The festival is always in October, but the dates do change each year. The Balloon Fiesta is one of Albuquerque's biggest attractions. More recently, a major winter storm in late February 2015 dropped up to a foot 30 cm of snow on most of the city. Aside from it being a beautiful early morning sight for spectators, the Dawn Patrol is also useful for other balloonists as they can watch the balloons and get an early idea of wind speeds and directions at different altitudes. I would consider visiting these places near opening or closing times to avoid crowds and ensure the shortest lines.
There are plans for more investment in bikes and bike transit by the city, including bicycle lending programs, in the coming years. Also traffic can be terrible in the morning and some visitors report waiting 2 hours in traffic to enter the park and end up missing part of the mass ascensions. Tickets can be purchased in or at the entrance to the park. About 82% of city residents live within walking distance of a park. Hi Elizabeth, Sorry to hear that you may not be able to do a hot balloon ride during the festival, but a lot of the joy is just watching the balloons take to the sky.
Best, Jessica First off I want to say great blog about the Albuquerque Balloon Festival, best out there! Our landmark Albuquerque luxury hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Old Town, offering , and amenities including our on-site restaurant and bars, an outdoor resort swimming pool, a romantic wedding chapel, and more than 62,000. Since the Sun is near the horizon at this time, we recommend going to a high point or finding an unobstructed area with free sight to East-southeast for the best view of the transit. About a 3 mile drive from park. Larger institutions whose employees contribute to the population are numerous and include , , and the attendant contracting companies which bring highly educated workers to a somewhat isolated region. Due to a rising rate of violent crime, was appointed the town's first marshal that year.
I have attended the morning mass ascension three times from the Balloon Fiesta Park, taken off in a balloon during the Balloon Fiesta, spent one morning watching and chasing the balloons from outside the Park, and attended one evening session. The city was named in honor of who was from 1702 to 1711. The project would run mostly in the southeast quadrant on Central Avenue and Yale Boulevard. By the 1500s, there were around 20 along a 60-mile 97 km stretch of river from present-day to the confluence south of. Parking Tips for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta As noted above, arrive as early as possible if you plan to drive. Jessica Happy New Year to you and your family! You can find out more and.
The upscale neighborhood of Four Hills is located in the foothills of Southeast Albuquerque. Hotel Shuttles A few hotels and casinos will also have their own private shuttles taking their guests to and from Balloon Fiesta Park. These figures are given to the SimplyHired users for the purpose of generalized comparison only. Interested in attending the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta yourself? To quality as a volunteer, you need to be available the entire length of the Balloon Fiesta, do a short training, and be willing to do at least three shifts. Just before throwing the ropes off to launch, Pilot Fred invited me to join he and Michelle to fly.
Know what you are buying and what happens in the event of a cancellation. Past events have included catered breakfasts held during the morning mass ascensions, dinner during the evening balloon glows, wine and painting events, and events designed for children and families. You can see the full events schedule for this year. Just book your lodging well in advance. Albuquerque was a farming community and strategically located military outpost along the. Be especially mindful of children as they can get hurt or burnt and follow all instructions by the crew and the officials dressed in black in white affectionately called zebras so that balloons can safely launch. Archived from on September 11, 2013.
Rio Rancho, Corrales, and even Bernallio are communities adjacent to Albuquerque and near the Balloon Fiesta. The railway company built a hospital for its workers that was later a juvenile psychiatric facility and has now been converted to a hotel. From meetings like the Transition Capstone and Goals Forum to speeches like the State of the City to volunteer opportunities inside City Hall, people from all walks of life can get involved. Best, Jessica Hi Rajkumar, Glad you enjoyed the guide and our photos. The event was cancelled after we arrived but then we stayed so not sure if that matters? It runs as a surface road with at-grade intersections from Tramway Blvd at the base of the Sandia Mountains to Interstate 25, after which it continues as a controlled-access freeway through Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, over the Rio Grande to North Coors Boulevard. However, because the balloons go where the wind blows, the only real guaranteed place to see them each time if they go up is from the field and nearby. Running from Central Avenue and the railroad tracks to the , this is the largest quadrant both geographically and by population.
Archived from on August 6, 2012. If you can be around all week, that would give you the best chance. We have some friends that own and pilot a balloon and they let us ride. Albuquerque is in the northern tip of the Chihuahuan Desert, near the edge of the. Photo credit: Erik McCauley Then at night, you hear the thrilling roar of hundreds of burners igniting simultaneously, transforming the park into a festive sea of colorful lightbulb-like balloons. It includes a personal guide and golf cart transportation during the event. I did want to ask a few more questions.