Experience of a Lifetime – Balloon Festival Fun

Hot air balloons – a one of kind magical fleet that floats slowly and gracefully in the sky. From private balloonists who fly as a hobby, to corporations that offer commercial ballon flights; all for the simple love of hot air balloons. Some places around the globe like to create an even more breath taking experience by hosting balloon festivals that cater to hundreds of balloons, ascending together during the slow morning hours.



Albuquerque, New Mexico and Colorado Springs, Colorado are some of these special locations. Albuquerque hosts the popular Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Pilots from all over the world attend this event to be a part of hundreds of other air crafts ready to graze over the flowing Rio Grande River. Every October this event brings thousands of spectators from across the country who take millions of stunning and colorful photos.


Albuquerque is well known for its participation in the ballooning world and you can be part of the action. Whether it’s a spectator on the ground, or a passenger in the sky, be prepared for one of the most memorable experiences you’ll ever have.

The Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off is another popular ballooning event. This festival takes place over Labor Day weekend in the adventurous and green state of Colorado. It also brings pilots from across the nation and is the perfect event for families to come and create memories.

From special shapes, to colorful rainbows, hot air balloons light up the skies across the world. Be a part of the magic and stop by a balloon festival this year. We hope to see you in the skies!


Pure Summer Adventure

Summer is in full swing this year, and there is plenty of exploring to be done. Albuquerque, Phoenix, and Colorado Springs all have an abundance of adventurous excursions to take, that will surely create memories of a lifetime.

Of course, a balloon ride is always an option during the warm summer months. Rainbow Ryders offers balloon rides 7 days a week; a gorgeous and refreshing start to any summer day.

What to do with the rest of your day? Well, all three locations have rivers to float graciously down in a kayak or raft. Get a large group together, or drift in a pair, the rivers are fun for all!

The below photo was taken on a Rainbow Ryders team trip out on the Rio Grande River. From working hard, to playing hard, we love our team and we truly love New Mexico.

Hiking, biking, off-roading, and even rock climbing are all offered in the great outdoors of these beautiful cities. Whether it’s a vacation or a staycation, get moving and we hope to explore with you soon!

For more outdoor ideas in Arizona, check out this article.


Season Opening in Colorado Springs


YOU could experience a bucket list adventure of a lifetime. At lift off, you’ll embark upon a journey of uniqueness, and revel in breathtaking panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains as you float gracefully above Colorful Colorado.

Colorado’s hot air balloon season with Rainbow Ryders is set to open soon. We begin flying out of the beautiful Colorado Springs on June 5th, 2017. 

We will see you in Colorful Colorado soon!



The Land of Enchantment

New Mexico is full of mystery, adventure, history and, of course, an abundant amount of green chile. There are hidden treasures in every nook and cranny around the state, some well-known, and some still unknown to locals. This is the state of exploration, surprise, and the perfect place to plan your next exciting excursion.

Those of us who live in the sunny state of New Mexico know that our “normal” can seem out of place to visitors; from our temperamental weather, to adding a Christmas mix of chile to every food we eat. To get an outsiders of view of our gorgeous community, check out this blog written by a father and his family who visited the Land of Enchantment on a vacation from San Antonia, Texas.

If you ever get the itch to visit New Mexico be sure to add a balloon ride to your itinerary for a breath-taking birds eye view of the Rio Grande River and enchanting Southwestern vistas.

We hope to see you soon!



Congratulations to all graduates!

Congrats on tackling school and achieving this impressive feat! Rainbow Ryders wishes you the best on all of your future endeavors and adventures. Now that you’ve graduated school, why not cross another item off your bucket list and take a flight with us!

The perfect way to kick off summer is with a breathtaking flight over New Mexico’s enchanting southwestern vistas or Arizona’s breathtaking Sonoran Desert. And don’t forget, Colorado Springs will open for flights June 5th.

Happy summer and we hope to fly with you soon!