Albuquerque: Rio Grande Valley Hot Air Balloon Ride


Albuquerque: Rio Grande Valley Hot Air Balloon Ride

From US$ 209 per person

Enjoy a spectacular hot air balloon adventure over the Rio Grand Valley. Imagine experiencing the Rio Grande Valley while peacefully flying in a first class hot air balloon.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 3.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 6 participants


  • Enjoy a 1-hour hot air balloon ride
  • Discover spectacular views of the Rio Grande Valley
  • Have your choice of sunset and sunrise flights (depending on time of year)
  • Take flight with an experienced FAA licensed pilot
Full description

Your adventure begins at the launch site. Become a hands-on crew member and help with the balloon inflation, or just sit back, observe, and take pictures as the gentle giant comes to life.

Embark upon a unique journey at lift-off. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Rio Grande Valley while floating in the sky and sending greetings to earthbound folks below.

Certified pilots will navigate the flight with your safety and enjoyment in mind. During your 1-hour ride, your pilot will answer any questions that you might have and identify local points of interest.

The actual time in the air is approximately 60 minutes, but you should plan to spend up to 3.5 hours on your entire ballooning experience.

The chase crew will follow the balloon while you’re flying and meet you at the landing site. You can then help pack up the balloon. After the balloon is loaded into the truck and trailer, you will board the van and head back to the launch site.

Back at the launch site, enjoy a celebratory toast to end your safe and memorable adventure. You will be presented with a flight certificate and balloon flight pin to commemorate your aeronautical experience. Make sure you bring your camera.

  • Expert pilot
  • Pick-up possible for additional fee
  • Celebratory toast after landing
  • Flight certificate and balloon flight pin
  • Warm Clothing ( we recommend layers)
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
  • Pregnant women

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Meeting point

• Meet your guide at the Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon Co office

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Important information

Know before you go

  •  If your flight is canceled by Rainbow due to inclimate weather there will be no charge. The local partner will do their best to reschedule your balloon ride to another date.
  •  Departure time varies by season. Take-off can be anywhere between 5:30 and 7:15.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 32 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
  • Transportation
  • Service
  • Organization

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The van felt like a covid breeding ground, and being loaded in with strangers was really weird after being so cautious for the last year +. That being said, the balloon ride itself was spectacular, and Kris, our pilot, was a wonderful guide. I would highly recommend this experience, but would also recommend a double mask!!

March 31, 2023

Our pilot, Dean, was the BEST! So much experience and knowledge! If you want a safe, fun, and memorable flight go with Rainbow Ryders! I'm a bigger lady and we all know the basket must balance. Dean did this in a way to spare my humility! He made the group of 6 think it was their idea to all be on one side and the two smaller parties totaling 4 on one side (my side). You're probably asking, how did i get in and out of the basket. Tall step stool both ways! Offered to all not just the large older lady! Thanks for helping me make a check to my bucket list! High recommend!

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March 31, 2023

We just want to thank Dean for being probably your best pilot. We felt safe secure and really enjoyed the trip. I’m sure I would like to come back and do another one someday but I do recommend RainbowRyders for your hot air balloon ride. It was worth every penny we paid. Thanks again

March 31, 2023

Product ID: 12917