Attention: Commercial Balloon Pilots

We at Rainbow Ryders are looking to hire commercial hot air balloon pilots on either a full time or contracted basis. We have locations in Albuquerque, Phoenix, and Las Vegas year-round and a summer seasonal operation in Colorado Springs. Our company owns over 28 state-of-the-art balloons, ranging from 90,000 to 315,000 cubic foot, all Cameron and Lindstrand. We are continually reinvesting into the newest and latest equipment, as well as team members.  We are very proud of the 80 team members that we currently have and are looking to expand our flight team even further with qualified pilots.
  • 2nd Class Medical
  • Annual Flight Reviews
  • Submission to Random Drug Testing
  • Attendance of Continuing Educational Safety Seminars
Pay and Benefits (best in the industry!):
  • Dependant upon experience
  • Health Insurance
  • Paid Leave
  • 401K
  • Fun environment and flight team
Rainbow Ryders was recently named an Inc 5000 company and won “Fastest Growing Company in Albuquerque“, “Best of the Valley – Best Outdoor Experience” in Phoenix, “Best of the City – Best Hot Air Balloon Company” in Albuquerque, as well as the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame (for multiple years of consistent five star reviews) award, just to name a few.
We want people who want to grow with our company; we can train small balloon pilots up to larger balloons and will be announcing a new flight school and commercial training program later this year for those who are not pilots yet. This program will have paid positions while you train for a new career that pays very well to do what you love. Rainbow Ryders’ standards and expectations are high, with customer safety, satisfaction and experience being the primary objectives of all team members.
If you are currently looking for new opportunity, please reach out to Scott to discuss your options! You can reach him directly at [email protected]. All inquiries will be held in the strictest of confidence!

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas in Albuquerque

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and now is the perfect time to start planning for that perfect Mother’s Day gift! Why not make a whole day of it? Here are some ideas of our favorite things to surprise your mom with in Albuquerque.


Start your day off with a Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon ride! Watch the sunrise and then hop in a balloon to get the best view in the city. Float gently and peacefully over the Rio Grande River and end your ride with a delicious celebratory toast in the desert. We are currently offering a Mother’s Day Gift Certificate special, so grab yours day!

Rainbow Ryders

Next head over to Pinon Coffee and grab some delicious New Mexican coffee and a breakfast burrito. It’s right down the road from the Rainbow Ryders office so you don’t have to drive far to grab your coffee fix!

Pinon Coffee

Spend the gorgeous Sunday afternoon hiking in Tent Rocks. Located bout 45 minutes North of Albuquerque, it’s a quick drive to experience some beautiful views. The hike is relaxed and not too hard, and the memories are worth every second!

Tent Rocks

End your day and head over to Old Town and do some shopping. There are many traditional New Mexican art and jewelry for sale so you can surprise your mom with a piece she’ll love.

Old Town

We hope everyone has a wonderful Mother’s Day and we hope to see you exploring Albuquerque soon. Happy Adventuring!



Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Did you know there are approximately 30,000 Americans living with Cystic Fibrosis? They are moms, dads, sisters, brothers, daughters, sons, friends and co-workers who struggle every day just to breathe. Currently there is no cure for this rare, genetic disease.

The Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Foundation wants to change that.

Each year they host a fundraiser 5k to raise money to help accelerate innovative research and drug development, as well as advance care and advocacy.Each year, more than 125,000 people participate in over 400 walks across the country to support the Foundation’s mission to cure cystic fibrosis and raise awareness about this rare, genetic, life-shortening disease. We walk for them. Will you?

Join Halle’s Rainbow Ryders Team on May 5th and support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation! This event will take place at Balloon Fiesta Park In Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Let’s lace up, walk, and cure Cystic Fibrosis!


Earth Day – Forbes Feature

Celebrate Earth Day all year long! We are thrilled to be featured in Forbes article: 16 Fun Ways To Enjoy ‘Earth Day’ Travel Ideas All Year Long.

Read about the Rainbow Ryders Earth Day experience below!


Experience the Sonoran Desert from new heights and immerse yourself in the incredible beauty of the planet we live on with a Rainbow Ryders balloon ride.

Watch the sun slowly rise as our hot air balloons begin to inflate, and bask in its warmth as the gentle giants start to take life. Then, load up under the colorful material and float among the clouds for 45 minutes to an hour – be prepared to take many photos, the scenery is breathtaking! From a hot air balloon you can experience the Earth and its magic with views of wild horses, coyotes, rabbits, birds, amphibians, and over 2,000 different plants.

What better way to celebrate Earth Day! We are thrilled we get to appreciate it each and every day we fly, and would love to share that experience with you.

Book your Earth Day celebration today!

Las Vegas Spring Vacation

Las Vegas is much more than late nights on the strip. Well known for its many casinos and large hotels, Las Vegas often seems to attract those who enjoy the nightlife. But did you know, it’s also known to many as a place of outdoor excursions and beauty? 

If you’re in Vegas on a business trip or on a relaxing vacation, be sure to check the natural parts of Las Vegas! Red Rock Canyon could be the perfect outdoor excursion to add to your trip.

Red Rock Canyon features a one-way 13-mile scenic drive, hiking and trails, plants and wildlife, geology, camping, cultural resources and much more. Visit their website HERE or more information.

If you want to see Red Rock Canyon from a bird’s-eye-view, then hop in a Rainbow Ryders balloon and float gracefully over the park. You’ll be able to see the timeless Las Vegas strip from the air as well!

Experience Vegas differently. We hope to see you soon!