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.
Activity Level
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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Dick Rice
Dick Rice, a retired CPA, began his involvement with the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (AIBF) as a scorer in 1975. Dick became a member of AIBF Board and was elected Treasurer in 1977, obtained his Commercial Pilot Certificate in 1978 and was President of the AIBF Board of Directors in 1983. Dick left his career in ballooning for 15 years before returning to the Board in 2002 as Treasurer. Dick’s wife Judi and son Brad are also Balloon pilots and are Balloon Fiesta participants.

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

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