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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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Rainbow Ryders
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.
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
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MUST EXPERIENCE!!

My boyfriend booked us a private ride, and it was absolutely breathtaking. Neil and Frank were our guys and they were amazing. They took great care of us! It is a surreal experience to be among the clouds looking down. This experience is a MUST....More

Thank karen h
Reviewed 2 days ago
Bucket List Item!

If this is not on your bucket list...it should be! My first experience in a hot air balloon and it was fantastic! Paul was the pilot and he was such a treat to experience this ride with. I highly recommend Rainbow Ryders. Would love to...More

1  Thank LORETTA G
Reviewed 1 week ago
This Should Be On YOUR Bucket List!

IF we did nothing else in Albuquerque our balloon ride would have made our vacation worth every minute. Honestly, this is one of those things that you have to experience to appreciate- words just cannot adequately describe the experience. From the moment we first called...More

Thank Greg H
Reviewed 1 week ago
So much fun!!

Rainbow Ryder's were the best! A professional crew. I felt safe throughout the ride. Tory was the best "Captain".

Thank Vikki B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Great ride

Dean was great. Very informative, friendly, safety oriented and entertaining. Gave us a full one hour plus ride on a beautiful morning. Would highly recommend Rainboe Ryders and request Dean if you can.

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lmkrdh
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.
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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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