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.