Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta ®

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta ® begins October 7th. The ballooning capital of the world is preparing to host guests from around the world as they travel to view more than 500 hot air balloons lift off each morning. Here are some tips if you are planning to attend this event.

  • Leave early – the Balloon Fiesta is a huge event and there will be a ton of traffic. Make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to get to the park.
  • Bring cash for parking – General parking is $15 per car.
  • Bring a camera – this is the most photographed event in the WORLD. Get your share of colorful photos.
  • Food and Coolers – Allowed. However, keep in mind that glass or alcohol is not allowed and all bags and coolers are subject to search.

We look forward to seeing you October 7th-15th!


Dream Wedding Among the Clouds

Picture reciting your vows to your future spouse, the love of your life, 1,500 feet above the ground with the clouds dancing around you. The peaceful bliss and crisp air surrounding you as you float slowly and seamlessly with the wind, an array of colorful balloons dancing next to you….Sounds like a dream, doesn’t it? Well, it can be a dream come true. You can ACTUALLY get married in a hot air balloon.

Step into a gorgeous wicker basket connected to a balloon stitched with an array of colors that fill the sky. A pilot, a photographer, family, and your fiance; that’s all it takes to have the wedding of your dreams. Vows among the clouds, romance, adventure and uniqueness, all in one.

After the flight enjoy a post wedding celebration with some delicious Rio Grande Sunrise mimosas; a champagne toast to a day full of love and a life full of adventure.

Make YOUR special day, a day in the sky. 

Most Memorable Honeymoon Destinations

Is your big day coming up? Have you ordered the flowers, matched the decor, and reserved a reception space? Weddings can be stressful and expensive and many couples look forward to the post wedding day events that take place during a romantic and adventurous honeymoon. Make the most of this vacation by creating an affordable, fun, and easy to plan trip.

Check out this article in Flipkeys “12 Afffordable City Honeymoon Destinations Around the World”. It provides unique and affordable destinations for you and your newly wed spouse.

According to Flipkey, Rainbow Ryders, Phoenix was chosen as a favorite couples activity. “You don’t know romance unless you’ve held hands during a hot air balloon ride over Phoenix with Rainbow Ryders.”

Bump up the romance and fly with us over views that will take your breath away. Visit our website for more information and begin planning your honeymoon destination today.


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.