Take an enchanting 1-hour hot air balloon ride at sunrise in Albuquerque, the city nicknamed 'The Balloon Capital of the World.' Weather conditions are ideal for hot air ballooning, and the city hosts a 9-day hot air balloon festival every October that lifts more than 800 balloons into the clear desert skies. During your flight, you might see Petroglyph National Monument, the Sandia Mountains, Mt Taylor and other scenic landmarks. Your tour includes a glass of sparkling wine and snacks after your flight.
1-hour hot air balloon flight in Albuquerque
Soar over the city that is famous for its annual hot air balloon festival
Get photo ops of landmarks such as the Sandia Mountains, Petroglyph National Monument or Mt Taylor
Watch the sky change colors during the sunrise
Learn about the art of hot air ballooning
Celebrate your flight with a glass of sparkling wine and snacks
Make your own way to the meeting point early in the morning. Head to the launch site, which is located on the west side of the Rio Grande River, a place that provides great options for your hot air balloon experience.
Watch as the staff inflates the balloon — a magical sight that makes for great photo ops. When it is ready, step into the basket and get ready to lift off the ground.
Expect to fly for about an hour, heading down the river valley. Depending on the day's conditions, enjoy great views of Petroglyph National Monument to the west, the Sandia Mountains to the east, the volcanoes that surround the city, and Mt Taylor in the distance.
The chase crew follows the hot air balloon from the ground and meets you shortly after landing. The crew packs up the equipment, then returns you to the launch site or a nearby park for light refreshments that consist of sparkling wine and snacks.
Receive a commemorative flight certificate to take home as a souvenir of your hot air balloon ride in Albuquerque.