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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
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.
  • 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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All reviewsrainbow rydersbucket list itemrio grandean amazing experienceonce in a lifetimeballoon ridewhole experienceballoon fiestachase crewgreat sense of humormy motherweather was perfectknew what they were doingpilot deanfelt very safeisn ttheir website
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Reviewed yesterday
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.

Thank Buzz C
Reviewed yesterday via mobile
Memorable Bucket List item ✔️ed off😀

Riding in a hot air balloon was something I had always dreamed of doing. However, my spouse is afraid of heights so I thought this dream would never happen. I ended up in NM on a solo trip to visit my child. I saw this...More

Thank Listenpwople
Reviewed 3 days ago
Superb sunrise hot air balloon ride

Our sunrise hot air balloon ride with Rainbow Ryders RR1983 this morning was superb! Expertly maneuvered by Dean, our flight captain, we rose effortlessly to an altitude of 8400 ft.The sun glimmered through the mountains, reflecting on the Rio Grande. We shared the basket with...More

1  Thank NKBell
Reviewed 4 days ago
Birthday Balloon Surprise!

Rainbow Ryders is the best! They surprised us with a birthday banner for our flight! Smooth ride, easy landing, our pilot Paul was very informative about the area! We ended our flight with a nice champagne toast....highly recommend!

Thank D D
Reviewed 5 days ago
Lovely, Informative Sunrise Ride

My wife and I treated our two grandkids (8 and 6) to a surprise balloon ride on our trip from Tucson to Denver, and we all had a great time. We all learned a good bit about ballooning, Albuquerque from 1,000 ft up and natural...More

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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
19 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.
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