Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunset

4.8 (41)
Albuquerque, US
4.8 (41)
Albuquerque, US
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Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Rio Grande Valley with an unforgettable Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunset. As you soar above the mesmerizing landscape, witness the magical transformation of the sky as vibrant oranges and fiery reds paint the horizon. Marvel at the majestic Sandia Mountains that dominate the New Mexico landscape. Your knowledgeable pilot will provide fascinating commentary about the region, which hosts the world's largest hot air balloon festival each October. After your incredible flight, celebrate with a glass of sparkling wine and receive a commemorative flight certificate. This 210-minute adventure promises awe-inspiring views of the Sandia Mountains, Rio Grande River, and the chance to spot local wildlife. Don't miss out on this enchanting experience that will leave you with unforgettable memories.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Suitable for 1-6 Participants
  • Small Group Tour, Private Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Scenic views of the Rio Grande Valley
  • Dramatic sunset colors in the sky
  • Up-close sighting of the Sandia Mountains
  • Expert pilot providing fascinating commentary
  • Celebration with sparkling wine and flight certificate
  • Snacks
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Professional guide
  • Scenic hot air balloon flight
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Rio Grande Valley in an unforgettable way with an Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunset. This mesmerizing tour takes you soaring above the landscape of New Mexico, offering panoramic views of the majestic Sandia Mountains and the vibrant hues of the sunset. Get ready for an adventure that will leave you in awe of the natural wonders and the magic of flight.

What to expect?

During this hot air balloon ride, you can expect an exhilarating and serene experience as you float above the Rio Grande Valley. Take in the stunning vistas as the vibrant oranges and reds of the sunset paint the sky, creating a breathtaking backdrop for your journey. Your expert pilot will provide fascinating commentary about the region, sharing insights and stories about the world's largest hot air balloon festival that takes place in Albuquerque each October. As you descend back to the ground, celebrate your amazing flight with a glass of sparkling wine and receive a commemorative flight certificate to remember this extraordinary adventure.

Who is this for?

This hot air balloon ride is for anyone seeking a unique and enchanting experience. Whether you are a solo traveler, a couple on a romantic getaway, or a group of friends looking for a memorable adventure, this tour caters to all. The beauty of the Rio Grande Valley knows no bounds, making this tour perfect for nature enthusiasts, photographers, and those who simply want to escape the ordinary and embrace the extraordinary.

Why book this?

Embarking on an Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunset is an opportunity to witness the unparalleled beauty of the Rio Grande Valley from a perspective like no other. As you float effortlessly through the sky, you'll be captivated by the stunning landscape below and the vibrant colors of the sunset above. This experience offers a sense of tranquility and serenity, allowing you to disconnect from the bustling world and immerse yourself in the natural wonders of New Mexico. Additionally, the expert guidance of your pilot and the chance to celebrate with sparkling wine and a commemorative certificate make this tour truly unforgettable.

Good to know

Before embarking on this hot air balloon ride, it's important to note that hotel pickup and drop-off are not included. However, the tour does provide light refreshments and a professional guide to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience. It is recommended to dress in layers, as temperatures can vary during the flight. Don't forget to bring your camera to capture the incredible views and moments that will leave you in awe.


Previous participants of the Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunset have raved about the breathtaking views and the peacefulness of the experience. Many have expressed how the tour exceeded their expectations and provided a unique perspective of the Rio Grande Valley. The expert knowledge shared by the pilot and the celebratory toast with sparkling wine added an extra touch of magic to the adventure. Overall, reviews highlight the unforgettable memories and the sense of awe that this hot air balloon ride brings, making it a highly recommended experience for travelers seeking something truly extraordinary.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

  • Mobile

Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon

Sandia Mountains, Rio Grande River, and local wildlife.



4.8 (41)


Although the staff and crew were very professional and accommodating, the booking, event experience, and cancellation experience were all disappointing. 1st, we had to reschedule the ride to another day during our trip because they were not flying during the week as advertised on the Viator website when I purchased the tickets, and then it was canceled because wind conditions weren’t right. We drove around in their shuttle and waited about 2 hours looking for and waiting for the right conditions before the crew ultimately had to cancel the ride. Isn’t there a better system than releasing a helium balloon and waiting an hour for which way it turns or not? Then, canceling hasn’t been great either because we had to go through Viator to cancel and get a refund instead of getting it directly from the hot air balloon company. I’m still waiting for Viator to refund me my money. This was all very disappointing, and I may hesitate from booking anything through Viator again.


What an amazing experience! Our crew-Alfred, Frank and Moe were the most gracious hosts! They made sure we enjoyed every minute of our flight. I’ve wanted to ride in a balloon since they began showing up in Albuquerque in the late 60’s and today my dream came true…I didn’t want it to end. Alfred was so knowledgeable about the winds and kept us informed of everything going on.


If you are traveling to Albuquerque I strongly suggest you take a hot air balloon ride with Alfred Salazar at Rainbow Ryders. His skills and expertise made it a wonderful experience. It was clear we were in good hands. I never expected to feel so calm and serene. He made it a terrific trip for me and my family.

Krisztina H

Well Organized highly recommended bucket list activity. Troy our pilot and tour guide was excellent.


Very professional and knowledgeable. Crew made every one feel at ease and enjoy the trip and the views


I really enjoy the experience with the staff! They are so nice and very professional. I had a tiny accident and the plot had a quick response and give some ice to me. If I had the chance, I will definitely choose the service again


Great crew. Part of the set up. Awesome views . Skimming over roof tops. Up and down. Peaceful up there. Champagne toast afterwards.


One experience I will carry with me for the rest of my life! This is great experience to share with loved ones! The view is breathtaking! I will never forget the ride we took into the sunset!


The weather was perfect for a morning flight. Very peaceful and pretty scenery. Enjoyed our trip. The flight op guys worked very hard


Such a wonderful, memorable morning! The takeoff, beautiful view, great pilot (Anthony), and landing made it a special experience.
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2024-06-18 12:26