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Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunset

  • One-hour sunset flight from Albuquerque with refreshments
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the Sandia Mountains and admire a colorful sunset over the Rio Grande Valley
  • Learn about hot air balloons and New Mexico’s natural history from the expert pilot
Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunset
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Watch sunset ignite the Rio Grande Valley on a hot air balloon ride from Albuquerque, and see the evening light transform the Sandia Mountains and desert landscape. Enjoy commentary from your pilot throughout the flight, and spot the region’s landmarks as you soar above the rugged terrain; dip low to skim the Rio Grande and capture unforgettable, aerial images of New Mexico’s largest city. Touch back down after a 1-hour flight, then linger over an elegant picnic of sparkling wine and snacks before returning to your launch site.
What to Expect
Begin your experience in the afternoon with check-in at the downtown headquarters (or choose optional pickup from your Albuquerque hotel). Afterward, hop in the van and head to the launch site.

When you arrive, watch your hot air balloon fill up with air. You even have the option to assist the crew as they fill up the giant balloon!

Once the balloon is ready, step into the sturdy basket and float up to the skies. Soak up bird's-eye views of the Rio Grande Valley and Albuquerque as you gently drift high above the ground. Snap photos of the sprawling mesa and the Sandia Mountains, a landmark mountain range to the east of Albuquerque.

Your pilot decides the route for the evening depending on the winds. You could glide over Albuquerque, hover low enough to wave at people in the city, or see the Rio Grande River up close. Expect stunning panoramic views of the desert landscape, any way the wind blows you. Your friendly and informative pilot shares commentary about New Mexico throughout your flight.

You can also learn about your pilot’s tales from the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the biggest hot air balloon festival in the world. During the annual fall event, some 750 balloons dot the desert sky.

After about one hour in the air, your pilot takes you back to solid ground, where a crew comes out to meet you. Toast to an incredible flight with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine accompanied by light refreshments.

Before you leave, receive a certificate that commemorates your hot air balloon flight. Then return by van to your original starting point (with optional hotel drop-off paid to the tour operator).
Reviews (11)
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Awesome Birthday!

I couldn’t have chosen a better way to treat myself for my 48th Birthday than checking an item off my bucket list! The entire process was very smooth; from making the reservation to getting in the air. All staff was pleasant and accommodating. I was...More

2  Thank ramonaa974
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Amazing Staff, Highly Trained Pilot, EXTREMELY FUN!

I've always wanted to take a ride in a hot air balloon. I thought that my anniversary would be the perfect reason to do so. I am so glad that I did. This business is very focused on customer service and safety. The pilot shared...More

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank mmarro2001
RainbowRyders1, General Manager at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hey there! Happy Anniversary! We are so thankful to have such a great and knowledgable crew and we are so glad you enjoyed your experience. Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a wonderful review about your ride. We hope to fly...More

Reviewed 6 January 2019
Not on your bucket list? Do it anyway! Fly with Rainbow.

If you're wondering whether the hot air balloon ride is worth the splurge price, I say do it. Albuquerque offers an unique landscape to see from the balloon, broad, bright blue skies from which to view and, from our experience, gentle winds to escort you...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank dlscps
RainbowRyders1, General Manager at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello and thank you for the wonderful review! Albuquerque truly does have such a charming landscape, and we are so glad you got to experience that in the most magical way. Troy is excellent, and we will be sure to pass along your kind words....More

Reviewed 19 November 2018
Feels like you're flying! Glorious experience!

Kris was our guide in a 6-person basket - phenomenal time - put all of us at ease with his experience and knowledge, as did his colleagues that drove the chasing van. Went with my family and it is definitely something we will all remember...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank prestondouglas84
RainbowRyders1, General Manager at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2018

Thank you for the review! We are so glad that we were able to provide you and your family with a wonderful experience. Hope to see you all again soon!

Reviewed 18 November 2018
Great Way to Check an Item Off the Bucket List!

Rainbow Ryders were fantastic! My mom, sister and I decided to check an item off our bucket list. Rainbow Ryders was the only company recommended by the Santa Fe visitor center and I understand why! They were fantastic from start to finish. We booked with...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Katelyn0406
RainbowRyders1, General Manager at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2018

Thank you for the amazing review! We are so glad that we were able to give you a wonderful bucket list experience with your family on such short notice. We will be sure to pass along your kind words to Troy and Rick. We're happy...More

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Attended the Opening Day Mass Ascension, but couldn’t find a ride. Overall, attending was great!
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