St. Augustine News Profiles Balloon Fiesta, Mentions Rainbow Ryders

The September 28, 2015 edition of the St Augustine News, in a profile about the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, mentions that Rainbow Ryders is the only balloon ride operator at the Balloon Fiesta authorized to launch from Balloon Fiesta Park:

For those who want nothing more than to actually get in that basket and soar, the company Rainbow Ryders offers Official Balloon Rides for the Fiesta. As the official ride concession for this, the largest ballooning event in the world, they are the only authorized company to take off from Balloon Fiesta Park. But calling now and reserving a seat in your incredible balloon should be done now. (First class seats to a world you have never seen before.)

Reserve your flight today!

Ballooning Tops List for Geek Travelers


From New Mexico in general and the area around Albuquerque, in particular, have been a haven for geeky travelers long before Heisenberg ever “graduated” from high school chemistry to hardcore “cooking”. If you’re a nerd through-and-through — someone who appreciates a good nuclear museum or the physics behind hot air ballooning, ABQ (as it’s known to locals) should be at the top of your bucket list.

Their number one reason is the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta:

There are balloon rides, races, music, photo contests, food … it’s like Burning Man, but without all the hippies and insane desert heat.

Rainbow Ryders Featured in “Business Outlook”

The “Business Outlook” section of the Albuquerque Journal reveals some vital statistics about what it takes to make Rainbow Ryders on the nation’s premier hot air balloon ride companies. Click the image to see and enlarged version.

Business Outlook Article

A New Version of the Colorado Ballon Classic

Colorado ClassicThe city of Colorado Springs says it is in final negotiations with a company to put on a new hot air ballooning event to replace the Colorado Balloon Classic.

The company that the city is negotiating with is called Hot Apple Productions. The company’s owner, Scott Appleman, served on the board of the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta for six years. His hot air balloon ride company, Rainbow Ryders, is the largest balloon company in the United States.

You can find out more in the following links:

New Labor Day weekend hot air ballooning event close to becoming reality

Balloons to Return to Memorial Park

Hot air balloons coming back to Colorado Springs

Labor Day balloon festival to be replaced with… balloon festival?

Colorado Springs likely to have a new balloon festival

EDITORIAL: City may land better balloon fest

Labor Day balloon festival to be replaced with… balloon festival?