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Albuquerque, New Mexico

Flight Experiences

Sunrise Balloon Ride

Sunrise Balloon Ride

Flight Time: 45 minutes - one hour

Total Time: About 2.5 - 3 hours

See Sunrise Balloon Ride: October 2020 for flights October 3 - 11, 2020

Fulfill your bucket list with a truly one-of-a-kind experience. Our flight team launches spectacular sunrise flights every day of the year. Experience the scenic Rio Grande and enchanting southwest vistas like never before with an estimated one-hour balloon flight.

Bring your family and friends, and don’t forget your camera; you’ll want to share your pictures with everyone! Conclude your bucket list adventure with a traditional celebratory toast, and a commemorative flight certificate.

Private Sunrise Balloon Ride

Private Sunrise Balloon Ride

Flight Time: 45 Minutes - One Hour

Total Time: 3 Hours

See Sunrise Balloon Ride: October 2020 for flights October 3 - 11, 2020

Looking for a more exclusive experience? Then a private balloon ride is the way to go. Soar above the Land of Enchantment with only your party and one of our renowned pilots. See for yourself why Rainbow Ryders’ balloon rides were voted one of the top places to propose in the world. We also have private balloon rides available for parties larger than two and any celebration!

Conclude your bucket list adventure with a traditional celebratory toast, and a commemorative flight certificate.

Sunrise Oct2020

Sunrise Balloon Ride: October 2020

Flight Time: 45 Minutes - One Hour

Total Time: 3 Hours

Available only October 3 - 11, 2020

As the Albuquerque fall colors are revealed and the smell of green chilis roasting surrounds the city, it becomes that time of year. Hot Air Balloon season is upon us and we can’t wait to celebrate it in a brand new way.

Albuquerque’s local favorites Cottonwood Mall and Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon Co. are partnering to provide locals and tourists alike an opportunity to Shop and Soar with balloons from around the world, in the hot air ballooning capital of the world.

October 3-11, 2020 Rainbow Ryders will be offering Sunrise balloon rides daily.

Sunset Oct2020

Private Sunrise Balloon Ride: October 2020

Flight Time: 45 Minutes - One Hour

Total Time: 3 Hours

Available only October 3 - 11, 2020

Looking for a more exclusive experience? Book a private flight to enjoy a balloon for just your party with one of our renowned pilots.

Albuquerque’s local favorites Cottonwood Mall and Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon Co. are partnering to provide locals and tourists alike an opportunity to Shop and Soar with balloons from around the world, in the hot air ballooning capital of the world.

October 3-11, 2020 Rainbow Ryders will be offering Sunrise balloon rides daily while the skies fill with balloons during this magical time of year. Don't miss your opportunity to experience this once-in-a-lifetime liftoff!

Sunset Balloon Ride

Sunset Ballon Ride

Flight Time: 45 minutes - one hour

Total Time: About 2.5 - 3 hours

Available November - February

Albuquerque’s Sandia Mountains and sunsets are world-renowned for the vibrant shades of orange, pink and purple. We offer sunset rides daily (weather permitting) from November 1st through February 16th.

Conclude your bucket list adventure with a traditional celebratory toast, and a commemorative flight certificate.

Please note: we are only able to provide sunset flights November - February every year due to the temperature and wind patterns!

private sunset balloon ride

Private Sunset Balloon Ride

Flight Time: 45 Minutes - One Hour

Total Time: 3 Hours

Available November - February

Looking for a more exclusive experience? Then a private balloon ride is the way to go. Soar above the Land of Enchantment with only your party and one of our renowned pilots. See for yourself why Rainbow Ryders’ balloon rides were voted one of the top places to propose in the world. We also have private balloon rides available for parties larger than two and any celebration!

Conclude your bucket list adventure with a traditional celebratory toast, and a commemorative flight certificate.

Please note: we are only able to provide sunset flights November - February every year due to temperature and wind patterns!

Dawn Patrol Balloon Ride

Flight Time: 45 minutes - one hour

Total Time: About 2.5 - 3 hours

Only a handful of people get to experience this adventure – flying into the darkness for at least 30 minutes before the sun rises over the Sandias. You will arrive an hour before the other guests, but losing some ZZZs to be first in the sky is well worth it.

Please note: our dawn patrol flights are currently booked by request only. Give us a call at (505) 823-1111 to book your perfect date!

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Balloon Fiesta® SUNRISE BALLOON RIDE

Flight Time: 45 Minutes - 1 Hour

Total Time: 5 Hours

Available only during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®

Join Rainbow Ryders for a hot air balloon flights during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®. Lift off with us, and hundreds of other hot air balloons, during each morning's ascension.

Rainbow Ryders is the ONLY company authorized to give balloon rides from BALLOON FIESTA® PARK for the world's largest balloon event, the ALBUQUERQUE INTERNATIONAL BALLOON FIESTA®. All other RIDE companies launch a minimum of five miles from Balloon Fiesta® Park. Fly with Rainbow Ryders and you're a midst all the action!

Be sure to include the exclusive Ryders Club for VIP treatment when you book your balloon ride! You'll receive the following benefits when you upgrade your flight with this package:

• Prepaid parking and admission to Balloon Fiesta Park
• Express check-in line at the Rainbow Ryders' tent
• Access to our VIP heated lounge before your flight with a catered breakfast by locally-renowned Hello Deli and hot drink specials
• Q&A with our chief pilots and crew before your flight and a VIP escort to your balloon
• A Ryders Club Souvenir gift package
• Join us for a fun-filled Balloon Fiesta complete with mass ascensions, competitive flights, special shapes rodeo's and balloon glows, and key grab events.

Don’t miss this opportunity to launch with hundreds of colorful balloons from the Balloon Fiesta® field aloft the enchanting skies Albuquerque! Meet us at the Rainbow Ryders tent at Balloon Fiesta Park and make sure to bring your camera!

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Balloon Fiesta® PRE/POST EVENT RIDE

Flight Time: 45 Minutes - One Hour

Total Time: 3 Hours

Available only during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®

The sunset flight adventure begins late-afternoon as you meet Rainbow Ryders at Balloon Fiesta Park for check in. After check-in, you'll step into our chase vehicles and be driven to one of our launch sites on the West Side of Albuquerque. From there the pilots will begin the inflation process, giving you the opportunity to become an involved, "hands on" crew member as the gentle giants come to life. You may also choose to observe inflation and take pictures as the sun ventures across the Albuquerque sky.

At lift off you'll embark upon a journey of uniqueness. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Rio Grande Valley and majestic Sandia Mountains while floating across the sky. Send your greetings to the earthbound folks below!

After landing, enjoy a celebratory toast to end your safe and memorable adventure. You will be presented with a flight certificate to commemorate your aeronautical experience. Once finished with your adventure, relax back at Balloon Fiesta Park and enjoy the Balloon Glow, the most popular event at the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®.

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Balloon Fiesta® SUNSET BALLOON RIDE

Flight Time: 45 Minutes - One Hour

Total Time: 3 Hours

Available only during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®

The sunset flight adventure begins late-afternoon as you meet Rainbow Ryders at Balloon Fiesta Park for check in. After check-in, you'll step into our chase vehicles and be driven to one of our launch sites on the West Side of Albuquerque. From there the pilots will begin the inflation process, giving you the opportunity to become an involved, "hands on" crew member as the gentle giants come to life. You may also choose to observe inflation and take pictures as the sun ventures across the Albuquerque sky.

At lift off you'll embark upon a journey of uniqueness. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Rio Grande Valley and majestic Sandia Mountains while floating across the sky. Send your greetings to the earthbound folks below!

After landing, enjoy a celebratory toast to end your safe and memorable adventure. You will be presented with a flight certificate to commemorate your aeronautical experience. Once finished with your adventure, relax back at Balloon Fiesta Park and enjoy the Balloon Glow, the most popular event at the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®.

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