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Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise

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Float over the Rio Grande Valley during a sunrise hot-air balloon flight from Albuquerque, home of the largest hot-air balloon festival in the world. As the sun comes up over the Sandia Mountains, admire the dramatic reds and oranges that fill the sky, and learn about the features of the New Mexico landscape from your expert pilot. Back on the ground, celebrate a memorable flight with sparkling wine and a light breakfast for a perfect start to your day.
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
  • Continental breakfast and sparkling wine on landing
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.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Central departure location
Duration
3h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Scenic hot air balloon flight
  • Champagne toast
  • Light continental breakfast
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (can be requested at an additional fee directly through the tour operator)
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Not recommended for participants with knee problems
  • Due to the nature of this tour and the safety of all guests, the tour operator reserves the right to refuse service to passengers who are intoxicated or show signs of intoxication. If, as a result, your tour is canceled, you will not be entitled to a refund.
  • Flights can only be operated with safe winds, clear sky and no rain. In case of unsuitable weather conditions, you will be provided the option to take the tour on an alternative date or be refunded in full.
  • A maximum of 12 people per balloon
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Awesome experience. Beautiful sunrise view from ballon. It was 1 hour long flight. Our Pilot Paul gave every little information about ballon and made our experience even better. Thanks Paul and crew to make our flight safer and wonderful.
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This was an awesome an experience and I recommend anyone to fly with Rainbow Ryders. They provide their riders with a professional, safe, and memorable experience! Our pilot, Dean was very knowledgeable with flying and friendly; which overall made the experience so great. I took
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Perhaps it was the early hours, more likely the mental game of trying to control our nerves, but the sound of silence pervaded the van as we rode out to the launch site. I was in it to win it, despite having to focus most all my mental energy towards conquering my fears so that
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Response from RainbowRyders1, General Manager at Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise
Responded 2 weeks ago
We’re delighted to hear that you had such a great time with one of our amazing pilots and their crew! Ballooning can be a somewhat nerve-racking experience for a lot of people, but our pilots will do their absolute best to help you ease any nervousness that you might feel towards your flight so you can truly enjoy the amazing experience that is ballooning! Albuquerque is one of the best places to experience a balloon flight-given its beautiful sunrises, vast mountains, wildlife, and of course the Rio Grande! We hope that you enjoyed every minute of your flight with us and we hope to take you up again sometime!
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We originally were scheduled for a sunset flight on Christmas but weather prevented it. We were offered a refund or reschedule and rescheduled for today. The weather was better and we had a great flight with Dean!
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Response from RainbowRyders1, General Manager at Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise
Responded 4 weeks ago
We appreciate you choosing to fly with us. We’re delighted to hear that your reschedule worked out and that you got to experience a great flight with Dean!
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This has been a bucket list item for me for literally my ENTIRE life. So when my 5 year old insisted it was what she wanted to do for her birthday, how could I resist? When we arrived the basket had a Happy Birthday sign for our daughter, and because she told the captain she
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Response from RainbowRyders1, General Manager at Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise
Responded 4 weeks ago
We appreciate you taking the time to write us such a great review! It’s always great to cross off such a fun activity from your bucket list! We hope that we gave you and your daughter an amazing flight and a memorable birthday. Dean is a great pilot and we aren’t surprised that you had such a great experience with him. Balloons can be a little scary to some, but great pilots like Dean will always help you calm your nerves so you can have an enjoyable flight to remember for a long time to come. Shared basket flights are great with all of the amazing people that you can meet, but private flights are really something special to experience with your loved ones! We hope we exceeded your expectations and we truly hope to see you and our little copilot again soon!
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By: Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon
Aditya
Austin, Texas
20
Awesome
Awesome experience. Beautiful sunrise view from ballon. It was 1 hour long flight. Our Pilot Paul gave every
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Elizabeth B.
11
Wonderful experience!
This was an awesome an experience and I recommend anyone to fly with Rainbow Ryders. They provide their riders
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Katie V
11
Floating through Fear
Perhaps it was the early hours, more likely the mental game of trying to control our nerves, but the sound of
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Brock T
31
Great ride, professional operation
We originally were scheduled for a sunset flight on Christmas but weather prevented it. We were offered a refund
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realtorrebecca2016
21
Make Time For This Experience (multiple times if you’re kiddo is like mine).
This has been a bucket list item for me for literally my ENTIRE life. So when my 5 year old insisted it was what
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hotglass
6029
Amazing bucket list ride
Unbelievable ride, ask for Kris as your pilot. I had the best time of my life for the first time balloon ride.
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Kristi R
24
One of the HIGHS of our trip
We ended our family vacation with an amazing sunrise hot air balloon ride. We tried to do a sunset ride the night
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Daniel T
2517
Wonderful Adventure!
This is an experience everyone should take advantage of. There is nothing like soaring high over the New Mexico
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Adyelle
11
My first experience and it was Amazing!
My family and me enjoyed the ride very much. It was a lot of fun. Our pilot Dean and his crew were very
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DreaMoff16
Cheyenne, Wyoming
31
Amazing, top notch experience
Highly recommend! Our pilot, Dean Donley, was incredible and very professional, and the chase crew was as well.
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