Rainbow Ryders Launches Balloon Rides in Albuquerque, Phoenix / Scottsdale and Colorando Springs Every Day


Rainbow Ryders, Inc. continues as the premier and largest hot air balloon business serving the Southwest for over 34 years offering scenic hot air balloon rides daily in AlbuquerquePhoenix / Scottsdale and Colorado Springs.

Scott Appelman is the founder and president of Rainbow Ryders, Inc.- the largest balloon ride business in New Mexico and Arizona – and one of the largest in the United States.

In 1984, Scott established Rainbow Ryders, Inc. a commercial hot air balloon company offering balloon rides, tethers and balloon glows, corporate balloon promotions, instruction and all sales aspects of hot air ballooning.

Balloon Ride Safety is Our Top Priority

Rainbow Ryders operates 20 balloons year round launching over 1,950 hot air balloon flights per year. Rainbow Ryders’ pilots have flown in 45 states and managed events in Chihuahua and Guadalajara, Mexico.

Armed Forces Discount on Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon Rides Albuquerque Phoenix ScottsdaleWe fly the finest commercial ballooning equipment and our safety record reflects excellent piloting and decision making.

Rainbow Ryders is fully licensed and insured. Our hot air balloon pilots have flown over 35,000 hours carrying more than 250,000 Rainbow Ryders passengers.

Rainbow Ryders’ balloon pilots are FAA certified and have over 180 years combined experience.

Official Balloon Ride Operator for the
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®

Pilot expertise and commitment to safety are two important reasons why Rainbow Ryders continues to be the OFFICIAL Hot Air Balloon Ride provider for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta since 1999.

Scott was the originator and organizer of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (AIBF) “Balloon Glow” 1987 through 1992, AIBF’s “Special Shapes Rodeo” in 1989 and 1990, and AIBF’s “Albuquerque Aloft” in 1991. Scott was honored with the Heritage Award from the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in 2013.