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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.
  • 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
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Professional guide
  • Scenic hot air balloon flight
  • Champagne toast
  • Light continental breakfast
  • 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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was on our bucket list and did not disappoint. The entire experience was all we could have hoped for - from the set up to the great landing. Since they have operations in other locations, we will probably go on another ride in a...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Weevie76
Reviewed 1 week ago

I've always wanted to ride in a hot air balloon and thought my fiftieth birthday would be the perfect excuse to do it. Rainbow Ryders were professional and wonderful all the way through. I had no idea what to expect and anticipated some nerves, but...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Melanie E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The sunrise was beautiful, our pilot Alfred was great, enjoyed the ride a lot, had a safe landing, would do again in a heartbeat

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank elewand
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

it was fantastic and I highly recommend. our "driver" was very knowledgeable and experienced. the "after-celebration" was fun. i felt completely safe at all times. loved it.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank JoDeeC14
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Rainbow Ryders were the perfect folks to fulfill my dream of riding in a hot air balloon. From start to finish, they were professional and helpful. Dean Donley was obviously an experienced pilot who understood how to handle the ballon and how to entertain the...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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3 June 2019|
Response from David R | Reviewed this property |
If you want to call the largest commercial balloon ride provider in this, it's Rainbow Ryders, 1-800-725-2477. That's who I went with, and I was very satisfied.
13 May 2019|
Response from David R | Reviewed this property |
Since I don't actually work for the Rainbow Ryders balloon company, I can't answer your question with authority. But as an Albuquerque resident, I would ease your concerns by saying that most November mornings in this area... More
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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