New Mexico
Highlights of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
Discover ancient petroglyphs, explore unique museums and learn the history, science and art of ballooning as you experience the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
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Program No. 10427RJ
5 days
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At a Glance

Experience the best of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, study the history of hot-air ballooning and feel the excitement of the Special Shape Rodeo or Mass Ascension during three visits to the Balloon Park. Learn how balloons are made, how they are inflated and what pilots need to know to fly them. Discover why Albuquerque is such a perfect place for this world’s premier ballooning event.
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On Your Feet
Walking up to one mile over uneven grass and paved surfaces in the dark at Balloon Fiesta Park; climb a flight of stairs. Standing up to an hour on field trips. Elevations of 5,300 feet.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Watch the pilots and their crews prepare huge and intricately constructed balloons for inflation and flight.
  • See a fireworks presentation and balloon entries from countries around the world.
  • Learn about the history and science of ballooning at the Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum.
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Sam Bradshaw
Shortly after moving to Albuquerque in 1993, Sam Bradshaw and his wife were spectators at their first Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. They soon found themselves eagerly arising early on weekends to work as crew members for local pilots. Sam obtained a balloon pilot certificate in 1999 and is co-owner of the Breezy Rider hot air balloon. Sam is also a docent at the Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Sam Bradshaw
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