We camped at Balloon Fiesta in the VIP RV section from Friday morning to Tuesday and this was our first time attending the event. I'm writing this review from the perspective of a camper on-site. The best thing about camping on-site is that you avoid the traffic, hassle of parking, and the balloons fly right overhead every morning and night! We made our reservations almost a year in advance and attended with 200 other Airstream trailers and had front row parking with a spectacular view of the field. I do know that there are other RV sections that are available and may be a little further back; check out Balloon Fiesta's website for details. Camping at the field is dry camping on a paved parking lot. There is no electric, water, or sewer hook ups. However, for $25 bucks a pop there is a "honey truck" and fresh water truck that will come and take care of your needs. For the times that we needed water or the waste tank emptied I would ride my bike to the RV hospitality tent, pay cash, and get a sticker for the trailer so they would know to come at some point during the day. Savvy campers had spare fresh water tanks that they used to refill their tanks so that they could save money but not having to purchase water on-site. We found that it was cool enough to not have to run the AC (we're from Florida) but we did have a generator to charge the camper batteries. Some had solar panels which, of course, don't make noise like a generator. Don't expect it to be quiet. There are dogs, generators, balloons flying overhead, people walking around camp ... It's the opposite of being in the tranquil woods. But once you experience the balloons ascending over your camper, all other troubles will float away and you'll stare upwards with a big smile. Bring your bikes. There are good bike paths on the outskirts of the field but you can't take them on to the field. HOWEVER, New Mexico has these nasty little burrs called "goad heads" that will wreak havoc on your tires. We got three flats and one time we were even biking on a paved road. There are plenty of bike shops in town and we were told to buy inner tubes with slime in them so they are self-sealing when punctured. The Balloon Museum is on site and worth visiting. I recommend Trader Joe's for all your grocery needs (they have good frozen meals in a bag for two people that we enjoyed cooking stovetop). If I were to go back I would do it exactly like we did it - on location so we can avoid traffic and have the option of sitting on our camper patio watching the balloons go overhead instead of being out on the field.
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