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Albuquerque Balloon Festival & Unique Air Adventures

Colorful hot air balloons over the Rio Grande at the Albuquerque Balloon Festival

A trip to Albuquerque offers a variety of outdoor attractions in the beautiful Rio Grande valley. The wide open sky over Albuquerque is the perfect place to catch the colors of famous high-flying aircrafts. Is it a bird? A plane? No—it’s a balloon! Home to one of the biggest balloon festivals in the world, Albuquerque is known as the hot air balloon capital of the world. Whether you’re an avid spectator or ready to set sail high above the breathtaking desert landscape, we’ve got an adventure waiting for you.

Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Festival & Tours

International Balloon Fiesta

Every October, thousands of balloon enthusiasts flock to Albuquerque as the International Balloon Fiesta turns the desert into a magical world of special-shape balloon rodeos, glimmering evening balloon lights, and dazzling color-filled skies. Visitors will find plenty to do during this nine-day festival, and fans of all ages will enjoy live music, entertainment, and of course, the delicious flavors of the Southwest. The Querque Hotel books up quickly for this annual event, so be sure to reserve your suite or room early!

Hot Air Balloon Tours

If you’re ready to take to the skies, there are a number of balloon ride operators ready to take you up, up, and away! Enjoy an unforgettable trip high above the desert, just minutes from your hotel room. Year-round flights are available through Rainbow Ryders, Four Corners, and Above and Beyond. Check here for more of our top choice balloon ride operators.

Other Sky-High Adventures

With no shortage of sunny days and beautiful weather, there are endless ways to enjoy the outdoors in and around Albuquerque. From sky trams to air safaris, we’ve collected the best high flying adventures in New Mexico

Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway

The Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway is a 2.7-mile long sky adventure with awe-inspiring panoramic views. Climbing above the city, this 15-minute ride will be one you won’t soon forget. At the top, stay awhile to enjoy dinner with a view, shopping, and dozens of hiking trails through the serene conifer forest.

Air Charters & Helicopter Tours

Seeking the expedition of a lifetime? Southwest Safaris offers air charters extending to the remote corners of New Mexico. Fly over canyons, mesas, rivers, and cliff dwellings on a spectacular air adventure. For more ways to explore the area, an unforgettable helicopter tour with Vertical Limit Aviation will take you from city to wide-open desert in under an hour, with gorgeous up-close views of the Sandia foothills. There are also options for night tours and sunset tours!

With feet firmly back on land, continue your visit at one of many nearby attractions. From museums and wineries to amusement parks and a zoo, you’ll find many unique things to do during your stay at The Querque Hotel.