Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise

4 hours
Free cancellation
1 - 6
Mobile ticket


Float over the Rio Grande Valley during a sunrise hot-air balloon flight from Albuquerque, home of the largest hot-air balloon festival in the world. As the sun comes up over the Sandia Mountains, admire the dramatic reds and oranges that fill the sky, and learn about the features of the New Mexico landscape from your expert pilot. Back on the ground, celebrate a memorable flight with sparkling wine and a commemorative flight certificate.


  • Professional guide
  • Scenic hot air balloon flight
  • Champagne toast
  • Light snacks after the flight

What to expect

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon, Albuquerque, NM 87113-1765

Rise early to begin your hot-air balloon experience. Stop into the office for check-in, then ride to the balloon launch site (which varies day-to-day depending on weather).

Your pilot begins the process of inflating the balloon when you arrive. You can even help out the crew during the inflation process for a more hands-on experience.

As you float high above the ground, enjoy incredible birds-eye views of the Rio Grande Valley. Your pilot determines the route for the day depending on the wind’s direction. You may fly over the city of Albuquerque and even dip low enough to wave at people or skim the Rio Grande River. Throughout your flight, your pilot shares informative commentary about the landscape beneath you.

After approximately one hour in the air, your pilot lands the balloon and the ground crew comes to meet you. Celebrate your flight with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine and a commemorative flight certificate before returning to the original starting point.

Duration: 4 hours

Additional information

  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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.
  • A maximum of 12 people per balloon
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Unable to fly anyone who is pregnant
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
April 2022

My husband is scared of heights. This definitely wasn’t a scary ride. It was beautiful and peaceful. Our guide Alfred was amazing and informative. Highly recommended

April 2022

Alfred S. was the key to the adventure. He related very well to the passengers and made sure everyone was where they needed to be and when. He pointed out all the sights around Albuquerque. He was great to answer questions about how the balloon flew and how it was steered. The ride is amazingly s...

April 2022

Look no further for your hot air balloon activities! I would go back to ride with Rainbow Ryders over and over, the experience was amazing! Staff was great, activity was organized and easy, and the views are unreal. Hands down the best way to see ABQ and Rainbow Ryders made it an outstanding buck...

April 2022

It was the experience of a lifetime. The staff was informative and friendly. I even got to help prepare the ballon for launch. It should be a "Must Do" for every traveler to New Mexico

Nancy M
April 2022

Celebrated our 35th Anniversary with a Rainbow Ryders Albuquerque sunrise ballon ride. It was absolutely AMAZING!! Wonderful experience! Our pilot, Alfred was awesome! Great guy! Very friendly and very informative. He made me feel very comfortable about the whole experience. His ground flight tea...

April 2022

Rainbow Riders was amazing!!!! Brad was our pilot and awesome! The only downfall was actually with my Viator purchase. I purchased private ride and it registered with the company as group flight. But Rainbow Riders worked out the kinks. So if you're purchasing via Viator, please confirm all detai...

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