How to Plan the Best Trip to Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Every Autumn, the skies of Albuquerque put on one of the most enchanting displays in the world. You’ll never experience anything like Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, so if you have yet to attend this magical event, then don’t put it off any longer. Read on to learn more about the 2019 festival. Before or after Balloon Fiesta, enhance your visit with an unforgettable New Mexico road trip. Located in the heart of Gila National Forest, there is no place in The Land of Enchantment quite like Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch! Enjoy horseback riding, home-style cooking, hiking, history, and more. Check our availability and reserve your cabin, below.

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How to Plan the Best Trip to Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

About the Festival

The Albuquerque International Balloon Festival is a beloved autumn tradition. Each year, thousands of people from around the world gather to watch hundreds of hot air balloons take flight and paint the skies of New Mexico. This nine-day celebration features hot air balloons of all shapes and sizes. You can look forward to everything from your favorite cartoon characters to glowing balloons by night! Yet, there is more to this international fiesta than its amazing and artistic balloons. Here are a few special events that you can enjoy!

Mass Ascension

Mass Ascension is the most popular event of the festival! For many, this fantastic display is the highlight of their trip. Beginning at 7:00 a.m., all participating balloons launch into the skies. The launches take place in two waves, typically over a two-hour period. Get there early! This amazing event takes place shortly after Dawn Patrol.

Dawn Patrol

Early birds, you are in for a treat! Dawn Patrol typically begins at 5:45 a.m., depending upon the weather. During this time, a special choreographed inflation and launch takes place, complete with music. Glowing balloons fly in the dark sky until it is light enough for pilots to see their landing sites.

The Fireworks Show

End your festival experience with a bang! The festival’s brilliant fireworks show is always a treat. You can look forward to a kaleidoscope of colors brightening the night’s sky, along with spectacular glowing balloons. Please keep in mind that this event is weather dependent!

Tips for Your Trip to the 2019 Hot Air Balloon Festival

  • The events above are only a few highlights of the 2019 festival! Visit the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival website for a full list of calendar events.
  • The 2019 festival dates are October 5 through October 13. You can save money on your trip by purchasing your tickets in advance! Special ticket pricing is available now.

Make the Most of Your Trip at Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch

Before or after celebrating at the Albuquerque Balloon Festival, pack your bags for the trip of a lifetime. October at Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch.

Our guest ranch is surrounded by the boundless beauty of Gila National Forest, making it the perfect place to rest and relax after the excitement of the festival! Unlimited horseback riding, hiking, and three home-style meals are included with your stay. We always fill up quickly during fiesta weeks, so check our availability and plan your trip today. We can’t wait to host you at Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch!