We took a balloon flight in Taos with the Pueblo Balloon Company in September 2011, and it was incredible! As described on the website, the balloon lifted shortly after sunrise, and did descend into the gorge right to the level of the river, then ascending up above the gorge to get great panoramic views! We later had our Champagne toast and breakfast at a recreation area near the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.
The 'tour' wasn't as informative as some of the others we'd taken, because the pilot of the balloon mostly just let us all stare out, slack-jawed, in awe of the incredible landscape passing around us. However, he was very knowledgeable and gladly answered the questions we had for him.
I will note that although the flight was unbelievably smooth - you feel like the ground is moving, not you - the landing was rough. I felt I wasn't offered any warning about the landing prior to booking the flight, and because I didn't think to ask, I was expecting the landing to be just as smooth as the flight. I didn't have any issues with the rough landing, being 25 and able-bodied, but one member of my party had a tough time with it. I would recommend calling Pueblo Balloon Comapny to ask about it if you have any concerns.
This was one of the highlights of our trip to New Mexico and I would highly recommend it. Thanks Pueblo Balloon Company!
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