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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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6:45am Departure
Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Ride - 6:45am Meeting time
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.
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
Must Do! Great time!

Beautiful setting and fun and interesting trip. Guide had a great sense of humor and made the trip extra special. Crew did a wonderful job keeping things on track.

Thank Pj L
Reviewed 4 days ago
sunrise flight

This was my first balloon ride and it was great. I know it was the crew that made it exceptional. They let us be a part of the experience. Kris, our pilot, was wonderful. I learned things from fly the box to the mechanics of...More

Thank Pam S
Reviewed 6 days ago
Early morning sunrise

My wife and I have experienced dozens of hot air balloon launches, starting at the first festival at the New Mexico State Fairgrounds, but we never had gone up in one. We decided to treat our daughter and grand daughter to a sunrise flight. Our...More

2  Thank CampingGary
Reviewed 1 week ago
Bucket list checked box

This was my first ever hot air balloon ride and it will always be a treasured memory. The pilot, Kris, made me feel comfortable during the flight. His comments put the passengers at ease as he lighten the mood and explained the mechanics of balloon...More

Thank Sheila V
RainbowRyders1, Front Office Manager at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are happy to hear Kris was able to put your nerves at ease, and that you enjoyed the adventure with him. We love being able to provide an experience that creates memories for our passengers and truly appreciate each and every person that we...More

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bucket list check box

My wife went up in the Balloon and said “Rainbow Ryder was amazing. They were friendly attentive and knew what they were doing. I felt safe. The pilot Troy was terrific he pointed out various landmarks while taking us up. When we went over the...More

Thank Masterchiun
RainbowRyders1, Front Office Manager at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the kind review! We are thrilled to hear that you and your wife enjoyed a bucket list experience with us. We do our very best to make the entire experience as smooth as possible from start to finish, and it always helps...More

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July 3, 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
May 18, 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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