Making The Most Of Your Albuquerque Visit

Come for the Fiesta, stay for the irresistible Land of Enchantment!

Aug 5, 2019

Let’s talk about what to do while you’re in town for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta!

From October 5th-13th, tens of thousands of visitors will flock to Albuquerque for the largest hot air balloon festival in the world! If you’re one of them, perhaps you’re wondering how you can make the most out of your visit. Look no further: we’ve got some great ideas!


Petroglyph National Monument

Petroglyph National Monument protects one of the largest petroglyph sites in North America, featuring designs and symbols carved onto volcanic rocks by Native Americans and Spanish settlers 400 to 700 years ago.



The Rio Grande

The Rio Grande in the Albuquerque area offers unparalleled opportunities to see wildlife, escape the urban environment, and enjoy outdoor recreation with your family. The Paseo del Bosque trail, running along the east side of the river, offers low-impact recreation such as hiking, bicycling, mountain biking, boating, and horseback riding.



Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

The Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is a remarkable place to observe, study, and experience the geologic processes that shape natural landscapes. The National Monument has a great trail and contains two segments that provide opportunities for hiking, birdwatching, geologic observation, and plant identification.



The International Balloon Museum

Located next to the Fiesta Field, this museum has played an important role in the history of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta! The mission of the museum is to inspire a spirit of exploration, discovery, and achievement through experiences that engage their visitors in the history, science, sport, and art of ballooning and other innovative forms of flight.


The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center’s museum is the preeminent place to discover the history, culture, and art of the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico. To illuminate Pueblo art and culture, we host an exciting schedule of rotating exhibits showcasing works from our permanent collection and beyond.



The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History

The nation’s only congressionally chartered museum in its field, the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History is an intriguing place to learn the story of the Atomic Age. The exhibits span the early research of nuclear development through today’s peaceful uses of nuclear technology.




Albuquerque Biopark

The Albuquerque Biological Park is an environmental museum containing four separate facilities: The Albuquerque Aquarium, The Albuquerque Biopark Botanic Garden, The Rio Grande Zoo, and Tingley Beach. Each of these locations is a unique and worthy destination in itself, and a fun way to support conservation efforts and environmental research.


Sandia Peak Tramway

A trip on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway transports you above deep canyons and breathtaking terrain, a distance of 2.7 miles. At sunset, the desert skies produce a spectacular array of color, and your vantage point from the observation deck atop Sandia Peak affords an 11,000 square-mile panoramic view of the Rio Grande Valley and the Land of Enchantment.



Old Town Albuquerque 

Stroll the Plaza, dine at one of the many restaurants, visit a museum, take a guided tour, or shop at over 150 stores and galleries for unique gifts from the Southwest and around the world. Quiet hidden patios, winding brick paths, gardens and balconies are waiting to be discovered!



If you’d like to stray beyond Albuquerque, we highly recommend the stunning city of Santa Fe, a beautiful destination with a wealth of history, culture, and art. In Santa Fe, you can visit the world-famous opera house, the New Mexico Museum of Art, and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. There’s also the wildly popular Meow Wolf, a fascinating mixture of modern art and interactive storytelling that amazes guests from all over the nation.

Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon Co. is a proud part of the Albuquerque community, and we’re excited to welcome every visitor to our beautiful city! We invite you to come to see our balloons fill the sky in a whirlwind of color, come enjoy the celebration of Fiesta, and come to explore the charming adventures that Albuquerque has to offer. We can’t wait to see you!