one concern. Dean is a phenomenal pilot and are glad that you enjoyed him. Inflating a balloon is definitely a fantastic sight. Ballooning is very smooth and it definitely separates us... More 

naperville
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent over an hour in the air - floating down the Rio Grande and then up to over 3000 feet above the west side of the city - worth every penny - Dean was the Pilot - excellent Pilot

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RainbowRyders1, General Manager at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this review

Albuquerque definitely looks a lot different from a hot air balloon! We are glad that you got to see so much of our beautiful city and that you enjoyed Dean as your pilot. Keep on Adventuring, RR More 

Irving, Texas
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15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What an amazing balloon ride...it was much more than I expected...the sky was clear, the wind still, very peaceful..the ride was about 70 minutes...our pilot was amazing and educated us about the history of balloon flight...a champagne toast at the end was the perfect ending! Don't have second thoughts DO IT!

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1 Thank Rhondaxx10
RainbowRyders1, General Manager at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this review

First of all, happy birthday! We’re happy that you decided to give us a chance and even happier that we were more than you expected us to be. Great weather definitely makes the experience even better. Our pilots are the very best, and we are thrilled that you enjoyed yours. We hope that everyone takes your advice to “DO IT”... More 

NH
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Memorable, impressive ride. The trip was peaceful and gave beautiful views. Pilot Dean was humorous and knowledgeable. Snack at the end was an added treat.

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Thank NHite_traveler
RainbowRyders1, General Manager at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this review

We do our best to make each person’s ride memorable, but we are thrilled that you also found us impressive. Dean is definitely a great pilot and very funny! Smooth Flying, RR More 

London, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth the early wake up call. Fantastic views and loved the champagne ending. Dean was a marvelous captain and made a super smooth landing....like landing on a cloud....

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Thank Marc G
RainbowRyders1, General Manager at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this review

Dean is a wonderful pilot and we are so pleased that you found him marvelous. Ballooning is certainly unlike anything else and we are so glad that you chose us to take you up. Soft Landings, RR More 

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