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Review of Rainbow Ryders

Rainbow Ryders
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Owner description: "The Experience of a Lifetime Happening Right Now!" Rainbow Ryders Inc. Hot Air Balloon Company is proudly celebrating over 35 years of flight experience. Offering hot air balloon rides first thing in the morning at sunrise year round, and sunset flights in the winter months. Enjoy your hour long flight over the beautiful Rio Grande Valley, upon landing you will be welcomed back to the ground with a celebratory toast and a light continental breakfast as you are presented your commemorative flight certificate. We have proudly flown over 170,000 passengers and are the official balloon ride operator of the Worlds Largest Balloon Event. Flying in PHOENIX, LAS VEGAS, and ALBUQUERQUE year-round, and seasonally in COLORADO SPRINGS!
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

This was an adventure - nobody in our party of 7 has ever been in a hot air balloon before. Getting up early to be ready for a 6am launch was the biggest concern for most in our party. Those concerns quickly dissipate when drive up to the hangar and anticipation takes over.

Rainbow Ryder's hangar is the gathering point and easy to get to. It's just off the interstate and two turns off the service roads and you're there - I'm just bad with direction and took a wrong turn. You don't want to be late because you could hold up others that are waiting to go - so being there on time is appreciated. We were 5 minutes late - but happily no one gave us any grief about it.

There are celebrity pictures up on the wall, and equipment on display - but you're there for the briefing, sign releases, meet the crew, get a cup of coffee, use the restroom, and board the vans for a short ride to the launch area.

The crew made our trip fun and enjoyable. We had no idea what to expect - other than get in a hot air balloon gondola and go up. At the launch area you can stand around and watch - or - if you're willing, help out with the crew (they'll tell you where and when to lend a hand).

I was delighted to help out with unloading and dragging out of the balloon. I knew we had professionals to take care of everything, but I did enjoy the opportunity to inspect the equipment up close. So often you're not allowed to participate - but they encourage you to get your hands on it and help if your interested.

Taking off was spectacular - smooth. We all were bugged eye'd with wonder and grinning as we saw the ground, highway, business, homes, and countryside from a different perspective. Seeing the sunrise over the mountains from a couple hundred feet off the ground was awe inspiring - it was gorgeous!

The air currents that morning carried us over some of the highway, nearby farm land, skipped by outskirts of Albuquerque, residential areas and over the Rio Grande. Our pilot brought the balloon down to skim over the river - which was really cool and then took us back up high.

It's very quiet - peaceful and serene - when you're in the air. You truly have a 360 view, and I've never see the Rio look as beautiful as it does from way up high. Hot air balloons also seem to catch dog's attention - I couldn't help but laugh at the noise they were making.

I was somewhat concerned when we were approaching our landing area - it seem like a small spot to put a balloon - but our pilot was an expert at maneuvering the balloon and the landing was smoother than any plane ride I've ever taken.

It took about 30-45 minutes to pack up the balloon and gondola. Then we hopped on the vans - and rode out to a park for a champaign celebration party. Rainbow Ryders is a class act.

We've all seen on the news hot air balloon accidents, and have heard of all kinds of mishaps, but our trip was informative, safe and hugely fun. The crew at Rainbow Ryders makes safety a priority as they're riding in the balloons too. I'd do it again - they made the ride memorable and fun.

1  Thank Ollie T
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RainbowRyders1, Owner at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this reviewResponded July 23, 2013

Thanks so much for such a wonderful review. So glad you had a wonderful flight and as always at Rainbow Ryders safety is always first!

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Reviewed July 14, 2013

I'm afraid of heights so needless to say I was filled with trepidation but was soon filled with awe at the sights and amazement that I was calmly riding 1000 feet over the Rio Grande river. I would not hesitate to take this trip again especially with Rainbow Riders. Our pilot Mike was,outstanding.

Thank ez8060
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RainbowRyders1, Owner at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this reviewResponded July 15, 2013

We are so excited for this response. We hear from time to time that people are afraid of heights. However when you are up gently gliding over our beautiful city it is the most relaxing awe inspiring experience. Thanks for sharing your experience with other Trip Advisor viewers. We look forward to flying you again.

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Reviewed July 10, 2013

Great crew awesome trip! What a great experience would definitely recommend! The pilot Mike was great and the ground crew did an awesome job too! Bohall's from Arkansas would like to thank them for a great experience!

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RainbowRyders1, Owner at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this reviewResponded July 14, 2013

Thanks so much for the shout out to Mike. Glad to hear it!

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Reviewed July 9, 2013

I don't usually write reviews but here goes.
Living in Albuquerque, I enjoy that ungrounded feeling so this was not my first time aloft, but it was the best. I could relax in the gondola knowing that we had an informative, world class and award winning pilot. (His 4th generation balloon pilot son has also set a ballooning record for the youngest solo flight). The weather was great and the flight was nice and long. On landing, the crew was very polite and experienced at showing us a good time, complete with certificate, balloon pin, champagne and the "ballooning story", and healthy snacks. With 30 years experience, the entire Rainbow Ryders staff are excellent at ballooning hospitality. Highly recommended to NM natives and your guests.

2  Thank jaamee
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RainbowRyders1, Owner at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this reviewResponded July 14, 2013

Safety first is how we operate. Thanks so much for joining us for a flight. We would love to fly you again.

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Reviewed July 7, 2013

Our pilot for this early morning excursion, Brooke, did a fantastic job of navigating from river to petroglyphs to a beautiful soft landing in a readily accessible spot. Great experience!

Thank Lawrence A
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RainbowRyders1, Owner at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this reviewResponded July 14, 2013

Thanks for telling us about your great experience with Brooke!

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