The Best Hot-Air Balloon Rides in Albuquerque, New Mexico

By Leland | September 23, 2016

e1ee57b035eed18aa07f0d7d11c651cfAlbuquerque, New Mexico is beautiful all year round. There are many activities to do, from golfing to sightseeing and much more. Above all of that, literally, is the iconic Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Rides. Albuquerque gives you a unique opportunity for sightseeing and the best way to do it is from the air. Some of the United States most beautiful scenery is in Albuquerque and there is a hot-air balloon ride for every occasion and sight. So how can you possibly experience them all? Well, here we have some of the top “must-dos” of the Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon rides.

  1. Sunrise Balloon Ride

The first one on our list appropriately starts with the morning. This ride is one hour in the early morning. You take off with the sun and ride over the beautiful Rio Grande while the sun rises over the Sandia Mountains. This ride includes a light breakfast and historical facts of Albuquerque from your expert pilot.

  1. Rio Grande Gorge Balloon Ride

This one mostly speaks for itself. It is a calm ride over the Rio Grande Gorge where you get to see teaming wildlife in their natural habitat along with stunning views. If you’re looking for something a little more romantic, you can take this ride with your sweetheart and sip champagne while you enjoy your ride.

  1. Dawn Patrol Balloon Ride

Now this is an interesting, exclusive ride. You get the ability to arrive an hour before all other balloon riders and take off in the complete darkness. The ride lasts for about a half an hour as you watch the sunrise over the Sandia Mountains, from the sky. Then when it is all over you get to come back down and have a celebratory toast and other refreshments.

  1. Sunset Balloon Rides

These are a hot commodity being as they are only available from November until March, weather permitting, but they are just as beautiful. This ride lets you see Albuquerque a whole new light, literally, as you can again view the Rio Grande under the exquisite filter of sunset. When you land you can enjoy a toast on your successful journey.

On all of these Rides, you are more than welcome to take as many pictures as you would like, to fully take in the sights. These are definitely some sights you are not going to want to forget anytime soon.

This post is from contributor Bottger Mansion of Old Town a bed and breakfast in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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