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“Awesome Adventure”
Review of Pueblo Balloons

Pueblo Balloons
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Rio Grande Gorge Balloon Ride
Ranked #3 of 17 Tours in Taos
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Riding the soft desert winds is the perfect way to celebrate your special occasions with friends, family or when there is romance in the air. And, there is no better place to enjoy it than around Taos. We fly the scenic Rio Grande Gorge as it cuts through the high desert mesa like a 650 ft. deep Grand Canyon. The famous Rio Grande River gently flows through it. As we're gently gliding and enjoying the beautiful panoramas we drop down into the Gorge and kiss the river for the most thrilling balloon ride anywhere. We see baby coyotes, deer, mountain goats and elk in the Spring, blossoming flowers, bushes and cacti in Summer, the colorful changing Fall foliage and the beautiful snow covered Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the Winter - there is always majestic beauty everywhere! Join us for your adventure of a lifetime today!
Paoli, Indiana
Level 6 Contributor
94 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
“Awesome Adventure”
Reviewed March 29, 2012

If you are even considering a hot air balloon ride, don't hesitate...book with Pueblo Balloon Company right away! From the very first email correspondence to our final good-bye handshake, this group was top-notch all the way.

Once we arrived in Taos, we contacted them by phone, as requested, and we had several conversations over the course of the day regarding our flight, pick-up time, number of people in our party, etc. They picked us up at our inn (Casa Gallina - another first rate business) bright and early on the morning of our flight. We traveled by van with Ed, our pilot, to our launch site and at this point, we met the other family we'd be flying with and the rest of the crew. My husband and son were involved in the preparations, and we had plenty of time to ask questions and talk with the crew. We flew in late February, and although we layered our clothing, I wish we had dressed more appropriately for the cold temperatures - keep in mind that you will be standing outside for 1/2 an hour to 45 min. before even boarding (think hat, gloves, scarf, warm coat, layers underneath, and fleece-lined boots).

As others have mentioned, the take-off was unbelievable - so smooth! It seemed as if the ground was just dropping away! You just have to experience it to believe the feeling! Ed was the consummate pilot - confident and reassuring (one member of the other party was a bit fearful of heights). The views were awesome, and the descent into the gorge was unbelievable. The flight itself was truly one of the highlights of our trip! We talked about it for days following our adventure.

Now for the landing - be prepared; it is a bit rough - not scary, but there's a certain degree of anticipation as to when the balloon and basket will come to a stop. They tell you to hold on tight and bend your knees...the basket hits the ground and is then "pulled" for a pretty considerable distance. I was never afraid, but felt a real sense of adventure as we were being dragged through the sagebrush! The scent of the wild sage will always be tied in with my memory of the landing. We all helped with the loading of the balloon and basket into the trailer that met us at our landing sight.

Now for the final part of the experience - the champagne toast and brunch. We loved the explanation of the history behind the toast and the opportunity to share with those we had just completed our adventure with. What a wonderful memory we will always carry with us! Following the toast, we traveled to Doc Martin's restaurant at the Taos Inn for brunch with Ed, the flight crew, and the others we had flown with. Following a leisurely meal, we were presented with our flight certificates and said our final good-byes. The full morning of adventure was worth every penny! You will not regret your decision to book a hot air balloon flight with this company!

Visited February 2012
11 Thank ksfmom
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Bellevue, Washington
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
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“A Great Experience”
Reviewed February 22, 2012

My wife took a balloon ride with Pueblo Balloon company in Taos. We had a great time. Ed and his crew are very friendly, professional and gave us a memorable experience. They have a wonderful sense of humor too. We had very light winds and a perfect morning as the balloon took it's time to descend into the Gorge. Once there, the scenery was spectacular. I reckon we spent at least 40-45 minutes in the gorge. I wished we were able to go higher in elevation. Post ride celebration was a lot of fun.

Visited February 2012
5 Thank krishgop
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
2 reviews
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“GORGE-ous flight!”
Reviewed November 28, 2011

Day 1: My husband and I met with the owner, Ed, and his fabulous crew, Mike, Lisa, and Dave but were unable to launch due to poor weather conditions-- a disappointment but our first clue that we were working with the right folks. On the way back to the shop, Dave took extra time out of his busy schedule to show us around the area and entertain us with amazing tales of Taos' more colorful residents-- an adventure in its own right. Day 2: We met up with a different crew, Kris, his charming daughter, and chase crew members, Mike and Kris. We didn't think they could live up to the hospitality and professionalism of the folks from the day before, but we were wrong! Kris is an amazing pilot who couldn't have made us feel safer soaring above the earth at 1000 feet in a wicker basket. We would do this again and again! Anne and Patrick Vargas

Visited November 2011
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Wheeling, Illinois
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“This Is The Ride Of A Lifetime”
Reviewed October 17, 2011

My wife and I went out on our first balloon ride last week with Pueblo Balloon Company in Taos. What a first class operation. Our pilot Kris picked us up at our hotel and drove us to the launch site. The scenery on the way to the launch site was breathtaking. We drove down the Rio Grande gorge, across the John Dunn Bridge and up to the other side of the gorge which was where we launched from. Kris let us get involved with the setup of the balloon and was there to answer any questions you may of had. Kris has over 3000 hours of flight time and told us about the many places he had flown before and all during the time with him, YOU FELT SAFE. There was no doubt about that, for sure. We flew down into the gorge a couple of times and actually touched the water once. He landed the balloon and then helped pack it up. During the pack up of the balloon he actually took a picture of us standing inside the balloon envelop itself and also took a group shot. On the way back they had a continental breakfast set up for us with a terrific spread and a champagne toast. They also gave us certificates signifying that we took the balloon ride. We have never had so much fun and learned so much on a tour as this tour. A tour is what you make of it and Kris was right there to make sure everyone was having a good time and that’s what made the tour. The ground crew for the balloon was super also. Very nice people all around. An experience that was second to none. This company does it the right way and provides you with a memory for life.

Visited October 2011
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Fort McMurray, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great Flight with Pueblo Balloon Company”
Reviewed October 10, 2011

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!

Visited September 2011
5 Thank Allison P
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