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Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise

Albuquerque, United States
Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise

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icon4 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Watch daylight appear above the Rio Grand Valley during a sunrise hot air balloon ride from Albuquerque, and see the first rays illuminate the rugged Sandia Mountains. Take in stunning aerial views and dip low enough to skim the Rio Grande, then rise back up above the desert landscape. Touch town after a 1-hour flight, and begin the day with sparkling wine and a light continental breakfast before returning to your launch site.
  • One-hour sunrise flight from Albuquerque with light breakfast
  • Enjoy stunning views of the Rio Grande Valley and marvel at the colorful sunrise over the Sandia Mountains
  • Learn about New Mexico’s natural history and hot-air ballooning from the expert pilot
  • Have the option to help out the pilots during the inflation process for a more hands-on experience
  • Celebrate the flight with a glass of sparkling wine and light breakfast after landing
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Scenic hot air balloon flight
Champagne toast
Light continental breakfast
Hotel pickup and drop-off
5601 Eagle Rock Ave NE , 5601 Eagle Rock Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113, USA

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This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Rainbow Ryders
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Was on my bucket list and I am so glad I finally got to do it!!
, Jun 2022
Beautiful view of Albuquerque. Great view of the city and the surrounding mountains and dessert. Albert was a wonderful pilot and I would recommend that anyone signing up for a ride ask for him.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
We are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your sunrise flight with us! There is no better way to see the beauty of Albuquerque than from above. We hope to fly with you again soon!
Scenery Could Make or Break a Trip
, Jun 2022
It would have been nicer to float my mountains and not the city of Albuquerque. Not much actual beauty. Not very exciting to launch behind a Petsmart. We landed by homes in a field with abandoned tires and garbage. Passengers should not have to wait an hour one back on land to return to meeting place. There should be 2 trucks one for passengers and another for equipment
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
We are disappointed to hear that your, or our, expectations of your sunrise flight were not met. We always strive to provide each and every one of our passengers with the most memorable experience possible but unfortunately we are at the mercy of Mother Nature and must go where the wind goes, which is also one of the most exciting things about hot air ballooning. As much as we would love to fly near the mountain ranges, there tends to be unstable wind patterns is that area, which would be unsafe for flying. Each flight path is different in it's own way so we hope that you will join us again and give Rainbow Ryders another opportunity to show you the beauty of Albuquerque!
Serene flight
, Jun 2022
The serenity of floating over the land was wonderful. Elijah was a great pilot and Jon gave an entertaining running commentary.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your flight with Elijah and his crew! They love what they do and enjoy sharing their passion with our passengers. We hope to fly with you again soon!
Fantastic Bucket List Experience
, Jun 2022
Awesome! Superb and experienced pilot. Well organized. Friendly and no nonsense staff. Best trip ever!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your flight in Albuquerque with the Rainbow Ryders team! We hope to fly with you again soon!
Wonderful experience!
, May 2022
Beautiful flight with a friendly and knowledgeable pilot, with a pin-point landing! A great experience!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your flight with Rainbow Ryders! We hope to fly with you again soon!
Great Experience!
, May 2022
Great experience start to finish. Don was fantastic pilot, experienced, knowledgeable, and entertaining. The crew worked as a well oiled machine, making we first time fliers feel safe. Highly recommend!!!
Don't pass this up
, May 2022
We flew with Alfred Salazar, who I am convinced, can land any balloon on the head of a pin. He is an expert balloonist. My friend and I had the best time. We felt extremely safe, especially since we had to rebook our flight because the pilots weren't happy with the winds on our original date. The whole process is fascinating - watching the pilots release helium-filled balloons to see what the winds are doing at different altitudes, seeing the ground crew lay out this enormous balloon, fill it with air and then heat it up. The views of Albuquerque and the surrounding mountains are fabulous and the ride itself is gentle yet exciting. We had constant smiles on our faces. I am so glad my friend convinced me to take this ride. It is definitely one of the highlights of my trip to New Mexico and I will never forget it.
Rainbow Riders was...
, Apr 2022
Rainbow Riders was amazing!!!! Brad was our pilot and awesome! The only downfall was actually with my Viator purchase. I purchased private ride and it registered with the company as group flight. But Rainbow Riders worked out the kinks. So if you're purchasing via Viator, please confirm all details with the company prior to day of excursions. ~The Wilkersons
Excellent and fun
, Apr 2022
It was the best experience and so much fun our pilot Kris Braden was very knowledgeable and nice and the crew was very helpful. I would do it again
awesome experience
, Apr 2022
the balloon ride was spectacular! the sunrise view was truly amazing. our instructor was also very knowledgeable and pointed out the various landmarks around us. it was also really cool to be able to see the setup process.
Florida Balloon Riders
, Apr 2022
This always an amazing adventure for my wife and I to celebrate her birthday. Don Edwards and his knowledge and outstanding personality (even though he’s from North Carolina ha ha) made it worth it. When in Albuquerque, it’s a must with check out Rainbow Ryders and Don for your hot air balloon experience.
I experienced every gambit of emotion in just over an hour.
, Apr 2022
The ride was different and exciting. Discovered new aspects about ballooning I never would know had I not taken this ride. People on the ground waved and brought their children to watch us. We even spotted remote control balloons being operated in a small park we floated over. To hit our target landing spot, we had to float just a few hundred feet over a subdivision and a busy automobile artery. Several cars honked their horns as they passed under us, others acted as if we were not even there.
1st doing a Ballon trip....
, Mar 2022
1st doing a Ballon trip. Thought we were going over river but never did. Did not travel very far. Could see our take off site the entire time and only saw a neighborhood from the air. Anthony was very knowledgeable and a fun pilot.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Hi Douglas, we are happy to hear that you were able to experience your first hot air balloon flight with Anthony. He is a great pilot and loves to share his passion for hot air ballooning with his passengers. As much as we would like to give each and everyone of our passengers the best flight possible, Mother Nature does not always play in our favor and can dictate our flight paths. The best thing about ballooning is that each flight is unique in its own way so please come back and fly with us again, hopefully with an added Splash N' Dash on the Rio Grande!
Wonderful way to experience Albuquerque!!
, Mar 2022
Scott had so much experience and made us feel so at ease! He was knowledgeable about the area and was so much fun! This business is run like a well-oiled machine and we enjoyed getting to watch the process—I highly recommend this. This was a surprise for my 13-year-old daughter and we both loved it! The nerves I had went away in the first few minutes and it was such a unique way to see the city.
, Mar 2022
Alfred was a great pilot! The experience was amazing (even for someone afraid of flying). Haha highly recommend for anyone!
, Feb 2022
Personal experience. Enjoyed every minute!! Getting to know our pilot and meeting new friends on our ride made it!
Winds too strong
, Feb 2022
My tour was canceled and I have not received a full refund . Awaiting refund. The pilot was nice and really apologetic about the cancellation but the winds were just not safe to continue.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Good afternoon, we are quite sorry to have to cancel your ride due to safety concerns. Unfortunately, since you booked through a third party, we as Rainbow Ryders do not have access to your money or the expediency of your refund. We have advocated on your behalf with the third party for your full refund. Due to this, we hope you will reconsider the one-star review, as it can be damaging to a small business for something outside of our control.
Great ride friendly staff...
, Dec 2021
Great ride friendly staff lovely champagne ceremony!! Great value for the money l, as a solo traveler I felt very comfortable!!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your flight with us! All of us here at Rainbow Ryders work hard to ensure each and every one of our passengers leaves with a lasting memory and we are pleased to hear we were able to do that for you! Please come back and fly with us again soon!
Amazing Ride
, Nov 2021
From lift off to landing. It was amazing. The pilot, Troy Bradley is a world renowned person in the ballooning world. Another bucket list accomplishment.
Floating on air
, Nov 2021
It was so beautiful and serene up in the air. My friend was apprehensive et first, but even she loved the experience. It ended in a champagne toast. What a great way to start the day.
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