**Blog Updated July 1, 2018**
Are you planning a trip to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2018 this October? If so, consider adding on a stay at Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch! We are located approximately 4 hours south of Albuquerque and still have availability during Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2018. The Fiesta runs from October 6-14, 2018. For nine days in October, visitors from all over the globe descend on Balloon Fiesta Park. The must-see attraction is watching the New Mexico skies fill with hundreds of balloons.
“The Largest Ballooning Event on Earth”
Before the sun rises, the Dawn Patrol takes to the sky to check out conditions. Then it is time for the Mass Ascension. There is nothing quite like observing the daily Mass Ascension as the sun brightens the horizon on crisp October mornings. When hundreds of balloons rise to dot the clear desert skies over Albuquerque it is truly a sight to behold. Special events take place each day, such as the Flight of the Nations where flags from all the participating countries are displayed. It is truly an international fiesta. Balloons of all shapes and sizes also add a unique spin to the spectacle. In the evening, these fun balloons can be observed during the Balloon Glow and the Night Magic Glow.
The unique aspect of the Balloon Fiesta is the fact that you can walk the field and are part of the action. The safety record of the Fiesta is unparalleled. This is one of the only balloon events where you are actually able to walk among the balloons and talk to the pilots.
The fun doesn’t stop after the sun rises though. You can check out the Balloon Discovery Center to learn even more about ballooning. Check out their website for ticket info and more. Tickets for the Gondola Club and Chasers’ Club go fast so purchase yours today!
Ask any New Mexican and they will tell you that autumn is one of the best times to visit New Mexico. The mornings are crisp and cool while the afternoons are warm with highs in the 60s and 70s with calm winds, perfect for ballooning!
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2018
Had your fill of balloons at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2018? Head on down to Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch for a mountain escape. Autumn is when the New Mexico wildflowers are at their peak after receiving all the summer rains. It is also elk season and you can often hear elk bugling at dawn and dusk. Let our horses guide you into the beautiful Gila National Forest. Ride through deep canyons, across crystal clear streams and atop mountain overlooks where you can gaze upon the brilliant fall colors. As you are planning your trip to New Mexico, check out our Area Attractions page. It includes some other New Mexico attractions our guests have enjoyed.
Contact us today to book your Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2018 adventure!