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Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise

Highlights
  • Superb sunrise views of Albuquerque, the Sandia Mountains, and the Rio Grande
  • Commentary from your pilot on the region's geology and environment
  • Early morning tour leaves the day free for other activities
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Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise
From US$159.00
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Overview
Get the best possible views of the Albuquerque area without the expense of a helicopter tour. By heading out at sunrise in a hot air balloon, you'll be able to watch and snap photos as the sun's first rays fall on the dramatic landscape of the Sandia Mountains. Dip low over the mighty Rio Grande while listening to commentary on the area's geology and environment from your pilot. Then land for breakfast and sparkling wine.
What to Expect
Greet the day bright and early to catch the sunrise from your hot air balloon. Drive yourself to the balloon operator's downtown headquarters, or arrange for pickup at your hotel (additional expense). 

Get the opportunity to watch the balloon be inflated before stepping on board; you can help the crew if a hands-on experience appeals to you. Listen to a safety briefing and take off for aerial views of the city, the Sandia Mountains, and the Rio Grande. A hot air balloon experience allows you amazing views without the expense of booking a helicopter or flight tour, and there's no glass between you and the landscape. Listen to your pilot's commentary on the region's cultural, geological, historical, and environmental aspects. 

Land after about an hour for a continental breakfast and a glass of sparkling wine and then leave your experience with a commemorative flight certificate in hand.
Reviews (132)
1 - 5 of 118 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile
Bucket List Adventure

My wife and I flew with Dean. He is an excellent pilot and an all around good guy. He was very good at explaining what was going on and was happy to answer all of my questions. We could not have been happier with our...More

1  Thank DanBeq
RainbowRyders1, General Manager at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hello and thank you for the review! We are so glad that you had a wonderful experience with us and a soft landing. Dean is a great pilot and we will be sure to let him know the kind words you have said about him....More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Great Way to See an Albuquerque at Sun Rise

Just got back from a trip to New Mexico and one of the highlights of this trip was taking a hot air balloon ride with Rainbow Ryders. At first my wife was somewhat apprehensive – not knowing what to expect. She was completely won over...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank BacktoBoston
RainbowRyders1, General Manager at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the review. We are glad that we were able to give you a memorable experience while visiting New Mexico. Troy is a great pilot and it is very cool that he was able to do a “splash and dash” on the Rio...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Awesome!

Dean our pilot and his crew were fabulous. It was so much fun to help with the balloon before and after the flight. We were actually part of the experience. Dean was an exceptional pilot. He was very personable and friendly, loved his humor. Planning...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank jdnr2
RainbowRyders1, General Manager at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Jean and Nancy and thank you so much for the fabulous review! We are so glad that you had a wonderful experience flying with us. Your kind words will be passed along to Dean and his crew. We look forward to booking you again...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Balloon Ride at 6am

My cousin had an awesome experience, although I chickened out due to bathroom considerations, it was amazing. I, personally, followed the chase team so I got to see that side and watch the balloon flight. Registering was very easy and communication was great.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank acoswano
RainbowRyders1, General Manager at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for the great review. We are so glad you had a great experience with us from the chase crew ride along perspective. Maybe next time we will get to fly you!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Wonderful experience

During a visit to Albuquerque, we wanted to take a hot air balloon ride, and decided to try Rainbow Ryders. We were very happy with the experience. We arrived at the office at 6am to fill out paperwork, and get ready for the trip. Then...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Boscaverde86
RainbowRyders1, General Manager at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for the kindly worded review. We are so glad that Dean and his crew were able to give you a wonderful experience for your group. That is very cool that you were able to touch down on the little island on...More

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lmkrdh
4 July 2018|
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Response from Anne Matta W | Reviewed this property |
You should be able to have your questions answered by the staff of Rainbow Ryders. We had 13 people in the basket with an average weight of 200 pounds. Still, contact the staff.
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Rosie B
19 May 2018|
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Response from msm092015 | Reviewed this property |
Rosie B, you should go to their website, check their availability during the Balloon Fiesta and make the reservation. I'd think you can also call to inquire and reserve.
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