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‘We Blog the World’ Featured Rainbow Ryders

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Photo courtesy We Blog the World

From We Blog the World’s article entitled, “Albuquerque New Mexico for Ballooning, Tequila, Corn + Sustainable Farms”

If you’ve heard of Albuquerque in New Mexico or know anything about ballooning, you’re aware of the infamous balloon rides and festival here. I rode with the Rainbow Ryders, and it was everything I had hoped it would be and (so much) more.

Despite the fact that I was woefully unprepared for the frigid morning air (wear sweaters and coats and closed-toe shoes and scarves if you’re lucky enough to go on a ride!), the weather warmed up pretty quickly, especially since we were standing right under blasting fire for an hour once we started on our way…

Read more and check out their awesome balloon flight pictures at We Blog the World


Town of Queen Creek, AZ, Welcomes Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon Co.

Hot Air Balloon Rides Queen Creek ArizonaResidents and visitors to Queen Creek are invited to get a different perspective on the community by floating serenely between the San Tan and Superstition mountains ranges as they view this spectacular portion of the Sonoran Desert.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Rainbow Ryders to our community,” said Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney. “The Town is eager to introduce visitors to the beauty and uniqueness of Queen Creek. What better way to start your day than with an amazing sunrise and an introduction to all of the agri-tourism and equestrian destinations and activities in the community.”

Read more at the San Tan Valley & Queen Creek Ledger


Rainbow Ryders Expands to Queen Creek, Arizona

Rainbow Ryders hot air balloon ridesRainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon Ride Co., the nation’s largest hot air ballooning company, has expanded into Queen Creek, AZ, with new services launching November 13, 2014.

Sunrise rides will take off from Schnepf Farms Thursdays through Saturdays and show visitors a unique perspective of the Sonoran Desert.

The Queen Creek service expands Rainbow Ryders Arizona presence. Rides are also scheduled from their Deer Creek office and in Albuquerque, NM. Plans are underway for further expansion into other western cities.

“Queen Creek and the East Valley are exciting tourism destinations in the Valley of the Sun,” explained Scott Appelman, President of Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon Ride Co. “The focus on family friendly events and activities for both residents and tourists made this a natural fit for us. Many people’s bucket lists include hot air ballooning, and our business is devoted to bucket list fulfillment.”

The service officially was unveiled at a VIP event in October. At that event, Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney said, “The Town is eager to introduce visitors to the beauty and uniqueness of Queen Creek. What better way to start your day than with an amazing sunrise and an introduction to all of the agri-tourism and equestrian destinations and activities in the community.”


Rainbow Ryders Named Best Hot Air Balloon Rides in the US by Fodor’s Travel

Fodor’s Travel announced their list of 10 Best Hot Air Balloon Rides in the U.S.Fodor's Travel, naming Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon Ride Co., based in Albuquerque, New Mexico to the list. Fodor’s, a renowned travel guide for both national and international destinations, showcases interesting points of interest for travelers and makes recommendations.

Writing about Rainbow Ryders, Fodor’s said: “Albuquerque is famous for its annual International Balloon Fiesta, which brings hundreds of hot air balloons together for an incredible sight, but you don’t have to wait until next October to take part in the aerial fun.

Rainbow Ryders operates hot air balloon tours along the Rio Grande almost 300 days a year. Guided by FAA-certified pilots, the balloons move using wind currents and shift directions by changing altitudes. With baskets that can fit up to 12, bring a group along to party in the cool air of the desert morning.”

“It’s an honor to receive national recognition from one of the leading travel resources in the nation,” said Scott Appleman, founder and president of Rainbow Ryders. “We’re in the business of having fun and helping our passengers check items off their bucket lists, make their dreams come true, or just have a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and it’s great to be recognized on such a high level for doing what we love to do. We offer travelers a unique experience that creates lasting memories, and we hope to see more visitors from across the nation.”