Albuquerque Sunset Hot Air Balloon Ride
41 Ratings
Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Albuquerque sunset from a hot air balloon. Soar over the Rio Grande Valley, admire the vibrant colors of the sky, and learn about the region's rich history. Celebrate with sparkling wine and a flight certificate.
Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon - Sandia Mountains, Rio Grande River, and local wildlife.
What's Included
  • Scenic hot air balloon flight
  • Professional guide
  • Sparkling wine
  • Light refreshments
What's Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
Additional Information

Fly above the Rio Grande Valley in a hot air balloon during a sunset ride from Albuquerque. As dusk falls over the plateau, admire the stunning hues of oranges and reds filling the sky, with the Sandia Mountains dominating the backdrop of the New Mexico landscape. Your knowledgeable pilot offers insightful commentary about this region which hosts the biggest international hot air balloon festival every October. Upon landing, you’ll celebrate a memorable journey with a glass of sparkling wine and a souvenir flight certificate.

  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Not recommended for participants with knee problems
  • Due to the nature of this tour and the safety of all guests, the tour operator reserves the right to refuse service to passengers who are intoxicated or show signs of intoxication. If, as a result, your tour is canceled, you will not be entitled to a refund.
  • Flights can only be operated with safe winds, clear sky and no rain. In case of unsuitable weather conditions, you will be provided the option to take the tour on an alternative date or be refunded in full.
  • Unable to fly anyone who is pregnant
  • This is a shared basket flight, there will be anywhere from 10-16 total passengers in each basket
5601 Eagle Rock Ave NE
Eagle Rock Avenue Northeast
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
(41 Ratings)
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Jul 18, 2023
Best experience ever!!! - 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.
Review provided by Tripadvisor
Jan 28, 2023
A must do! - 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.
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Jan 18, 2023
Amazing experience ABQ must do - Well Organized highly recommended bucket list activity. Troy our pilot and tour guide was excellent.
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Jan 8, 2023
Highly recommend!!! - Very professional and knowledgeable. Crew made every one feel at ease and enjoy the trip and the views
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Dec 24, 2022
Great experience and great staff - 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
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Nov 16, 2022
Up up and away over ABQ - Great crew. Part of the set up. Awesome views . Skimming over roof tops. Up and down. Peaceful up there. Champagne toast afterwards.
Review provided by Viator
Nov 13, 2022
Into the sunset! - 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!
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Nov 6, 2022
Definitely a bucket list experience! - Such a wonderful, memorable morning! The takeoff, beautiful view, great pilot (Anthony), and landing made it a special experience.
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Nov 8, 2022
The weather was perfect... - The weather was perfect for a morning flight. Very peaceful and pretty scenery. Enjoyed our trip. The flight op guys worked very hard
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Nov 5, 2023
Disappointing - 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.
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