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Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise

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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.
  • 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
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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Important Information
Departure Point
Central departure location
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Professional guide
  • Scenic hot air balloon flight
  • Champagne toast
  • Light continental breakfast
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (can be requested at an additional fee directly through the tour operator)
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Not recommended for participants with knee problems
  • Due to the nature of this tour and the safety of all guests, the tour operator reserves the right to refuse service to passengers who are intoxicated or show signs of intoxication. If, as a result, your tour is canceled, you will not be entitled to a refund.
  • Flights can only be operated with safe winds, clear sky and no rain. In case of unsuitable weather conditions, you will be provided the option to take the tour on an alternative date or be refunded in full.
  • A maximum of 12 people per balloon
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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An experience of a lifetime, checking the bucket list. Awesome view of ABQ city and surrounding communities. Superb wind and weather conditions watching a magnificent sunrise. Be prepared for any changes in the weather and dress appropriately. Thanks to Paul’s expertise for a
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My husband and I took a balloon ride for our first visit to ABQ. We loved every moment but our pilot Dean was the real reason it was a blast. It was humorous while also making sure we escaped the fog and saw the beautiful landscape. We continued to tell everyone in ABQ what a
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What an experience! We had tickets to the Gondola Club so we had an opportunity to enjoy an excellent buffet and watch the ascension of the balloons early in the morning. This event was on my bucket list forever and I wasn't disappointed!
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I’m so glad I changed my mind and decided to go up in a balloon this morning! It was an experience I’ll never forget! Our pilot Paul was professional, kind, personable, extremely knowledgeable and skilled, and flew with a passion and joy that was palpable! The entire crew took
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Rainbow Ryders was truly the highlight of our trip to New Mexico. Admittedly, both my boyfriend and I were a little nervous about flying in a balloon but decided we had to do it- we are so glad we didn’t chicken out! We got picked up promptly at our hotel by one of the crew
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