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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 (134)
1 - 5 of 120 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago
Rainbow Riders are the Best!

Well, can't say enough about the Rainbow Riders if you are in Abq. and looking to go up in Hot air Balloon. Abq. is the Best place I think to do this, especially at Balloon Fiesta, because of the Box effect there. I've been up...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Kwajfluff
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ballooning with the best in ABQ!

This was our first hot air balloon ride so I wanted it to be exceptional-- and it was! ABQ is world famous for hot air ballooning and the pilots and support crew we interacted with at Rainbow Ryders are world class! We chose a private...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank newballooner
Reviewed 13 December 2018 via mobile
Bucket List Adventure

My wife and I flew with Dean. He is an excellent pilot and an all around good guy. He was very good at explaining what was going on and was happy to answer all of my questions. We could not have been happier with our...More

1  Thank DanBeq
RainbowRyders1, General Manager at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this reviewResponded 15 December 2018

Hello and thank you for the review! We are so glad that you had a wonderful experience with us and a soft landing. Dean is a great pilot and we will be sure to let him know the kind words you have said about him....More

Reviewed 24 November 2018
Great Way to See an Albuquerque at Sun Rise

Just got back from a trip to New Mexico and one of the highlights of this trip was taking a hot air balloon ride with Rainbow Ryders. At first my wife was somewhat apprehensive – not knowing what to expect. She was completely won over...More

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

Thank you for the review. We are glad that we were able to give you a memorable experience while visiting New Mexico. Troy is a great pilot and it is very cool that he was able to do a “splash and dash” on the Rio...More

Reviewed 17 November 2018

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

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank jdnr2
RainbowRyders1, General Manager at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2018

Hello Jean and Nancy and thank you so much for the fabulous review! We are so glad that you had a wonderful experience flying with us. Your kind words will be passed along to Dean and his crew. We look forward to booking you again...More

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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.
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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