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Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise

  • 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
Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise
From US$159.00
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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 (130)
1 - 5 of 116 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago

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

1  Thank jdnr2
Reviewed 6 days 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.

Thank acoswano
RainbowRyders1, General Manager at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days 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 1 week 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

1  Thank Boscaverde86
RainbowRyders1, General Manager at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days 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

Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked our trip with Rainbow Ryder so we could take off from inside the park with the other balloons. We decided to go on shapes day so we could be with shaped balloons and see all the amazing designs. The booking was very easy...More

Thank Brenda R
RainbowRyders1, General Manager at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for the great review! We are so glad that we could make this experience easy and exciting for you. The Special Shapes Rodeo Day is always a fun day to experience, especially from in the air! We hope to see you...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Great ride

Had an outstanding balloon ride on Friday 10/26. The pilot, Alfred was superb. Kept us in the loop during the entire ride. Beside providing us with an outstanding experience he introduced us to a couple on new champagne cocktails.

Thank D M
RainbowRyders1, General Manager at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for leaving us a great review. We will send along your kind words to Alfred. We do love his crazy champagne cocktail creations!

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4 July 2018|
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Response from annewilson5274 | 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.
Rosie B
18 May 2018|
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.