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Hot Air Ballooning in Albuquerque

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Hot Air Ballooning in Albuquerque

Hi! I am planning a trip to Albuquerque and Santa Fe in a few weeks and would like to include a Hot Air Balloon experience. I appreciate any recommendations and/or tips that anyone can provide. Thanks!

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1. Re: Hot Air Ballooning in Albuquerque

I had a great experience with Rainbow Ryders. They're currently ranked #6 out of 102 attractions in Albuquerque. They're also the Offical Balloon Ride Operator for the annual Balloon Fiesta which says something for their reputation (although prices get jacked up then). Recommended!

http://www.rainbowryders.com/

Check out their reviews on TA for other people's comments.

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4. Re: Hot Air Ballooning in Albuquerque

Rainbow Ryders is one of Albuquerque's best ballooning companies, and as stated has contracts with the AIBF, and apparently the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau, since it is the only one listed at the latter's website @ www.itsatrip.org

Two other long-established ballooning companies you might want to check for prices are:

World Balloon @ www.worldballoon.com

Beautiful Balloon Company @ http://www.beautifulballoonco.com

Two questions you should ask (aside from prices).

1. Do they launch from the AIBF field, or from another location? Rio Rancho (a bedroom community on our West Mesa) has many balloon flights originating from out there. The mesa provides more open space, making it easier for landings, and the following chase crew pickups or vans.

2. What is the capacity of your gondolas? Some commercial companies use larger than normal envelopes, and have large baskets capable of carrying a dozen or so riders. The normal sized hot-air balloons hold 3-5. Personally, after a few flights, I prefer the smaller balloons. If you want to ask your pilot a question he/she is only 3 ft. away! Another plus, you are close enough to hear their answers over the noise from the propane burner blasts. This goes for instructions as to safety also.

Have a great time, it is an unforgetable experience. Many now have it down in their "Bucket List" of things to do in their lifetimes. Enjoy! I wish you light winds, and sunny skies. P.S. You do know that almost all rides lift off at dawn don't you? Thoujght you did! :-)

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