Albuquerque, New Mexico

Flight Experiences

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Sunrise Balloon Ride

Flight Time: 45 Minutes - 1 Hour

Total Time: About 2.5 - 3 hours

Fulfill your bucket list with a true one-of-a-kind experience. Our flight team launches spectacular sunrise flights every day of the year, lifting into the air just after the sun comes up. Experience the scenic Rio Grande and enchanting southwest vistas like never before with an estimated one-hour balloon flight.

Bring your family and friends, and don’t forget your camera; you’ll want to share your pictures with everyone! Conclude your bucket list adventure with a traditional celebratory toast, and a commemorative flight certificate.

Please note: We cannot fly anyone who is pregnant or under the age of 5 years old due to the insurance we carry.

Private Sunrise Balloon Ride

Private Sunrise Balloon Ride

Flight Time: 45 minutes - 1 hour

Total Time: About 2.5 - 3 hours

Looking for a more exclusive experience? Then a private balloon ride is the way to go. Soar above the Land of Enchantment with only your party and one of our renowned pilots. See for yourself why Rainbow Ryders’ balloon rides were voted one of the top places to propose in the world. We also have private balloon rides available for parties larger than two and any celebration!

Conclude your bucket list adventure with a traditional celebratory toast, and a commemorative flight certificate.

Please note: We cannot fly anyone who is pregnant or under the age of 5 years old due to the insurance we carry.

Sunset Balloon Ride

Sunset Balloon Ride

Flight Time: 45 minutes - 1 hour

Total Time: About 2.5 - 3 hours

Available November - February

Albuquerque’s Sandia Mountains and sunsets are world-renowned for the vibrant shades of orange, pink and purple. We offer sunset rides daily (weather permitting) from November 1st through February 16th, with a flight time about one hour before the sun goes down.

Conclude your bucket list adventure with a traditional celebratory toast and a commemorative flight certificate.

Please note: We cannot fly anyone who is pregnant or under the age of 5 years old due to the insurance we carry.

private sunset balloon ride

Private Sunset Balloon Ride

Flight Time: 45 minutes - 1 hour

Total Time: About 2.5 - 3 hours

Available November - February

Looking for a more exclusive experience? Then a private balloon ride is the way to go. Soar above the Land of Enchantment with only your party and one of our renowned pilots. See for yourself why Rainbow Ryders’ balloon rides were voted one of the top places to propose in the world. We also have private balloon rides available for parties larger than two and any celebration!

Conclude your bucket list adventure with a traditional celebratory toast, and a commemorative flight certificate.

Please note: we are only able to provide sunset flights November - February every year due to temperature and wind patterns!

Please note: We cannot fly anyone who is pregnant or under the age of 5 years old due to the insurance we carry.

Sunrise Balloon Ride

Balloon Fiesta® Pre and Post-Event Shared Basket Balloon Ride

Flight Time: 45 minutes - 1 hour

Total Time: 3 hours

Available (September 29 - October 1) three days before and one day after (October 11) the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®

The adventure begins early morning as you meet Rainbow Ryders at Balloon Fiesta Park for check-in. The best part about our pre- and post-Balloon Fiesta flights are that you get many of the benefits of a mass ascension morning, without having to battle large crowds or pay for parking and admission. After check-in, the pilots will begin the inflation process, giving you the opportunity to become an involved, "hands on" crew member as the gentle giants come to life. You may also choose to observe inflation and take pictures as the sun ventures across the Albuquerque sky.

At liftoff, you'll embark upon a journey with 50 - 100 other balloons in the sky. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Rio Grande Valley and the majestic Sandia Mountains. Send your greetings to the earthbound folks below!

After landing, relax back at Balloon Fiesta Park and enjoy a celebratory toast to end your safe and memorable adventure. You will be presented with a flight certificate to commemorate your aeronautical experience that will last a lifetime!
Bring your family and friends, and don’t forget your camera; you’ll want to share your pictures with everyone! Conclude your bucket list adventure with a traditional celebratory toast, and a commemorative flight certificate.

Please note: We cannot fly anyone who is pregnant or under the age of 5 years old due to the insurance we carry.

ABQ Sunrise

Balloon Fiesta® Mass Ascension Balloon Ride

Flight Time: 45 Minutes - 1 Hour

Total Time: About 5 hours

Available only during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® (October 2 - 10th, 2021)

Join Rainbow Ryders for a hot air balloon flights during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®. Lift off with us, and hundreds of other hot air balloons, during each morning's ascension.

Rainbow Ryders is the ONLY company authorized to give balloon rides from BALLOON FIESTA® PARK for the world's largest balloon event, the ALBUQUERQUE INTERNATIONAL BALLOON FIESTA®. All other RIDE companies launch a minimum of five miles from Balloon Fiesta® Park. Fly with Rainbow Ryders and you're a midst all the action!

Be sure to include the exclusive Ryders Club for VIP treatment when you book your balloon ride! You'll receive the following benefits when you upgrade your flight with this package:

• Prepaid parking and admission to Balloon Fiesta Park
• Express check-in line at the Rainbow Ryders' tent
• Access to our VIP heated lounge before your flight with a catered breakfast by locally-renowned Hello Deli and hot drink specials
• Q&A with our chief pilots and crew before your flight and a VIP escort to your balloon
• A Ryders Club Souvenir gift package
• Join us for a fun-filled Balloon Fiesta complete with mass ascensions, competitive flights, special shapes rodeo's and balloon glows, and key grab events.

Don’t miss this opportunity to launch with hundreds of colorful balloons from the Balloon Fiesta® field aloft the enchanting skies Albuquerque! Meet us at the Rainbow Ryders tent at Balloon Fiesta Park and make sure to bring your camera!

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Balloon Fiesta® Sunset Balloon Ride

Flight Time: 45 minutes - 1 hour

Total Time: 3 Hours

Available only during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®

The sunset flight adventure begins late-afternoon as you meet Rainbow Ryders at Balloon Fiesta Park for check in. After check-in, you'll step into our chase vehicles and be driven to one of our launch sites on the West Side of Albuquerque. From there the pilots will begin the inflation process, giving you the opportunity to become an involved, "hands on" crew member as the gentle giants come to life. You may also choose to observe inflation and take pictures as the sun ventures across the Albuquerque sky.

At lift off you'll embark upon a journey of uniqueness. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Rio Grande Valley and majestic Sandia Mountains while floating across the sky. Send your greetings to the earthbound folks below!

After landing, enjoy a celebratory toast to end your safe and memorable adventure. You will be presented with a flight certificate to commemorate your aeronautical experience. Once finished with your adventure, relax back at Balloon Fiesta Park and enjoy the Balloon Glow, the most popular event at the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®.

Dawn Patrol Balloon Ride

Flight Time: 45 minutes - 1 hour

Total Time: About 2.5 - 3 hours

Only a handful of people get to experience this adventure – flying into the darkness for at least 30 minutes before the sun rises over the Sandias. You will arrive an hour before the other guests, but losing some ZZZs to be first in the sky is well worth it.

Please note: our dawn patrol flights are currently booked by request only. Give us a call at (505) 823-1111 to book your perfect date!

Please note: We cannot fly anyone who is pregnant or under the age of 5 years old due to the insurance we carry.

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