Go hot air ballooning in Phoenix, Scottsdale or Albuquerque and relax with Rainbow Ryders.
We have 28 years of experience of balloon flight safety, wise weather ballooning practices, and all the vacation conveniences you deserve.
How many people can fit in your baskets?
We have baskets that range in size. The smaller ones can carry anywhere from 2-4 people and the biggest ones can carry 12-14 people.
Are there any physical requirements for flying in a hot air balloon?
Minimum age is 5 years old and unfortunately we can not allow anyone who is pregnant to fly in our balloons. The baskets do not have seats so you will need to stand the entire duration of the flight. Hot air balloon baskets are not outfitted with doors and therefore the only way to board the balloon is by going up and over the side of the basket. There is no graceful way to do it! Just up and over.
Where is your launch site?
Albuquerque: Generally Speaking, we launch just North of the intersection of Coors Blvd. and Montano near the Village Inn Restaurant on the West side of Albuquerque. For a map click here.
Phoenix/Scottsdale: The physical address for our launch site is 1725 W. Williams Dr. Bldg D Suite 39, Phoenix AZ 85027. For a map click here.
Where will the balloon land?
A balloon flight is dependent on wind speed and direction. Every flight is different and our landing sites vary.
How will we get back to the launch site after our flight?
The chase crew will follow the balloon while you’re flying and meet at the landing site. We then invite you to help with the packing of the balloon. After the balloon is loaded into the truck and trailer, the passengers will board the van and head back to the launch site.
Why does the balloon fly only at sunrise?
Because that is when the winds and thermal activities are the calmest.
What is the temperature in the balloon?
Due to the burners, the temperature in the balloon is a few degrees warmer than the surrounding air, despite the increased altitude.
How long is the flight?
Our flights last anywhere from one hour to one hour and thirty minutes.
What type of clothing should we wear from our balloon ride?
This time of year anywhere from 50 to 70 degree around sunrise. We recommend that you wear warm clothing and dress in layers.