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Albuquerque International Balloon Festival

October 5th - 13th Albuquerque International Balloon Festival RV Vacation
5000 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy NE, Albuquerque, NM


Considering an RV camping trip to this year’s Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta? Here’s why you should—this venerable balloon festival is super hospitable to campers!


From a small gathering of 13 balloons in 1972, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta has grown to become, hands-down, the largest balloon event in the world. Held each year during the first week in October, the Balloon Fiesta hosts hundreds of balloons and over 1,000 pilots.


What can RVers hope to experience at the Southwest’s premier balloon event? First, there are excellent camping options on-site. From dry camping campsites to the exclusive ‘President’s Compound’ on a bluff overlooking the launch site, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta knows how to treat RV campers right!


If you prefer to stay a little further away from the action, Albuquerque is home to many great RV campgrounds. See this page here for more camping options in the area.


Now let’s talk a little more about what balloon enthusiasts can see and do in Albuquerque! Here are five things you won’t want to miss while you’re there:


· Dawn Patrol – At 5:45 each morning, a dozen intrepid balloonists take to the skies to light the way for the day’s events. Complete with music, this Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta event will reward early risers with unforgettable sights!

· Mass Ascension – All event-registered balloons rise to the skies in two carefully orchestrated waves several mornings during the fiesta. Don’t miss the chance to photograph hundreds of colorful balloons climbing upward in unison!

· Balloon Glows – Multiple times during the ten day Fiesta, nighttime or early dawn ‘glows’ treat visitors to the spectacular sight of balloons firing up across the festival grounds. A wonderful photo opportunity for balloon fest campers!

· Special Shapes Rodeo – Dozens of uniquely-shaped balloons take part in three special events in Albuquerque. Bring your camera and your imaginations as you watch for this year’s most creative balloons to appear!

· Balloon Rides! Rainbow Ryders offers fiesta participants the chance to purchase time in the skies over Albuquerque. Reserve your ride as you plan our RV camping trip to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

5000 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy NE, Albuquerque, NM
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