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“CAMPING at Balloon Fiesta - on site”

Balloon Fiesta Park
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Reviewed October 15, 2014

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.

Date of experience: October 2014
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Reviewed October 15, 2014

Just came back from my third trip to Albuquerque to vist the Balloon Fiesta. The event is the best and ability to go right up to the balloons is very unique.

Date of experience: October 2014
Thank David K
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Reviewed October 15, 2014

There is so much to be said and already said about the Balloon Fiesta but I think the one thing readers need to know is how well organized this event is. Originally we had planned to drive to Balloon Fiesta Park and leave our car there. Are we ever glad we didn't. Driving a car anywhere near this event is something you want to avoid. We chose the Park & Ride option. At the time we had no idea of how much hassle we had just avoided. We had no pre-conception of what the Park & Ride experience would be like and arrived early for the first evening event on Friday night. The lines were very short and we noticed that there were yellow school buses lined up as far as you could see to bring event goers to the park. They load and go and run continuously and the way they have it organized the lines move smooth even when they are long as they were the next morning when we arrived a bit later than we should have. However, you can expect long lines on the way back as nearly everyone wants to return about the same time. Nevertheless, the lines move quickly and you have to be impressed as you watch the organization of the staff moving hundreds of buses around to the right pick-up zones. We had the opportunity to visit the park for 4 different events. Only one of those times did the balloons go up. The weather is such a critical factor. Be prepared for state fair type prices for everything at the park. I loved that you could get up close and personal to everything and the balloon people were glad to have you around. I would have to say that seeing the mass ascension on Saturday morning was one of the most amazing sites I have ever seen. Plan a trip to this event next year.

Date of experience: October 2014
Thank jwkrengel
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Reviewed October 15, 2014

What an awesome experience, went with a friend as it was on her "bucket list" so glad I did - it was amazing - everyone should experience this.

Date of experience: October 2014
Thank wrk4vacation
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Reviewed October 15, 2014

The Balloon Fiesta is a must for anyone who loves exciting, different events. If you have a motorcoach, try and get a spot with the Monaco International RV Club. They allow non-members to attend and they have front row parking for four nights. Fantastic experience.

Go to the pilot's meeting at 5:30 AMY and volunteer to be a crew member. Lots of fun and you might get a ride in a balloon, too. How could life get any better than floating along the Sandia Valley with maybe 600 other spectacular balloons? There is a lot to do and see and it is other worldly when they are lauding hundreds of balloons and you get to be in the middle of them.

Date of experience: October 2014
Thank BoilerBoy73
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